We’re looking for our next fearless Executive Director!

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Job Opportunity: Executive Director

the Service Board (tSB) is hiring! We seek a strategic and passionate Executive Director to shape, inspire, and lead the organization’s future in collaboration with a skilled staff team, deeply committed community, and talented Board of Directors.
At tSB, we often say we ‘move mountains.’ Yes, you will move mountains in this job, but you’re not alone. Our community of young people, adult mentors, alumni, and volunteers work together to build and grow the organization. The next Executive Director will lead this passionate community of supporters and bring enthusiasm and experience to the challenge of operating a small nonprofit with limited resources, in a region with rapidly changing demographics.

About tSB

tSB was founded as a call to action in 1995 in response to a drug-related murder of a young snowboarder. The founders knew then what is true now: The world is complex and youth are vulnerable. However, given the right combination of exploring their passions, having positive adult role models and engaging in service and adventure, youth will thrive and impact the communities around them. The organization has consistently been a small organization with a large influence, serving 66 youth in 2016, with a 2017 operating budget of $320,000, a staff of four, a 14-member Board of Directors, and over 100 adult mentors and community volunteers.

Our Mission

Mentoring teens to conquer
personal and cultural challenges
through public service and
outdoor adventure

Our Vision

Teens and young adults reach
their fullest potential and thrive

Our Values

Service | Social Justice
Adventure | Integrity
Community | Communication

Our Secret Sauce

tSB believes that together we’re better. Much better. Our collective strength is what leads to our greatest impact and success. Our secret sauce is facilitating an intensive mentoring approach between positive adult mentors and youth that is grounded in deeply authentic and reciprocal relationships. Built through shared experiences on the mountain, in program and in the mutual journey of self-discovery and empowerment, the relationships in our organization’s community embrace love, compassion, unbridled fun, and the complexity of life.

Our Programs

tSB fills the need for strong and connected communities by fostering a deep sense of life purpose, an ethic of public service, and a conviction in the personal ability to shape the future in high school aged youth. Operating in emerging, though traditionally under-served and institutionally neglected neighborhoods that lack sufficient community programs and safe public spaces, tSB reaches the most vulnerable youth. Our unique programming approach combines a social justice and leadership curriculum with adult mentorship and access to the outdoors. Throughout the year we run three structured programs:

The Core Winter Program

Each year, the Service Board brings together a group of approximately 50
high-schoolers and adult mentors from a broad range of academic, racial, cultural and economic backgrounds to engage in a demanding six-month program. Program participants meet twice weekly as a full group from January
through June, with weekend activities rotating between intensive service learning projects and snowboarding, hence our name: the Service Board.

The Peer Leader Program

Each fall, tSB works with eight returning youth selected to be Peer Leaders. These youth receive leadership development and facilitation training to provide guidance and direction not only to our core program, but to our
organization as a whole. Peer leaders support tSB by interviewing employees, volunteering at events, fundraising, recruiting & selecting program participants, and lending feedback to crucial organizational decisions, to name a few.

The Alumni Program

In 2016 we launched a new eightweek New Heights summer program
and paid internship that focuses on career and professional skill development, goal setting, and financial responsibility for alumni of tSB ages 18-22. New Heights enables tSB to make good on our promise to help close the opportunity gap for the youth who participate in our core program. Young adults in New
Heights benefit from workshops and panel presentations from tSB staff
and professional coaches as well as internship site placement and job coaching.

The Opportunities and Challenges Ahead

In 2016 tSB’s Board of Directors adopted a strategic plan covering a four-year span (2016-2020). It builds the framework to increase organizational alignment, build our program outreach and depth, make significant investments in staff, and secure the financial resources necessary to continue building a community of leaders and changemakers who will give back to tSB for years to come. The next Executive Director will lead a passionate
community of supporters and bring enthusiasm and experience to the challenge of operating a small nonprofit with limited resources, in a region with rapidly changing demographics.

