On Thursday, November 17th at 6pm, tSB will celebrate its 16th birthday in carnival style at the Georgetown Ballroom. Guests will enjoy beer, wine and dinner provided by The Leary Traveler, as well as a short circus-themed program that highlights the work tSB has done this year.
There will be a silent auction and a live ROCKTION with rocktioneer Rick Friel featuring incredible items, music performed by the crooners of tSB’s alumni band, Smooth Technique, and a chance for you to see first-hand how this organization transforms the lives of Seattle-area youth through snowboarding, public service and a curriculum of social justice.
Our silent auction and live rocktion include some of these delightful items:
- Private dinners from some of Seattle’s most talented chefs
- Helicopter rides and packages for swanky local hotels
- An autographed Gibson guitar
- Pat Wright’s photo booth at your next party
- Incredible art from local talent
- Outerwear kits, lift tickets and boot warmers: everything you need for your own mountain adventures
Last Tuesday, tSB was honored to be the first-ever group of youth to attend the 9th BRIDGES conference at the Sheraton hotel in Downtown Seattle. BRIDGES is an annual meeting of educators and youth workers who are committed to creating a society that values youth and allows them to grow into all they can be. For the past 8 years, this was an adult-only event, but this year, tSB was selected to take part in the bigger discussion, learn about undoing institutional racism, and bridging the gap between in-school and out-of-school program.
“The afternoon discussion that happened after lunch that was based on race, ethnicity, and nationality. It was interesting to experience everyone’s reactions to the different activities we participated in including my own. Many people learned new perspectives on things and some of them intrigued me,” said tSB youth LaQuan Andereson. It was a radical experience and thanks to the people at BRIDGES for inviting us!
Here’s a clip of Amina’s group response to the following question: What would you say to someone who says that racism is a thing of the past and no longer exists in 21st century America?
What would you say?
“The last week with tSB was just mind-blowing because I never saw it coming. The whole Mt. Hood trip… It seemed impossible that the program could end soon because I had just developed a huge bond with everyone in the program, and for it to end the following Sunday just seemed so unfair. tSB changed me for the better, and to have something so amazing in my life, I just didn’t want to let it go.”
Leonard Tran (‘11 Prophet)
Lovefest, the most bittersweet time of year, when tSB has ripened and come to a complete cycle; the Mt. Hood retreat, tSBEAST showcase, and final Graduation all celebrated the end of a beautiful 2011 year.
How can we condense all of the amazing stories we had made into one blog? Well, to start off, the tSB gang packed together bright and early last Saturday morning at Youngstown, snow and sleep gear in tow. After filling up several mini vans to full capacity, the long journey to Mt. Hood began as soon as the last tSB van rolled off of Youngstown pavement.
Some vans slept the entire way, and others, (shout out to Amanda’s Party Van!) partied their way to Oregon. The team regrouped for a pit stop in downtown Portland, where food carts lined the perimeter of an entire block, varying from Vietnamese yums to Ethiopian cuisines. With goodies in hand, tSBers spread themselves out under leafy shades in the nearby park. “I feel like I’m in tSB city. Everywhere I turn, I see a tSB person, and I’m like ‘Oh hey’”, said mentor Lulu as she strolled across the park. Tummies filled, we hopped back into the minivans and made a beeline for the mountains.
The Huckleberry Inn! Deliciously brisk mountain air circulated in our city-bred lungs. Most of the vans made it to the inn, but news came that Josefino’s van (which had all the food and art supplies) had broken down! “Even though we were set back there for about 3 hours, at least we were with family! We made the best of it and had a fun time trying to get out of a rut. There isn’t anyone else I’d rather be stranded in the middle of the road with,” said Peer Leader Jonathan. Eventually the van was back up and running, thanks to the squad that stayed behind to help!
The first day of the retreat was spent connecting, eating, sharing, and loving. Karaoke, art projects, skateboarding, basketball hooping, cards games, Gundam-building and many other activities took place before dinner time. After we bloated ourselves with healthy foods, the lights were dimmed, candles lit, sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets lined the floor to set a safe and calming ambiance. One by one, each tSB youth sat in the center of the circle and received love and gratitude that was well-deserved. A perfect way to end a night.
The next morning everyone was up and ready to shred the gnar! Helloooooo Mt. Hood, we have missed you! With all of our gear on, tSB headed up and shared our last few, sweet runs together on the mountain.
Mt. Hood was a beautiful experience. It bonded community as family and created safe spaces.
“It was fun! It helped me realize that I have a group of people who will always support me,” said Prophet Kimberly. We created positive memories and supported each other during personal hardships. “They are moments that I will hold with me forever,” said Snowboard Intern LaQuan.