Outreach Worker

(Age 13-20)

Youth Outreach Workers are out in the community, talking about real issues that impact young people’s lives and learning how we can create change. They teach folks who we are and what we do by: attending events out in the community with other volunteers 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. Youth Advocates/Outreach Workers can also work independently by writing newspaper articles, playing public service announcements at their school and talking to school officials about Teen Link. (Requires a six-month commitment)

Youth Crisis Specialist

(Age 15-20)

Youth Crisis Specialists are the voice of Teen Link.  Volunteers must complete 15 hours of Advocacy/Outreach Work to qualify for Youth Crisis Specialist Training. This training covers crisis intervention and active listening skills to prepare volunteers to talk to callers about issues such as relationships, mental health, dating violence, youth homelessness and suicide. The goal of the training is to help volunteers incorporate the skills into their own communication style. They provide emotional support, guidance, and referrals to community agencies that serve youth for additional assistance, if needed. Youth Crisis Specialists must  complete 2 hours of outreach work per month. (Requires a six-month commitment)

Peer Advisory Committee Member

(Age 15-20)

Peer Advisory Committee (PAC) members are the leaders of Teen Link 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, and special events. They also assist in the recruitment of Teen Link volunteers. PAC members help to facilitate volunteer orientations and help Teen Link staff make decisions about our programs, such as the yearly cover of the Where to Turn for Teens resource guide. All potential members must complete six months of involvement at Teen Link to be eligible to join the Peer Advisory Committee. (Requires a commitment of one year)

Youth Crisis Mentor

(Age 18+)

Teen Link is currently looking for adult volunteers to mentor Youth Crisis Specialists. Professional training is provided. An interview determines eligibility. Responsibilities include: Working three 4-hour shifts per month supervising calls and chats, including a minimum of one Friday or Saturday shift per month; attending one meeting held during the 2nd week of the month; support Youth Crisis Specialists as they gather information, assist callers in clarifying issues and feelings, identifying resources, and developing action plans; and helping with promotion and marketing of program as instructed by Teen Link staff, usually in the form of tabling summer community fairs with youth volunteers.

Hear What our Volunteers Have to Say!

  • “In a generation that’s both talking more about mental health and experiencing more mental health issues, I’m proud to serve the community through Teen Link.”

    Youth Volunteer

  • “This incredible resource has given me the tools to help both others and myself with empathy, knowledge, and passion. I am so grateful for this welcoming, accepting place!”

    Youth Volunteer

  • “Working with Teen Link has helped me to develop my interpersonal skills and empathy, but more importantly, it has showed me the impact that a human connection can have on a person’s life and wellbeing.”

    Youth Volunteer

Suicide Prevention Training

for High School Students

Following the WA Department of Health’s guidelines, Crisis Connections offers suicide prevention training for middle school and high school students that are residing in King county and surrounding areas. Each training will go over common warning signs and symptoms of depression and suicidal behaviors.

Youth Suicide Prevention Curriculum

For Elementary through High School Students

Schools play an important role in youth suicide prevention. Crisis Connections offers three health curricula designed to be taught by classroom teachers or counselors, and appropriate for students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels: Riding the Waves, LOOK LISTEN LINK, and H.E.L.P.

Where to Turn for Teens

Where to Turn for Teens (WTTFTs) is a resource guide created especially for youth in King County, covering important topics like:

  • Alcohol & Drugs
  • Dating & Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Homelessness & Running Away
  • Suicide
  • And many more!

The agencies listed in WTTFTs can link youth to organizations providing a wide variety of services. The goal of WTTFTs is to make sure teens are aware of the many youth-friendly resources that exist and empower youth to seek help with the support of others.

Contact Us

Our youth crisis specialists are available to talk by phone from 6-10pm every night, chat from 6-9:30pm every night, and text from 6-9:30pm every day.