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the Service Board Summer 2015

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unnamedThis summer the Service Board placed students in trusted internship locations across the Seattle Area.

Our employers were thrilled by the work that tSB Youth accomplished over their 6 week program. Each week they checked in with us to tell us about their experience and complete workshops on career and life skills, from resumes to, self care, to mock interviews.

We even had one intern in our very own office supporting internal operations at the Service Board: A big thanks to Banchi for all of her dedicated work this summer!!


Pinewood Derby | May 10th

A Night at the Drags with tSB & The Piranha Shop

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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!


Sat 3/22: tSB End of the Season Gear Sale!

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10am-1pm – this Saturday March 22, 2014 @ Youngstown (4408 Delridge Way SW)
We accept Cash and Credit Cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover).

All proceeds to benefit the Service Board (!!

the Service Board (tSB) is hosting an end of the season Winter/Snowboard Gear Sale.
Snowboards, Boots, Bindings, Outdoor Apparel and Winter Accessories — we do have youth/kids gear, too!

Some sizes and gear NOT available:
-L/XL bindings
-Size 10+ boots (mens and womens)

Please help us spread the word and come out and visit us on Saturday morning!!

the Service your Board Night!

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In preparation for our (rescheduled) first day on the mountain during our Winter Program, tSB hosted a “Service Your Board” night where Prophets, Peer Leaders and Mentors could learn about the equipment they’ll be riding this season.

Board Waxing!Sean Rodda, a long time volunteer with tSB and SnoCon employee offered to facilitate the evening’s activities at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.

Here, the group spent two hours learning why waxing their snowboards are so important, how to keep up a good wax coating and what they’d need in order to do this on their own. It’s important to tSB to not only introduce Snowboard Culture to its participants, but also teach our Youth and Mentors how to make sure they can keep up this challenging, outdoor, winter-weather sport even after their time at tSB is through. This great event helped us support this goal and acclimate our new snowboarders to life riding #pow.

Learning to waxThanks Sean Rodda!We had a great turn out and were able to wax about 20 Boards. tSB is hoping to host a Service Your Board Night Part II in the next few weeks for those that missed out last week and for returners to expand their knowledge of equipment.

Tim Layton Shines as tSB Snowboard Instructor!

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Tim Layton, a former tSB youth and currently one of our Assistant Snowboard Instructors, stood out as one of the most helpful and dedicated Instructors this weekend at our first on-mountain day.

One of his instructor peers said of Tim: “[he] had a really great attitude and was very positive and encouraging … He had a smile on his face … and I saw him put a smile on the prophets’ faces more than once with his feedback, high fives and good energy.”

tSB 2014 is lucky to have such a great coach working with our youth and mentors. Keep up the filthy instructing, Tim!

Photo: Tim (left) and one of our Peer Leaders, Masra (right) taking a break from all the POW for our tSB Photographer!

Volunteer Orientation Tonight!

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Tonight tSB hosted its first (of many) Volunteer Orientations (well, the first in awhile…). We welcomed some new folks and welcomed back two tSB alumnae into our Volunteer Community and we’re so excited to have them working with us!

If you missed it, don’t worry: Volunteer Orientation occurs the third Thursday of every month from 6:45-8pm @ Youngstown. Check out our “Get Involved” Page on our homepage for more details and RSVP with!

Caitlan is a tSB LifeSaver!

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Caitlan Grassi is a Cherry lifesaver for tSB Staff! She has spent numerous hours cleaning and organizing our gear basement spent days in our office inputting data and making thank you cards, and has been a go-to server at our events. When in doubt we know we can rely on her.

Caitlan quietly gets things done but tSB notices!

We love you Caitlan for rolling up your sleeves and doing whatever we need–especially the smiles.

Thank you for being a volunteer shoulder that we can lean on!

What tSB did this Weekend

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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.

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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!!!!   

Invitation to Cook for tSB & Be a Meal Team Volunteer!

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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.
We’d like to share our Program Calendar and Meal needs with you to ask you to commit to one, two or as many meals as you are able by Friday January 31st. While logistics will be communicated with you after you have signed up for a date, essentially what you need to know is that we’ll provide the budget and you (or you and a group of your friends/family) make the food for a specified date listed on this Google Document. Please enter in ALL information, including phone number and email.
Thank you in advance to supporting the Service Board in this capacity. You will receive a confirmation email with more information within ten days of signing up for a specific date. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact me at 206-324-7771 or email
We look forward to eating your delicious food!!

tSB Snowboard Instructor Training!

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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.

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We’ve got another training at Stevens coming up for the other half of our 2014 Snowboard Instructors in January and we’re looking forward to another rad weekend on the mountain!