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New Heights Panelist: Activism & Advocacy

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This week’s panel focuses on identifying problems–personal, cultural, and social–and learning to take an active role in finding solutions. We will focus on what advocacy means to each of us and will pick a social justice issue that the youth are passionate about and develop an advocacy project based around it.

Panelist Bio’s:

La Rond Baker

La Rond Baker is a Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Washington and graduate of the University of Washington School of Law.  Ms. Baker has served as counsel of record in lawsuits challenging: delays in the provision of mental health services to pre-trial inmates awaiting those services (Trueblood v. DSHS); the denial of religious accommodations to Muslim inmates at the Pierce County Jail (Tarrer v. Pierce County); the placement of immigrant detainee hunger strikers in solitary confinement (Ramirez-Martinez v. ICE); and the City of Yakima’s at-large city council election system under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (Montes v. City of Yakima).  Prior to law school, Ms. Baker worked for Powerful Voices and the Service Board, taught GED classes at the King County Correctional Facility, and led a seminar on the school-to-prison pipeline at the University of Washington for students who tutored at the jail for credit. Ms. Baker serves as a Trustee for the Washington State Bar Association’s Civil Rights Law Section.

Allison Masangkay

Allison is a Filipina originally from northern New Jersey.  After living in Sequim, WA for eight years, she moved to Seattle to study at the University of Washington where she is pursuing a dual degree in Business (Entrepreneurship) and Anthropology. She has since been an active part of Undergraduate Diversity Services (UDS)—a pipeline program for underrepresented students of color from high school to post-graduation—at the Michael G. Foster School of Business, as well as the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, the Lavin Entrepreneurship Program, and other organizations focused on environmental & social justice, art, and leadership. Allison’s greatest passions lie at the intersections of social justice and art, which she plans to explore as part of her career.

Lilia Cohen

Lilia Cohen just finished her second year at Whitman College, where she studies Politics and Philosophy. She is interning with #ShoutYourAbortion for the summer, mostly working on youth engagement strategies through collaboration with other local organizations and planning a summer cultivation event at the Vera Project to get more young people involved with SYA. She plans to pursue a career in either law, social justice, advocacy, or some combination of those.

Tragedy & Action

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The events of the last week–the unwarranted killing of Alton Sterling, Philando Castille, and the five Dallas police officers–have left all of us here at tSB feeling heartbroken. We ache for our community and for the many people impacted by these deaths. We stand with all of you who are feeling vulnerable, angry, and helpless. If you are in need of a safe place to process your thoughts and feelings, please contact and we promise to be there for you.

In the midst of this tragedy, we want to remember the strength we have when we pull together as a community and demand change. Below are a few suggestions of actions you can take to make a difference.

Become informed: educate yourself on the issues so you can be a more informed citizen and voter. A great website that explains the issues and offers suggestions to fix them is

Contact local government: make sure your voice is heard at the local level by e-mailing, writing, or visiting Mayor Ed Murray and the City Council. To contact Mayor Ed Murray: To contact the City Council members:

If you feel confused about what you should be asking local government officials to reform, here are a few talking points to research and suggest:

  • Reinstate Pierce Murphy as civilian watchdog for Seattle Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability
  • Include civilian panel and oversight requirements in the new contract with the Seattle Police Officers Guild
  • Remove provisions in contracts with the Seattle Police Officers Guild that delay investigations, prevent meaningful civilian oversight, and expunge or cover up officer’s disciplinary records
  • Stop the construction of the $160 million North Seattle Police Precinct and the new $210 million youth jail and use these funds for education, officer training, training for de-escalation techniques, and alternative to incarceration

Come visit us a tSB and sign the petition to put Initiative 873 on the ballot. For more information on what this petition is pushing for, visit:

Apply to our Summer Internship & New Heights Alumni Program

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Hunting for a summer job?

Looking to spend it with your tSB family?

tSB is hosting our summer internship and career development program  to place YOU in some of the hottest job sites in Seattle. APPLY NOW

Also coming to you this summer: NEW HEIGHTS

New Heights is an 8 week summer program focusing on career & professional skill development, goal setting, and advocacy. It allows tSB to make good on our promise to help close the opportunity gap for our youth. Participants in New Heights will benefit from up to 64 hours of workshops and panel presentations from tSB staff and professional coaches, up to 64 hours of internship experience and opportunities to engage in extensive outdoor adventures.

We know our students emerge from their first years at the Service Board with a strong set of life skills and improved confidence that helps them succeed. Building from these outcomes, New Heights further supports our alumni in taking their next step into adulthood and ensures they have the tools, community and opportunity to thrive.

Alumni of tSB programming, ages 18-22, must apply by Friday, June 24th 2016. If accepted, participants will start programming on July 8th with a kick-off event in West Seattle. From the kick off to the end of the program on August 24th, program participants will meet for a full day of workshops every Wednesday at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and spend an additional 1-3 days per week at an internship site.

Application deadline: Friday, June 24 2016


Give Big is coming! How can you support tSB?

