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Youth Empowerment Summit 2019

February 14, 2019

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YES 2019 Info

All Events will be happening at the Embassy Suites Riverside Promenade unless stated otherwise.

YES 2019 Schedule

Day 1 Schedule, Wednesday, April 24, 2019

REGISTRATION
8:00a – 9:15a
Location: Lobby Area

DOORS OPEN
9:00a

INTRODUCTION
9:15a – 10:00a

ADVOCACY 101 + TEAMBUILDING
10:00a – 11:30a
Location: Embassy Suites Riverside Promenade

MEMBERSHIP GENERAL MEETING
10:00a – 11:30a
Location: Tower Bridge PDR A

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT RALLY
12:00p – 1:00p
Location: State Capitol, South Steps

ADVOCACY VISITS
1:00p – 5:00p
Location: California State Capitol

Day 2 Schedule Thursday April 25, 2019

DOORS OPEN +
REGISTRATION
8:00a

DAY 2 WELCOME
8:30a – 8:50a

WORKSHOP SESSION 1
9:00a – 10:15a

WORKSHOP SESSION 2
10:30a – 11:45a

AWARDS LUNCHEON
12:00p – 1:15p

WORKSHOP SESSION 3
1:30p – 2:45p

WORKSHOP SESSION 4
3:00p – 4:15p

CLOSING STATEMENTS
4:30p – 4:45p


Youth Empowerment Summit 2019 Workshops

Session 1 – 9a – 10:15a
Session 2 – 10:30a – 11:45a
Awards Luncheon – 11:45a – 1:15p
Session 3 – 1:30p – 2:45p
Session 4 – 3:00p – 4:15p

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Supporting Youth to live their autonomous path through volunteer engagement

Session 1 | Schoolhouse

Organization:
California Youth Crisis Line

Speaker(s):
Megan Beliveau

Description:
The California Youth Crisis Line has been redesigning and re-imagining ways to best support youth callers experiencing a crisis. You will learn about the ways we are engaging volunteers to support youth to live their autonomous path.
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Messin’ with Stressin’
Session 1 | Steamboat

Organization:
Solano County Office of Education

Speaker(s):
Claire Wallace, Ava Wilkinson, Josh Hathaway

Description:
Our goal is to spread awareness and educate people about mental health and the stigmas surrounding them. we also want to address the tie between mental health and ATOD users.
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A Way Home America Grand Challenge
Session 1 | Central Pacific

Organization:
A Way Home America

Speaker(s):
Megan Gibbard

Description:
This session will serve as a crash course on the A Way Home America Grand Challenge–an effort with 10 communities who will end homelessness for youth of color and LGBTQ youth — and how communities can center racial and LGBTQ equity, youth collaboration, and quality improvement to drive toward an effective end to youth homelessness.
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Domestic Violence Advocacy & Youth Health
Session 1 | Stagecoach

Organization:
Bill Wilson Center

Speaker(s):
Michelle Tran, Esperanza Samora, Monica Ramirez

Description:
Domestic violence is often a contributor or cause of homelessness that not only involves intimate partners but their children as well. Join us for a discussion on trauma-informed and braver spaces, and a subject that impacts all cultures, communities, and generations.
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Executive Roundtable: Getting Assistance With Implementation of HCD’s ESG and No Place Like Home
Session 1 | Tower Bridge PDR A

Organization:
Corporation for Supportive Housing

Speaker(s):
Sarah Hunter

Description:
California’s Department of Housing and Community Development recently funded firm technical assistance to communities to build capacity and promote housing stability. These funds can be used to assist with youth homelessness challenges. Join the conversation about the effort and discuss strategies to access the aid.

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Supporting College students Experiencing Homelessness
Session 2 | Schoolhouse

Organization:
California Homeless Youth Project

Speaker(s):
Shahera Hyatt, Alexis Piazza

Description:
The majority of California’s unaccompanied homeless youth believe higher education is one of the key strategies for overcoming housing instability. Yet, they face numerous barriers along the way. This informative workshop, hosted by the California Homeless Youth Project and the ACLU of Southern California will present new research, highlight the latest legislation, spotlight a local university’s approach, and honor voices of students with current and lived experiences of homelessness.
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Leverage Data. Empower Youth. Inspire Change
Session 2 | Central Pacific

