I think everyone is dying to know how we survived in blazing 85 degree heat and how the “city-slickers” fared with manual labor farming. You could say I’m normally the ‘eat food but don’t know where it comes from’ type of person but that day everything changed because I was ready to get down and dirty.
Mentor. A word with over fifty definitions if you search hard enough. In its most basic form, it means “A wise and trusted counselor or teacher.” Or in the transitive form, “to serve as a trusted counselor or teacher.” But strict definitions of a word can hardly begin to explain what it truly means to be a mentor.
We Conquered Mountains!
This was another successful tSB winter introducing our youth (and a few mentors) to the incredible sport of snowboarding and we want to celebrate the end of the season with you. Come to Poquitos on Capitol Hill this Monday, May 12 from 3-8pm. There will be a pig in the ground, music from DJ Mullet and great company. Ninkasi sales benefit tSB and we are also raffling off tons of gear from our friends in the snow industry as well as two three-day passes to the Capitol Hill Block Party and four weekend passes (plus camping!) to Timber! Outdoor Music Festival. You could even go home with shot ski of your own. Bring your friends and celebrate with tSB.
On April 6th, tSB lost a dear friend and mentor, Matthew Therrien. Matt was involved in a car accident on Sunday morning (4.6) in Hilo, HI and did not survive the incident.
We celebrated his life on Sunday, April 13th at Alki Beach Park.
Thank you so much to those of you who were able to join us. Matt has been a phenomenal mentor and will always be a part of our family. He helped us to re-imagine masculinity and modeled how to be a respectful, vulnerable and loving man. He believed in each of us so much that we had no choice but to believe in ourselves. He laughed and sang and made us embrace our inner-nerd. Matt was a talented poet and worked hard to finish his degree, which is being awarded posthumously by the University of Hawaii, Hilo. Matt will continue to be a leader in our community and lives on in every life that he has transformed.
In preparation for our (rescheduled) first day on the mountain during our Winter Program, tSB hosted a “Service Your Board” night where Prophets, Peer Leaders and Mentors could learn about the equipment they’ll be riding this season.
Here, the group spent two hours learning why waxing their snowboards are so important, how to keep up a good wax coating and what they’d need in order to do this on their own. It’s important to tSB to not only introduce Snowboard Culture to its participants, but also teach our Youth and Mentors how to make sure they can keep up this challenging, outdoor, winter-weather sport even after their time at tSB is through. This great event helped us support this goal and acclimate our new snowboarders to life riding #pow.
We had a great turn out and were able to wax about 20 Boards. tSB is hoping to host a Service Your Board Night Part II in the next few weeks for those that missed out last week and for returners to expand their knowledge of equipment.
tSB had a fun-filled, action-packed weekend. Half of tSB celebrated kick off, where Mentors and our newly selected Prophets met and got to know each other.
Other members of tSB, namely our 12 remaining volunteer Snowboard Instructors spent the weekend at Stevens Pass learning from Coaches and getting trained on AASI Level 1 curriculum. We are now all trained and ready for our first day on the Mountain… in 34 days!
tSB is pumped for the start of our 19th Winter Season together!!!!
All of our volunteers are critical to the functioning of the Service Board, but a Meal Team volunteer serves in a special capacity. As you may know, tSB’s success is reliant on the depth of the relationship between mentors and youth. Our Meal Team Volunteers provide opportunities for our mentors and youth to bond while sharing a homemade meal on a Program, Service and/or Snowboard Day.
- Hired two incredible new staff members: Jill Kinison, Outdoor Program & Volunteer Coordinator and Sara Pournoor, Program Coordinator.
- Purchased a much needed 12-passenger van with a grant from the Boeing Employee Community Fund.
- Grew our summer program to include paid youth internships with Rudy’s Barbershop.
- Worked with the United Way & 501 Commons to improve our volunteer experience.
- Cultivated partnerships with Coach Across America, YDEKC and School’s Out Washington to strengthen the quality and outcomes of our programs.
- Started the process of visioning for organizational growth in 2014 and 2015.
If that weren’t enough good news, this fall, tSB received the Colleen Willoughby Youth Civic Engagement Award and we were recently nominated for a prestigious award from the Road Map Project — what a great year it has been!
Thank you so much for being a part of our success. We cannot wait to keep pushing our growing edge with you in 2014!