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, and trauma-informed approaches to suicide prevention.

Interested in Volunteering?

Youthspace Volunteers must be:

  • Located in the Greater Victoria area (NOTE: volunteers chat from a single location, not from their own homes)
  • 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 at least 140 hours supporting visitors online. (12-18 months).
  • Willing to submit to a Criminal Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector search.

Our next Volunteer training group will begin in Spring 2018, with recruitment in early 2018.

If you are interested in being a Volunteer, please use the “contact” link below to add your name/email to our list – you will receive a notification when our application form goes live online for our next training group.

Training spans about 8-9 weeks, and usually consists of 3-hour sessions on a regular weekday (ex, Tuesday), along with a couple of weekend sessions.

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