Click here for the Summer Training Recommendation Letter Link.

UPDATE AS OF 4/20/21: There have been many questions as to what our summer training is going to look like, particularly the manner/location of the training sessions.

While we understand and appreciate everyone’s desire for clarity and need to plan, we don’t know at this point if it will be possible to meet in our usual physical space.  Being in person enriches the training experience, so we hope to be able to do so for at least part of the training.

But there are no certainties right now.

You are welcome to apply to our program regardless of where you will be this summer, as long as you typically live in the Los Angeles area, and will be able to get to our Cedars Sinai location at least 2 times/month (after training) when our hotline is back in person.  However, we will prioritize applications from teens who are able to meet in person on any or all of the training dates, should the opportunity arise.  

Thank you for your understanding!

To qualify, you must live in the Los Angeles area, be at least 14 years old, and in or entering the 9th or 10th grade (Fall of 9th grade is the first eligible training period and Summer after the 10th 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 training.

If accepted into the program, all volunteers are required to get an annual health clearance including TB blood test, Flu shot, and must provide proof of various immunizations.

Please view our Frequently Asked Questions sheet for further information.


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.

For further information on volunteering at Teen Line, please view our Volunteer Brochure or the above FAQ sheet.

If you would like to be notified via email once applications are available, please submit your email below. Please add “sharlette@teenlineonline.org” to your email address book so that our email does not go into your spam. We wish you the best of luck and look forward to meeting you!

Your email address will be stored by MailChimp and will only be used to send you email notifications regarding our volunteer applications.

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    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

    P.O. Box 48750

    Los Angeles, CA 90048

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    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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    (310) 423-1619


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