For the past year I have been a volunteer counselor for the California Youth Crisis Line (CYCL), a cornerstone of the California Coalition for Youth (CCY). This October I was hired as the Community Outreach Coordinator and am incredibly excited to begin this new chapter with CYCL and CCY.
We provide an incredibly vital service to youth and young adults in all of California, as we are a 24/7 hotline geared towards counseling youth in crisis, helping them work through their struggles and find an action plan. Anytime a youth is feeling misunderstood or overwhelmed and needing to talk to someone about what’s happening, especially if they are in danger of hurting themselves/others or running away, they can call the hotline at CYCL to learn how to handle their current and/or future crises. CYCL is an immediate, reliable and free link between youth and local services to find homeless youth shelters, youth-serving medical clinics, on-going counseling services and much more throughout California.
This June in Sacramento, CYCL and CCY participated in a local fundraising marathon, the Superhero 5k. Your donations and a portion of the proceeds from this event went directly to benefit the crisis hotline, allowing us to continue to update our database of resources in California, hold training sessions for new volunteer counselors, and help to keep our services running. Thank you so much!
Now, we are here again with our holiday campaign, "Homeless for the Holidays." Just last year, over 200,000 youth experienced homelessness in California. CYCL is the first resource for youth to be able to call and find valuable resources in their area, including shelter, food, and clothes. Your donations will again go directly to helping the crisis line operate as efficiently as possible so we can continue to serve disconnected and homeless youth.
Please consider donating to our fundraiser, no amount is too small. Help us spread the word by sharing on your favorite social media sites, too!
Thank you so much for helping our organization serve our state's youth and helping homeless youth find shelter and resources this holiday season.
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