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Teen Talk App

Teen Talk App

Teen Talk is a free mobile app that helps teens get social and emotional support from a group of people they trust most: their peers.

Teen Camps

Teen Camps

Campers entering grades 7 – 10 participate in typical fun camp activities, but also benefit from specialized experiences catered to their interests.

Teen Talk App

Teen Talk is a free mobile app that helps teens get social and emotional support from a group of people they trust most: their peers.

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Teen Camps

Campers entering grades 7 – 10 participate in typical fun camp activities, but also benefit from specialized experiences catered to their interests.

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VENT, SHARE, AND GET SUPPORT FROM A TEEN

Teen Talk App – Teens supporting teens

About:

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 teens 13-19.

Teen Talk App creates a positive space for teens who are looking for support, to vent or to find others going through similar experiences.  Research indicates that improved engagement and connection with peers increases protective factors known to decrease serious mental health crisis in young people.  The positive interaction teens have on the Teen Talk App with a peer is often the first step towards seeking help.  

How it works:

Trained teens advisors are available live on the app nightly from 5pm-10pm PST.  Teens can post on the app 24 hours a day and will receive a response as soon as our advisors come online.  Not ready to post yet, but searching for support?  Our browse tab allows app users to search conversations by topic and read through what other teens are experiencing and how our teen advisors supported them.  Teen advisors complete a comprehensive training prior to volunteering on the app and are supervised during shifts.  

Support that is safe:

Providing a safe platform for teens that are struggling is our top priority.  Only our trained teen advisors and supervisors can respond to teens on the app.  There is no sharing of personal information or direct messaging between users on the app.  We want teens to have a space that they know is safe to share and feel supported.

Interested in learning more about Teen Talk? Email teentalksupport@jbbbsla.org

Teen Advisors

Trained volunteer Teen Advisors are at the core of the Teen Talk App. Teen Advisors serve as a vital support to app users who want to talk to someone their own age who understands what they are going through.  Teen Advisors participate in a thorough 50-hour training and must commit to two shifts per month for one year.  

A Unique Volunteer Experience

Teens in grades 9-12 are invited to apply to become a volunteer with the Teen Talk App.  Teen Advisors complete their volunteer experience remotely, allowing them the flexibility to make a difference volunteering while still managing their other commitments.  Trainings are scheduled throughout the year on different days and times to allow as many options as possible.  Teens are always supervised and supported while acting as a teen advisors on the app.

Comprehensive Training

With a focus on understanding values and bias, the Teen Talk 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 as well as to utilize in their own lives.  Through the Teen Talk training, our volunteers are empowered to become mental health ambassadors off the app as well.  Our advisors often become leaders in spreading awareness and support within their schools, families and communities. 

Summer 2021 Training

Applications for our Summer 2021 Teen Talk Virtual Training Cohort are OPEN. Applications are due Friday, June 4.

The Summer 2021 cohort will be a Virtual Intensive Training, conducted daily Monday-Friday from 10 am – 2 pm each day via Zoom. Training will take place from Monday, June 21 to Friday, June 25 and Monday, June 28 to Friday, July 2.

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Interested in becoming a Teen Advisor? Fill out the below inquiry form to receive future communications regarding upcoming trainings!

Teen Talk Advisor Inquiry Form

Before completing the Teen Talk interest form, please note only teens between the ages of 13-17 are eligible to be trained.
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JBBBSLA created Teen Talk in partnership with Teen Line, with generous support from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles and the W.M. Keck Foundation.

Teen Camps

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