tSB Interns get down and dirty

Internship at evo

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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.

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tSB Retreat 2014

Recruiting Mentors

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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.

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Jaesun is one of our summer teaching artists!

Summer Drop-In!

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We have some sweet opportunities to come hang out with tSB this summer – hiking trips, service projects, BBQing! Sign up by clicking the links and we’ll follow up with the complete details. We can’t wait to see you!

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Poquiots Apres Ski for tSB | May 12, 2014


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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.


Matthew Therrien

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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.


the Service your Board Night!

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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.

Board Waxing!Sean Rodda, a long time volunteer with tSB and SnoCon employee offered to facilitate the evening’s activities at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.

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.

Learning to waxThanks Sean Rodda!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.

What tSB did this Weekend

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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.

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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!!!!   

Invitation to Cook for tSB & Be a Meal Team Volunteer!

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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.
We’d like to share our Program Calendar and Meal needs with you to ask you to commit to one, two or as many meals as you are able by Friday January 31st. While logistics will be communicated with you after you have signed up for a date, essentially what you need to know is that we’ll provide the budget and you (or you and a group of your friends/family) make the food for a specified date listed on this Google Document. Please enter in ALL information, including phone number and email.
Thank you in advance to supporting the Service Board in this capacity. You will receive a confirmation email with more information within ten days of signing up for a specific date. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact me at 206-324-7771 or email volunteer@theserviceboard.org.
We look forward to eating your delicious food!!

Happy New Year!

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As we approach a new year and the launch of our winter program with the tSB class of 2014, a little reflection:
the Service Board has been pushing its growing edge every day of 2013. What does that mean? It’s a phrase that our youth use all the time, usually to describe a meaningful moment when someone takes a leap of faith to accomplish something big. In this case, it means that tSB is growing!
This year alone, we’ve:

  • 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!

If you would like to make an end-of-year donation to support our programs now and in the future. THANK YOU! You can make a gift online here.
tSB Bring it In (avi loud 2013)