Sonoma Valley Teen Services is gearing up for its next set of Skills for Life – Ready to Work certification courses. Teens who attend all six courses will be qualified for placement into an internship or paid employment position through Teen Services.

The fall session starts Monday, Oct. 6, and runs on Mondays through Nov. 3. Teens meet weekly to learn about resumes, cover letters, interviews and more. Optional additional sessions throughout the winter expose students to careers in retail, marketing, social media, finance and banking. The classes are free and take place on the Sonoma Valley High School campus after school from 3 to 5 p.m.

All area youth, ages 13 to 19, are invited to enroll, whether they plan to go on to four-year college, junior college, trade school or straight into a job after high school. Cristin Lawrence, SVTS executive director, explained, “Teen Services’ Ready to Work program helps teens gain fundamental skills that prepare them for a successful future. Research shows that teens who work in high school are more likely to graduate and have ambitious goals for their future.”

Mentors, parents and teachers are welcome to attend. Teen Services is currently seeking volunteers and assistant instructors interested in sharing their time or expertise. Contact Jodie Taylor with questions, to volunteer or to register a teen for the courses:

Since the Skills for Life-Ready to Work program began in 2011, close to 100 teens have secured employment throughout the Valley including Girl & the Fig Catering, Breakaway Cafe, State Farm Insurance and Whole Foods.