Volunteer

Volunteer with us!

So you have the passion and drive to help others? Do you want to get some hands on experience in a helping profession?

What we do:

We offer peer support specifically for teens, by teens. We are. . .

  • Non-judgemental
  • Confidential
  • Anonymous
  • Supportive
  • Understanding & Knowledgeable

Though we provide extensive training, we do look for some pre-existing skills:

  • Excellent computer skills
  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Ability to keep a level head in a stressful situation
  • An excellent command of the English language (both spoken and written)
  • Ability to follow policies and procedures. Everyone’s got some rules to follow, right? Keeping calls, chats, emails and texts confidential is really important (What are the limits to confidentiality?)

Benefits

There’s a lot you can gain from volunteering with us. Here are just a few examples:

  • Make connections and form friendships with other volunteers and staff
  • Positively impact someone’s life
  • A sense of fulfillment
  • A wicked mentor and matching reference letter
  • Increase your listening and communications skills

What do I have to do?

  • Fill out our application form.
  • Come in for an interview.
  • Complete our 3 week training session. Topics include crisis intervention, domestic violence, mental health, and more.
  • ConnecTeen Shifts are available from 5:00pm-10:00pm weekdays and 12:00pm-10:00pm on weekends.
  • Your commitment would entail 4 shifts per month for ten months. You choose your schedule!
  • Help other teens and youth experiencing crisis through phone, chat and text.

This opportunity is available for youth from 15-20 years of age.

If you want to make a difference apply today!

Fill Out Volunteer Application Form Now

We’re recruiting blogging volunteers!

Fill Out Youth Blogging Volunteer Application Form to find out more and apply.

If you have any questions please contact: volunteer@distresscentre.com

Our upcoming training group schedules:

April 2017 Training
May 2017 LIVE Training
June 2017 Training
July 2017 Training
August 2017 Training
September 2017 Training
October 2017 Training
November 2017 Training

Application Deadlines 2017

Training Dates Application Due Dates Interview Dates
April 18 – May 6 March 20 March 27 – April 7
May 8 – May 12 April 19 April 18 – 28
June 6 – 24 May 8 May 15 – May 26
July 11 – July 29 June 12 June 19 – 30
August 8 – 26 July 10 July 17 – 28
September 12 – 30 August 14 August 21 – September 1
October 10 – 28 September 11 September 18 – 29
November 14 – December 2 October 16 October 23 – November 3

To learn more about our ConnecTeen volunteers, please check out our comic book “A Call 4 Help”. These comics can be found in your school and youth serving agencies around Calgary.

Who are ConnecTeen’s volunteers?

ConnecTeen is answered by volunteers who are youth like you. We are between the ages of 15 and 20 and commit to volunteering 4 shifts per month over the course of a school year. We’ve gone through over 60 hours of training to be ready to give support on any issue that’s troubling you. To give you an idea of who we have answering your calls, emails chats and texts, we’ve created short bios so you can get an idea of our personalities and creativity. We all use an alias (not our real names) so that we can stay anonymous. It’s sort of like a superhero having a secret identity.

Bubbles were my favorite Powerpuff Girl when I was younger. She is innocent and happy but she is also the most emotional out of all of her sisters. This is somewhat like me. I liked the Powepuff Girls because each character has a unique yet hilarious personality. Also I like a bit of fun action!

Hey I’m Jace!  I love getting to know new people and making them feel welcome, so please get comfortable .  I’ve lived in Calgary my entire life and I’m hooked on its friendly atmosphere, endless events and activities and growing and diverse art scene!  Some things I’m passionate about are learning, language and music.  I’m studying French in school, play alto saxophone in band and piano on my own and can never wait to try something new, which is one reason why I started volunteering as a youth volunteer.  Not only do I get to learn every night on the job and meet and grow friendships with wonderful volunteers and staff but ConnecTeen was an amazing way for me to channel that inner desire to be with others when they’re not at they’re best.  I just really enjoy hearing out peoples’ stories, exploring their situations and letting them know I care.  Whenever you’re down, we’re here for you, and I’m so happy to be a part of that! Check out my blog posts!

Hi there! I’m Kyle and I love volunteering at ConnecTeen. I was raised in Calgary for most of my life since I was about 3 and I love it here! When I’m not busy answering the lines, I like to explore the city especially downtown and by Memorial. I also like to hang out with my friends and they like to joke around with me a lot (they like to make fun of my “accent” but I don’t find it that funny! Probably because I am usually down to earth and light hearted so I don’t get offended that easily, haha). I enjoy playing Badminton with my school and I can probably smoke anyone at Badminton! Haha I am just joking, I am good but not that good. I am in Grade 12 right now and I am a bit bittersweet about high school ending. On the one hand I am going to miss all of my awesome friends, yet on the other I get to explore the world! I don’t really have plans for the future, I like to live in the present and explore all there is to see and I guess the only thing I really want in life is to be happy 🙂

