Teen wins ‘Youth Volunteer’ award

July 1, 2014

By Staff

Issaquah resident Alaina Blyth was honored last week at the Alliance of Eastside Agencies’ annual luncheon for exemplary service as a youth volunteer.

For more than three years, Blyth has been a volunteer at Teen Link, answering calls on the peer-to-peer youth helpline.

“Alaina is respectful and supportive of our clients regardless of their circumstances,” Teen Link Manager Anna Kallis said in a news release. “Alaina’s nonjudgmental attitude guarantees callers the best quality of care when they call for help.”

Alaina Blyth

Alaina Blyth

In addition to answering the youth helpline, Blyth chaired the Peer Advisory Board, which informs service and policy decisions impacting the Teen Link program.

Altogether, Blyth has volunteered more than 640 hours since joining Teen Link in 2010. Blyth is also actively involved with Northwest Network and volunteers with the ACLU.

“Alaina is an exceptional volunteer who is deeply committed to serving the community,” Kallis said.

Blyth is graduating from Skyline High School this month and plans to attend Fairhaven College at Western Washington University in the fall. As the recipient of the Alliance of Eastside Agencies’ Youth Volunteer Award, Blyth will receive $100 for education or training from the Phil Noble Scholarship Fund.

Teen Link is a program of Crisis Clinic, a nonprofit agency providing telephone-based support services to people experiencing crisis. The Teen Link program reaches more than 10,000 youths each year by offering a peer-to-peer youth helpline and suicide prevention trainings in area schools.

Learn more about Teen Link here.

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