Volunteer of the Month: February 2019

Published on February 14, 2019

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.

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