I’m a fun loving, life embracing almost-adult who has lived in Calgary my entire life. I have always loved animals since I was little, and my favourite animals are horses. I have been riding since I was 4 and will never stop. Horses, like humans, can connect with people through an emotional/physical connection. Horses are very sensitive creatures sensing your feelings whether angry, happy, or sad – a horse can always tell, which is so amazing. I have learned so much from them. I also love music and dancing. I believe that dancing is something everyone should do once a day to release stress and have a little fun. I was also bit by the traveling bug when I was young. I have travelled to France, England, even all the way to Vietnam. I love experiencing a different culture and learning new things about different places 🙂

I was born in Calgary, and then moved to Scotland when I was in 8th grade and ended up staying in Scotland ’till I graduated. Those years in Scotland were important years that made me who I am today. Some of my favorite things to do are to crack jokes with my besties, drive in a car through tunnels and experience infinite moments while listening to epic songs (Perks of Being a Wallflower reference, WHAT UP!), play the ukulele and pretend to be hipster and ironic and classy, and watch an insane amount of movies and New Girl, One Tree Hill, Game of Thrones, The Office, and 90210. If I could be any animal, I would be a Wolf. And my besties would be in my wolf pack, and we would just be total bosses, but wolf bosses, so meaning we have to do less taxes and accounting which is awesome! And if I were a word, I would be Epic, because it’s a legend of a word. And most importantly, if I were a Moshing Move, I would be the Human Pyramid, because I think there is something very beautiful about that, all supporting each other, having each others’ backs, and creating human pyramids to intense breakdowns. This is what fun looks like. (Another Perks ref., woot woot)!!!!!!

I’m Plusle, I will use my power of positivity to the best of my ability to combat nasty plots! Negativity is an issue we all face, but when we face it together we can take charge of the issue and tackle it together. No matter what, I’ll do my best to give you a helping hand. Check out my blog posts!

I am a high school student born in Calgary. I enjoy dedicating part of my free time to volunteer work that helps Calgarians. The rest of the time, I play the guitar, workout and create art. I love to travel, so when I have time, I try to travel as much as possible. I hope to continue to help my community through volunteering and other means.

People call me Sunshine, aka Sunny for short. I’m an upbeat and friendly person who always has a smile to share with those around me. 🙂 My adventurous, optimistic, and flaming personality is what I believe to be the best parts of me, as it helps with my extreme awkwardness in public situations. My favorite hobbies are volleyball, weight training, making incomplete diy projects, and volunteering. I love giving back to my community, it’s my kind of thing. It gives me the opportunity to meet new people, learn from others, and gain a new perspective on the world. It’s awesome! Meeting you guys and being able to support you is what gets me hyped about volunteering. It’s my favorite part about being apart of ConnecTeen.

Hey, I’m Chaten, just another dude who wants to make the world a better place. I’m currently in high-school, and love it. I was raised right here in Calgary so I feel obliged to help the people in it, in any way that I can. I hope I can inspire you to do the same.

I am a thief who seeks to steal the negative emotions of other people. Being the master of disguise, I have many faces when I am on the job so it will be very difficult to find me- I may be playing the nice guy, the supportive friend, or a silent listener. Once I have stolen someone’s negative emotions, I will again disappear into the dark, looking for another target. Cloaked under the veil of night, I will appear here and there to steal from those in crisis and suffering. When the night is dark and there seems to be not a trace of light, know that the Phantom is watching you.

I chose the alias olive because of its meaning of peace. I have been called olive since I was little and sometimes get called olive oil. 🙂 I love helping my peers because I know that I am making a difference in the world and in someone’s life. Outside of ConnecTeen I hang out with friends, sing and walk my very handsome golden retriever/lab. Just like my name I hope to bring peace into people’s lives!

I am a jaded, pessimistic person who survives off gallows humour. For all my grumpiness, I try to find as many reasons to smile as I possibly can, to prevent myself from going insane. One of my biggest reasons to smile is making other people smile. I was drawn to ConnecTeen because it gave me a chance to do that. I love every moment I spend on the lines or writing these blogs. Moreover, I recently survived my teen years, making me especially qualified to help people survive theirs.

Hi! I’m Angela, I am in Grade 10 right now, and I’ve lived in Calgary for my entire life. I joined ConnecTeen because I thought that I could help make a difference by writing about youth issues. Some of things that I’m interested in include art, writing, computers, math, and video games. I really like drawing and writing to express myself, and I find computers and math really fascinating! I also like playing games in my spare time. Actually, Angela Ziegler is a name that I took from the game Overwatch: it’s the real name of one of the characters, Mercy. In the game she is a healer, scientist, and advocate for peace, and I thought that her name was a pretty good fit for who I aspire to be.

Hello! Growing up, Music has been one of the most influential and vital forces in my life that has brought me to where I am today. I have such a diverse taste in music from alternative to metal. Sometimes people don’t understand why I listen to Metal but I enjoy the art of it and the rhythm and sound they create. I love attending concerts and connecting with the crowd and the art that these bands make. My life has been ever changing and sometimes its tough to keep up with it and next to my family and friends, music has aided me in all the different circumstances that I have encountered. Through my experiences and challenges it became clear to me that if I was able to overcome it and come out only stronger, that I wanted to give someone else that same hope. Which brought me to the Distress Centre, because I wanted to make it clear that there are people who actually care and want to help. The crusaders at Connecteen are here for those who need it.

