Cristin Felso, Teen Services executive director, welcomed teens, family members, staff, board members and friends on Nov. 17 to celebrate the accomplishments of 15 local teens.

Over the past seven weeks, despite the disruption of classes due to the fires, these teens diligently participated in a series of after-school workshops to learn the skills needed for securing their first jobs. They gained self-confidence; learned about the application and hiring process, money management and customer service; completed their first resumes; and participated in mock interviews with local business professionals.

Each graduating teen has now been assigned a personal coach and will be completing an action plan as part of the Ready to Work process. Coaches will work with teens through the job-search and placement processes and will continue to support them for the first 90 days of employment.

Felso acknowledged the network of employers who provide that crucial first work experience and thanked all those who have supported the teens and the Ready to Work program. Recognition was given to RTW facilitator Jennifer Blackwood; RTW Manager Gabby Petersen; the volunteer employment coaches; and program graduates – Sophie Armer, Michel Bernal, Maggie Castro, Yaquelyn Cruz, Nick Diaz, Silvia Flores, Georgia Griffin, Fernando Hernandez, Amanda Horn. Gabby Knudsen, Andrea Labrador, Itzel Montes, Luis Ortiz, Sandy Pulido and James Sorrells.