Organization:
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health

Speaker(s):
Ali Rivera

Description:
You need data to support your cause! Kidsdata.org, a free, easy-to-use resource, provides data on a wide range of topics on youth. The topics covered in this session will include emotional health and homelessness. This powerful tool allows users to access data for every community and legislative district in California aggregated by characteristics such as race/ethnicity and sexual orientation. This session will provide a live demonstration of how to use kidsdata.org to make your case in advocacy efforts, grant proposals and more. Learn how you can put data into action and inspire positive policy change
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Transformative Justice: Breaking Patterns of Power and Abuse
Session 2 | Central Pacific

Organization:
Sacramento Native American Health Center

Speaker(s):
Vrindavani Avila, Briseida Solis

Description:
This workshop will help identify harmful and violent messages that perpetuate homophobia and misogyny in our relationships. We will work through how these violent power structures play out internally, interpersonally, and institutionally. We will focus on what it means to build healthy relationships outside of these power structures and provide tools on autonomy, consent, and how to self-reflect on abusive behaviors and work towards healing. This workshop is LGBTQ centered, with the understanding that everyone regardless of identity or experience will benefit from this inclusive model to help unlearn abusive and intolerant beliefs and values.
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Increasing Access to the California Victim Compensation Board
Session 2 | Stagecoach

Organization:
California Victim Compensation Board

Speaker(s):
Robin Foemmel-Bie

Description:
Overview of CalVCB including our mission and the resources available through CalVCB. Information on recent updates and changes to increase access to the program. Discussion of eligibility requirements and benefits available to minors who experience violence in various ways including how to access resources.
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Coordinated Entry for Youth: What’s Working, and What’s Not?
Session 2 | Tower Bridge PDR A

Organization:
Corporation of Supportive Housing

Speaker(s):
Sarah Hunter

Description:
In this session, we will explore the tenets of Coordinated Entry and how it is being implemented with youth and young adults. We will present and discuss the different ways it is being implemented across communities, and offer ideas for engaging our youth.
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Leap and The Net Will Appear: The Transformative Power of the Arts for Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Session 3 | Schoolhouse

Organization:
California Youth Homeless Project

Speaker(s):
Shahera Hyatt, Grace Loescher, Clay Halcyon

Description:
By examining interventions in both the UK and U.S., this workshop explores how the performing arts can be transformative for youth experiencing homelessness. This workshop will explore innovations of The Creation District, a safe haven for creation, discovery, activism, daring, and dream-making for Sacramento’s youth and young adults. By bringing together youth and young adults experiencing homelessness to build a brighter and braver future, we will discuss how and why to break the rules, get messy, make mistakes, and leave a mark on the world.
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Holistic Healing for Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Session 3 | Steamboat

Organization:
Think Dignity

Speaker(s):
Mitchelle Woodson

Description:
Think Dignity’s Homeless Youth Legal and Advocacy Project (HYLAP) provides direct representation for the youth and allows for them to focus on participating positively within the community and aims to thoroughly change their circumstances by ensuring that they have cumulative support with both an attorney and an advocate. This project addresses the chains of poverty that become so difficult to break and works on addressing the effects of youth homelessness and, concurrently, on early intervention. The goal is to empower and increase their degree of autonomy and self-determination. Moreover, this presentation will include an interactive activity that requires participants to reflect on the web of systematic criminalization of homeless youth and recognize why multi-disciplinary services are most needed.
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Be The One: A Public Awareness Campaign to Create More Caring Communities
Session 3 | Central Pacific

Organization:
Family Hui

Speaker(s):
Elise Chu, Lucy Roberts, Cat Daum, Bella Hawk, Jillian Fahey, Amelia Allison

Description:
Presented by Family Hui – YOLO County youth will present an hour-long workshop based on Resilient research with action- step activities. The intent of the campaign is to help participating organizations actively move toward being more trauma and healing informed.
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Forming Action Groups
Session 3 | Stagecoach

Organization:
Children’s Network of Solano County

Speaker(s):
Alyssum Maguire, Spencer Lane, Nathen Jordan, Steven Gumapas

Description:
Do you care about an issue and want to start a group to do something about it? Learn and practice simple steps you can take to tame sure your group starts strong during this fun, interactive workshop. Come prepared to get to know each other better and to actually practice starting an Action Group!
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Building Systems that Prevent and End Youth Homelessness
Session 3 | Tower Bridge PDR A