I am a student who is currently in his final year of high school. Things I enjoy doing include swimming, weight training and looking at and fixing cars. Being raised as a child in a friendly environment, I feel that I must help those that are going through problems. I feel that I should give back to my community and that is why I volunteer with ConnecTeen.

No matter the problem With all the hardships of the world, I can help you make them more bearable. Being an older sibling, comforting and advice comes naturally. People say I am kind hearted and have a soothing voice and I want to use it to the, I can help!

Commonly thought of as a psychopathic hair piece, Hell Toupee is actually a masked vigilante. When not volunteering for ConnecTeen, Hell Toupee travels back to his home planet of [LOCATION REDACTED] and foils super villains in their attempts to destroy Earth.

I am a university student, working hard to eventually be able to change the world for the better! I enjoy playing video games, volunteering, and doing photography. I really enjoy school and learning about new things. I love my friends and everyone in my life and I’m so glad that I’m able to be where I am.

I am Minun, I take negativity and use it as energy to face any problem. But I can’t do it alone, luckily for me there is so much positivity in the world that I am never alone! And neither is anyone else for we’re here to lend a Helping Hand to everyone who needs one! Check out my blog posts!

I’m a young university student, who was born and raised here in Alberta. I love watching TV (probably too much) and playing with my dog, Oliver. My favourite shows are New Girl, Suits, and How I Met Your Mother. In university, I’m studying neuroscience, because I think the brain is just super fascinating. I’m interested in all kinds of things, from music to microbiology (one of the few exceptions being sports). Finally, I’m a diehard Wonder Woman fan. I’m reading through every single one of her comics, and watching all the shows as well. I think she’s just the coolest person ever, and I’m super excited for her new movie to come out. I joined ConnecTeen because I think that peer support is a really powerful tool.

Hey! My name is Ashley:) I am a first year university student who is excited to embrace all the new things life has to offer. When I don’t have my head in my books, I can be found shopping, swimming, watching medical dramas(like Grey’s Anatomy) and enjoying everything Calgary has to offer. I have an absolute passion for learning and therefore love to travel. I love meeting new people, exploring new things, enjoying the diversity of cultures and learning new languages. Currently, I am trying to master French but we shall see how that goes:) One of my goals in life is to try to find purpose in everything that I do and to strive towards a career to help others overseas. Joining Connecteen has been one of the most rewarding choices I have ever made and it is just such a great opportunity to be able to be there for youth and give back to the community I call home!

I’m a nursing student and I aspire to help everyone when they need it most. I spent a lot of my time as a teenager feeling lost and unsure about what I would be able to do for my future, or how to deal with the tough situations I’ve had to face. I realized that I wasn’t alone, and that it was okay to talk to people about how I felt. I now believe that it is important to embrace my emotions and accept myself for who I am. I hope to help teenagers understand that although life can be tough, life will be what you put it as in your mind. Everyone deserves to be heard, and I want to be there as an unbiased, sincere and supportive person that you can talk to. When I’m not on the Connecteen lines, I like to spend my time playing the French Horn, singing in the shower, and eating food. If I’m feeling stressed from school or work, I find that listening to music and going out for a run are the best ways for me to cope with my stress.

Hey Guys! The most influential thing in my life has been sport. I grew up in BC playing softball and the ball community was one that gave me a sense of belonging as well as a healthy intensity and competition that was always a nice break from school. I’m now living in Calgary for university and one of the main reasons I chose this city was because of its proximity to the Rockies. Another one of my passions is spending time outdoors, camping, hiking, canoeing and any other type of outdoor adventures you can think of! I’m currently studying the brain in school and am absolutely loving it so any other free time I have is spent researching fun facts about how the brain works. I joined ConnecTeen because I believe that no one should ever be alone and love to help others in any way possible.

Hi, I’m Yi Nuo, pronounced EE-no.  I’m a high school student in Calgary, and I try my best every day to do good.  When I’m not slaving over schoolwork, I can be found reading, writing, practicing flute, fangirling, or eating food.  My biggest goals in life are to (1) publish a novel, (2) travel the world, and (3) make a positive difference in someone’s life.  I’m lucky that ConnecTeen allows me to accomplish one of these aspirations, and I’m super excited to share my thoughts and advice with you here!

I get to work with fabulous teens that do my bidding…kind of. They’re all here to help people and I think that’s amazing. Having been born and raised in Cowtown has given me a lot of pride for Calgary and makes me want to work for the people in it. Nothing’s better than helping make your community a better place for all. When I’m not working (which doesn’t happen often, folks) I really enjoy getting to know more about the culture Calgary has to offer. From seeing local theatre and bands to art galleries and obviously eating at the awesome restaurants we have! Who doesn’t like food?! If I’m not hanging in this cool city, I’m out of it, travelling to other cities, learning more about myself, other people and their culture. Give me an adventure and I’m totally up for it! If it weren’t for working with INCREDIBLE young humans that are the ConnecTeen volunteers, I’d probably be travelling non-stop. The volunteers keep me grounded and they inspire me every day!