Teen Services Blog

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, Teen Center, Lovin' Oven
Posted - 06/06/2018 12:30pm
A typical summer day at TSS…

It was not unusual that there was a high level of energy with only a few days before our annual fundraiser – Cowboy Cab – but this day was beyond the expected.

Joellyn, TSS Administrative Assistant, was creating table numbers for Cowboy Cab. Lovin’ Oven Coordinator Carol was in the kitchen getting things ready for cooking for the homeless shelter. Six girls sat around a table set up in front of the TV screen teaching Norma, Teen Center Coordinator, how to decorate Cowboy Cab cookies.  Four new job coaches arrived to join the summer cohort who were having their first RTW workshop in the classroom. And there was a bearded dragon in our accountant’s office.



To explain the latter… Merlise, our accountant, is heading off on vacation and TSS is dragon-sitting while Merlise is away.


Just a typical day at Teen Services Sonoma!

Category - General, Teen Center
Posted - 04/15/2018 07:15pm
TSS Girls' Group enjoys a variety of activities...
TSS Girls' Group enjoys a variety of activities from a scavenger hunt in the Sonoma Plaza to yoga at the Teen Center.

A Scavenger Hunt in Sonoma Plaza

Yoga at the Teen Center

If you are interested in joining the Girls' Group, contact Norma Martinez - [email protected].

Category - General, Teen Center
Posted - 08/30/2017 12:47pm
Joelynn joins Teen Services!
Joelynn.jpgJoelynn was born in Santa Rosa. Upon graduating from Piner High school, she lived abroad for many years and started a family. She recently graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College with an A.A. in History, and is now continuing her education at Sonoma State University. Joelynn has worked with children most of her life - as a mother, mentor and childcare provider. She has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for many years in addition to volunteering as a Girl Scout troop leader of older girls in Sonoma Valley for four years. Working as a role model and teacher with youth to improve their lives is her passion. She looks forward to bringing her knowledge of the community and her passion for helping youth to Teen Services Sonoma.

Category - General, Teen Center
Posted - 07/28/2017 01:50pm
Soroptimist to support Girls Group

Soroptimist International of Sonoma Valley have pledged $5,000 to help us form a new Girls Group at the Teen Center that will begin in the fall. Teen Center Coordinator Gabby Petersen will run the program. More news to follow.


Photo: Soroptimist members meet with TSS staff


Category - General, Operation Bicycle, Teen Center
Posted - 05/14/2017 07:48pm
Operation Bicycle visits Stuart Creek!
On May 10th, Adrian loaded up the van and headed off to a new place to explore – Stuart Creek in Glen Ellen. When they arrived, they were met by TSS board members Judy Scotchmoor and Doug Hanford plus Tony Nelson, a biologist and program manager with the Sonoma Land Trust.

Tony__Doug__and_the_teens_from_Teen_Services_Sonoma2.jpgAfter some brief introductions, Tony started off the conversation by talking about the steelhead trout that used to frequent Stuart Creek and the decision to re-route the creek in the hopes that they will return.

Doug, the landscape engineer in charge of the project, talked about the challenges his company faced, including bringing in 4-ton boulders to prevent the creek from straying from its new path.  

After a few questions from the boys, there was ample opportunity to explore the creek and perhaps the highlight was the discovery by Filemon of some tadpoles upstream. Now we will await news from Tony as he waits to see what kind of frog is inhabiting the creek!!


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.