Organization:
Corporation of Supportive Housing

Speaker(s):
Sarah Hunter

Description:
In this session, we will explore tools to facilitate a community conversation that models the resources needed to end youth homelessness. There are many pathways out of homelessness that young people take; we will explore some of these pathways, and present a model that can help your community determine an array of housing and services that meets the needs of young people experiencing homelessness.
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Breaking Stigma Through the Arts
Session 4 | Schoolhouse

Organization:
Urban Beats

Speaker(s):
Ignatius Nguyen, Cheyenne Bartram, Aaron Basila

Description:
What is stigma and how does it affect access to services? In this interactive workshop, Urban Beats will talk about how stigma impacts us, our community, mental health systems and how the arts can be the solution. Hope you’re ready to make some art!
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Young People Increasing Mental Health Awareness on High School Campuses

Session 4 | Steamboat

Organization:
NAMI California

Speaker(s):
Zuleima Flores-Abid

Description:
Across the state, young people and advisors are taking on the initiative to bring mental health awareness and education to their campuses. NAMI CA will discuss the statewide effort titled NAMI on Campus High School Clubs (NCHS). NCHS clubs are student-led groups on high school campuses, where students can openly talk about mental health and wellness, learn ways to support friends or family members who have a mental illness, and educate others on campus about mental health and wellness.
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Implementing an Effective and Exciting Peer-to-Peer Advocacy Model
Session 4 | Central Pacific

Organization:
Children’s Law Center California

Speaker(s):
Rosalee Villalobos-Conger, Marisa Rodriguez

Description:
Participants will learn how the judicial system can better serve transition age youth by incorporating peer-led practices, with an emphasis on the courtroom setting. The audience will be provided with specific steps, considerations, and examples of implementing a peer advocate program that best fits the needs of transition age youth.
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Conducting a Youth-Led Community Needs Assessment

Session 4 | Stagecoach

Organization:
Children’s Network of Solano County

Speaker(s):
Alyssum Maguire, Beck Mentzen, Nathen Jordan, Ericka Neel

Description:
Solano Youth Voices Council Members developed, conducted, and analyzed a county-wide youth needs assessment. This innovative process captured the voices of over 700 youth and represented diverse perspectives. The process took less than 6 months. Assessment results were used to create a youth policy platform addressing priority issues on school campuses, including Mental Health, Bullying Prevention, and Youth Homelessness. This interactive workshop breaks the process into do-able steps and includes a discussion with youth who conducted the assessment. Participants will also have opportunities to begin exploring possibilities for conducting a community needs assessment with youth in their region.
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Speaking Truth to Power: Youth Participation in Research on Homelessness
Session 4 | Tower Bridge PDR A

Organization:
SF-YEAH Project

Speaker(s):
Sherilyn Adams, Dr. Marguerita Lightfoot – UCSF, Taylor Harvey, Jess Yang, Richard Sarabia

Description:
This workshop will present on the SF-YEAH Project, a study on youth homelessness and violence in San Francisco, a collaboration of UC Berkeley, UC-SF, and Larkin Street Youth Services. The workshop will describe the project’s Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) model, an approach to research that seeks to amplify youth voice throughout the research process and highlight preliminary data coming out of the SF-YEAH project. The workshop will focus on how young people experiencing homelessness engaged with the research project, both as researchers and as participants, and discuss ways to integrate young people in research and program evaluation.

Volunteer of the Month: February 2019

February 14, 2019

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Each month the California Coalition for Youth chooses a CYCL volunteer crisis counselor who is performing above and beyond the baseline of excellence to be featured on CCY publications including the General Newsletter, and our CCY blog!

How long have you been volunteering?

I have been volunteering since May.

 

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

One of my Psychology Professors mentioned it in passing and I was so excited I kept asking and annoying her for more information on how to become a volunteer 😉

 

Why did you want to become a Counselor?

I thought that it is an amazing organization and something that is so needed. I wanted to be able to help if I could to help something like this be around for those who need it.

 

What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor?

Incredibly satisfying, humbling and has been and continues to be a huge learning experience

 

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

Sometimes it’s hard to come up with the right way to go about a caller’s situation and to make the right call can be nerve-racking. After getting experience here that has dimmed largely because I know I have an amazing staff that has my back.

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

I love to read, listen to music, dance and sew. I work at a non-for-profit religious community center and also do after school programs for kids in learning to read and write a new language. For school, I go to American River College full.

What’s a surprising fact about you?

Hmm my hair has somehow caught fire 3 different times.