About the Position

The primary role of Executive Director is to ensure that the Service Board has the financial and human resources it needs to achieve its mission, provide leadership in implementing the goals and objectives of the organization in line with our mission and laid out in the Strategic Plan, serve as chief spokesperson to the public and key stakeholders, oversee program operations, and manage the Service Board’s dynamic staff. Key responsibilities include:

Leadership and Vision
• In partnership with the Board and staff, assure the Service Board is engaging in a long-range strategy that achieves its mission
• Provide leadership in organizational planning, financial management, and youth programming
• Maintain working knowledge of and ability to articulate trends in the field of mentoring, youth development and, social justice. Create competitive strategies, partnerships and plans to anticipate and respond to those trends

Fundraising and Communications
• Oversee and support the creation of a comprehensive development plan, leading to a broad and diversified funding mix
• In partnership with the Development Manager and the Board of Directors, identify, cultivate and solicit individual donors, business sponsors, and foundation funders
• Build and maintain relationships with donors by involving them in the organization and strengthening their understanding of what their gifts make possible
• Ensure the Service Board effectively markets itself and its programs to prospective mentors, students, donors and other constituencies

Financial Management and Fiscal Oversight
• Manage the fiscal security of the organization, including working with the Finance Committee and Development Manager to create and manage annual budgets and operate within budgetary constraints
• Ensure that sound financial practices are developed, followed, and maintained
• Report to the Board of Directors regularly about the financial health of the organization and develop and implement contingency plans if needed

Staff Management and Program Oversight
• Maintain a positive and strong organizational culture that helps employees and volunteers feel valued and attracts and retains competent, caring staff
• Manage, coach, mentor and motivate staff to ensure that tSB provides the highest quality services on a consistent basis
• In partnership with the Program Manager, develop strategies for sustaining and growing programs, exploring new program development opportunities, and ensuring that ongoing programs are evaluated
• Attend a portion of program activities to form relationships with volunteers and youth and experience the magic of tSB

Board Engagement
• Keep the Board well informed regarding the management and condition of the organization and crucial issues affecting its present and future
• Encourage excellence in Board performance through collaboration, communication and education. In cooperation with the board, involve each board member at an optimum level

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for this position will have passion, energy, and drive for the Service Board’s mission and values, a profound belief in the ability of young people to make a positive impact in their community, and enthusiasm for adventuring on the mountain! Our next leader will bring a variety of experiences, qualities and competencies, including:


• 3+ years of nonprofit management experience at the executive leadership team level
• 3+ years managing and working with staff, interns, youth, and consultants and working with a Board
of Directors in a collaborative team environment
• 3+ years of raising a budget of $300,000+, primarily through individual donor cultivation,
solicitation, and stewardship as well as foundation grant writing.
• 3+ years of working in the youth development field
• Strong fiscal management and budgetary leadership with budgets of $300,000+
• Connection to local organizations, networks and communities
• A bachelor’s degree


• Able to maintain and build a strong team to carry out the mission and operations of tSB
• Integrity and a commitment to professional ethics, values, and equity
• Fundraising tenacity with an ability to create and fulfill a development plan
• Strong speaking, listening, and written communication skills, including use of social
• Adept at inspiring and celebrating a diverse community of youth, volunteers, and supporters:
enthusiastic, authentic, self-assured, approachable, appreciative, and charismatic
• Demonstrated skills in building long term relationships and networking to catalyze
participation and support from a wide array of partners and community volunteers
• Experience thinking and making decisions strategically, as well as for planning and measuring

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time exempt position that reports into the Board of Directors and requires a willingness to work some evenings and weekends with occasional travel within the state as well as regionally. The expected salary range is between $60,000-$75,000 DOE. tSB offers a benefits package that includes medical insurance, 12 days of vacation with longevity accrual increases, 12 paid holidays, and 12 days of sick leave. tSB is located in the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in Seattle’s Delridge neighborhood.

To Apply

Apply online by clicking on this link: https://cloversearchworks.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0mlmr

You will be prompted to upload your cover letter and a resume. Your cover letter should be no more than two pages in length, and include how your professional experience, interests, and passions align with the mission and purpose of the Service Board, answering the questions: Why the Service Board? Why now? No paper or email submissions, please.

