Teen Services Blog

Category - General, Cowboy Cab, events
Posted - 01/11/2020 04:44pm
Save the date for 2020 Cowboy Cab!

The date is set, so mark your calendars for our 2020 Cowboy Cab!
Saturday, May 30, 2020
6:00 - 10:00 pm
Hanna Boys Center Auditorium

Category - General, Events
Posted - 08/28/2019 01:15pm
Teen Services Sonoma honors its amazing volunteers

Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. Whether serving as a Job Coach, applying mechanical skills at Operation Bicycle, chopping veggies in preparation for Lovin' Oven meals, delivering Lovin' Oven cookies, stuffing envelopes, helping a teen with a math problem, adding labels to food products, decorating cookies or making pies, filling in where needed, serving on a committee, or just sharing a conversation with a teen at the Teen Center, each of you who has given your time, expertise, and caring has made a difference.

So how do we usually say thank you? With cookies of course, but this year we expanded the menu a bit and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at Deb and Bob Kweller's home in celebration of our 2018/19 volunteers. 

For more photos of the event, click here.

Category - General,Events
Posted - 08/28/2019 01:06pm
TSS Board hosts Cowboy Cab auction item!


Five lucky couples were the winning bidders of a special auction item at our 2019 Cowboy Cab. They collected their prize last month. As transportation was included, the guests were picked up at their homes and arrived at the beautiful home of Doug Hanford for an evening of fine wines, good food, ridiculously funny games, and camaraderie. From the level of conversation, the amount of food and liquid refreshment consumed, and the laughter and smiles, it appears that the evening was a grand success. Not a one of them looked bored.

Many thanks to Whole Foods for supplying the dinner components and to each of our bidders for supporting Teen Services: Jim and Marcia Carruthers, Christy and John Coulson, Hope and Jack Nisson, Wayne and Celia Schake, and Marcie and Dave Waldron. You made the evening a completely joyful time for the board as well!

For more photos, click here.

Category - General, Cowboy Cab,Events
Posted - 05/17/2019 04:48pm
Cowboy Cab 2019 is right around the corner!!
INVITE_small.jpgWe are polishing our boots and gearing up for our annual Cowboy Cab shindig. We promise a rousing good time, with delicious food and plenty of Cab! This popular country-casual event raises critical funds to support our work with young people ages 14-24.

Of course, there will be appetizers served by our Lovin’ Oven teens, a variety of beverages to enjoy, music, a great dinner, but this year we have a few surprises in store…

You will want to get there early to sign up for some amazing buy-a-spot opportunities – first come, first served!  What a selection: cuddling baby goats, a plein air experience, ceramics lessons, bay land explorations, amazing dinners, and more!

For the live auction, you will have the opportunity to bid on: a dozen date nights, a board extravaganza, amusement park hopping, a unique dinner at London Ranch with Jack and Charmian, an intriguing “date” with a congressman, and a drag race with the Chief of Police? We are not kidding! It just keeps getting better!

To buy tickets, click here!!

Category - General,Events
Posted - 03/06/2019 04:10pm
Napa benefit for Teen Services
Please join us for this fun concert. TSS staff will be on-hand to share information
about the work they are doing with teens and young adults in Sonoma Valley.

Crosswalk Community Church, 2590 First Street, Napa
For information contact beckyjo@teenservicessonoma.org

Category - Ready to Work, Teen Center, Career Night,Events
Posted - 12/04/2018 02:18pm
Culinary Career Night a Huge Success!


A number of new faces joined us at Teen Services on Thursday, November 29th for a special evening with two of Sonoma’s culinary stars: Sondra Bernstein (the girl and the fig) and Nima Sherpa (Sonoma Grille). Both had interesting journeys to share and advice to offer to the young adults who came to learn a bit more about the culinary field.

To read the whole story, click HERE.

Category - General,Events
Posted - 07/04/2018 05:09pm
TSS Wowed the Crowd at the Parade
Teen Services Sonoma wowed the crowds at the 2018 4th of July Parade....  and the judges even got home-baked cookies from the Lovin' Oven!!

Category - General,Events, Cowboy Cab
Posted - 06/12/2018 08:26pm
Chuck and Cathy Williamson Named TSS Champions
At this year’s fundraiser Cowboy Cab, Teen Services Sonoma (TSS) named Chuck and Cathy Williamson as their first annual TSS Champions.
This award will be given out each year at Cowboy Cab to members of the community who guide, support, and inspire TSS to help Sonoma Valley teens and young adults acquire work-readiness skills and experiences that empower them to succeed in a career of their choosing.

