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Help the Service Board turn $50,000 into $100,000!

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During August, your gift will have twice the impact on Seattle youth who need safe space where their voices are heard.

Our community supporters Fishermen’s Finest, evo and the tSB Board have stepped up to provide a fundraising challenge that will match your donations dollar for dollar for up to $50,000 in the month of August. Please make a donation today and help us raise $100,000 during a critical transition period for tSB. Money raised will help ensure that we have the resources to hire our next great leader, lay a more sustainable path forward and continue serving a critical need for youth.

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You can also send donations to our office at:

the Service Board
4408 Delridge Way SW, Ste 100
Seattle, WA 98106

“One of the greatest things I got from tSB is to ‘push your growing edges.’ You had to step out of your own bubble, you need to try new things, and it was okay through the process to fail and fall because that’s how you learn to grow and better yourself.”

– Maryyah T., tSB alumna

Thank you to our incredible Community Supporters!

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tSB graduation group photo 2017

Congratulations 2017 Graduates!

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In the middle of June, we attended graduations at seven of the Seattle schools—Nova, West Seattle, Ballard, Rainier Beach, Franklin, SW Interagency, and Garfield—for 2017 program participants. It was truly incredible to see these young people walk across the stage and celebrate the culmination of all their hard work.

The amount of resiliency it takes to not only make it through high school but also complete our intensive six-month program is truly astounding. They showed up daily and put in their best efforts and we feel honored to have been able to experience a piece of who they are and who they are becoming.

Being able to attend these graduations in person along with other youth, mentors, and families was DOPE. The energy as each person walked was pure excitement and pride. We can’t wait to see what their futures hold and we hope we will have them back as mentors, snowboard instructors, and staff.

tSB group photo at Mt. Hood 2017

tSB End of Season Retreat at Mt. Hood

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One critical part of the tSB Program is retreats. In 2017 we were fortunate to get to take our participants to Soundview Camp as a program kick-off, hosted an overnight lock-in at the 2100 Building for mid-year bonding, and ended our program at Windell’s Camp & Timberline in Mt. Hood, Oregon.

These retreats create the space for youth and mentors to bond, provide free time for each person to get comfortable, and allow all of us to remember what true, unbridled joy and fun feels like. Finally, they also give us the time to host our ‘heart circles’ where each participant has a chance to be vulnerable about the issues they are facing in life, without interruption and with full support from the rest of the group.

Our time at Mt. Hood to wrap up this year’s program was immeasurably wonderful. We spent a day snowboarding at Timberline Lodge, a truly mind-blowing experience. From Timberline, you can see at least four volcanic mountains and the resort itself is situated on a glacier. It’s an amazing opportunity for our participants to take the skills they’ve been learning all year and enjoy a day of incredible snowboarding. It’s truly inspiring to see everyone having so much fun, trying new things, riding together, and challenging themselves.

We stayed at Windell’s, one of the coolest camps around. The entire grounds are skateable, there’s a mess hall, a giant outdoor trampoline, a huge indoor skateboard park, and a ramp and two additional indoor trampolines that all lead into foam pits!

What’s truly remarkable about this retreat is the unstructured space that everyone has to connect with each other. We really see the magic of tSB here as everyone is included and they play together, teach each other new tricks and games, and truly enjoy their time. Since this retreat comes at the end of the year, the participants have had six solid months to get to know each other and their comfort with each other is obvious. We’re so grateful to our generous donors, corporate partners and the foundations we work with for helping make these amazing experiences possible for the youth, mentors, peer leaders and staff.

tSB Interns get down and dirty

Internship at evo

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I think everyone is dying to know how we survived in blazing 85 degree heat and how the “city-slickers” fared with manual labor farming. You could say I’m normally the ‘eat food but don’t know where it comes from’ type of person but that day everything changed because I was ready to get down and dirty.

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Muna at Caffe Vita

tSB Internships | Muna & John at Caffé Vita

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Muna & John at Caffe VitaGoing into this internship I was extremely skeptical about just what exactly a coffee company could teach me, and now I realize that it can teach me a great deal. Caffé Vita is a company that puts a lot of thought into how their products are made, sold, and marketed.

Before Caffé  Vita I had no idea about the farm direct system. Now I know that farm direct is when a product goes directly from a farm, to the company they are selling to, and then directly to the consumer. Caffé Vita’s farm direct system is just one reason why they produce a superior product.

I believe that Caffe Vita is a superior product because of the way the company tries its hardest to supply the customer with just what they need. From the selections of coffees to choose from, the multiple methods the Caffé  is brewed, and its emphasis on sustainable farming, Caffé  Vita is keeping everyone satisfied while still selling affordable, good tasting coffee.

Caffé  Vita is very community oriented. As a lifestyle brand they cater to the community around them, and understand their community is a key part of successfully marketing their company. When learning about the Caffe Vita lifestyle I started to think about my own, and I have come to the conclusion that theirs is not a specific lifestyle brand for me. Where I buy my make up has a completely different lifestyle brand than where I choose to buy my snowboarding gear. Who I am is made up of many different parts, and that is exactly how I would describe my own individual lifestyle brand.

While learning about what Caffé Vita is about, I have also been thinking about what I am about. I’m quickly learning that having a good sense of awareness is extremely important in knowing what you want out of your work environment, or just out of your life in general. This internship has allowed me to think about what I want, and also about what is available to me. This experience has been eye opening.

Wallace Falls Hike | 2014

Wallace Falls with WILD

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I do not like hiking. I do not find joy in walking for hours in the sun just to see a view. If I wanted to see and pretty view of a waterfall I would pick up a National Geographic or look it up on the Internet. So when my sister Chiloe, who works for tSB, told me that I would be hiking I was less than thrilled…

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