Teen Services Blog

Category - Ready to Work
Posted - 06/08/2019 08:26pm
Teen Services awarded a $20,000 Community Grant from Impact100 Sonoma
BJ_and_Impact_2.jpgBecky Jo Peterson was all smiles as she accepted a temporary check from Impact100 Sonoma for $20,000 to support the expansion of the TSS Ready to Work program.  Thanks to this generous Community Grant, Teen Services will be able to increase the number of Work Readiness courses offered in the next school year and at two new locations: The Club (Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley) and La Luz Center.

Currently, Work Readiness courses are offered five times each year at three locations: fall and spring courses at both Sonoma Valley and Creekside High Schools and a summer course at Teen Services serving a maximum of 100 students total. Each course is composed of five free workshops (10 hours) that cover essential soft skills including: workplace etiquette and culture; time management and communication; job procurement – resume, references, applications and cover letters, and interviewing; customer service; and money management.

This grant will allow us to provide these skills to a greater number of Sonoma Valley teens.

Category - Ready to Work
Posted - 04/15/2019 03:47pm
Congratulations to Our Spring 2019 Ready to Work Graduates!


The smiles were plentiful and with good reason as Becky Jo Peterson, Teen Services Sonoma Executive Director, welcomed teens, family members, staff, board members and friends to celebrate the accomplishment of 32 amazing teens. The event was held Friday, April 12th at the Krug Event Center, Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn. 

Congratulations go to: Naomi Aho, Marisol Aparicio, Natalie Arguello, Laura Benitez, Alaery Carmona, Armando Cazares, Christian Cazares, Aurora Claris, Noe Contreras, Maria Garcia, Sophia Girguis, Dani Grippi, Brianna Guitierez, Juliana Guiterrez, Lily Hamilton, Diana Hernandez, Ramses Hernandez, Annabelle Hunter, Leo Inigues, Armella Irakoze, Breanna Knierim, Nathan Lopez, Edwin Martin, Janette Martinez, Abel Morales, Kapono Myer, Karla Perez, Adal Ramirez, Jazmin Rodriguez, Tita Rodriguez, Victoria Santos, and Rocio Sosa.

For more information and photos, click here.

Category - Career Night,Ready to Work
Posted - 01/27/2019 05:31pm
Teen Services' Career Night focuses on technology

Technology Isn’t Just About Programming

On Thursday, January 24th a group of teens, Ready to Work coaches and board members gathered at Teen Services to learn more about opportunities available in the world of technology—and what a world that is!

Be curious!  Start Learning.  Don’t be afraid of Tech.  Adapt and Learn.


These were just a few of the comments made by Osias Encarnacion (above left), Chief of Staff at Kaiser Permanente, and Diego Latorre (above right) of Keysight Technologies in Santa Rosa, as they shared their experiences on how they arrived at their careers and described opportunities available in various aspects of technology.

To read the full story, click here.

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 - Ready to Work
Posted - 09/10/2018 01:42pm
Become a Job Coach!
Volunteer to Be a Job Coach! 
Share your expertise with a young person entering the work force. 
Come to a training to find out more. 
Call us to sign up! (707) 939-1452
For more information, click HERE.

Category - Ready to Work
Posted - 03/21/2018 02:25pm
Congratulations to our recent RTW Graduates!
There was an air of confidence and accomplishment at the Ready to Work Graduation Celebration on Friday, March 16th held at the Krug Event Center.

Our congratulations to Pollyanna Dominquez Alvarez, Laura Avila-Vega, Chelsey Crespo, Clarissa Escobar, Pedro Galindo-Martinez, Brissa Gonzalez, Ivan Gomez, Erica Lee, Holly Lee, Jose Brian Alfaro Pineda, Alejandra Renteria, Cesar Solis, Christina Standley, Olivia Thorgersen, and Jorge Zamora.

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 - Ready to Work
Posted - 08/31/2017 08:03pm
16 Teens Graduate from the Building Project
Launched in the summer of 2017, The Building Project provides opportunities for youth to gain valuable skills in high-demand career pathways – specifically the construction sector. Participants were offered five Ready to Work (RTW) workshops, 49 hours of hands-on welding and carpentry training, and coaching. They gained valuable work experience for their resumes, met potential employers and industry representatives, and identified next steps for moving into a welding or construction career.
In addition, students earned three elective credits from Hanna Boys School that can be transferred to Sonoma Valley High School (SVHS) or applied toward the Welding Certificate Program at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC).

The class was co-taught by Mike Snowden, Hanna’s vocational instructor; a highly-skilled local woman blacksmith, Anastatia Chiurco, who specializes in ornamental welding; and Diana Planson, who trains future metalworkers and welders and started her own business, DC Metal Works.

For more information on the Building Project, click here.

Many thanks to our partner Hanna Boys Center and our funder Impact100 Sonoma.

Category - Ready to Work
Posted - 07/11/2017 02:14pm
Summer Building Vocational Skills for Success Project is Underway!

The co-ed collaborative class between Hanna Boys Center and Teen Services Sonoma, which spans seven Saturdays from June 24th to August 5th, offers students an opportunity to develop construction skills through project-based-learning with specific focuses on welding, blacksmithing, and carpentry. The project is being underwritten by a grant from Impact100 Sonoma. Tools, equipment, and safety gear have been supplemented through grants from the CTE Foundation and the Exchange Bank Foundation. The class is being taught by Mike Snowden, Anastatia Chiurco and Diana Coopersmith Planson.




Category - Ready to Work
Posted - 02/16/2017 08:57pm
Thank You Rabobank!
Thank you to our friends at Rabobank! 
We were awarded a grant of $1000 for our Ready to Work program!

We appreciate their generous support!


Pictured left to right: Heather Kern, Jane Johnson, our Executive Director, Cristin Felso and Christy Coulston

Category - General, Lovin' Oven, Teen Center, Ready to Work
Posted - 02/03/2017 01:38pm
Sign up for ServSafe and Service Etiquette Classes
Learn skills to work in the food industry!
Both classes are REQUIRED if you want to work for the Lovin' Oven.

ServSafe -Monday, February 20, 4pm – 8pm                 
Service Etiquette - Friday, February 24, 5pm – 7pm                   
Cost is $20 for ServSafe Materials.
Classes are held at Teen Services Sonoma.

Click here to email us to sign up. Please provide your name, age, phone number and email address, and tell us if you are coming to one class or both. We will email you back to confirm.

Category - Teen Center,Ready to Work
Posted - 06/20/2016 08:40pm
Teens Visit KPIX

Teens visit KPIX

A group of our teens recently visited the KPIX News in San Francisco. They were able to meet with the anchors and learn what goes into creating the broadcasts.