WANT TO BECOME A TEEN LINE LISTENER?
To qualify, you must live in the Los Angeles area, be at least 14 years old, and in or entering the 9th – 11th grade (Fall of 11th grade is the last eligible training period). Due to the number of applications received, we have a competitive screening process that includes a 5-page application, individual and group interviews (if selected), and a parent-teen orientation meeting. Volunteers are unpaid, although you may receive community service credit at school.
TEEN LINE holds 3 training sessions per year: fall, spring and summer. Teens must attend only one of these training sessions, with no absences permitted. Fall training begins in early October and ends mid-December. The Spring training begins in early February and ends mid-May. Both trainings are held from 4:30-7PM every Tuesday and Thursday and some select Saturdays from 9-1PM.
The Summer training begins in early June and ends late July. It is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-6:30PM, and most Saturdays from 9-1PM. Please see the application for dates and times of trainings.
If accepted into the program, all volunteers are required to get an annual health clearance and must provide proof of various immunizations. Please view our Frequently Asked Questions sheet for further information.
TEEN LISTENERS ARE THE HEART OF TEEN LINE.
TEEN LINE’s staff carefully screen and select approximately eighty teenagers a year for hotline and outreach training. They complete a sixty-five hour training program emphasizing specialized listening and communication techniques.
Topics discussed include crisis intervention, family life, cultural diversity, values, sexuality and gender identity, child abuse, and self-destructive and life threatening behaviors. TEEN LINE’s trained Listeners help callers clarify their concerns, discuss the options available, and make referrals to community resources, if needed. They respond to calls, emails and texts, every evening from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. PST.
Due to overwhelming amounts of applications received this Summer, Fall Training has been filled this year. The next available training session you can apply for is Spring 2017.
For the Spring Training, we accept applications for teens entering the 9th or 10th grade only. Please check back in October or November for the spring application that will be posted on this site. Or if you would like to be notified via email once applications are available, please submit your email below. Please add “firstname.lastname@example.org” to your email address book so that our email does not go into your spam folder.
We wish you the best of luck and look forward to meeting you soon!
Email your application to:
Mail your application to:
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
P.O. Box 48750
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Hand deliver your application
to the TEEN LINE office,
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Please call for directions
If you are a mental health intern seeking interning hours with teens, please send your resume to Cheryl Eskin at
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Our internship opportunities include working with teens on our helpline and working in the field with teen outreach services.
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