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!!


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!