Consideration will be given to applications as soon as they are received; we encourage early applications. All applications will be acknowledged via an email receipt and will be held confidentially within the hiring committee. Interviews for the position will take place in July and early August; the anticipated start date is early to mid-September.
the Service Board is an inclusive organization, fostering and drawing on leadership from communities of color, LGBTQ communities, immigrant communities, and emerging leaders. We strongly encourage applicants from these communities to apply. the Service Board is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Employment and program policies of the Service Board are nondiscriminatory with regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

Posting Date: June 2, 2017
Applications will be accepted through: June 30, 2017
Questions regarding this opportunity: can be directed to Dana Guy, co-chair of the Search Committee. Email: dana.m.guy@gmail.com | Phone: 206-890-1191

Havana Nights Cocktail Party, May 18

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You are invited to a special cocktail hour with tSB's closest champions, cheerleaders, and community members.

May 18, 7:00-8:00 PM

Havana Social Club

This event is free to attend.

We suggest a donation of $150 or more to cover the cost of a young person attending our two night, end of season retreat in May and to support our mission of mentoring teens to conquer cultural challenges through public service and outdoor adventure.


Our Goal is to raise $7,000!
All proceeds from the event will fund our end of season retreat and shore up our safety reserves.
Donations of up to $1,500 made the night of will be matched by evo!

Love to dance? Stay after the cocktail hour and join the tSB community in dancing to soul music spun by Nitty Gritty, eating tacos, and sipping on cocktails, all in support of tSB.

Dance Party Details:

  • Havana Social Club, 8:00 pm-Closing, Free Admission (21+ only)
  • Drink proceeds from the “Signature Move,” draft beer, and house wine benefit tSB
  • Taco truck proceeds benefit tSB

A special thank you to our sponsors:

Soiree: Helping You Plan an EPIC 2017

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New Orleans Jazz Escape

This Experience Includes:

  • 3-night stay in a standard guest room at the Hyatt French Quarter New Orleans
  • Admission for 2 including skip-the-line status to the Preservation Hall of Jazz
  • Jazz brunch or 3-course dinner with wine pairing for 2 at Commanders Palace Restaurant
  • Round-trip coach class airfare for 2 from within the 48 contiguous U.S. to New Orleans, LA
  • Winspire booking & concierge service

NASCAR Driver Experience

This Experience Includes:

  • NASCAR car racing experience for 1 at your choice of participating locations throughout the contiguous U.S.
  • 2-night stay in a standard guest room at participating Hyatt Place hotels
  • Round-trip coach class airfare for 2 within the 48 contiguous U.S.
  • Winspire booking & concierge service

Enjoy a package for one participant that provides classroom training AND the ability to drive real NASCAR Sprint Cup cars on a professional super speedway track during two 8-minute racing sessions.

There is no lead car to follow and no instructor riding with you. Personal racing instructors communicate with you using 2-way radio racing electronics, as well as be your spotter, coaching you during the racing sessions and helping you achieve fast speeds safely. Passing is allowed — pass the slower cars as you catch them, putting the pedal to the metal and seeing if you have what it takes to be a NASCAR driver!

The 3-hour experience begins when you arrive at the race tracks infield at the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage. After check-in, get suited up and attend the Drivers Meeting with the Crew Chief that covers all training, instruction and a video presentation. Package includes a graduate certificate, souvenir license, liability and insurance.

Participant must at least 18 years of age or older, be in good physical condition, and have a valid drivers license. Because of safety reasons, cars are restricted to those under 6’7″ tall and weighing less than 270 lbs. Minimum height requirement 5′. Note: Additional driving experiences can be purchased at the time of booking.

tSBIG News

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Dearest tSB Community,

I’m writing today with sincere appreciation, abundant love and humble confidence to share that I will be transitioning out of my role as Executive Director at the Service Board over the next few months to pursue new career opportunities that have recently presented themselves.

While this has been a hard decision, tSB could not be in a better place. Finances are healthy, our incredible staff team is rock solid and core program 2017 is already filling up. Additionally, our board and community are wrapping up a 6 month long inclusive strategic planning process that will position the new leadership to carry us into our next unified and bold chapter.

Serving as the Executive Director at the Service Board for the last two years has been the greatest honor and privilege of my personal and professional life. I am so very grateful for all the relationships I have built-the tSB prophets who are literally changing our world, the mentors and volunteers who pour their hearts and love into our community, donors who believe in our mission and show up year after year, and the board and staff who work their hardest to ensure tSB continues to be the impactful and life changing organization we have always been.

