Volunteer of the Month: November 2018

Published on November 19, 2018

How long have you been volunteering?
I have been volunteering since February of this year.

How did you find out about the California Youth Crisis Line?
I found out about CYCL through a presentation at school by another volunteer.

Why did you want to become a Counselor?
I thought the line sounded like a good resource and outlet. I mostly got into mental health services and studies because I wanted to be what I needed when I was younger. Serving youth seemed like a great way to begin accomplishing this goal.

What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor?
The conversations I have with youth in crisis are some of the most meaningful moments in my week. I enjoy being able to have hands-on experience to the things I have studied.

What do you find most challenging or surprising (or both!) about being a Volunteer Crisis Counselor?
My most challenging moments were in the beginning of my time with CYCL where I was nervous and worried about saying the wrong thing. I feel much more comfortable at this point. 🙂

When not on the line what do you do with your time? (hobbies, work, school, etc?)
I study psychology and English as Sac State, work for WellSpace Health, and, when I can find free time, I enjoy reading, writing, and hiking.

What’s a surprising fact about you?
I would love to find a way to work with animals again. I also don’t see myself having a traditional career and my goal is to eventually work from home with my husband and my younger sister.

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