The Service Board needs you!

Seattle is a dynamic city with numerous resources for young people, but many kids have no positive role models — they can’t name a single person who wants them to learn more, to like being who they are and to learn about what really counts.

Without that one person – or 30+ people in the case of tSB! – young people can too often slip through the cracks. tSB turns kids on to their own abilities, teaches them to try crazy new things (getting dirty cleaning up a local greenbelt, making sandwiches for the homeless, riding a chair lift, etc.), and instills in them the love and understanding of 30+ other people experiencing common joys, jokes and sadness.

We connect kids to what counts in themselves and others, and they leave tSB’s six-month program fired up to make a positive impact in their community.

Learn more about being a part of the Service Board as a youth, mentor or volunteer below.

Apply to be a prophet (youth)

Are you a high school student? Live in Seattle? Looking for opportunities to grow? Have a contagious laugh? You qualify to be a tSB prophet!

We accept applications for the winter program in the fall.

What to know before you apply to the Winter Program:

  • tSB meets every Sunday & Wednesday. Wednesday meetings take place at the Lodge Room in Washington Hall from 6-8:30pm (153 14th Avenue | Seattle, Washington 98122)
  • On Sundays, we alternate between community service and shredding mountains!
  • There’s a $35 fee per snowboarding trip, limited scholarships are available. (We provide the gear, lessons and buses to the mountain)

the Service Board operates by scouting Seattle and the rest of the world for the best mentors and prophets. What does that mean? Everyone is encouraged to apply! In the past, we have had community leaders, local politicians, music producers, designers and photographers and former Olympiads grace the Service Board with their presence. With diverse backgrounds and life experiences, our mentors and prophets bring more diversity and “exotic ingredients” to add to the tSB stew.

Download the prophet application

Apply to be a mentor (adults)

Each year adults from around Seattle volunteer their time to build community and make a difference. Mentoring with tSB is a big commitment, but one that changes lives, both of the youth who participate and the mentors who volunteer.

What does it take?

  • Be present and consistent: tSB meets twice a week from January – June (check out the 2014 Calendar here), plus you’ll be involved in some extra activities with tSB students. Each mentor will have 5 excused absences, but consistency is really important.
  • Listen: The most important thing you can do is listen to the youth in the program.
  • Participate: Bring your skills and experience to program and learn alongside our community. Be your awesome self.
  • Give some rides: We can provide bus passes for students, but if you drive a car you will definitely get some requests for rides. (We will provide gas cards when we’re able!)
Download the mentor application

Apply to be a volunteer

Calling all volunteers! the Service Board would not exist without support from our community. It is important to us that as we ask our youth to commit to service and building community that adults are modeling this commitment.

If you don’t have enough time to be a mentor but still want to be involved, the Service Board sill needs you! We are looking for able and willing volunteers to help with Wednesday dinners and snowboard instruction. Even a stray appearance at a service project will be enough to give you (and us) the warm and fuzzies on the inside.

Some roles have deadlines, but you can sign up for others at any time. Check out some of the options below:

Meal team: A critical volunteer role, tSB’s success is reliant on the depth of the relationship between mentors and youth and we bond best when sharing a nice homemade meal on a program day. For one, two or as many meals as you are willing to coordinate, this volunteer role prepares the food for program (approximately 50-60 people). Essentially, we’ll provide the budget, you make the food! Runs December – June.

Service project partner: Join us as we do good in the community, service projects (even just one) are an awesome way to interact with youth.

Snowboard instructor: Are you (at least) an intermediate rider who is comfortable teaching? Do you have patience to work with youth? We provide mandatory on and off-mountain training in December each year for new instructors. If you miss this date, we can have you join as a guest this season. Application deadline Dec. 1st.

Skateboard instructor: Are you an experienced skateboarder with an interest in teaching? Are you available in the summer time? Do you like working with youth? Let’s chat about our Summer Program and ways to get involved with teaching our Youth how to Skateboard all over Seattle. Application deadline tbd

Photographer: A picture is worth a thousand words. We seek photographers for our programs year-round for our blog, media and thank you cards. Photographers and videographers can help us share our story with our stakeholders. We would love to see and become a part of your portfolio!

Administrative: Do you have a passion for Excel spreadsheets or special skills with databases? Are you a magician with glitter and glue? We always have a need for people to support us in the office. If you know your way around Microsoft Office, Salesforce or like getting dirty while hand-making thank-you cards, you could be an administrative volunteer.

Events: We have a few big events each year and need support with registration, serving food, set-up/clean-up and running auctions. If you have a passion for events, this is a job for you (and a great way to be introduced to our community).

Special projects: Do you have a really specific set of skills that you want to bring to a small organization? We are always in need of graphic designers, web developers or really smart, skilled people. Have an idea of what you want to do for tSB that isn’t on this list? Let’s talk!

Are you ready to get involved?
Fill out the application and then mark your calendar: tSB Volunteer Orientation occurs the 3rd Thursday of every month from 6:30pm-8:00pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Please RSVP to volunteer@theserviceboard.org or call (206) 324-7771.

If you have any questions about any of our volunteer opportunities please email us at volunteer@theserviceboard.org or call us at (206) 324-7771 and ask for Jill!

Apply to volunteer