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The mission of the California Coalition for Youth is to empower and improve the lives of California’s youth. In line with this, the California Coalition for Youth created the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) as an opportunity for youth (ages 12-24) to get involved in their local and state communities. With this in mind, this space is meant to provide the YAB as well as other youth or youth supporters a chance to share their opinions on current events, creative content or anything similar and relevant.

We invite everyone including readers to submit content and ideas for this space on a continuous basis.

Capitol Advocacy Days! RSVP Today!

By CCY

Every January, the California Coalition for Youth’s Board of Directors meet in Sacramento for a quarterly board meeting. In conjunction with this meeting, the board also participates in CCY’s annual Capitol Advocacy Day, where they join CCY’s staff in visits with State Legislators. As we have in the past, we are extending this opportunity to executive-level staff at our member agencies.

 

We are excited to invite you, as an agency member of CCY, to join us for our Capitol Advocacy Day on February 1st, 2017 in Sacramento, CA. Your participation in this event will help us make a powerful impact in the Capitol and allow us to amplify our advocacy for runaway and homeless youth throughout California. 2017 is a critical year as our #1 priority is to advocate for more funding for RHY services in California. With your help, we can raise awareness levels, and get more legislation passed for our Runaway and Homeless Youth and the organizations that provide them much-needed services and support. Also note, attendees will be arranged in teams with CCY Board Members taking the lead, so you won’t be doing visits alone!

 

2017’s Advocacy Day, is scheduled to be a one-day event beginning at 8:30am with a welcome, opening remarks and an orientation, followed by visits with legislators until about 4pm. Please note that we will be offering the orientation as a webinar prior to the actual day (for those who cannot attend the orientation on Advocacy Day). CCY will be scheduling legislative visits for you, and we will do our best to make sure you are visiting your area’s legislators.

 

Our advocacy visits will focus on CCY’s top priorities, including the need for more funding to serve the growing population of homeless youth, and specific issues and challenges facing runaway and homeless youth. Additionally, if you’re scheduling to come in the day before, we would like to invite you to attend CCY’s annual fundraiser, Advocacy After Dark scheduled for January 31st, 2017, as our guest. We will have more details on this event soon.


We hope you can participate, and if someone on your staff is interested and would also like to participate in our Capitol Advocacy Day, please RSVP to info@calyouth.org at your earliest convenience, but no later than Monday, January 16, 2017.


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Volunteer of the Month: December 2016

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Meet Amber! 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. Amber is also our December, 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?

I have been volunteering for the California Youth Crisis Line since August 2015

How did you find out about the California Youth Crisis Line?

I found out aout the crisis line through outreach on Sac State’s campus and a volunteer informing me about the line, and sharing their experience at the crisis line as a counselor, and the rest is history!

Why did you want to become a Counselor?

I wanted to become a counselor because I wanted to get experience helping youth. I wanted to challenge myself with helping youth in situations such as homelessness, trauma, bullying, etc. Becoming a crisis counselor was the perfect opportunity for me to learn more about crisis intervention.

What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor

Being a crisis counselor is a humbling experience, and it feels good to know that me and my fellow counselors are making a difference in someone else’s life. When a caller thanks you for your help, and knowing they appreciated your support in their time of need, THAT feels good.

What do you find most challenging or surprising (or both!) about being a Volunteer Crisis Counselor?

The most challenging/surprising aspect about the line are the calls. They’re unpredictible, and you never know what kind of call you’re about to get. And that’s what makes volunteering fun, no two shifts are the same.

When not on the line what do you do with your time? (hobbies, work, school, etc?)

In my spare time, I enjoy exercising, watching makeup tutorials, painting, drawing, and writing in my journal.

What’s a surprising fact about you?

I’m left handed and I love poodles


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Volunteer of the Month: November 2016

By CCY

alexMeet Alex! He’s one of our awesome volunteers that works extremely hard to ensure youth in crisis, all across California, have someone to talk to.  Below is the “virtual interview” conducted by the California Coalition for Youth’s Communication Coordinator, Jason.

 

How long have you been volunteering?

I have been a Crisis Intervention Counselor for 4 years.

How did you find out about the California Youth Crisis Line?

My exposure to CCY started when my best friend, Alice Thomas, invited me to a Human Trafficking Conference. I met a couple of staff members and fell in love with the purpose of the organization.

Why did you want to become a Counselor?

Becoming a counselor was important to me because i knew it would give me the opportunity to improve my communication and listening skills. It also keeps me  grounded, reminding me that life is not to be taken for granted.

What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor

Volunteering as a Crisis Intervention Counselor has been both challenging and rewarding. I have experienced some terrifying calls and have made some lifetime friends. As time goes on, my challenges and rewards change. I dedicate every second on the line to listening and acting as a sound board for the caller, like we are all trained. This discipline has been a huge part of my success with CCY. Oh yeah, and the social events here are pretty legit.

What do you find most challenging or surprising (or both!) about being a Volunteer Crisis Counselor?

The most challenging part of the job is empowering youth even when your own day didn’t go so well.

When not on the line what do you do with your time? (hobbies, work, school, etc?)

When not on the line, i enjoy going to the beach, trying new restraints, going to concerts, and watching law and order: Special Victims Unit.

What’s a surprising fact about you?

A surprising fact about me is that i am Legally Blind. No, i am not completely blind, I am again legally blind.

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