Volunteer at TEEN LINE


If you are interested in applying for our Fall 2014 Training group, please view our application by CLICKING HERE. Please download it first before filling it out. Applications are due Tuesday September 2, 2014.

If you would like to view more information about volunteering at TEEN LINE, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions here. If you would like to be notified via email once applications for future training periods have been posted, please submit your email address here.


TEEN LINE’s staff carefully screen and select approximately eighty teenagers a year for hotline and outreach training. They complete a sixty-hour training program emphasizing specialized listening and communication techniques.

Topics discussed include crisis intervention, family life, cultural diversity, values clarification, sexuality, addictions, abuse, self-destructive and life threatening behaviors.

TEEN LINE’s trained Listeners help callers clarify their concerns, define and discuss options available, and make referrals to community resources, if needed. They staff the lines, and respond to emails, every evening from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. PST.

Want to become a TEEN LINE Listener?

To qualify, you must live in the Los Angeles area and be in 9th, 10th, or 11th grades (fall of 11th grade is the last training period you can apply for).

We have a careful screening process that includes the completion of a 5-page application, individual and group interviews, plus a parent-teen orientation meeting. Please see the application for dates and times of training. Volunteers are unpaid, although you may get community service credit at school. For questions regarding the application, please call (310) 423-1607.


If you are a mental health intern seeking interning hours with teens, please send your resume to Cheryl Eskin at cheryl@teenlineonline.org or contact us at:


Our internship opportunities include working with teens on our helpline and working in the field with teen outreach services.


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