Meet 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.