California’s Road Map: Preventing and Ending Youth Homelessness

December 4, 2018

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New Publication Available: California’s Road Map: Preventing and Ending Youth Homelessness.

In preparation for incoming Governor, Gavin Newsom, and newly-elected members of California’s Legislature, the California Coalition for Youth (CCY), its members, and stakeholders are excited to provide this new administration with details on how California can prevent and end youth homelessness. Our publication, “California’s Road Map: Preventing & Ending Youth Homelessness,” details the issues that youth experiencing homelessness face in California and discusses:

  • Opportunities available to end youth homelessness;
  • The immediate steps to combat youth homelessness; and
  • The long-term actions to prevent youth from becoming homeless in the first place.

Please download and share the publication via this link, or clicking on the image below, we will also make it available for download via our social media channels and our website. If you have any questions or looking for more information regarding “California’s Road Map…” please reach out to Jevon Wilkes at jevon@calyouth.org or (916) 514-4464 x101.

Download California’s Road Map to Preventing and Ending Youth Homelessness

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Volunteer of the Month: November 2018

November 19, 2018

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How long have you been volunteering?
I have been volunteering since February of this year.

How did you find out about the California Youth Crisis Line?
I found out about CYCL through a presentation at school by another volunteer.

Why did you want to become a Counselor?
I thought the line sounded like a good resource and outlet. I mostly got into mental health services and studies because I wanted to be what I needed when I was younger. Serving youth seemed like a great way to begin accomplishing this goal.

What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor?
The conversations I have with youth in crisis are some of the most meaningful moments in my week. I enjoy being able to have hands-on experience to the things I have studied.

What do you find most challenging or surprising (or both!) about being a Volunteer Crisis Counselor?
My most challenging moments were in the beginning of my time with CYCL where I was nervous and worried about saying the wrong thing. I feel much more comfortable at this point. 🙂

When not on the line what do you do with your time? (hobbies, work, school, etc?)
I study psychology and English as Sac State, work for WellSpace Health, and, when I can find free time, I enjoy reading, writing, and hiking.

What’s a surprising fact about you?
I would love to find a way to work with animals again. I also don’t see myself having a traditional career and my goal is to eventually work from home with my husband and my younger sister.

Volunteer of the Month: October 2018

October 10, 2018

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Meet our Volunteer of the Month, Ashley!

 

How long have you been volunteering?

I’ve been volunteering since June 2018! October is my fifth month of service.

 

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

I found about the California Youth Crisis Line through my friends in Psi Chi Honor Society – it seemed like almost all of them were volunteers at the line and they all talked about how much they enjoyed it.

 

Why did you want to become a Counselor?

I wanted to become a Counselor because I’m passionate about helping others. I’ve always been the go-to person in my friend group when people are experiencing problems or difficulties, so it seemed like being a Crisis Counselor was a perfect fit and a great learning opportunity!

 

What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor?

I’ve enjoyed my time at CYCL so much – I feel like I get to make a little bit of a difference in someone’s life every time I work a shift. I get to speak with so many interesting people with vastly different perspectives. It’s been a great experience so far. I look forward to learning so much more.

 

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

The most challenging thing about being a Crisis Counselor is sometimes not knowing what to say, but the most surprising thing has been finding out that sometimes the best thing to say is nothing at all. Often when a caller is done voicing their frustrations or challenges, they’ll find the solution for themselves embedded in their message.

 

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

When not on the line, I like to spend time with friends/family/dog, write in my journal, draw, or do school work.

 

What’s a surprising fact about you?

I would really like to learn Korean – I can say four words so far. (Hello/Yes/No/Thank You) It’s a work in progress. 🙂

SB 918 Signed into Law

September 27, 2018

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Governor Brown Takes Historic Step To Begin Addressing the Needs of Youth and Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness

 

Today, Governor Brown signed the Homeless Youth Act of 2018 – SB 918 (Wiener), which is one of the California Coalition for Youth’s sponsored bills.  This bill takes a significant first step for California to do the state-level system work and coordination necessary to prevent and end youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.

SB 918 directs the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council (Council) to set specific measurable goals and map progress towards ending youth homelessness. The Council will also work to:

  • Decrease the duration and frequency of youth who experience homelessness
  • Develop and collect data on county-level and statewide numbers on youth homelessness
  • Coordinate efforts to prevent homelessness among youth who were involved in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems
  • Coordinate with young people experiencing homelessness, appropriate state entities and other stakeholders to inform policy, practices, and programs

This bill recognizes that all young people, and in particular LGBTQ youth and youth of color, who are over-represented among youth experiencing homelessness, are recognized and that the state will work to address systematic barriers and lack of coordination in meeting their needs.  For too long, there has been no clear state agency or department responsible for addressing the needs of this vulnerable population.

