Volunteer of the Month: May 2018

Published on July 12, 2018

This is Stephen! Our May Volunteer of the Month.

How long have you been volunteering?

Since August 2017

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

There was a presentation from a CYCL counselor in my PSYC101 class.

Why did you want to become a Counselor?

I have always skipped small talk in everyday conversations, and am more comfortable talking about real issues and how people really feel, I could see myself being able to contribute greatly in a crisis line position. Most of the time I am listening intently, people always assumed I was shy as a child when really I was carefully attending to what people, especially new acquaintances, had to say. Besides that, it fits perfectly into an extracurricular for a psyc major’s C.V., so that is a plus.

What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor?

It’s like doing something, instead of just shaking your head and sayint “that is a shame” to considering the psychological stressors and ethical struggles our youth in this country endure. It feels brighter outside when I leave my shift.

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

It is challenging when you hear that someone has been incredibly misguided and wronged, but you must maintain the role of a passive listener

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

School, music, video games, camping, paddleboarding, elder care, research, dancing, anything but hunged over a smartphone.

What’s a surprising fact about you?

I can sing. That seems to surprise everyone.

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