How long have you been volunteering?
I started training in June, I’ve been with CYCL for 4 months.
How did you find out about the California Youth Crisis Line?
I was actively seeking volunteer opportunities and found out about CYCL through Craigslist!
Why did you want to become a Counselor?
I am pursuing my MFT, so I thought that working with transitional aged youth would be a great chance to gain experience and I love giving back to my community.
What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor?
I really love it. All the volunteers and staff are so supportive and dedicated to their work. It’s really inspiring. We’ve got a great team.
What do you find most challenging or surprising (or both!) about being a Volunteer Crisis Counselor?
I think the most challenging aspect is not being able to just save the youth that call in and are bullied or ignored by their parents. The most surprising is how many “regulars” we have that call in.
When not on the line what do you do with your time? (hobbies, work, school, etc?)
I’m pretty busy! I’m a full-time psychology student. I also volunteer as a bearevmet counselor for hospice. I am a parttime hair stylist on the weekends and have 3 chihuahuas that keep me busy.
What’s a surprising fact about you?
I’m a vegan and animal rights activist!