Meet Thalia! She’s one of our FAN-TASTIC volunteers that works extremely hard to ensure youth in crisis, all across California, have someone to talk to. Thalia is also our January, Volunteer of the Month! Below is her “virtual interview” conducted by the California Coalition for Youth’s Communication Coordinator, Jason.
How long have you been volunteering?
Since July 2017
How did you find out about the California Youth Crisis Line?
I found out about the crisis line through an internship opportunity at California State University, Sacramento.
Why did you want to become a Counselor?
I wanted to gain some clinical experience in the field, while also being able to change youth lives. I was really excited to put forth the knowledge I have learned throughout my undergraduate education in helping youth through their circumstances. I additionally, wanted to best assist callers through my past personal experiences.
What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor?
It is extremely rewarding and enriching.
What do you find most challenging or surprising (or both!) about being a Volunteer Crisis Counselor?
I believe that the most challenging aspect of the job is the nervousness I feel when on a call with someone who is going to take their life. The most surprising aspect about the job is the amount of callers who are very appreciative of the time I have spent on the phone with them and the resources I have been able to provide them with.
When not on the line what do you do with your time? (hobbies, work, school, etc?)
When I am not at the line I am working at the local gym in the area, working out, reading, spending quality time with friends and family, and traveling to different parts of the world!
What’s a surprising fact about you?
I am fluent in Greek-Cypriot.