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.


Soiree Success

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We would like to express a tremendous amount of gratitude to our community for making our recent event such a success. With your help, we raised over $60,000 for our 2013 program which will kick off in January.

Right now our mentors and Peer Leaders are training and planning for the coming year. Our interns are making work plans and preparing equipment. There is snow coming down in the mountains. As we reflect on the challenges and accomplishments of 2012 and prepare for what’s next, please know we could not do it without you!

Awesome Start!

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Sorry for being M.I.A.! Things have gotten crazy on our end. So far we’ve finished two Undoing Institutional Oppression trainings, cultivated power with Stephany Hazelrigg,  had a wildly successful retreat, learned the basics of Capoeira and had our first snowboarding experience!

Sunday was RAD! With our youth and mentors fitted in gear and boards donated from generous snow giants like evo and Mervin, and SnoCon, we headed east to the Summit at Snoqualmie bright and early. Youth and mentors learned alongside one another, how to buckle into bindings, skate across flat land, dig into our heelsides, and for some, how to carve! After three hours falling and getting back up, we enjoyed an awesome filling lunch from Operation Sack Lunch, then went back to hit the slopes, but this time, we took off onto the lifts!

tSBers practice falling and getting back up at the Summit

Photos courtesy of Jay Chan.


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“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)

tSBers getting ready to ride at Mt. Hood Timberline

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.