Volunteer Adult Mentor
Are you passionate about empowering the youth? Do you love to make a positive influence? Then, a job as a youth mentor might be right for you. A mentor will coach, listen, engage, support or enable the youth to find their way through life. As a mentor, you may be asked to share life experiences, guide as well as motivate the youth and be a role model to explore life opportunities.
- Motivate and encourage youth and maintain a safe environment for all participants in trainings, meetings, etc.
- Be present during meetings, monitor progress and report any issues or concerns to staff.
- Be willing to hold space for hard conversations, listen to challenges and prioritize self esteem among participants.
- Be compassionate and share your experience as needed to encourage the youth.
- Collaborate with program staff to help manage program activities.
- Understands our mission and vision or is willing to learn.
- Has excellent communication skills and enjoys both one-on-one and group interactions.
- A strong interest in learning about OR previous experience in community building, social justice, or coaching or mentoring youth is preferred.
- A history of following through with commitments and the ability to communicate last minute changes or needs to staff directly.
- Comfortable with some level of ambiguity.
- Experience setting personal boundaries and practicing self care.
Time commitment and Events
- As necessary or applicable, attend free local trainings prior to program
- These will be held on 4 non-consecutive days/twice weekly for 2 weeks in early November (well before Thanksgiving)
- Attend 2 virtual retreats, one in January/February and in May/June
- Attend 80% of regular meetings between January and early June, including:
- Wednesday evenings from 6pm - 8:30pm (held via Zoom), and
- Alternating Saturdays 7am - 4pm for Snowboarding
- Attend final graduation in June (will take place on Sat from 11am - 2pm)
- Build a network of supportive, lifelong relationships with peers and support youth in the community
- Increase your professional. interpersonal, and leadership skills through free trainings and with the support of experienced staff.
- Learn the inner workings of a community based organization rooted in social justice to become an effective advocate for others and yourself.
- All meals (in accordance with dietary restrictions), equipment and supplies provided during program participation.
- Mileage reimbursement for use of personal vehicle at volunteer rate.
- Opportunities to access to industry deals on gear, services and training through a variety of partners in our network.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About The Service Board
5290 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118, US
The Service Board empowers youth to overcome obstacles and build strong community through snowboarding, public service, and a curriculum of social justice.
History:Why tSB is what it is today
In 1994, a young snowboarder named Jay Bateman was killed in a tragic, drug-related murder. Community members saw this event as a call to action: no longer could we sit by while kids grew up absorbing messages of consumption and competition. A group of local activists decided to create a program where young people could come together to laugh, dream, think, and explore the true meaning of community: The Service Board was born. Hard work paid off, and in January of 1995 we opened our doors to high-school students from across Seattle.
In January of 2005, growing demand for tSB from students, parents, and schools led us to launch a second program based in the neighborhood of White Center, an area that is among the most culturally diverse in the region and has one of the highest per capita populations of young people. Due to budget constraints in 2011, tSB community made the decision to unite the South End and White Center programs. Although this was a difficult decision to make, we are excited about reconnecting the two communities during our programming while we plan for an expansion of programming in our future.
Multiple locations Seattle, WA 98118
October 28, 2021
- Must be at least 25
- Orientation or Training
- Attend at 4 trainings in November (6-8p), attendance at 3 virtual retreat (~4 hours each), Attend 80% of regular meetings between January and early June, including: Wednesday evenings from 6p – 8:30p, and alternating Saturdays 7a – 4p