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Oregon YouthLine

Volunteers

In the summer of 2022, right after celebrating my 15th birthday, I embarked on an impactful journey by undertaking the YouthLine training, setting the stage for a deeply transformative and insightful phase of my high school years.

 

I have been volunteering at Youthline – a teen-to-teen crisis line based in Oregon, where I am given the opportunity to connect with teens from around the globe who are struggling with their mental health. Volunteering at a teen-to-teen crisis line has been an incredibly eye-opening and moving experience. This teen-to-teen crisis line has been more than just volunteering; it's been a profound voyage into understanding, compassion, and genuine human connection. Each shift unfurls a myriad of emotions, from the anxious pauses before a call to the relief and satisfaction after providing support. As I hear the often raw, always real stories from fellow teens, I'm constantly reminded of the fierce resilience that runs deep in our generation. Every voice I connect with tells a unique, compelling tale, teaching me invaluable life lessons on empathy, strength, and the complexities of growing up in today's world. And as each week passes, the bond I share with my fellow Youthline volunteers strengthens. We're more than just a team; we're a close-knit community of passionate high schoolers determined to make a positive difference.

This experience has shown me the transformative power of truly listening and the lasting impact of a few heartfelt words. Every call, every interaction, leaves an indelible mark on my heart, fueling my passion and commitment to this cause even more.

To receive help from YouthLine, call (877) 968-8491, text “teen2teen” to 839863 or go to oregonyouthline.org for chat and email options. Teens are available to help daily from 4 to 10pm PT and adults are available all other times.

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