New peer support group in Sonoma

The Sonoma Valley Community Health Center is offering a new peer support group for adolescent girls. The program, Teens Standing Together, is being facilitated by Sonoma Valley High graduate Maeve Greenberg, who currently works at the Health Center through the Americorps program. Greenberg graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara in 2015.

The peer support group is open to any girl in the community, ages 13 to 17, and will be held on Monday nights from 5 to 6:30 p.m. starting Jan. 4. The free eight-week program will conclude on Feb. 29.

According to Greenberg, the goal of the teen group is to create a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment for girls where they can discuss different mental, social and physical health issues they face as young adults. “We have a great lineup of local guest speakers who have volunteered to come speak with the girls about these topics, and we also have some fun field trips and activities planned,” said Greenberg. Some of the topics to be covered include stress, violence, drug ad alcohol safety, relationships, women’s health and more.

The group will meet once a week, but Greenberg hopes to offer additional opportunities to get together throughout the week, such as optional study-hall/ homework drop-in, hikes, and dance classes.

Space is limited by girls or parents who are interested in registering or finding out more information can email Greenberg at mgreenberg@svchc.org or call 939-6070 extension 132.