Despite my career taking a new direction, my support of and belief in tSB are not. I will forever champion tSB’s cause and I am so grateful I can continue to see you all at program happenings, events and out and about in Seattle.  

Alex Okerman
Executive Director

Dear Everyone,

As Alex moves into his next chapter, we’re grateful to him for taking the Service Board to new heights. No really–under Alex, tSB launched New Heights, a program dedicated to continuing engagement with tSB youth after high school. Alex has been a strong leader, supporting the staff, the board, and most importantly, the youth with his endless energy, focus, and positivity. He’s amazed us all with his exhaustive fundraising efforts and he fearlessly oversaw a strategic planning process that has given us a five-year plan and decision framework. “The Alex Years” have been good indeed.

While it’s always sad to see a leader of Alex’s caliber go, he leaves us in very strong standing. Best of all, he leaves us with an interim director whom we are very excited about. Stepping into the role is Chiloe Barrera-Cloyd, who’s gained great strategic insight into tSB over the past two years in her role as Program Manager. She’s excited to “see the whole puzzle” by taking on broader responsibility. As a woman of color who participated in tSB as a youth, she understands the power of taking on this role, and hopes to begin a legacy of a leadership ladder through which our youth take more ownership of the organization. Chiloe wants to provide stability and a connection to the organization’s past and her historical knowledge will provide continuity as we enter a period of change.

At this point, our ED search is on schedule and running smoothly and we hope to announce a new ED in early 2017. We’ve curated a thoughtful balance of board members, staff, and community stakeholders who are working hard to steward the process.

tSB has been working its mission since 1995, fueled by the love and financial support of our community. Your ongoing support is as important as ever during the transition. The snow will soon be falling and we look forward to seeing you on the mountain!

Yours in community,
Mary Cadera
Board Chair

Program Coordinator Needed!

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Hi tSB Fam,

It is official. We are looking for a new Program Coordinator for this coming year. We are looking for someone committed, energetic and passionate for working with youth. Because we love the idea of hiring somebody from in the community, we are conducting a brief but competitive hiring process.

This person will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating and facilitating the development of relevant weekly programming incorporating peer and youth leadership, mentor support, and community partners whenever possible.  
  • Maintaining regular records, reports, and reflections on community status at all times including attendance, family groups, weekly emails and online updates.
  • Professionally and compassionately addressing issues and individuals in a timely manner in accordance with tSB Community Agreements and Values.
  • Honoring and developing gifts and capacities of Peer Leaders, volunteer mentors, and youth participants.

Compensation & Timeline:

Full time (32-40 Hours weekly), $18 to $21 Hourly DOE. . Medical, dental, sick leave and vacation time included. Season passes to the Summit at Snoqualmie and Stevens pass available.

Start date November 21, 2016.

Please submit your Cover Letter and Resume to jobs@theserviceboard.org by Monday, October 10, 2016, no later than 5PM. Questions can also be emailed to jobs@theserviceboard.org or by calling 206.324.7771  

For more details here are the announcement and job description:

Intern & Internship Spotlight: Asian Counseling & Referral Services And Nouriyah

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ACRS promotes social justice and the well-being and empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities – including immigrants, refugees, and American-born – by developing, providing and advocating for innovative, effective and efficient community-based multilingual and multicultural services.

Nouriyah’s Thoughts

What do you know about ACRS and tell us how your internship is going so far.

ACRS is a non-profit organization that provides social and behavioral services to people in the community, a majority of whom are Asian refugees or immigrants. This includes help with employment, citizenship, immigration, and health. My supervisor is Yong Lim, the Program Supervisor for ACRS’s employment and training services. I assist some of my co-workers at Job Club, helping visitors fill out job applications and producing resumes and cover letters. Outside of Job Club, I help Yong with typical office tasks such as filing and inputting data. This is my first time in a traditional office setting so it’s all a new experience to me.

What kind of skills do you want to gain by the end of your internship and what personal skills have benefited ACRS already?

