December 2014

A Note from Cristin,


Sneaking in a short newsletter to close out 2014 at Sonoma Valley Teen Services.  I'm amazed at what we've accomplished this year, and beyond excited to see what 2015 has in store for us, especially the endless opportunities that await our teens.  Be on the lookout for an updated facade at the teen center, and the roll out of a new visual identity and name in 2015!


If you're a last minute holiday shopper like the rest of us, be sure to check out the information below about Operation Bicycle's bike sale tomorrow, December 13th at the Teen Center.


And if you're still looking for that perfect gift, consider a donation to our organization in the name of a friend or loved one.  We'd love to have your support to carry our mission to employ teens and empower dreams!


Happy holidays and wishing you much health and good fortune in the new year!



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Cristin Lawrence
Executive Director
Sonoma Valley Teen Services
Reporting on "Ready to Work"

Skills for Work and Life 2014  

Attentive students in a Ready to Work workshop.

"Ready to Work" is SVTS's work readiness workshops, on the job training and job placement services. 

We have just completed our Fall 2014 session of our Ready To Work program, with facilitators Nancy Dome, CEO of Epoch Education and Osias Encarnacion, IT Manager for Kaiser Business.  The six-week series included Orientation, Employment 101, Resume and Cover Letter Writing, Money Management, Interview Techniques and Dress for Success and Mock Interviews.

We also held our first "What Employers Want" session in collaboration with The Sonoma Valley Economic Vitality Partnership and local businesses.  It was a successful question and answer panel with over 20 teens in attendance and a 30-minute Mocktail and the end of the session, where the teens had one-on-one conversations with all the employers.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners, local businesses and community members who gave their valuable time and support to make this Fall sessions a huge success; North Bay Whole Foods, Whole Foods Sonoma, Sonoma/Glen Ellen Market, Umpqua Bank, WestAmerica Bank, Sonoma Fairmont Mission Inn, the girl and the fig, Bolt Staffing, Grandma Linda's Ice Cream, Dutch Bros. Coffee, SAY, Hanna Boys Center, Epoch Education, Laurie Decker and Rayne Dessayer.


Another successful series of workshops, and another graduating class of prepared teens, ready to enter the workforce!
LOVIN' OVEN: Mark Your Calendars for Bread Loaves!

We held our 3rd annual Holiday Pie Sale this past Thanksgiving, which was a huge success thanks to all our community support!  Our teens, alongside chef Rich Treglia, baked a total of 271 homemade pumpkin, apple crumb and pecan pies.  We would also like to say a special thanks to realtors Jacque Scott, Christine Benson and Tiffany Knef who purchased pies for their clients, to Whole Foods for their kind donation and to Rich Treglia for giving his time and expertise to help our teens experience a true culinary event!


We are getting ready to hold our 1st Holiday Bread Sale.  The Lovin Oven teens will be baking

Apple Cinnamon Nut, Persimmon and Banana Breads.  The will sell for $10.00 per one pound loaf.  You can call 707-939-1452 or email to order.   You can pick up your order Tuesday, December 23rd  from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Sonoma Valley Teen Center located at 17440 Sonoma Hwy. Hurry and get your order in! Supplies are limited!!


And a special thank you is in order to Impact 100 for providing us with a grant to purchase and install a state-of-the-art commercial walk-in refrigerator, without which, we would not be able to turn out delectable offerings like pies and loaves, not mention our ever-popular chocolate chip cookies!

OPERATION BICYCLE: Bike Sale Saturday 12/13
Just a preview of the dozens of bikes that will be available for purchase!


Still need a gift to buy for that someone special??  Then come to Operation Bicycle's semi-annual bike sale this Saturday, December 13th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Teen Center, 17440 Sonoma Highway.  There will be an array of low priced, recently tuned, already assembled, used bicycles to choose from. Styles include kids' bikes, mountain bikes, cruisers and more.  Rain or shine, and we'll be serving hot chocolate and baked goods to purchase made by our own our Lovin' Oven kitchen!  

Olive Bash to Donate Proceeds to SVTS!
Join friends and neighbors on January 16 from 6-8:30om at the newly reimagined Krug Event Center at the Sonoma Valley Best Western Inn and be treated to olive-inspired bites paired perfectly with Sonoma wine and the wonderful sounds of a Bossa Nova band.

SVTS's teen Lovin' Oven chefs along with Rocket Caterers will create Olive Season hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds will benefit Sonoma Valley Teen Services!  Contact the Sonoma Valley Inn or SVTS for more information.

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Sonoma Valley Teen Services is funded through private donations, special events and grants, we do not receive state or federal funding and we are so grateful to the community for supporting the work we do on behave of Sonoma Valley Teens!


Thank you for your continued support! 


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