Meet Kristina! 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. Kristina is also our June, Volunteer of the Month! Below is his “virtual interview” conducted by the California Coalition for Youth’s Communication Coordinator, Jason.
How long have you been volunteering?
I have been a volunteer for almost a year now, I started in July 2016.
How did you find out about the California Youth Crisis Line?
I heard about it through CSUS.
Why did you want to become a Counselor?
I have a passion for psychology and helping others, I also really enjoy working with the youth and having a positive impact.
What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor
Although it can be challenging at times it is great to help and keep an open mind while working with the callers.
What do you find most challenging or surprising (or both!) about being a Volunteer Crisis Counselor?
Although there are a lot of repeat callers, there are always so many different types of callers with unique problems. The most challenging part I feel personally is when callers won’t talk and make it hard to help by rejecting every option. I was surprised that there are not as many extreme calls as I would’ve thought as it is considered a crisis line.
When not on the line what do you do with your time? (hobbies, work, school, etc?)
I work full time in property management. I really enjoy trying new places to eat, I love watching movies, reading, going to concerts, and I enjoy spending time with friends/family.