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July 2, 2012

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July 2, 2012

Teen Lifeline is an organization I learned about through their Fundraising Coordinator, who has shared the history and mission of the program with me. They directly address the tragedy of teen suicide in Arizona by running a telephone hotline for any teens in Az (or the country, because they receive overflow calls), who are experiencing any concerns relating to suicidal thoughts, abuse, incest, family issues, or personal or mental health concerns. When I saw a documentary film called Bullied Into Silence, I heard even more about Teen Lifeline's high school and college students who volunteer their time to staff the hotline. They go through rigorous training, paid for by donations, to become confident and capable on the hotline. From what I've heard from staff, they are amazing people who have directly led to saving lives. Not only do they operate a hotline, but Teen Lifeline hosts events and performs outreach in schools to educate teachers, students, and parents about suicide.

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 2, 2012

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July 2, 2012

One of my former colleagues recently took a position with Teen Lifeline in Phoenix. We had worked together with other non-profit organizations on environmental and LGBT equality campaigns in Arizona, raising money and educating the public. Since he started with Teen Lifeline, I've heard nothing but incredible things about the organization. I think what impresses me the most is their commitment to training peer volunteers to handle incoming calls. These high school students volunteer their time and energy to be trained to answer suicide calls - what a way to spend your free time at age 16! And they keep coming back to answer those calls - because of the training they are able to get, the environment Teen Lifeline fosters around the office, and the tangible impact their work has everyday as they are there for their troubled peers. Keep up the good work!

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 5, 2011

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May 5, 2011

My experience with Teen LIfeline goes back to when I was a teenager and had friends who called for help when they faced a crisis. As I became a professional educator, I was able to see the volunteers in action and provide resources to help them be as prepared as possible to support their callers. Now, as a classroom teacher, I rely on Teen Lifeline as a resource for my students. In every case, Teen Lifeline is there to provide resources, support, or just a friendly ear for kids who may not have anyone to listen or help.

Now I am watching one of my students who has helped by Teen Lifeline as she is inspired to give back as a voluteer. Watching this cycle inspired me to want to share my story with others to help continue their important work.

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the teenagers they have helped. The callers tehy support everyday and the teen volunteers who learned invaluable tools and lessons through their volunteer experience.

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provide additional resources so they could expand their reach and continue their great work.

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