You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Amy and Jenny Pascal Answer Call to Help Troubled Teens With Crisis Hotline

As a private practice therapist, Jenny Pascal took her passion for working with adolescents to Teen Line as its training director to help prepare youngsters to answer calls, emails and texts from peers in crisis. Five years ago, she got her sister, Amy, Sony Pictures co-chair, involved.

On May 7, the two will be honored with Teen Line’s Above and Beyond Family Award in luncheon ceremonies at Sony Pictures Studios.

The program trains kids in 13 weeks to handle issues that include bullying to suicide. Jenny calls the experience special.

“It’s such an honor, quite frankly, to be the person somebody is telling something to that is the deepest, darkest thing in their life,” she says.

Sony has supported the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center-affiliated program for 20 years, but Amy got involved because of Jenny — and because she understands how tough it can be to be a teenager. “It’s difficult when the world is your oyster and to be in a situation where people are bullying you,” Amy says. “It’s so exacerbated in those years, and I do feel like if you can help a kid, then that kid has a better chance of being OK.”

The crisis hotline handles nearly 9,000 calls from teens reaching out for help each year, ranging from abuse and sexual issues to depression and drugs.

Jenny says the most rewarding part of the experience is seeing how the calls transform the teens. “It’s incredible watching the metamorphosis,” she explains. “Their lives are impacted in such a positive way by not feeling like they are alone with whatever they are struggling with — because everyone struggles.”

More Scene

  • Cara Delevingne attends The Trevor Project's

    Cara Delevingne Recalls Producers Saying That Being Queer Will Hurt Her Career

    Hollywood may be celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month with displays of the rainbow flag and lots of talk about supporting diversity and inclusion, but Cara Delevingne says there’s still work to be done. “Behind closed doors, we are still being told, as I have, by powerful Hollywood producers that we can’t make it if we’re queer,” [...]

  • Kiernan Shipka and Ross LynchMTV Movie

    MTV Movie & TV Awards: What You Didn't See on TV

    Many of the biggest stars in movies and television — including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kiernan Shipka, Sandra Bullock, Tessa Thompson and Brie Larson — came together to present and receive honors at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards, hosted by “Shazam!” star Zachary Levi. And while non-attendees are able to enjoy [...]

  • Dan Stevens

    'Legion' Star Dan Stevens Says His Character Would Fight Thanos, 'Wreak Havoc' in MCU

    Dan Stevens said his powerful, telepathic mutant Legion would do some serious damage if he ever crossed over from the eponymous FX series into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Legion would wreak havoc. He’d probably take on Thanos, let’s see that,” he told Variety on the red carpet at the premiere of the trippy, mind-bending superhero series [...]

  • Anthony Anderson LADF

    Why Anthony Anderson and Billie Jean King are Giving Back with the Dodgers Foundation

    Celebrities and athletes came together at the Dodgers Foundation Blue Diamond Gala to celebrate the team’s commitment to supporting youth and to catch a glimpse of the event’s headliner: Bruno Mars. Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss were honored at the fifth annual event, which raised over $3 million for programs benefiting Los Angeles youth. [...]

  • Shia LaBeouf poses at the premiere

    Shia LaBeouf to Host Birthday Fundraiser for Slauson Rec. Theater Company

    Shia LaBeouf is celebrating his 33rd birthday by giving back. The actor, who turned 33 on June 11, will host a fundraising concert later this month for the Slauson Rec Theater Company, a 10-month-old free performing arts program he co-founded in downtown Los Angeles. The night will also include a preview of the Slauson Rec [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content