We’re now well into ski season and whenever I get a chance to hit the slopes I think fondly of time spent on the mountain with my grandfather, Dean Papé. He loved nothing more than leading his 14 grandchildren down a run followed by a mid-morning hot chocolate and donut break. His passion for skiing was outweighed only by a desire to see each of us succeed in life. Service, hard work, family and fun were the values he taught by example — exactly what our work at the Papé Family Foundation is built on and what inspires the Service Board.
the Service Board is a Seattle-based organization started by “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” (tSB web site). Last year PFF helped tSB purchase cameras, computers and software that enables students to explore video production.
With their newly honed skills and equipment, a small group of youth received a paid internship to conduct interviews on leadership development and present a video for the executive team at Rudy’s Barbershop in Seattle. Pretty cool!
But back to the slopes. tSB also encourages teens to work through the challenges they face by spending time outdoors. Our local news team in Seattle, King 5, featured a tSB snowboarding adventure. I loved watching the youth get out in the snow and enjoy one of my favorite childhood activities. Thanks tSB, for giving teens the chance to learn new skills and have fun!
*PFF is currently accepting applications for our 2014 Grant cycle. Deadline to submit is March 1, 2014. Forms are available on our grants page.