To qualify, you must live in the Los Angeles area and be in or entering the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade (fall of 11th grade is the last training period you can apply for). We will only accept applications from teens 14 and up. 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. Volunteers are unpaid, although you may get community service credit at school.

TEEN LINE holds 3 training sessions per year; fall, winter/spring and summer. Teens must attend only one of these training sessions. Fall training begins in early October and ends mid December. The Winter/Spring training begins in early February and ends mid May. Both of these trainings are held from 4:30-7 every Tuesday and Thursday and some select Saturdays from 9-1. The Summer training begins early June and ends late July. The summer trainings meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-6:30, and most Saturdays from 9-1. Please see the application for dates and times of training.

If accepted to TEEN LINE, all volunteers are required to get a yearly health clearance, and must show proof of being up to date on various immunizations. Please view our Frequently Asked Questions sheet for what immunizations are required.


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.

For further information on volunteering at TEEN LINE, please view our Frequently Asked Questions sheet.

If you are interested in applying for our Fall 2015 Training group, please view our application by CLICKING HERE. Please download it first before filling it out. Applications are due September 1, 2015.

For the Fall training, we accept applications for teens entering the 9th, 10th , or 11th grade only (fall of 11th grade is the last training period you can apply for).  If you would like to be notified via email once applications for future training periods have been posted, please submit your email below. Please add “admin@teenlineonline.org” to your email address book so that our emails do not go into your spam folder. We wish you the best of luck and we look forward to meeting you soon!


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    Email your application to:

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    Mail your application to:


    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

    P.O. Box 48750

    Los Angeles, CA 90048

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    Hand deliver your application
    to the TEEN LINE office,

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

    Please call for directions

    (310) 423-1607


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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