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CHAT VOLUNTEERS

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.

We are now recruiting for our Fall 2017 training group to begin September 2017!

Training will be taking place from the end of September to mid-November, including September 30th and the weekend of October 14/15, and will mainly take place on Tuesday evenings (aside from the weekends days just mentioned). After you have filled out the application, you will receive a copy of the training schedule in order to affirm that you will be able to make all of the sessions.

There is a great deal of interest in volunteering in the Fall Group; we recommend that you apply ASAP if you’re keen to be involved!

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