ANNOUNCEMENTS:
  • Ready to Work Fall workshop begins at both Sonoma Valley and Creekside High Schools on October 4th. Mark your calendars to celebrate the RTW graduates on November 2, 4:00-6:00 pm at the Krug Event Center, Sonoma Valley Inn. 
     
  • ServSafe and Service Etiquette Class: Held the first Monday of the month from 4:00-7:30 pm and includes dinner. Open to all ages! To register, call 707-939-1452.
  • Dine & Donate Wednesday, October 10th. Please join Mary's Pizza Shack to support Teen Services Sonoma. Bring in this flyer to any Mary's Pizza Shack in Sonoma and 15% of your purchase will be donated to Teen Services Sonoma.  Dine & Donate Flyer
A LETTER FROM BECKY JO

I'm delighted to be a part of this dynamic organization dedicated to preparing our teens for life after high school. The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of trying to learn as much as possible, getting to know the stellar staff, meeting some of our supporters, and gaining a deeper appreciation for the dedication and professionalism of our Board of Directors. In my experience, it's rare to see so much talent in such a small organization, and I believe that is what sets Teen Services Sonoma apart from the crowd and paves the way for a bright future.
 
Our three social enterprises (they are too big to be called micro-businesses any longer!) are so impressive with strong, experienced leadership, great products and services, and the ability to engage teens in a way that teaches them much more than the basic skills they learn in each job.
 
I'm grateful for all the work that Cristin did to pave the way for a smooth transition. The young people we teach, nurture, and support deserve the very best we can give them. Everyone here at Teen Services Sonoma is committed to doing just that and I love it.

I'm enjoying spending time on this side of the Mayacamas Mountains. It's beautiful, the people are friendly, and I hear they make some pretty good wine here too! Thanks to everyone who has welcomed me, and I look forward to your continued support for Teen Services Sonoma.

With thanks,

BREWING A BRIGHT FUTURE

You may recall these smiling faces from our Cowboy Cab event - here is the story behind those smiles!
 
Alison Kilmer (far left) is the Founder and CEO of Upper-Case Tea and The Sisterhood of Tea. Describing herself as an entrepreneur, tea lover, and proud supporter of women's rights, Alison was inspired by the suffragists, who hosted tea parties to mobilize women around voting rights. Her wonderful teas are sold through a subscription service and 15% of all sales are donated to nonprofits supporting women. Alison is also the boss/coach of two of our teens.
 
Olivia and Brissa are both sophomores at SVHS, honors math students and have acquired two other passions: tea and women's rights! They met Alison during the interview process of the 2018 RTW workshops and have been working with her since April. They love what the business stands for - building a sisterhood and empowering women.


They describe Alison as "kind, generous, and very, very smart in business stuff." When asked what they have learned through the job, they simultaneously responded "know your audience." They have also learned important people skills and the complexity of the business operation from the selection and packaging of teas to marketing and sales.
 
They describe the staff at Teen Services as "inclusive, kind, and helpful. They really care about you and want you to succeed in life." They both found the RTW course invaluable, and Olivia gives complete credit to the interviewing skills learned that enabled her to land a second job as the hostess at the Breakaway Café on Sunday mornings.  
 
And a special note from Alison:  Enjoy superb tea and support Teen Services Sonoma Just order your teas through Upper Case Tea, use the promo code SONOMATEENS when you check out, and Upper Case Tea will donate 15% of sales back to TSS!
LOVIN' OVEN IS COOKING UP A STORM!

During the summer, Carol Hoover and her amazing teens did a lot of taste-testing to bring new, nutritious, and delicious foods to sell at the No Name Café. They are currently working on perfecting a healthier version of pizza bites and continuing to serve the very popular Mexican rice drink - horchata - but sweetened with prunes instead of sugar...
 




... and what better way to welcome back students at Sonoma Valley High School than with a specially-designed Dragon Cookie!
   

Plus, every Tuesday afternoon, teen volunteers gather to make a dinner for the homeless clients of Sonoma Overnight Support.


SARAH TAKES THE LEAD AT THE NO NAME CAFÉ

Sarah Pfeiffer enjoyed a rich and diverse cultural heritage growing up in San Antonio, Texas as the only girl in a family of five children. 

After culinary school she managed events at a nonprofit, the Federated Women's Club, a historic landmark. She learned she is passionate about giving back to the community and eventually moved to Napa to work as an event coordinator, wine educator and wine concierge. There she enjoyed pursuing her business and sales expertise. 

Today she is able to combine her passions for giving back and business acumen by working with teenagers at the No Name Café. Sarah also runs an online jewelry business and has a young daughter named Lindsey and a cat named Bam. 
TSS QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"Adrian is everything I look for in a bike mechanic:  knowledgeable, skilled, and a pleasure to work with. No matter what the problem, he is patient and persistent in finding the right solution."
 
From John Riley, a happy customer

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS!

Individuals
Sandy and Dick Drew
Allen Durfee
Osias Encarnacion
Chriss Fife
Hector and Sandra Gonzalez
Ismail Gonzalez
Constance Grizzell
Valerie Henderson
Ann Iverson
Jody Leeds
Charles Musto
Diana Olding
Pat Pulvirenti
Holland Kensington-Routt
Daniel Vinoly
Dave Waldron
Chuck and Cathy Williamson

and our SOS teens...
Carolina, Emma, Fernanda, Gio, Itzel, Jackie, Jacob, Kapono, Mario, Monzerat, Rodrigo, Sandy, Soli, and Soni

Organizations
Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition
Optima Building Services
Warren Roofing and Construction

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