The Perfect Storm: Social Media, Isolation & Mental Health


Thursday, October 15th – 4pm PST / 7pm EST

Lisa Ling speaks to California teens about how they’re coping with social isolation during a time of social distancing.

In the midst of this pandemic, Gen Z is facing an impossible choice. The technology that connects them to their teachers and friends is also a source of anxiety, depression, and manipulation. 

Leading up to the release of the California Partners Project new report on the state of California teens in this precarious time, join special guests First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and renowned journalist Lisa Ling for a live conversation with teens about how they’re navigating social media in a time of social distancing. We’ll also hear from Tim Kendall, former director of monetization at Facebook about the financial forces behind the tech platforms that affect teen mental health.



Renowned journalist, author, executive producer & host of CNN’s This is Life with Lisa Ling

jen siebel newsom

First Partner of California, filmmaker (Miss Representation, The Mask You Live In & The Great American Lie)

Tim kendall

CEO of Moment, former Director of Monetization at Facebook and feature subject in The Social Dilemma

…and a selected panel of teens to share their experience navigating social media during a time of social distancing.


The new Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma, offers us a glimpse into how a small number of designers in Silicon Valley are quietly reprogramming civilization.