JBBBSLA Teen Talk Update

During this global pandemic, social distancing is required to diminish Covid-19, but the #saferathome order by no means provides comfort in the way that it sounds. There is no blueprint to determine how these days of enormous uncertainty, anxiety, loss of loved ones, loss of parents’ jobs, online schooling, social separation and more will affect all of us, especially our youth. Teens are especially vulnerable as they add these stressors to their already challenging adolescent years.

 

Nearly two years ago, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles launched Teen Talk – a cell phone app that provides social and emotional support to teens. Now more than ever before we are seeing Teen Talk as a critical lifeline to teens in Los Angeles and around the world.

There are currently over 27,000 teens using the Teen Talk app in over 100 countries. Teens post on the app with requests for support and guidance. Their posts are answered by a trained Teen Advisor who has completed a rigorous 50-hour training program.

Over the past few weeks the number of posts has grown exponentially, and we have increased the hours our Teen Advisors are available to respond. In addition, our newest training group is completing their training sessions virtually so we can have more trained teens to meet the growing needs of their peers.

Teens today are aware of the vital need for one’s mental well-being, not just physical. No vaccine will ever provide prevention from emotional challenges but JBBBSLA’s Teen Talk app provides teens the emotional support they need exactly when and where they have easy access – in the palm of their hands, on their cell phones.

Your generosity enables us to support and reach so many more teens in crisis. If you would like to make a gift to support Teen Talk, please donate here.

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