Ever wanted to be a part of the world of drag racing? Do you have the need for speed?
Grab your pit crew and muster up your inner speedster and join tSB for the Pinewood Derby Races at the Piranha Shop on May 10th!
Get your motors running and prepare for the race of your life.
Registration is $100 and includes your very own derby kit, limited edition t-shirts and a chance to win sweet prizes. But you have to hurry—Registration closes April 30th. Derby kits will arrive April 25th giving crews (up to 5 members) a chance to build the ultimate glory chaser.
tSB youth work in small groups to create art, learn to snowboard, and develop service learning projects. Just like them you and your team will have the chance to join together to build your creativity, problem solving skills, and your ability to collaborate.
Register today and help tSB youth to leave challenges in the dust!
It’s that time again to dig into your Dad’s closet and pull out those one piece powder suits, 210 skinny skis or your snurfer and steal your Grandma’s fanny pack! Retro Fools Day is back at Stevens Pass this year for another day of rowdy’ness and neon over-kill all to support the Service Board.
Hello fellow readers, welcome to the tSB blog! If you don’t know already, the Service Board is a year long youth empowerment program where we gather together a group of youth and mentors to discuss about social justice within our community on Wednesday nights as well as eating dinner together. In addition, we alternate between community service and snowboarding on Sundays. This program enforces youth to push their growing edges and gain a whole new sense of family. So, let’s get to the main part, shall we?
This past Sunday, February 23, 2014, tSB 2014 went up the Summit at Snoqualmie for the first day of snowboarding. The day started off with check-in, boarding people and things on the bus, along with lots of chattering and singing (what I think is the sound of totally excited prophets)! Continuing with this boost of excitement, was the movie that played on the bus which consisted of snowboarders doing all sorts of tricks. Before we all knew it, we were on the mountain! *snap, snap, snap, clap, clap, clap*
After we hopped off the bus (shout out to bus driver Mark!), everyone gathered boards and coolers to the lodge. We soon split up into our family groups and went our own way. With the help of awesome and very well-trained snowboarding instructors, mentors and peer leaders, our new riding prophets glided down the fresh powder of snow for the first time! tSB was lucky to have had such a nice day and a fresh dumping of powder to fall into on our first trip up in the mountain.
I can still hear the strapping of the boards. There were prophets that constantly fell and others that rode like superstars, but despite all the falling and potential bruised buttocks, our tSB prophets continued to improve their posture and stances. On top of building up their confidence and boldness that reached to the depth of their sore toes! One word to describe them? Fearless.
Around 1:30, family groups met back up at the lodge where we were supposed to head home, but due to chain difficulties on the bus, we ate lunch instead. As more people returned, everyone tiredly carried the items back to the bus and came back to form a large gratitude circle. In tSB, a gratitude circle is what we usually do at the end of program days and say what we are grateful/thankful for, something new we learned, or shout outs to certain people. In this case, of course, positive comments illuminated the air. ( : All in all, this snowboarding opportunity that tSB has to offer, creates stronger bonds and smiles on the faces of old and new riders. Most of all, we are all totally stoked for snowboarding day 2!!!
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!
Last weekend we partnered with Stevens Pass Mountain Resort ski school to provide half of our Snowboard Instructor volunteers with teaching training. Despite being freezing cold, our Instructors came away with better tools to coach our youth this year: shared terminology, a learning progression, new games to teach skills, basic safety lessons and ways to give feedback. Plus we all became stronger riders.