Become A Volunteer Peer Counselor

Our online teen chat service is part of a project established by StarVista’s Crisis Center to offer support and information to young people through the website

Youth Volunteers must be between 14-20 years of age to volunteer. Volunteer counselors are between 14-18 and volunteer supervisors are between 18-20.

This is an IN-PERSON volunteer opportunity. You must be able to volunteer at our site in San Mateo County, CA. Volunteer training to become a peer counselor occurs three times a year: January, May and September. You must be able to meet in person for the training at our San Mateo, CA location. Our volunteer training is 5 weeks, meeting every Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm-9pm, with one Saturday training from 10:30am-12pm.

Volunteer time requirements are at least one 2 1/2 hour shift per week.

Peer counselors are responsible for facilitating live chat sessions with youth during after-school hours, providing youth support around mental health related topics, first-stage crisis intervention, and helping people find referrals in the community.

Please either download and fill out an application or fill out the linked Google form if you are interested in being a peer counselor!

Click below for the online or printable form:

Email  to or mail to:

StarVista Crisis Center
Attn: Peer Counselor Application
610 Elm St., Suite 212,
San Carlos CA 94070 is a program of the StarVista Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center in San Mateo County, and is staffed by volunteer high school students from the Bay Area who have been trained to help other teens.