Nearly two years ago, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles launched Teen Talk. Teen Talk is a free iPhone app where teens can seek social and emotional support anonymously from trained teen advisors. By the end of 2020, Teen Talk expects over 45,000 teens to download the app and 25,000 of these teens to post a request for help and receive social/emotional support.
TIME magazine, in an article about teen depression and anxiety, noted that teens today have never known a time when terrorism and school shootings weren’t the norm. They’ve been raised in an era of economic and national insecurity, watching their parents weather a severe recession and now the COVID pandemic. Perhaps most important, they hit puberty at a time when technology and social media were transforming society. As one of the teens using JBBBS’ Teen Talk explains, “We’re the first generation that cannot escape our problems at all.”
As a father of 2 teens, I recognize the vital need for their 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 mobile devices.
In order to continue to grow the impact of this critical resource, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles needs additional support. Your gift can change the lives of distressed teens throughout Los Angeles and around the country. If you would like to make a gift to support Teen Talk, please donate here.