By the end of my internship, I hope to strengthen the patience I have with others. In high school, I learned the hard way that not everyone learns and understands everything at the same rate. Helping non-native English speakers at Job Club is pushing me to be more patient, kind, and sympathetic towards them. I have to pay attention and be polite when I can’t understand someone, and adapt towards every individual’s needs. It has pushed me out of my comfort zone, but is definitely helping me grow to be a more understanding person. Since I had never worked in an office before, all the tasks Yong made me do for the first time were new to me. But I think being a quick learner has definitely helped me. Yong always seems surprised that I get work done so quickly. Although the tasks she assigns me are pretty basic, I try hard to be as efficient as possible.

Do you see yourself having a relationship with ACRS or any similar companies in the future?

I am not afraid to admit that I am still figuring out what I would like to do in the future. I am currently trying to double major in International Relations and Communications, considering a minor in Education, and I have interests in a number of other things that are not school-related. Although, as an IR major, I have to take two years of a language, and I am starting Arabic this Fall. I can potentially work for governmental or non-profit organizations where I can use Arabic to help translate. ACRS is a good resource for non-English speakers and I can see myself potentially working for ACRS or similar organizations.

Would you say your internship opened up any other fields of interest in your career path?

I am still undecided about my career path, but my internship has definitely opened my eyes to what I can do with International Relations and Communications. I don’t think that I can work in a traditional office setting, but I’m glad that I’m getting the experience now.

If you could change anything specific from your internship, what would it be and why?

I wish that I could see the other departments at ACRS. I specifically intern for Yong so all the work I’m doing is assigned by her. ACRS is a big organization and I feel like I can learn a lot more about what it does for the community by stepping outside of our office.

Are there any attributes you will carry forward into your future from interning at ACRS?

I’m learning to be a lot more professional and responsible by just being at my internship. I’m surrounded by adults so much that I feel out of place because I know I look a lot younger than my age. I used to think that I carried myself pretty well, but I almost felt like it wasn’t enough when I walked into ACRS. It’s the typical office experience and it was a bit startling to know that I wasn’t seen as a kid by the people around me. Wearing business casual attire and listening to my co-workers speak to each other was all too real. It’s a different world out there. My internship makes me feel like an actual adult.

Tell us about an experience where your skills were put to the test.

I think it was my very first day at ACRS and it was also my first time at Job Club. After Yong gave me a tour, she was quick to throw me in the computer lab where Job Club was taking place. I decided to observe one of my co-workers who was helping a woman look at job listings on Indeed. I was thrown off guard when the man behind me asked me if I could help him. Although I had experience searching for jobs on my own, it was a completely different ball game at ACRS because I have to help make the perfect application based on little knowledge without previously knowing the people. I used my computer skills to help the man upload his resume onto the website, and then used my research and writing skills to help him with a cover letter. I had never written a cover letter before, not even for myself, so I was panicking on the inside. My co-workers were busy helping others, so I forced myself to stay calm, take it slow, and appear confident. After half an hour, we successfully wrote a simple cover letter for the janitorial position that the man was applying for.

Would you recommend others to intern/volunteer at ACRS?

I think it takes a certain person to really enjoy interning/volunteering at ACRS. People who are a lot more outgoing and active probably wouldn’t like it as much as someone who’s quiet, likes to be organized, and is up for doing random assignments. I admit that the work can be a bit tedious, but I also find it relaxing at times.

New Heights Panelist: Personal Finances and Affordable Living

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How do we start saving for the future? What are easy ways to save, even on a tight budget? Should I get a credit card to build credit for the future? How does credit even work? We will be answering these questions and many more during this week’s panel discussion.

Panelist Bio’s

Kory Kumasaka

Counselor, community worker for past 25 years.  All around good guy, likes naps, Air Maxes and books.  Values human connection and new thoughts more than money but likes money more than being broke.  Education is knowledge, not always intelligence.

Sara Bloom

the Service Board’s newest team member, joining as the Development Coordinator. As the Development Coordinator, Sara focuses on fundraising, grant writing, community engagement, budget management, and helping ensure that tSB has a long, successful, and stable future ahead of them. She was lucky to be raised by parents who placed a strong emphasis on financial discipline and is continually learning how to be a better manager of her own funds and future.

Alex Chin

Graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Currently employed as direct sales outreach, A/P, and warehouse manager for a commercial-industrial LED lighting specialist.

Investment Profile: Long-term IRA and Roth IRA positions for tax management and retirement planning. Real estate investments made as a side income to W-2, focused on positive cash-flow and long-term appreciation. All investments are structured to minimize personal time commitment and evaluated on 5 year windows with 20 year horizons.

