Volunteer of the Month: July 2018

Published on July 12, 2018

The mission of the California Coalition for Youth is to empower and improve the lives of California’s youth. In line with this, the California Coalition for Youth created the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) as an opportunity for youth (ages 12-24) to get involved in their local and state communities. With this in mind, this space is meant to provide the YAB as well as other youth or youth supporters a chance to share their opinions on current events, creative content or anything similar and relevant.

We invite everyone including readers to submit content and ideas for this space on a continuous basis.

Congratulations to our July Volunteer of the Month, Michael!

How long have you been volunteering?

Since July 2017.

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

Tabling at the “So You Want to Get Involved” fair.

Why did you want to become a Counselor?

I plan on working in the mental health field and I thought this was a good way to go about getting experience! Also this can help me academically.

What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor?

I think that it helps me learn how to approach situations from different angles and find new ways to propose open-ended questions and allow the caller to come to novel or reassuring conclusions on their own.

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

What’s most surprising is how simply talking and asking the right question can really make a difference. Resources are not always needed, most of my productive calls had no resources involved.

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

I enjoy personality typing, philosophy, anime, movies and tv.

What’s a surprising fact about you?

I hate taking selfies.

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