• Be a Sponsor - Be a Star: Our Cowboy Cab sponsors help underwrite the costs of our event, allowing more of the event proceeds to keep our teens smiling.
  • April Yard Sale : Teen Services will be holding a yard sale on Saturday, April 25th. If you have any good quality items (household, outdoor, camping, gardening...) to donate, please contact Joelynn by email or call 707-939-1452. Please do not just drop off. Items accepted until April 10th.

The verdant green of the Sonoma hills speckled with golden poppies is surely a harbinger of Spring and all the good things that come with it. New beginnings are everywhere! At Teen Services we are excited about completing our second cohort of the Lovin' Oven Culinary Academy (LOCA), preparing for the April 1st launch of Team Up focusing on teambuilding skills, and the Dream It. Be It. program for girls sponsored by the Soroptimists of Sonoma Valley.
We are deep into planning for our May 30th Cowboy Cab event and hope you will join us at this fun, country-style shindig at Hanna Boys Center. We've changed locations, moved back to a Saturday night, and promise great food and beverages, plus a few additional surprises this year.
Cowboy Cab will provide an opportunity for me to thank you in person for all that you have done to support our efforts. You may have donated interview clothing for our teens or other items to fill our needs, made a financial contribution toward one of our programs, volunteered your time and expertise helping our teens directly, or you have simply played the role of cheerleader for the work we are doing. You all help us march forward to create an impact on the teens of Sonoma Valley and live up to our motto: Employing teens; Empowering dreams. Thank you.

Thank you so much,


Thanks to funding from Creative Sonoma and Sonoma Plein Air Foundation, a unique sculpture is taking shape at the studio of artist and sculptor Martin Munson . Each week Alondra Perez (left) and Leila Whitney (middle) join Marty to learn the skills involved in creating a 9-foot, kinetic sculpture made of recycled bicycle parts and culinary items. Together, the three determined the general design of the tree and the teens have learned about weight, balance, form and space, as well as a variety of welding techniques. The end result will be the Tree of Possibilities on which hang flattened spoons and metal leaves imprinted with words about teen hopes and dreams for the future.
All Sonoma Valley teens are invited to create the leaves and share their sentiments. Stamping will take place at Teen Services, Sonoma Valley and Creekside High Schools, Mentoring Alliance locations, Art Escape, and Boys & Girls Club (The Club) later this month. For exact dates, contact the project manager, Pat Meier-Johnson .
The tree will be installed outside of Operation Bicycle in Vailetti Plaza and the ribbon cutting will take place on Saturday, April 25 at 1:00 pm. Plan to join us and enjoy the Tree of Possibilities!
Teen Services extends its thanks to Marty Munson and our funders as well as artist Pat Meier-Johnson who serves as the project manager and her husband, film maker and journalist Russ Johnson who is documenting the entire project. This has been an amazing team effort.

The Spring RTW class had every reason to be smiling at their graduation on Friday, March 6 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm at the Krug Event Center. After completing 10 hours of work-readiness training with instructor Jennifer Blackwood, they received their Ready to Work Certificates with a renewed sense of confidence, an impressive resume, and a set of successful interviews with local businesses.

Congratulations go to: Ashton Andi, Grace Atkinson, Aidan Blackwood, Charlotte Bridant, Liam Dudy, Jayden Fulkerson, Joanna Grippi, Gianna Gruenhagen, Madison Hammond, Sofia Iniguez, Leilio Lis, Cristian Moreno, Morgan Phillips, Carlos Gutierrez Rodriguez, Dominic Rossetti, Diego Salazar, Armando Santos, Veronica Santos, Jack Savage, Maya Suazo, and Sebastian Ward.

Our thanks to guest speakers Drue Jacobs from the woodworking department, Wendy from the College and Career Center, and Marcus Alphin, a banker with Wells Fargo Petaluma who spoke about financial literacy; and a huge thank you to our Job Coaches: Barry Ansell, Chriss Fife, Gayle Geary, and Sydney Randazzo.

We add a special note of appreciation to Chef Paloma and the Lovin' Oven for delicious appetizers and to Kendall Comfort and Laci Swan at the Krug Event Center, Best Western Sonoma Valley.

SATURDAY, MAY 30, 6:00 - 10:00 pm, HANNA BOYS CENTER
2020 brings a few new highlights to Cowboy Cab:
  • We have a new location: Hanna Boys Center
  • We are bringing in a new voice: KTVU Sports Director Mark Ibanez will be our auctioneer
  • We are providing a new twist to the delicious dinner - it will be served family style and catered by Catherine Venturini from Cuvee Catering
But never fear, you can still expect:
  • yummy appetizers and desserts provided and served by teens from Lovin' Oven
  • great wines, beer, and other liquid refreshments
  • music for your listening pleasure and end-of-evening dancing
  • an opportunity to sign up for distinctive Sonoma County experiences
  • the chance to raise your paddles for some unique auction items and our important Fund-a-Need
  • a few surprises!
Be sure to get your tickets soon to guarantee a space and take advantage of the early bird price of $150 or please consider becoming a Cowboy Cab Sponsor for special recognition in assuring that we reach our fund-raising goal.

Ready to Work at La Luz
Thanks to funding from Impact100 Sonoma, we will be offering a special session of Ready to Work (RTW) for the group of Spanish-speaking adults enrolled in La Luz's upcoming Building Trades Training Program. This course is specifically designed to enhance the building trades training as participants will learn how to look for jobs on-line, research a company they may want to work for, write a resume, and pick up tips on money management. The classes will be held at La Luz Center in April.

A New Career Path Option
As Pets Lifeline prepares to move into its new state-of-the-art facility in 2020/2021, they are also expanding their programming to include a Veterinary Shelter Assistant Training Program for Youth. Teen Services is very excited to partner with PLL in this effort through which teens will be trained to work at their animal shelter and other area veterinary clinics and hospitals. PLL experts will provide 18 hours of classroom instruction and practice labs plus 6 hours of job shadowing. TSS will help the graduates prepare a professional resume and cover letter and coach them to improve their job interview skills. St ay tuned for additional details.
SATURDAY, MAY 30, 6:00 - 10:00 pm, HANNA BOYS CENTER

Marcus Alphin
Barry Ansell
Mike and Joan Buckley
Jean Hopeman-Chambers
Michelle Clark
Kendall Comfort
Rayne Dessayer
Chriss Fife
Sarah Gaschler
Gayle Geary
Ronald Harrison
Ann Iverson
Pat Meier-Johnson
Deb and Bob Kweller
Leslie Medine
Larinda Merkins
Marcia Petersen
Valerie Pistole and Jeffrey Walter
Sydney and John Randazzo
Ann and Barry Reder
Judy Scotchmoor and Roland Gangloff
Joelle Smith
Tom Sours
Laci Swan
Chuck and Cathy Williamson
Allen Zhao

Body Best Collision Center
County of Sonoma
Maselli & Sons, Inc.
Optima Building Services
Parsons Lumber and Hardware
Sonoma Speedway, LLC
Sonoma Valley Soroptimist Club
Team Ghilotti
Women's Fellowship, First Congregational Church

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