Volunteer of the Month: October 2017

Published on October 5, 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.

How long have you been volunteering?

I started volunteering after I completed the training in February 2017.

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

I found out about the position while looking for opportunities to volunteer in the field of youth mental health in Sacramento.

Why did you want to become a Counselor?

I wanted to become a counselor because I am interested in developing a career in youth mental health through counseling and research.

What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor?

Being a counselor is a really rewarding job. It can definitely be difficult and it’s easy to get down on yourself, but the calls where you really know that you made a positive impact are completely worth it.

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

I have been most surprised by the amount of parents or family friends who call to ask about the line or other resources for a loved one.

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

I work full-time at the UC Davis MIND Institute coordinating the Autism Phenome Project. In my free time I love to bake, go on hikes, and coach lacrosse!

What’s a surprising fact about you?

I played lacrosse in college!

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