Alopecia Pen Pal Program
The Alopecia Justice League is thrilled to introduce our alopecia areata (AA) pen pal program! Our core mission is empowering and celebrating the AA community, especially our youth. We are excited to introduce this opportunity to everyone in the community.
We hope to grow our community through this program by connecting members to mentors and peers. For children with AA, each child will be paired with one of our mentors, who are between 15 and 17 and have alopecia. Our mentors, who are members of the AJL, have all been vetted. Whether your child has questions about navigating school and sports with AA or wants to tell someone about their day, our mentors will always support them.
The pen pal program also serves to connect AA adults together. Whether you've had AA for sixteen years or sixteen days, this program is for you! Parents with children with AA also have the opportunity to be paired. We are so excited to embark on this journey with all of you. If you have any questions check out our frequently asked questions below or contact us.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate?
Regardless of your age, you are welcome to participate! Parents are also welcome.
How do you assign the pairings?
Our pen pal committee pairs you with a mentor or peer based on the information you shared when signing up. Your interests, age, and what you hope to get out of the program are all factors!
How will I communicate with my pen pal?
You can communicate with your pen pal via pen and paper or email. You will be able to use our awesome stationery either way!
How often will I communicate with my pen pal?
Pen pals will communicate 1-2x a month.
What is the length of this program?
We hope that you will forge long-lasting friendships through our program.
How do I know this program is safe for my child?
The AJL will pair children participants with our mentors, all AJL members. These teenagers have been vetted extensively. We do not pair children with volunteers whom we have yet to interact with.
Everyone participating in the program is expected to uphold AJL’s community standards.
Pen Pals in Action
Whether through handwritten letters or emails, there's nothing better than receiving a personalized message. Find your pen pal today!