Volunteer of the Month: February 2017

Published on February 8, 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 Tucker! He’s one of our FAN-TASTIC  volunteers that works extremely hard to ensure youth in crisis, all across California, have someone to talk to. Tucker is also our February, Volunteer of the Month!  Below is his “virtual interview” conducted by the California Coalition for Youth’s Communication Coordinator, Jason.

How long have you been volunteering?

I have been volunteering for about one year and ten months.

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

One of my psychology professors had sent out a notice about a volunteering opportunity to work for the CYCL.

Why did you want to become a Counselor?

I wanted to talk with young people in California and help them through their issues. And, I was interested in building experience for grad school in therapy.

What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor

I love it! I love talking with new people every week about what’s going on in their lives. It’s a joy being able to help with their issues and provide support which ever way I can. There’s a friendly, supportive work environment here at the CCY too that makes it a pleasure to volunteer.

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

Coming up with suggestions for people can be very difficult sometimes, especially when you have zero knowledge about a particular person’s dilemma. And, calls about suicide and serious mental issues are always a challenge. I’ve found that you need to be very gentle and attentive to callers in a mental crisis, especially when they’re a danger to themselves.

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

I work for a nonprofit child and family services agency in Placerville, CA. Otherwise I enjoy time with family and friends, playing video games, and playing/listening to music.

What’s a surprising fact about you?

I can wiggle my ears.

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