At the California Coalition for youth, we enjoy highlighting our Crisis Line Volunteers for the amazing work that they do. Let us introduce, Areli, one of our hardworking Crisis Line Volunteers. Below is from her virtual “interview” conducted by our communications coordinator, Jason Alviar.
How long have you been volunteering?
I’ve been volunteering for almost a year now.
How did you find out about the California Youth Crisis Line?
I found out about the Crisis Line in one of my classes at Sac State, we had a counselor come and give a presentation about the line.
Why did you want to become a Counselor?
After hearing the presentation made by one of the counselors, I knew that it was the perfect organization for me to be a volunteer.
What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor?
Being a counselor is great! The best part is knowing that you help someone feel better simply by listening to them and helping them find solutions on their own.
What do you find most challenging or surprising (or both!) about being a Volunteer Crisis Counselor?
The most surprising thing about being a volunteer is realizing that there are so many people that don’t have anyone to talk to about their problems.
When not on the line what do you do with your time? (hobbies, work, school, etc?)
When I’m not on the line I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My favorite hobby is dancing Salsa and Bachata.
What’s a surprising fact about you?
On my 16th Birthday I went skydiving. I plan to do it again but I’m just looking for a perfect spot.