About our Core Program

Each year, the Service Board brings together a group of 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 from January through June, with weekend activities rotating between intensive service learning projects and snowboarding, hence our name: the Service Board.

The Core Program curriculum addresses five core competencies:

  • Self-knowledge
  • Ethic of service
  • The arts
  • Job-readiness
  • Civic leadership

Music, snowballs, fresh food and a sense of community are the common threads that tie the Core Program together. the Service Board emphasizes the importance of youth empowerment, supportive community, and promoting positive risk-taking to build youth leadership skills. In accordance with our unique mentoring model, each mentor serves the program rather than an individual teen, giving tSB youth a range of strengths and resources from which to draw.

Before you apply to the Core Program:

  • We begin accepting applications for the 2019 Core Program in October
  • tSB meets Wednesdays & Saturdays from January – June, starting Saturday, January 19th for our Kick-Off & Gear Day
  • On Wednesdays, we engage in active workshops centered on our youth-led, social and environmental justice curriculum
  • On Saturdays, we alternate between community service and shredding mountains!
  • There is a $35 fee per snowboarding trip, but scholarships are available – nobody will be turned away for inability to pay. We provide the gear, lessons and buses to the mountain.

The deadline for Prophet applications has been extended to Friday, December 21st. We will notify you if you have been selected into the program by early January. Questions? Check our FAQ, contact our Program Manager, Cole Story, by emailing cole@theserviceboard.org, or call our office at 206-324-7771

Apply to be a Prophet (youth)
Each year adults from around King County 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, 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!

The applications to be a mentor for our 2019 Core Program are now closed. If you are interested in other ways to support our program, please reach out to our Program Manager, Cole Story, by emailing cole@theserviceboard.org