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Volunteer of the Month: December 2016

By CCY

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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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