Panim2Panim Teen TalkFace to Face
TBA Panim2Panim (Face to Face) Teen Talk
Tuesdays, 7:00- 7:45 PM via Zoom This is a recurring meeting.
About the Facilitators
Sessions are facilitated by our Leadership Team, Melissa Weiner, Director of Jewish Learning and Arleen Lichtenstein, Special Project Coordinator. Guests include TBA clergy, professionals from the field of youth and health services. Teen Talk facilitators are open to discussing anything the youth participants bring up. In addition, topics can range from light to serious. Topics that may be discussed include the burden of living during a pandemic, school, social media, friendship, depression, sexuality, dating, abuse, violence, homelessness, social injustice, mental health and wellness, self-harm and suicide.
Benefits of participating in Teen Talks
Joining a group of kids that your teen doesn’t know may sound intimidating to them at first, but group discussions provide many benefits to participants. Teens who participate in group discussions are usually surprised by how rewarding the experience can be. Youth can benefit from participation in Teen Talk group discussions in several ways.
Participation encourages dialogue among and between teens. You may be asked to comment on what another participant has said. A question may be posed, and teens encouraged to discuss possible answers with each other before the public discussion. Secular topics will be viewed through a Jewish lens, ensuring that all conversations are met with compassion and thoughtfulness,
It provides a support network and a sounding board. Other teens in the group may help one another to come up with specific ideas for dealing with a difficult situation or challenge, as well as hold each other accountable along the way. Human beings are social, and there’s a social need for people to join groups. In light of COVID-19, we worry about the isolation our young people will feel, and want to give them an outlet to discuss their disappointments, concerns, fears and even their moments of joy. “[W]e prefer [companionship with] those who provide us with reassurance and support as well as accurate information” (The Psychology of Groups, by Donelson R. Forsyth).
It increases understanding and empathy. Sharing ideas in a group setting can promote understanding of other viewpoints. Furthermore, it can provide new ideas and ways to deal with issues. “By seeing how other people tackle problems and make positive changes, you can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns.” (source: APA).
It can improve social and emotional well-being. Participating in group talks can reduce or eliminate feelings of isolation (“I’m not alone”), and promote overall improved social, mental and emotional well-being. It can be a big relief to hear other teens talk about what they’re going through, and realize they’re not alone. “People who are accepted members of a group tend to feel happier and more satisfied” (The Psychology of Groups, by Donelson R. Forsyth).