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December 2017
End of the year updates about TIPS Community Events, Volunteer Activities, and more!
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A Note from TIPS Executive Director

It is hard to believe another year has come and gone here at TIPS. It is amazing to see how far we have come; with a growing annual cohort of more than 50 teen interns. This year’s interns completed this program with enthusiasm and maturity, and I am inspired by their approach to making a difference at their nonprofit placements.


We are grateful to you, our supporters who were there to make 2017 a year to remember.  Without you, we would not be able to provide life changing opportunities to so many teens. In effect, your helped our local nonprofit partners accomplish their summer goals, producing services for more than 6,500 people.  The community is a better place because of you! Thank you!


On behalf of TIPS staff, board of Directors and alumni, we wish you peace and happiness this holiday season, and in the year to come!


Linda Tessier
Executive Director

Catching Up with TIPS Alumni

Below is a message from the TIPS Alumni Association:

TIPS Alumni are dedicated leaders who continue to serve their communities, and it is often the case that their internships have directly impacted their personal and professional lives. This month, we would like to feature Joel Bervell and his story about how TIPS helped him pursue medicine! 

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Through my summer internship at Seattle Children’s Hospital, provided by Teens in Public Service, I built relationships with pediatric patients ...shadowed various physicians in different departments, and even served as a counselor at Stanley Stamm Camp, a camp dedicated to children who are unable to attend other camps due to unique and often complex medical needs.

It was my first high intensity exposure to the field of medicine and I loved every second of my internship. Now, years later, I’ve recently graduated from Yale University with a degree in Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology, am currently in graduate school at Boston University studying Medical Science, and look forward to applying to medical school in a few months. In everything I do, [the patients I met] continue to inspire me. Thanks to TIPS, I have had the incredible opportunity
to discover my enunciation moment and pursue my passion for medicine.
- Joel Bervell, 2011 TIPS Intern

SAVE THE DATE Sunday, January 28 2pm - 5pm, downtown Seattle: TIPS Alumni Association Winter Warmer -  Join fellow TIPS Alumni for a meet and greet with your 2018 Alumni Association Board. Warm up over hot cider and cocoa and enjoy light refreshments and networking with Alumni from across 20 years of TIPS!  We'll reconnect over our past and present community partners and share about the future of TIPS!  Stay connected with us on Facebook and LinkedIn for updates or email to ensure an invite to this fun afternoon!  To learn more about our 2018 Alumni Board visit us online.

TIPS Intern Applications are Now Open!

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Teens ages 15-19 can now apply to work with TIPS as a nonprofit intern in the summer of 2018.  All internships are paid by TIPS and formed to create an impact on the nonprofit organizations where the interns work. During the summer, interns receive leadership trainings while gaining real workplace experience; learning about the needs of their community while making a difference.

Know a teen who loves giving back and is active in their community? Please encourage them to apply for the TIPS summer internship program! 

For more information on how to apply, please see our website. 

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TIPS Fall Luncheon Review


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This event was a significant success for TIPS; exceeding our fundraising goals and enjoying the occasion to share in our accomplishments with the community. We heard from an amazing group of speakers and TIPS alumni, and we are so proud of the TIPS community supporters who are invested in developing tomorrow’s public service leaders.

You can read a full recap of the luncheon and access photos on TIPS blog. You can also view videos of speakers from the luncheon on our YouTube channel!

Get Involved: Ways to Give Back 

Charitable giving is one of the main ways you can support Teens In Public Service, but not the only option for giving back! Did you know each hour a community member volunteers helps TIPS increase our program capacity? Last year, volunteers contributed nearly 80 workdays in volunteer hours, alone!

We have several upcoming opportunities to stay involved with TIPS. Please contact Maddie Cohen ( if you are interested in any of the following volunteer roles:
  • TIPS Board Member 
  • 2018 Luncheon Committee (Feb – Nov)
  • 2018 Selection Committee (March – April) 
  • Public Speaking
Thank you to our community members who served as volunteers in 2017! Your time and input facilitated the development of 50+ teen leaders dedicated to their community.


TIPS Nonprofit Partner Program

Year after year, TIPS works with an amazing cohort of teen interns and nonprofit organizations to make a tangible impact on the clients and neighborhoods they serve. Many of the nonprofit organizations TIPS partners with stay on as summer internship partners for several years. 

We are thankful to partner with organizations that can provide a valuable learning experience to our teen interns, while also tackling several key issues in the Greater Seattle Area such as early education, poverty and homelessness, and environmental advocacy.

If you or another organization you work with would benefit from working with a summer intern, please drop us a line or review our information about applying for a TIPS Intern. You can view a full list of the nonprofit organizations TIPS has worked with since 1997 on our website.

 “Young people can be incredibly brilliant if presented the opportunity and this is a program that highlights that.”
- Tammy Do, Amara
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Thank You to our Corporate Sponsors!

Thank you to our 2018 Internship Program corporate sponsors! 

Sponsors of Teens In Public Service allow our organization to provide meaningful summer work experiences to Seattle area teens. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, TIPS is able to develop professional leadership skills in our incredible interns.
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