Teen Talk App provides a free, anonymous, safe space for teens to request support from trained peers and learn from others with similar experiences. The free app is available to download on iOS and Android devices for teen users 13-19 years old who can post 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Posts range from a bad breakup or first panic attack, to self-harm, suicidal ideation, and child abuse or sexual assault. Posts can only be responded to by our trained volunteer Teen Advisors who are supervised during app hours (nightly 5:00-10:00 PM PT) by licensed mental health professionals.

Training Program

Prior to signing up for shifts throughout the month, Teen Advisors undergo an extensive application and interview process as well as a 50-hour training. With a focus on understanding values and bias, the Teen Talk App training exposes teens to the variety of experiences they will encounter on the app. Teens learn reflective communication skills, crisis intervention, and how to recognize the signs of mental health struggles. Teen Advisors are trained to provide a nonjudgmental space for teens to vent and feel seen by their peers. Teen Advisors learn coping skills throughout their training to support users and utilize in their own lives. Through the Teen Talk App training, volunteers are empowered to become mental health ambassadors off the app as well. Our advisors often become leaders in spreading awareness and support with their school, families, and communities. In addition, the framework of the training is infused with Jewish values.

Commitment

Once a teen completes the 50-hour training, they must commit to two shifts per month for at least one year. These shifts are two hours long and done remotely from home via the Teen Talk App dashboard that is utilized by all Teen Advisors and Supervisors. In addition, teens must attend one Continued Education session per quarter. These sessions are facilitated by Teen Talk App Staff or guest speakers to further enhance teens’ knowledge around the topics discussed on the app. In addition to the continued education, there will be two gatherings for the Teen Talk App + LAJTI Cohort, which are required. These gatherings are focused on continuing education and community building.

Learn More about the Teen Talk App from Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters

Interested in joining the Teen Talk App + LAJTI Cohort? Applications are due by Friday, December 31.

 

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If invited, interviews will be held on Sunday, January 23. Proof of vaccination is required due to the in-person commitment. This opportunity is only open to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Please note that siblings will not be accepted into the same cohort.

Training will be held in person at 11150 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90064 from 9:45 AM-2:00 PM (PST) on the following dates:

  • Sunday, 2/20
  • Sunday, 2/27
  • Sunday, 3/6
  • Sunday, 3/13
  • Sunday, 3/20
  • Sunday, 3/27
  • Sunday, 4/4
  • Sunday, 4/24
  • Sunday, 5/1
  • Sunday, 5/15

If you have any questions about the Teen Talk App + LAJTI Cohort, please reach out to LAJTI@JewishLA.org.

The Teen Talk App + LAJTI Cohort is offered in partnership with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles. Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative (LAJTI) is co-funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Jim Joseph Foundation, with seed funding provided by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.