The California Coalition for Youth worked with a broad group of stakeholders on SB 918, and was joined by Tipping Point Community, Equality California, John Burton Advocates for Youth, the Corporation for Supportive Housing, and Housing California as co-sponsors of the measure.

Sherilyn Adams, Executive Director of Larkin Street Youth Services and Board Chair of the California Coalition for Youth said it best, “On behalf of CCY and our members, I want to thank Senator Wiener and Assemblywoman Rubio for their vision, leadership and relentless efforts on the bill, which came out of their joint hearing last fall on the issue. By signing SB 918, the Governor sets a path for our State to reduce youth homelessness.  SB 918 is bold action toward insuring that no young person lays their head on our street, and that every young person in our State has the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

Additionally, SB 918 builds upon recent actions taken in the 2018-19 State Budget of which CCY was instrumental.  Budget actions included moving the Council from the Department of Housing and Community Development to the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency – placing it closer to the Governor – and expanding the Council’s membership to include a seat for a formerly homeless youth.  The Budget also includes $500 million for the Homeless Emergency Aid Program, which includes a minimum 5% of these funds to be set aside to serve homeless youth or youth at risk of homelessness.

In addition to Senator Wiener and Assemblymember Rubio’s authorship, SB 918 is co-authored by Senators Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), Jim Beall (D-San Jose), Steven Glazer (D-Orinda), Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), Connie Leyva (D-Chino), Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada), Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita), and Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco), Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego), Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale), Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego), Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley), Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), Eloise Gomez Reyes (D-Grand Terrace), Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona), Marc Steinorth (R-Rancho Cucamonga), Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley), and Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond).

 

Volunteer of the Month: September 2018

September 17, 2018

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Meet our Volunteer of the Month, Aaron!

 

How long have you been volunteering?

Almost three months!

 

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

From another volunteer and from a class I was taking.

 

Why did you want to become a Counselor?

I wanted to help out the community and it seemed liked [The Crisis Line] is geared toward what I was interested in.

 

What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor?

It’s great, but challenging at times.  You never know what kind of call you may get.

 

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

How to approach every call we receive at the Crisis Line.

 

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

I like to work on music, go to school, and go to concerts (among many other things I like to do).

 

What’s a surprising fact about you?

I am a metalhead (one who enjoys metal music).

Volunteer of the Month: August 2018

August 15, 2018

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Meet our Volunteer of the Month, Mollie!

 

How long have you been volunteering?

I started volunteering in February, 2018.

 

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

I saw Logan present at a NAMI on Campus meeting at Sac State, and I had a lot of friends who volunteered.

 

Why did you want to become a Counselor?

I was studying psychology with the hopes of going to graduate school for clinical psychology, so I wanted documentable counseling related experience. More than that, however, I come from a background that has involved many crisis situations. In the past, I essentially had to figure out how to perform crisis interventions on my own without any training, so I was excited to actually receive training and get better at helping people in my personal life.

 

What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor?

It feels like being a behind the scenes superhero. You get to anonymously (or alias-ly?) give back to your community. My schedule among other concerns typically do not allow me to be involved in traditional forms of activism that are more publically visible, so I am very glad to have the opportunity to give back on my time and in a way that better suits me.

 

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

I was surprised by the repeat callers and how much more I talked to them than other callers, which could be frustrating at times.  I was also surprised how so many of them sound like they have a script. I think that speaks a lot to how predictable people are despite the fact that we think we are not. People I know could make a caller profile about me, and it would probably seem just as scripted as any of our callers’. It would likely mention how much I complain about not having a cat.

 

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

I do a little bit too much. I have a full time job and a (very) part time job both at Sac State. I also volunteer in two research labs, one at Sac State and one at the UC Davis MIND Institute. I try to stay busy. I have been reading more for pleasure lately, which is nice. I have also had the opportunity to explore the area a little bit more and dust off my camera. I am trying to experience more of Sacramento and the surrounding areas before I move. I think I am going to start knitting again and maybe do a few new charcoal drawings to decorate my new apartment.

 

What’s a surprising fact about you?

I can eat a lot, like A LOT.