Teen + Young Adult Mental Health Initiative

Group TYA
Teen group photo

The JCC's Teen + Young Adult Mental Health Initiative, launched in fall 2022, is dedicated to supporting the mental wellness of our community's teens and young adults through specialty programming, events, and services offered throughout the year.

March 3–4, 2024

Youth Development and Well-being Conference:

Conversation. Connection. Collaboration.

The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and Foundation for Jewish Camps are thrilled to host the Youth Development and Wellbeing Conference, March 3–4, 2024 at the JCC.

Join professionals supporting youth, adolescents, and emerging adults from across the Jewish community
to understand the impact of how these developmental periods are evolving. Learn skills for centering mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health across youth work from experts and peers.


  • Creative and interactive sessions
  • Tangible skill development
  • Networking with colleagues
  • Exploration of theories and trends
  • Exchanging ideas and proven practices
  • Celebrating youth

Learn about sessions, presenters, and more here

REGISTRATION: Please complete the two-part registration by filling out this registration form and making a payment here

Winter/Spring 2024 Teen + Tween Programs

Registration is now open for various teen programs in the arts, health + wellness, leadership + mindfulness, and social justice + volunteerism. All of the JCC's teen and tween programming is supported by the social work team through the Teen + Young Adult Mental Health Initiative. Explore more about the programs here.

The Teen + Young Adult Mental Health Initiative generously subsidizes the above programs. To find out more, contact Naomi Skop Richter.

Support Resources

If you know a teen struggling with anxiety, sadness, low self-esteem, or another mental health concern, reach out to Naomi Skop Richter, LCSW, who is available for individual consultation to make referrals for mental health support.

National + Local Emergency Crisis Services:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call or Text 988 (For U.S.)

Crisis Text Line
Text "Home" to 741741 

Trevor Project (crisis and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth.)
1-866-488-7386 (TrevorLifeline)
Text START to 678678 (TrevorText)

Mobile Crisis Unit: 888-692-9355
Local Child Protective Services: 800-342-3720
Local Jewish Family Services: 212-632-4790