Volunteer of the Month: August 2017

Published on August 3, 2017

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.

Meet Suzy! She’s one of our FAN-TASTIC  volunteers that works extremely hard to ensure youth in crisis, all across California, have someone to talk to. Suzy is also our August, Volunteer of the Month!  Below is her “virtual interview” conducted by the California Coalition for Youth’s Communication Coordinator, Jason.

How long have you been volunteering?

I have been volunteering since April 2017.

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

A CYCL counselor promoted this volunteer experience when he visited my college class.

Why did you want to become a counselor?

I wanted to become a CYCL counselor to gain personal and professional skills and to devote my time and care to people who are in need of help.

What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor

For me, being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor is undoubtedly a humbling experience as well as a learning experience for mental/emotional growth. It thrills me to know that crisis counselors are trusted and looked upon by those who  are in need of comfort and may be of tremendous help to those who need it.

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

I find it difficult to strain from giving callers advice and not taking their problems home with me.

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

When not volunteering, I attend school at a university, babysit my beautiful niece, and hang out with my family and my friends.

What’s surprising fact about you?

I’m Panamanian.

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