the Service Board mentors teens to conquer personal and cultural challenges through public service and outdoor adventure. We provide Seattle teenagers with a safe space where their voices are heard, where they are valued, where they find a supportive community, and where they are encouraged to thrive. Our six-month long program focuses on engaging minority communities; we seek to support 35-45 youth, 15-20 adult mentors, and 15-25 snowboard instructors each year.
Service: Service is integral to tSB’s mission, and we teach youth in our program to appreciate and invest in their communities. We take a strengths-based approach to working with our communities and identify assets rather than deficits. Giving back what we can and embracing a philosophy of service enables tSB to utilize the strengths of our members and supports success in all of our program participants.
Social Justice: Social Justice at tSB starts by holding staff and the Board of Directors accountable to an awareness of their privilege through trainings, advocacy, financial accountability, and active, ongoing dialogue. Acknowledging that systems of oppression are real and experienced differently by the communities with whom we engage, tSB integrates social justice theory and practice into our programs. Together, we examine our cultural intersections and explore the ways in which institutionalized racism, oppression, sexism, etc. can affect our community. We are forever committed to being an equitable, inclusive, and diverse organization.
Adventure: At tSB, we encourage staff and youth to “push their growing edge.” We do this by pursuing adventure through fun, healthy risk taking, learning from our mistakes, working through difficult conversations, meeting physical challenges and problem solving.
Integrity: tSB is a nimble organization that embraces creative problem solving and innovation. We strive to develop the highest quality in our programming and believe in expressing gratitude to our supporters and participants. We celebrate our success and share our struggles with transparency and honesty.
Community: tSB embraces community as a collective and creative force. We respond to challenges and create direction with the support and guidance from our valued mentors and stakeholders. Our relationships incorporate trust, loyalty, and reciprocity.
Communication: Communication is how we build trust and strong relationships with tSB’s youth, volunteers, funders, and partners. We believe timely and respectful communication is a personal and professional requirement towards achieving integrity and quality standards within our organization.
Swagger: tSB embraces a loud youthful energy and is committed to representing our organization with a raw, vibrant, and unique identity. Our Swagger is how we walk, talk and interact with the world. It is our style, our grit, strength, and energy.