Become A Peer Counselor

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

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

Youth Volunteers must be between 14-20 years of age to volunteer.

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.

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

Email  to:

or mail it to:

StarVista Crisis Center
Attn: Peer Counselor Application
610 Elm St., Suite 212,
San Carlos CA 94070

Click below for either the printable form or the online Google form. 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.