Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles

Amount: 
$250,000
Year: 
2018
Field of Interest: 
Youth
Program Name: 
Teen Talk
Grant Type: 
Cutting Edge
Organization Description: 
Founded in 1915, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles (JBBBSLA) helps children and teens who need an additional role model in their lives. It works with more than 1,800 youth per year through a variety of mentoring programs, camp experiences, college guidance programs, teen empowerment workshops, and scholarship funds. 
 
Grant Purpose: 

Teen Talk  trains Jewish teens under the guidance of trained practitioners, to become effective peer mentors to other teens seeking support for anxiety, depression, relationships, family issues, school and beyond, who connect via a smartphone application. The program aims to build a community of empathetic teens, inspired by Jewish values, who are ambassadors of social and emotional health. 

We are honored to be a recipient of a Cutting Edge Grant which will enable our new Teen Talk initiative to become a reality. This innovative approach to mentoring teens uses a tool they're very comfortable with—a smart phone app—allowing them to speak confidentially and anonymously with highly trained teens.

Randy Schwab
CEO, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters