Our compassionate volunteers are online every evening to validate the experiences of youth through instant message (IM) and text message (SMS). No prior experience is needed. Volunteers receive 40 hours of classroom training in reflective listening, crisis theory, trauma-informed approaches to suicide prevention.

Interested in Volunteering?

Youthspace Volunteers must be:

  • Located in the Greater Victoria area.
  • At least 17 years of age on the first day of Training. If you are under 19 years of age we will also require permission from your parent or guardian.
  • Empathetic, compassionate, and non-judgmental.
  • Able to remain calm in highly stressful situations.
  • Willing to commit to an extensive 40 hour in-person training program including skill development and practice, as well as at least 10 hours of homework reading and practice.
  • Able to give back by volunteering 140 hours supporting visitors online. (12-16 months).
  • Willing to submit to a Criminal Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector search.

Our next training group will start in September 2017.

If you are interested in our Fall training group, please use the contact form below to let us know! We will send you a brief email when we are recruiting later in the summer, and you can apply at that time.

Training will take place mostly on Tuesday evenings in September/October, with a couple of weekend days as well. When you apply in the summer, you will be sent a detailed schedule of training dates.

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