Teen Life Counts

Teen Life Counts (TLC) is a school-based suicide awareness and prevention program that was established by JFS in 1984. The TLC program is implemented by professional staff and trained volunteers to teach life-saving information to students and Gatekeepers in the community. TLC is offered free of charge to middle and high school students at any public, private, parochial and charter schools in the Greater New Orleans and surrounding area, by request.

TLC volunteers present a psychoeducational prevention curriculum to inform students about: teen suicide statistics, the stigma associated with mental illness, the warning signs of suicide, how to have a conversation with peers and adults, and where to get help.

Save Lives Through Education: Become a TLC Volunteer Educator!


1: Complete full TLC Training, which includes:

  • Part 1: Volunteer Training / Curriculum Orientation (1 day, 4 hours)Part 2: Observe full TLC course (2 or 3 days, 3 hours total)
  • Part 3: Debrief with TLC Coordinator (1 day, 15-30 minutes)
  • Part 4: Teach full TLC course observed by TLC Coordinator

2. Teach TLC program in at least two area schools per semester
3. Attend TLC Educator meetings/trainings (2 per year)
4. Adhere to agency policies and procedures
5. Maintain confidentiality per HIPPA requirements where applicable


  • 21 years of age or older
  • Availability on weekdays during school hours
  • Experience working with teens preferably as a teacher, counselor, or clinician
  • Experience with multi-media (PowerPoint, LCD/laptop/SmartBoard)
  • Internet access and an email account
  • Willingness to work with diverse populations
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Must pass a criminal background check

For more information or to inquire about upcoming training, please contact the Teen Life Counts Program Coordinator, by phone at (504) 831-8475 x124 or by email at tlc@jfsneworleans.org.


Amanda L. Hembree, MS LPC

Teen Life Counts Coordinator


(504) 831-8475 x124


VIA LINK Cope Line: DIAL 211

Call anytime 24/7

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Teen TextLine: 504-777-EASE (3273)

Text anytime 24/7

Teen Life Counts


Teen Life Counts Coordinator
(504) 831-8475 x124

Cope Line
1-800-749-2673 x 211

Covenant House


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