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Get Stoked!
The Seattle Foundation’s 6th annualGiveBIG is right around the corner onTuesday, May 3rd, 2016.
No need to wait, you can schedule your gift today by following this link: givetSBIG

GiveBIG, The Seattle Foundation’s annual online fundraising event is an incredible opportunity to show tSB some love. Thanks to The Seattle Foundation, whatever amount you choose to donate through our online giving profile will be stretched to maximize YOUR giving. Do you hear the chorus of celebratory song? We do!

You can support tSB today by heading over to our online giving profile. Not only will The Seattle Foundation stretch all gifts made through this interface, but our amazingly generous and supportive business partner evo will be matching all new gifts supporting the Service Board. Once again, cue the chorus.

Your gifts will help ignite the spark in tSB youth and ensure that they thrive, while strengthening their passions, determination, and development. In the words of one of our peer leaders:

I found tSB through my best friend, who at the time was a peer leader. I had no idea how to express my opinions and where I stood with most social justice issues. I was unaware of the things that are affecting our communities and the people we love. During program I have met adults that not only respect my voice and opinion but also listen to what I have to say. I have met people that are now my family. The Service Board is not just a nonprofit–it is a family, one where people from all cultures and all opinions come together to challenge each other’s ideas with love. I am a youth that has acquired a new vocabulary that accepts all people and ideas. I am a youth that is able to respectfully challenge other people’s opinions. I am a Peer Leader that is excited to watch the tSB Prophets grow and I’m excited for the challenges 2016 will bring because with tSB, I can do anything.
-Graciela, 2016 Peer Leader

How does snowboarding support youth development?

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People often ask us: ‘Why is snowboarding such an important part of tSB programming?’ Last Sunday, tSB completed all seven scheduled trips to Stevens Pass and the Summit at Snoqualmie as part of our 2016 six-month core program, and after more than sixty hours of incredible riding, the answer is undeniably clear.

Snowboarding is at the core of tSB programming because it provides an ideal experiential learning platform for students to push their growing edge. Many tSB students have never been to the mountains, let alone ridden a chairlift with a snowboard strapped to their feet. Students are uncomfortable, excited, nervous and curious. Alongside adult mentors, some of whom are also learning to snowboard for the first time. Students overcome their fears and soar to new heights while cementing friendships and acquiring an invaluable set of life skills: learning to depend on a community of support, exercising vulnerability, safely exploring their fears, and most importantly, enjoying their lives and themselves.

Back in Seattle, while engaged in a Wednesday night workshop processing life experiences or exploring opportunities, we often refer back to the lessons encountered on the mountain and pull deeper meaning from our days spent snowboarding together.

Our trips to the mountain this year were outstanding. We had snow, lots of laughter, and even some sunshine. Many thanks to all of our business sponsors and two dozen volunteer snowboard instructors, who dedicated over 50 hours each of their time. We are forever grateful for your support and thank you for being an integral member of tSB’s family.

For our final adventure of the year, we’re headed down to Mt. Hood to ride above the clouds, celebrate our community and wrap up an impactful and life changing year.

tSB is Hiring: Join our team!

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tSB is looking to hire an Operations and Outreach Coordinator. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a committed community on youth development, outdoor adventure and social justice work.

Position Description: Reporting to the Executive Director, the Operations and Outreach Coordinator position is critical to the success of the Service Board and will be responsible for program logistics and outreach, improving operational systems, social media communications, and administrative tasks. This position will work closely with a tight team of hard-workers both in the office and at our various program sites. Availability to work on some evenings and weekends is required to meet the needs of program.

For full description and application click below:
tSB Operations and Outreach Coordinator Job Description. 2016

Interested parties should email with a resume and cover letter.

Apply to be a 2016 Prophet in our Winter Program!

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What is Core Program and how do you apply??

the Service Board is an awesome after school and weekend program that runs from January to June. In those six months, you’ll be giving your time, and in return you’ll get:

-Life changing experiences with mentors
-Snowboarding adventures on the mountain
-Weekly home-cooked meals made with love
-Life and job skills
-Social justice education
-60+ FUN community service hours!What else?
– Starting in January tSB meets every Wednesday and Sunday
– Sunday, we’ll be alternating between community service and shredding mountains!
– There’s a $35 fee per snowboarding trip, scholarships are available. (We provide the gear, lessons and buses to the mountain)

Interested yet??

Apply today!


Apply to be a mentor!

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Mentorship is the at core of tSB’s mission. Many young people in South Seattle report that they don’t have a single adult figure to confide in, all of tSB’s youth have at least one, if not many from our diverse network of mentors, peer-leaders, alumni and community supporters.

Each year adults from across Seattle volunteer their time to build our community and create a lasting impact in our prophet’s futures. Mentoring with tSB is a big commitment, but one that changes lives, both of the youth who participate and the mentors who volunteer.

While tSB staff run and facilitate all of the programs within a thoroughly crafted and time-tested curriculum, we rely on our mentors to be the positive adult presences in our students’ lives. Mentors stay with our students through each program, whether that be out on the slopes on a snowboard or sitting in the next seat during a wednesday night workshop.

We encourage all prospective mentors to apply as early as possible to begin the interview and training process before the commencement of our Core Programs.

Fill out the application online here or 2016 mentor application and return to


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!!