Volunteer with tSB!

As a youth-led organization, the Service Board builds community through the power of youth. Whether it’s being a Mentor or being a part of one of our committees, as a volunteer you will become a part of an incredible community that supports youth in claiming their power. Check out the many volunteer opportunities we have. Not sure what’s the right fit for your? Fill out our form below or reach out to isis@theserviceboard.org.

Core Program Opportunities

Our Core Program volunteers bring skills and lived experiences that support youth while they navigate outdoor experiences, social justice education, leadership development, and daily life experiences. As a volunteer, you will support youth in claiming their power while becoming a part of a supportive, inclusive, and bold community!

Are you passionate about learning from and amplifying youth voices? Do you want to be a part of a collaborative community?  If so, then being a mentor might be right for you! A mentor will encourage, listen, engage, support and accompany youth as they find their way through life. At tSB we value vulnerability and encourage you to share your lived experiences within your comfort level. 

Responsibilities:

  • Motivate and encourage youth and maintain a safe environment for all participants in training sessions and workshops
  • Be present during meetings, monitor progress and report any issues or concerns to staff
  • Be willing to hold space for hard conversations, listen to challenges and prioritize self-esteem among youth participants
  • Be compassionate and share your experience as needed to encourage youth
  • Collaborate with program staff to help manage program activities

Qualifications:

  • Passion for the Service Board’s mission and Core Values
  • Has excellent communication skills and enjoys both one-on-one and group interactions
  • Previous experience, or an interest in community building and mentoring youth is preferred
  • A history of following through with commitments and the ability to communicate last-minute changes or needs to staff directly
  • Comfortable with some level of ambiguity and willingness to show up with an open mind
  • Experience setting personal boundaries and practicing self-care

Time Commitment and tSB Events:

  •  Attend weekly trainings prior to Core Program
    • Wednesdays in November-December, excluding holidays and winter break. 
  • Attend 80% of Core Program meetings between January and early June, including:
    • Weekly Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • Weekly Saturdays 7am – 4pm for Snowboarding (January- April)
    • Weekly Saturdays 10am - 2pm for Service Projects in the community (April-June)
  • Attend two retreats, one in January/February and one in May/June
  • Attend the Core Program graduation in June (will take place on a Sat from 11am – 2pm)
  • Coordinate two small-group activities outside of Core Program dates with fellow Mentors (Family Group Activities) 

Benefits:

  • Build a network of supportive, lifelong relationships with peers and support youth in the community
  • Increase your professional, interpersonal, and leadership skills through free training and experience the support of experienced staff
  • Learn the inner-workings of a community based organization rooted in social justice to become an effective advocate for yourself and others 
  • All meals (in accordance with dietary restrictions), equipment and supplies provided during program participation 
  • Mileage can be reimbursed for use of personal vehicle usage for the program at the volunteer reimbursement rate of 14 cents / mile
  • Opportunities to access outdoor industry deals on gear, services and training through a variety of partners in our network
  • Snowboarding gear, lift tickets, and transportation provided for Saturday on-mountain days (gear to be returned to tSB at the conclusion of Core Program)

Reports to: Program Manager

Apply to be a Mentor

Application Deadline: October 7th, 2021

Do you love snowboarding? Do you enjoy teaching others?  If so, then being a snowboard instructor might be right for you! A snowboard instructor will teach youth participants new skills or help improve their snowboarding abilities. As an instructor, you will lead snowboarding lessons, ensure equipment is well maintained, observe weather conditions, maintain safety, regularly update progress with SI Leads and administer first aid if necessary.

Responsibilities:

  • Teach Prophets, Peer Leaders, and Mentors how to snowboard
  • Teach snowboarding technique and best practices
  • Maintain safety of the group through ensuring the use of protective equipment at all times
  • Monitor progress, give feedback, assign more training to improve skills
  • Complete snowboarding progression tracker after each lesson for each assigned student
  • Communicate with Lead Snowboard Instructor(s) and Program Manager when you need assistance, or have questions
  • In the event of an emergency, place yourself and youth in a safe place and call 911 (you will always have a walkie-talkie when on-mountain) 

Qualifications:

  • Intermediate snowboarding experience (Must be able to ride at least Blue runs) 
  • Teaching experience is not required, but desired 
  • Organize training and promote safety first
  • Open minded, patience, fun-loving personality
  • Excellent communication skills and enjoy supporting others

Time Commitments & tSB Events: 

  • Attend UIO (undoing institutional oppression) trainings from December-January, Wednesdays from 6-8pm (not during holidays)
  • Attend on-mountain instructor training January  
  • Attend Kickoff and Gear Day in mid-January
  • Instruct up to 8 days on-mountain between Feb and April
  • On-Mountain closing retreat in June

Benefits:

  • Professional Development
  • Youth Mentorship 
  • Support youth in developing transferable skills
  • Season Pass to Steven’s Pass Resort  
  • Snowboard Instructor trainings & Core Program Volunteer trainings
  • Be a part of a vibrant community 

Reports To: Snowboard Instructor Leads & Program Manager

Apply to be a Snowboard Instructor

Application Deadline: October 7th, 2021

There are many ways that you can support our Core Program. These volunteer opportunities are available from January to June. Whether it's a one-time volunteer activity or you want to support multiple Core Program days, we look forward to you joining our community.

Wednesday Evening Meal Team:
(On hold due to COVID-19) Our success is reliant on the depth of the relationship between mentors and youth and we bond best when sharing a meal on a program day. This volunteer role prepares food for approximately 50-60 people. You can donate the food or we can provide a food budget.

On-Call Mountain Support:
(On hold due to COVID-19) This role involves providing support in case of an on-mountain emergency during snowboarding program days. Volunteer for the morning or afternoon shift and get a free lift ticket to ride the rest of the day! Must provide own transportation to Snoqualmie or Stevens.

Service Project Partner
Join for a service project(s), which is an awesome way to interact with youth and our community! (January-August)

Photographer
A picture is worth a thousand words. We seek photographers for our programs year-round. We would love to become a part of your portfolio!

COVID Safety

Your safety is our number one priority! This year, we are planning to have our program hosted in-person (contingent on WA State COVID-19 Guidelines). Additionally, our service-learning projects will be in-person. Optional snowboarding days will be held in person, in small groups with sanitation and social distancing guidelines strictly enforced.

NOTE: We are monitoring the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic closely. These programming plans are subject to change as public health recommendations change. tSB will adhere to CDC COVID-19 guidelines. 

Development and other opportunities

Committee Volunteer: There are many committees at the Service Board that you can be a part of. These volunteers support the committee goals, whether it be planning for events or supporting our strategic goals. Our current committees include:

  • Event Committees
    • Soiree Committee
    • Retro Fools Committee
  • Standing Committees
    • Social Media Committee
    • Fundraising Committee
    • Risk Management Committee

  • Administrative: Administrative assistants will complete a series of administrative projects, such as filing, organizing, shredding, or data entry. These volunteers might work in Microsoft Suite or Bloomerang to support staff members when they need assistance.

Need More Information? Interested in Getting Involved?

Complete the volunteer form or contact Isis Peguero at isis@theserviceboard.org or 206.324.7771.