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In 2020 Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley and Teen Services Sonoma began discussions to merge the two organizations in an effort to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of programs available to teens in Sonoma Valley. The two organizations started working jointing out of the Teen Services Sonoma space at 17440 Sonoma Highway as discussions continued about possibly merging the organizations formally. The merger was finalized in March of 2021 and now the teen programs of Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley will be known as Teen Services and will include all the wonderful workforce and career readiness programs Teen Services Sonoma was so well known for, as well as the academic support, leadership, volunteerism, and post-secondary preparedness programs of Boys & Girls Clubs. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley is honored to carry forward the tremendous legacy of Teen Services and all the incredible folks who made it the success it was for so many years.

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“I love working with Sonoma Valley’s teens and helping them dream of, and work toward, the successes they will have in their lives. As a former Club Member myself, I know the impact this program can have on teens and I am so proud to be a part of it.” – Eric Gonzalez, Teen Club Director, BGCSV Alum

Current Programs & Activities



2020-21 School Year Program Information

For information on currently scheduled programs an activities, please see the images above, or visit our Instagram or Facebook pages. For general program information, please see below:

College & Career Exploration

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Our teen program offers many opportunities for our youth to explore options after High School. We offer free college and Trade School tours throughout the year as well as workshops designed to prepare you for life after High School. We partner with the Sonoma Valley High School College and Career center to off multiple Financial Aid, and College Application workshops.

Aside from the college opportunities we provide, we also have many opportunities for job exploration. Through our job site tours and job coaches, we give our teens the chance to think about future careers.

Volunteer Opportunities & Community Engagement

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Helping out in the community is a staple of our Teen Program. Our teens typically complete over 800 volunteer hours each year. Membership to our THE CLUB is free, but members are required to participate in community volunteer efforts to earn their memberships.

Helping out in the community is a staple of our Teen Program. Our teens typically complete over 800 volunteer hours each year. Membership to our THE CLUB is free, but members are required to participate in community volunteer efforts to earn their memberships.

If you are looking for hours for, or support with a Senior Project, hours for a class, or anything else our staff can help find the right opportunity for you!

Keystone Club – Leadership for All

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Our Club is all about leadership values and finding your voice. That’s why we have our own leadership program that meets once a week at our Club to find ways to better our community. We host activities for community partners, volunteer at special events, and volunteer with a variety of other local non-profit organizations.

Keystone is a group for teens of all walks of life who are looking to make a difference in their community with like-minded teens.

Lovin’ Oven

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The Lovin’ Oven Culinary Academy is a cooking school for Sonoma Valley teens interested in working in the culinary field.  The 30+ hour program includes:

  • Basic knife skills
  • A cross-section of worldly cuisine
  • Essential cooking techniques currently employed in the industry
  • An orientation to the terminology, equipment, and procedures you can expect to encounter in a professional kitchen
  • Front-of-house customer service training
  • ServSafe food handler’s certification (required by California law to work in any food establishment)
  • Experience cooking and serving for the public

Graduates receive job references, a chef’s knife, a $100 stipend, and job shadows with local culinary businesses.

Ready to Work

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This series of highly interactive, engaging workshops targeted for teens is taught by industry professionals. The classes focus on preparation for the working world and cover topics ranging from general employment behavior to advanced networking skills. Session topics include Orientation and Job Skills, Employment and Experience, Resume/Application Process, Money Management and Interview Attire. Teens also participate in mock interviews, although many outstanding teens have been hired from those interviews, and all teens receive ongoing Job Coaching to ensure their success after the program. Learn more about Ready to Work here.

Operation Bicycle

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Operation Bicycle is a community bike shop, located at 207 Nino Marco Square (right on Sonoma Highway). The bike shop staff and volunteers work with teens to repair used bicycles for sale and provide maintenance and repair services for the general public. Teens learn valuable mechanical and customer service skills. They are also given access to space to repair and service their own bikes. Learn more about Operation Bicycle here.

Other programs and services available to Sonoma Valley teens includes:

  • Staff and volunteers that help ensure their path to success
  • 1:1 case management with college and career counselors
  • College readiness support including SAT prep, application fees, college tours, and more
  • Work-readiness with assistance in resume building, on-site job tours, and interviewing skills
  • Scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors
  • The Keystone Leadership Program: A peer-driven service-based leadership development group that provides leadership and volunteer opportunities for teens
  • Girls United: Discusses sensitive issues regarding healthy relationships, bullying, drug and alcohol use, and body empowerment
  • Additional programs including Sports Club, Healthy Cooking, and Art Therapy

Each year we celebrate our most outstanding teens at our Youth of the Year event. Youth of the Year takes place in November and is our premier youth recognition program for all Club members. We recognize Members of the Year from each of our locations, along with the Carole Downing Volunteer award, and the Athlete of the Year Award. Our teen finalists, chosen from our Teen Club, will share their personal stories of hard work and success. One of our teen finalists will be chosen by a selection of panelists to represent BGCSV as the Youth of the Year.

The Club at Teen Services Sonoma
17440 Sonoma Highway
Sonoma, CA 95476
Club Cell: 707-775-1284
Serving grades 9th through 12th

Eric Gonzalez, Teen Program Director
[email protected]

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