We are in a unique time in history; we have been given the gift of time. For some this might be a welcome gift, but for others we might feel bored and alone. The past few days gave me the opportunity to explore and connect with many resources I had no idea even existed.

As the Coordinator of Teen Programs, I was drawn to resources and opportunities that gave teens a way to engage in meaningful activities. The challenge is that you are responsible for creating your own journey through this challenging time.

If you open yourself up to new experiences, you might be surprised about the outcome.  

Fun things to do on Video Chat:

Virtual Lunchroom – Invite friends near and far to video chat during lunch and eat lunch together

Be a Teen Teachers – Teach others a talent that you possess

Host Zoom/Skype/Facetime Karaoke

Trivia Night – Invite your friends to play an online trivia game

Virtual Viewing Party – Pick a TV show and everyone watch it at the same time and create conversation about what you are watching. Try one of these sites for virtual viewing parties:

Virtual Board Games, try Roll 20 or Game Pigeon

Attend virtual events on one of these teen engagement sites:

Interesting sites to visit:

Take a virtual tour of Beit Hatfutsot – Museum of the Jewish People

OpenDor Media Jewish films and videos on a variety of topics

Jewish Lens

Harry Potter Escape Room

Make a difference with these virtual volunteer opportunities:


Good Deeds Day

Volunteer Match

Don’t forget about yourself! Here are some great resources for taking care of your mental wellbeing:

10 Cool Meditations for Teens

Mindfulness for Teens including links to free apps

Headspace (Mindfulness App)

Mandala Mood Trackers





Favorite Articles

A Teen Support Guide to Navigating Coronavirus

83 Things To Do While Social Distancing (For Teens)

5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus


Tips for Teens from Teens…

“Try something new! A hobby, recipe, or skill!”

“Exercise and go for walks.”

“Do something other than spend your day online.”

“Get work done at the beginning of the day, do not put off school work.”

‘Find a new show to watch.”

“Take a deep breath and just remember that this will not last forever. Take this time to focus on your work, talk to friends when you can, and try to enjoy yourself. You will get through this.”

“This will eventually end – enjoy the time with your family.”

“Listen to music.”

“Read a book and play board games.”

Connect with Others

Check in on your friends, family and neighbors.

There are many older adults in the community who are isolated. Reach out to let them know you are thinking of them. Greenwood House would love to receive cards

Mail your cards to: Abrams Residence, 50 Walter Street, Ewing, NJ 08628

Need Help?

Contact JFCS of Greater Mercer County at 609-987-8100 or www.jfcsonline.org

Crisis Text Line-Text HOME to 741741 or https://www.crisistextline.org

And remember, we have the power to make a difference for ourselves and in the lives of others.  How will you stay engaged during this challenging time? 


Celeste Albert, LCSW (Teen Program Coordinator)