Teen Line, a teen-to-teen support hotline, recently honored volunteer Sarah Shindler and her parents Merri Howard and Merrill Shindler with the Family Advocacy Award at the “Food for Thought Luncheon” at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Teen Line executive director Michelle Carlson (left) joined Merrill and Sarah Shindler, Teen Line founder Dr. Elaine Leader and Merri Howard at the ceremony, which was hosted by actress Katie Lowes, of the ABC show “Scandal.” Additional teen volunteers were honored, including Naomi Perez, recipient of the Teen Hero Award; Dylan Brenner and Natalie Musicant, recipients of Outstanding Listener Awards; Elliot Snow, who received the Advocacy Award; Tommy Attwood, Eshanika Chaudhary and Joy Flournoy, recipients of the Teen Voice Awards; and Molly Cody, Audrey Kotick, Laura Lopez, Claudia Montaner, Alexa Nourafchan, Max Kopelow, Seungil Lee and Isabella Sarnoff, who received Distinguished Service Awards.
Teen Line receives more than 17,000 calls, texts and emails each year from callers seeking help with relationships; verbal, emotional and physical abuse; substance abuse; suicide; peer pressure; cyber bullying and other challenges. More than 44,000 participants annually attend Teen Line events at schools and community forums. For information, visit teenlineonline.org.