This year’s Cowboy Cab was held at Tyge Williams Cellars Barn at Cornerstone on Sunday, June 10th. Nearly 300 people gathered to learn about the expanded Ready to Work program that now includes personalized job coaching and serves more than 300 teens each year. Executive Director Cristin Felso described how TSS is now making a longer-term investment in our youth, introducing them to and preparing them for not just a job, but for a career. “We are initiating a Career Readiness tier that includes a career fair, job shadowing, industry-specific training and coaching in specific career pathways.”

Cristin introduced Chuck and Cathy as two special friends to Teen Services who always encouraged such initiatives. “I cannot even begin to enumerate the times and the ways that Chuck and Cathy have been there for us over the years – whether it be to establish our commercial kitchen at the center, offer guidance and advice, bring fresh fruits and vegetables, applaud and encourage our Ready to Work graduates, kick off our End of the Year Appeal, help with our ad campaign, the list goes on and on.  They are always there for us.”

It was a fitting end to a wonderful evening to have Chuck and Cathy put aside their cowboy hats, don a new TSS Coach hat, and pose for a picture with the teens they have supported through the years.  Chuck stated, “We are very pleased to accept this award. We can all remember our first job, and we are delighted to support Teen Services Sonoma. We are pleased with the continuing impact that TSS is having, reaching parts of the community that are increasingly in need of more support.”

Category - Ready to Work,Events
Posted - 11/20/2017 12:37am
Congratulations to our 2017 Ready to Work Graduates!

The smiles were plentiful and with good reason as Cristin Felso, Teen Services Executive Director, welcomed teens, family members, staff, board members and friends to celebrate the accomplishment of 15 amazing teens.

Over the past seven weeks, despite the disruption of classes due to our tragic fires, these young people diligently participated in a series of after-school workshops to learn the skills needed for securing their first jobs. They gained self-confidence; learned about the application and hiring process, money management, and customer service; completed their first resumes; and participated in mock interviews with local business professionals.

Each graduating teen has now been assigned a personal coach and will be completing an action plan as part of the Ready to Work process. Coaches will work with their teens through the job search and placement processes and will continue to support them for the first 90 days of employment.

Cristin acknowledged the incredible network of employers who provide that crucial first work experience that empowers our teens and thanked all those who have supported the teens and the Ready to Work program. Special recognition was given to RTW facilitator, Jennifer Blackwood; RTW Manager, Gabby Petersen; the volunteer employment coaches; and, of course, the graduates:

Sophie Armer, Michel Bernal, Maggie Castro, Yaquelyn Cruz, Nick Diaz, Silvia Flores, Georgia Griffin, Fernando Hernandez, Amanda Horn. Gabby Knudsen, Andrea Labrador, Itzel Montes, Luis Ortiz, Sandy Pulido, James Sorrells

Teen Services is extremely grateful to MacArthur Place, Saddles Restaurant, and Director of Food and Beverage, David Daniel and his staff for generously donating the venue, sound system, and set-up for this special event.


Category - General, Events
Posted - 07/05/2017 05:58pm
Teen Services joins the 2017 4th of July Parade
Teens, staff, and board members from Teen Services Sonoma joined in the fun at the annual 4th of July Parade in the Plaza. 




For more images, click here.

Category - General, Benefit,Events
Posted - 01/30/2017 06:01pm
Crushers of Comedy supports Teen Services
comedy_nite_1.jpgOn January 28th, a sellout crowd at the Krug Event Center mingled, laughed, sipped, and munched – all to support Teen Services Sonoma. The benefit event was put on by Crushers of Comedy, a stand-up comedy production company based in Kenwood, that promises that “you'll laugh out loud, learn about and drink wine, and eat delicious local food.”  The crowd was not disappointed.

The wines were supplied by Cline Cellars and Muscardini Cellars and tasty appetizers including yummy spiced nuts, delicious tangy lemon bars, lovely fruit skewers, and decadent banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies were provided by Teens Services' Lovin' Oven. The Krug Center also provided many local cheeses to add to the treats.
Many thanks to all who joined us and to all who contributed to the wonderful event!

Category - Events,Fundraiser,Benefit
Posted - 12/31/1969 10:00pm
Support Teen Services Sonoma and Enjoy Great Comedy!

Tickets are on sale now for the Crushers of Comedy show on January 28th! 
There will be excellent comedy, appetizers from the Lovin' Oven and fabulous wine!
Proceeds from the show will benefit Teen Services Sonoma.
Click here for more information and to buy tickets!