Volunteer of the Month: August 2018

Published on August 15, 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.

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.

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