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.
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. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a dramatic increase in posts related to self-harm. As a result, JBBBSLA is working to expand the number of days and hours that teen advisors and the licensed social workers supervising the teens are working to ensure the mental health and safety of their peers from five days a week/four hours a day to seven days a week/five hours a day.