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Volunteer of the Month: January 2017

By CCY

unnamedMeet Tyler! 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. Tyler 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?

I have been volunteering since the end of October.

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

I found out about CYCL through my friend Navin who is also a volunteer at the crisis line and goes to Sac State with me.

Why did you want to become a Counselor?

I wanted to become a counselor because I wanted to get experience in the field since I am applying to the Counselor Masters program at Sac State.

What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor

I have had really good experiences since starting at the Crisis Line. It feels good to be able to be there for people when they call.

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

The most challenging thing for me is learning not to ask “why” to callers.

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

When not working at the crisis line, I go to school full time at Sac State and work part time at my family’s business.

What’s a surprising fact about you?

A surprising fact about me is that I have moved over 20 times in my lifetime.


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