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!!


the tSBoard of Directors is Growing! Will You Join Us?

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Are you interested in joining our board of directors and dedicating your expertise, energy and enthusiasm to helping the Service Board mentor teens to conquer personal and cultural challenges through public service and outdoor adventure?  The Service Board is gearing up to expand to new heights – strengthening our impact, programs and organization for years to come! To learn more about this leadership opportunity and to apply, download this form. Please submit your completed application to Alex Okerman by March 21st, 2015. Many Thanks!



tSB Summer Recap

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Last week we showed off our summer program accomplishments with a tSB art gallery opening at the Piranha Shop. More than 50 people came through to see their photography, silk screens, drawings and blown glass. After student speeches and a graduation ceremony, we premiered their culminating project: this awesome tSB video.

the Service Board – Summer Workshop 2012 from the Service Board on Vimeo.

With help from the rad women at Puget Sound Creative, tSB students learned to storyboard, film, interview and edit to produce the following documentary. Please enjoy, and if you’re inspired, consider making a donation to support more of this kind of programming and vote for tSB through the Chase Community Giving campaign!

Showcase Highlights

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Last weekend the community came out the Level 3 at the EMP to witness an incredible youth-led program featuring performances by students, mentors and friends.

Baati and Marquise had a dance off during the costume contest.

The breaking crew, Panda Bell wowed the crowd.

With their first ever US tour, Baby Goodnight took the stage for the event’s final performance.

Awesome Start!

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Sorry for being M.I.A.! Things have gotten crazy on our end. So far we’ve finished two Undoing Institutional Oppression trainings, cultivated power with Stephany Hazelrigg,  had a wildly successful retreat, learned the basics of Capoeira and had our first snowboarding experience!

Sunday was RAD! With our youth and mentors fitted in gear and boards donated from generous snow giants like evo and Mervin, and SnoCon, we headed east to the Summit at Snoqualmie bright and early. Youth and mentors learned alongside one another, how to buckle into bindings, skate across flat land, dig into our heelsides, and for some, how to carve! After three hours falling and getting back up, we enjoyed an awesome filling lunch from Operation Sack Lunch, then went back to hit the slopes, but this time, we took off onto the lifts!

tSBers practice falling and getting back up at the Summit

Photos courtesy of Jay Chan.

Service @ Labateyah Hall!

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Easter Sunday, tSB volunteered at the United Indian’s Labateyah Youth Home, a transitional living space for 18-21 year old youth. Labateyah Hall had a clothing bank in disarray that needed functional organizing and a classroom with books to be shelved. After a tour of the building’s workout, music, office, and kitchen room, tSBers got to work, sorting out a mountain of black plastic bags, filled with donated clothes.

Upstairs, another crew of youth and mentors were cooking up a brunch. On the menu: golden hash browns, steamed rice, yummy green spinach, fluffy pancakes with butter and syrup, sizzled bacon, and hefty omelette. Yum!

After we ate up the delicious brunch, tSBers played intense matches of fooseball, carded Apples to Apples, drummed and strummed in the music room, pumped iron in the weight room, made hoops in the backyard, strolled in the garden patch, played catch, and even had a friendly dust-mop-stick duel with one of the Labateyah youth. Soon after, a Youth vs. Mentors Ultimate Frisbee game ensued and brought out tSB’s competitive streak. Mentors won this battle.

Closing with gratitude and announcements, you would’ve thought that it was end, but the tSB adventures continued! tSB swarmed over to Ben & Jerry’s for ice cream, bonding conversation, and skateboarding.

A few went to Matt’s house afterwards to paint Easter eggs and visit Njeri, who had injured her ankle. We delivered her own set of Get-Well-Soon Easter eggs. Best Easter ever!

Sunday Service @ Ground Up Yesler

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Last Sunday tSB had their very first Service at Ground Up Yesler! We spent the morning bonding and learning more about each other, and after a meal, headed out to work in the urban garden to help improve the community. Tonight, we’ll be coming together at the International District Community Center for another awesome night of programming: Meet Yo Self! See you there!

In Art 1 and 1 Doesn’t Always Equal 2!

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Another beautiful Thursday spent outside in the sun with Arts in Service! Today, we made a pretty large-scale mosaic with our guest teaching artist, Yeggy. While creating the mosaic, he taught us the importance of spacing in the mosaic, as well as in art in general. He also provided us with the knowledge that in art 1 plus 1 does not always equal 2. There is no right or wrong, and that’s what makes art beautiful and creative. Smart words from a smart man, I must say.

We spent the entirety of the day very focused and determined on finishing, though we had lots of fun: singing along to songs from a very broad range of artists like Backstreet Boys and Lady Gaga and Usher. Ben Nguyen, especially, worked very hard on his lovely sailboat and water pieces. The mosaic’s still slightly in progress, but it already looks pretty darn amazing. It will be showcased along with the other art we create on Thursday, August 5, during the art walk. More details coming soon! 😀

– Tammy, your summer intern J


Ben working hard on his part of the mosaic!

Me, Baati and Mirkana putting the pieces together!

The finished product!!! YAY!