Applications are closed for 2022. Please contact LAJTI@JewishLA.org for more information.
Teen Talk App was launched by Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative, also known as LAJTI (a project of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles) is proud to partner with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters to recruit Jewish teens for participation in Teen Talk App. Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters trains volunteer Teen Advisors how to respond to mental health-related posts from teens ages 13-19. It’s a free, safe and anonymous way for teens to request support from their own peers (and users can post 24 hours a day, seven days a week). Licensed mental health professionals supervise the trained Teen Advisors during app hours, from 5-10 p.m. PT nightly. Topics range from a first panic attack to painful breakups and suicidal ideation. The free app is available to download on iOS and Android devices.
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.
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.
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.