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A Middle School program connecting Hillsboro Youth with their community.

Photo of SPLASH StudentsWho are we?

SPLASH is a group of energetic, enthusiastic and committed students who meet during the school year to learn about and help improve their community. SPLASH members will develop leadership qualities, see community leaders in action by visiting various Hillsboro organizations and use the skills and experience they gain to also serve the community.

What does SPLASH do?

SPLASH is a way to connect Hillsboro middle school students with their community. Our crew learns behind the scenes operations of various Hillsboro organizations. SPLASH members also do service projects like planting flowers and pulling weeds in parks, serving lunch at the Senior Center, and assisting with various Hillsboro Parks & Recreation events.


SPLASH meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 6 - 8 pm starting in November and going through May. Meetings will be held at various locations throughout Washington County, so members can see community leaders in action and learn about how different organizations operate. Some places we may visit include: Hillsboro Police Department, Hillsboro Fire Department, Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center (SHARC), and the Washington County Jail. You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the meetings and service projects. 

Application Process

Image of SPLASH LogoIf you, or someone you know, would like to be involved in this awesome youth program, a SPLASH application must be submitted in full by Friday, October 4. (No late applications will be accepted!) If you qualify for an interview, you will be contacted for a group interview. Interviews will be conducted during lunchtime at your Middle School a couple weeks after the application deadline. As always, we are only accepting qualified applicants, so be sure your application and interview are top notch.

There are a few different ways you can get an application:

  • Download an application 
  • Your Middle School's Parks & Recreation bulletin board
  • Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Administration Office (4400 NE Century Blvd, Hillsboro, OR 97124)

There are a few different ways you can turn in an application:

  • Turn in application form to your school's main office
  • Turn in application form to the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Administration Office (4400 NE Century Blvd, Hillsboro, OR 97124)

Member Selection 

SPLASH members are chosen based on their applications and interviews. Some things considered when making selections include:

  • Photo of SPLASH Students dusting for fingerprints.How great your application looks, if it's complete and turned in on time
  • How well you present yourself during the interview
  • How much you cannot wait to commit your time and enthusiasm
  • Your motivation to grow as a leader
  • Your enthusiasm in giving back to your community
  • Your commitment to attending all the meetings, service projects and events
  • Your ability to take on some fun leadership roles
  • Your attitude about being a team player


  • Attend all (or most) of the 2  hour SPLASH meetings
    • Meetings are usually from 6 - 8 pm and take place every first and third Tuesday of the month
    • If you are going to be absent, contact a SPLASH Advisor before the meeting begins
    • Three or more absences could cause you to be removed from SPLASH
  • Maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (School is way more important than anything else!)
  • Serve for one school year (November - May)
  • Mandatory attendance for at least three service projects (attend as many as you would like)
  • Help plan and execute a City-wide special event for middle school students in the Hillsboro Community
  • Represent your middle school's student body
  • Communicate with other Hillsboro middle school students about SPLASH
  • Advertise for Hillsboro Parks & Recreation programs 


Hillsboro Parks & Recreation
Attn: Stacy El Moussi
4400 NE Century Blvd (Map)
Hillsboro, OR 97124

Call Stacy at 503-615-6530 for more information. We are looking forward to meeting you!

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