Scot Scoop News

Providing teens with guidance in decision making

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Jimmy felt the pressure to take a hit.

He went to a party hosted by a friend’s friend, aware that illegal substances would be there and the host had a reputation.

Debating to fit in and make his friends happy or upset his parents, Jimmy was in a tough predicament.

Jimmy goes to the bathroom and calls Teen Line. The hotline for young adults is managed by teenagers in Southern California to help provide guidance in decision making.

Teen Line is based in Los Angeles staffed with trained teen operators in high school and college.

The line is open to anything teens face daily. Teens can contact for help through text, call and email. Call times are every day between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Pacific Time.

Senior Monica Bayasgalan said, “Once young adults are aware of the outlets they have to help make better decisions, smarter choices will be made. Teens needing guidance are provided with information and emotional support along with confidentiality.”

Operators are trained on a various modern controversial topics ranging from illegal substances to suicide or pregnancy. Their job is to listen, clarify concerns, and identify available options. Operators do not judge callers or give advice. They help the individual make positive decisions.

“Having teenage operators is what makes this organization work. They can identify with the caller and relate to pressing issues. Professionally trained, Teen Line presents a more approachable way for young adults to find help,” said junior Alex Lay.

Although the hotline is not currently open to volunteers, it is still a valuable source. Established in 1980 and endorsed by Cedars-Sinai Medical Psychiatry Center, the organization has been helping over 30,000 young adults in California.

According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Service, nearly 3,500 kids under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette. Eight hundred fifty of those kids will become daily smokers.

Junior Abbey Holbrook said, “Many teenagers are pressured into participating in activities the individual wants to avoid. Teen Line is significant because it supports young adults to withstand peer pressure.”

Click here for Teen Line’s contact information.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
About the Writer
Mia Hogan, Staff Writer

Mia is a staff writer for Scot Scoop and the Highlander. This is her second year on the team and she is a junior. She is a member of the girls varsity...

Leave a Comment

We invite comments and responses to our content. Comments will be published that are deemed appropriate and relevant.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Providing teens with guidance in decision making

    Sports

    Scots get blowout win in first home quad of season

  • Providing teens with guidance in decision making

    Features

    Added sugar is not so sweet

  • Providing teens with guidance in decision making

    Features

    Sleep deprivation can lead to more than just falling asleep in class

  • Providing teens with guidance in decision making

    Features

    Electric cars: the future of road travel

  • Providing teens with guidance in decision making

    Features

    Passions ignored while choosing a college major

  • Providing teens with guidance in decision making

    Features

    OCD: More Than Just an Acronym

  • Providing teens with guidance in decision making

    Opinion

    Opinion: Have you tried turning it off and then on again?

  • Providing teens with guidance in decision making

    News

    News Brief: Carlmont student found dead at Central Elementary

  • Providing teens with guidance in decision making

    Features

    Trans Discrimination: Then and Now

  • Providing teens with guidance in decision making

    Campus

    Holiday Village brings spirit to the quad

Navigate Right

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.
Providing teens with guidance in decision making