Teen Link is a program for youth by youth, so we always have a need for new volunteers!
Volunteering is a great opportunity for teens to make a difference in their community. Our volunteers develop leadership skills, learn about community resources, and become more effective communicators.
To request a volunteer information packet, call 1-866-TEENLINK (833-6546) any evening between 6-10PM or e-mail us at: email@example.com.
Ages 13-20. Six-month commitment required.
Outreach Workers are like cheerleaders for Teen Link. They make sure people know who we are and what we do by:
- Attending events out in the community such as concerts, fairs, and festivals;
- Visiting other agencies that serve youth;
- Making and putting up posters and distributing Teen Link materials;
- Recruiting other volunteers;
- Attending monthly community outreach meetings
- Writing newspaper articles, playing public service announcements at their school, or talking to school officials about Teen Link.
Youth Suicide Prevention Educator
Ages 15+. Required commitment of one school year.
People assume that talking about suicide is hard, but Teen Link’s Youth Suicide Prevention Presentations make it a lot easier. Presentations encourage student participation and discussion about youth suicide statistics, warning signs of depression and suicide, and how to get help for someone considering suicide.
Volunteers are trained in issues surrounding youth suicide prevention and are paired with an adult trainer to give presentations in middle schools, high schools, and other youth-serving agencies in King County. Typically these presentations take place during school hours, but weekend and evening opportunities are also available periodically.
Ages 15-20. Six-month commitment required.
Phone Workers must complete at least 15 hours of Outreach Work to qualify for the Phone Worker training program. Phone Workers receive training in crisis intervention and active listening skills in order to prepare them to talk to callers about issues such as: relationships, mental health, dating violence, youth homelessness, and suicide.
The goal of the training program is to help Phone Workers incorporate the skills into their own style of communication so they sound natural and can be themselves while answering calls. An additional follow-up training teaches the Phone Workers to convert those skills to text, and prepares them to become Online Emotional Support Specialists as well. Phone Workers provide emotional support, guidance, a listening ear, and referrals to other agencies that serve youth for additional assistance if needed. Phone Workers are also required to complete two (2) hours of Outreach work per month.
Peer Advisory Board Member
Ages 15-20. Requires a one-year commitment.
Peer Advisory Board members are responsible for ensuring that the Teen Link program remains youth-driven and attentive to styles, tastes, and issues facing young adults. Volunteers are required to attend monthly meetings, an annual planning retreat, special events, and help facilitate volunteer orientations. All potential members must complete six months of involvement at Teen Link to be eligible.