Intern & Internship Spotlight: The Seattle Foundation and Lauren

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About The Seattle Foundation

Seattle Foundation’s mission is to ignite powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. Grantmaking is a major way Seattle Foundation invests in the future of Greater Seattle. Each year, we award grants to hundreds of nonprofit organizations working to make meaningful and lasting change in our community. We vet these organizations carefully and stay in close touch.

We are excited to have Lauren support our Community Programs grantmaking and research team.  This summer Lauren is helping Seattle Foundation increase our community impact by co-designing methods to gather feedback and learn about community priorities.  She’s also contributing to our learning and evaluation model by diving deeply into our 2015 grants dataset and helping us tell our story of impact.

Lauren’s Thoughts

Tell us a little about yourself, your personal goals, and where you are at in life.

My name is Lauren and I am an incoming junior at Ingraham High School. At this point in my life, everything seems to be about school. As of now, I am working to get my IB diploma and finish off my last two years left of high school. Although school is usually something that students would describe as stressful and/or boring, education is something that I really value in my life. I’ve known that I wanted to go to a prestigious college ever since I was in middle school and since then, getting into my dream university has been my ultimate goal. When I’m not in school or studying, I’m probably practicing my viola, hiking, or catching up on my favorite blogs. A few other goals I have are to travel outside of the states, start a gratitude journal, and to begin each morning with meditation!

Tell us what you have learned about Seattle Foundation and what you have found to be relevant to your personal interests.

I had little knowledge on Seattle Foundation before starting my internship but I am so incredibly grateful that I ended up with them. The foundation works with a lot of cool non-profits, some of which I have even volunteered at/been involved with. The overall goal of Seattle Foundation is to learn how to better the community and then implement an action plan. I think it’s really awesome how Seattle Foundation strives to create positive change because that is exactly what we need in our city.  That kind of hospitality is what I appreciate the most and I am happy to now be a part of the team who are responsible for making Seattle a much more vibrant place.

Would you say that this internship has been beneficial to you and your growth?

The most beneficial part about this internship to me is the actual work experience. I have to keep track of my hours, complete tasks diligently, engage with other people in a professional manner, use new computer software, and on top of that, stay organized. These are all skills that I will need for the future so I’m really glad I got a head start. I’m excited to apply all of the knowledge I take from this internship and bring it with me back to school and later in life when I start my own career!

Have you learned of any new job opportunities or avenues that you did not know of before?

Yes, actually it’s funny because I always see all of these skyscrapers downtown and never bother to wonder what people actually do in them. After my first day, I realized how much actually goes on in them. The Seattle Foundation itself is only on one floor of (I’m guessing) thirty and within that floor there are probably a few dozen offices each for specific people with specific roles. I have never pictured myself working in an office after college, but I kinda liked the overall ambiance at the office- very organized and orderly. Probably because I’m a neat freak.

What have you learned specifically from your internship site hosts that you found to be helpful?

Specifically, because I do all of my work on my laptop, I have definitely improved my computer skills. I would say I am now competent at using Microsoft excel and Survey Monkey. More importantly, what comes with that, is my increased ability to problem solve. Although I love new technology, it can sometimes be hard to navigate, so I’ve been testing out different methods of how to complete my tasks and learning as I go.

What do you wish you could have known before you started this internship?

There isn’t much to be honest. Maggie and Aaron are both incredibly nice people and they are very clear when giving directions so I haven’t really faced any obstacles so far. I guess if I had known I was going to be doing so much computer work I would have freshened up on my coding skills or familiarized myself better with some of the software we have been using.

Have you noticed any changes in your perspective? Maybe on how you see non profits, on the kind of work you have been doing, on what your future goals are, or anything?

Working AT a nonprofit and working WITH nonprofits has made me realize the importance of such organizations in our community. Not only are they crucial to the economy by providing steady jobs and stimulating other facets, but they provide so much for the people. NPO’s help all citizens to voice their aspirations, needs, and concerns for consideration by policy makers which is the first step to creating inclusive and flourishing community. This internship has opened my eyes to all of the efforts that these organizations are making to help make King County a better place to live in.