Briana Wagner Lives A Double Life.Briana Wagner, a 2007 graduate of Corona High lived a double life when in high school where she was a student, a varsity pom member, Regional Membership Vice President of her Jewish youth group and adolescent savior....by night think teen psychologist Batgirl. For the past three and a half years, when she isn’t listening to Sublime and Norah Jones, Briana can be found at Teen Lifeline headquarters answering phone calls from distressed teens all around Arizona.
“I had to go through an extensive training period where I learned how to counsel callers dealing with pregnancy concerns, drug and alcohol problems, sexual identity issues, dating violence, abuse, running away and suicide," she said.
Although it seems like all of these problems could be too much for even an adult to handle, Briana looks past her fears and anxieties and focuses on making sure that the callers received the help that they need.
“A lot of callers have some pretty big issues, but it all comes down to them needing someone in their life to listen to them and support them," said Briana.
Briana works an average of six hours per week volunteering at the Lifeline. Teen Lifeline has been around since 1985 and has strongly stood by its mission statement, “To provide a safe, confidential and crucial crisis service where teens help teens make healthy decisions.” Teen Lifeline receives more than 6,000 calls each year, proving its necessity in the valley—and around the world.
Briana was introduced to Teen Lifeline by her mom, who is active in the “Valley Teen Leadership” program. As a result, service and leadership are encouraged in the Wagner family. It is no surprise that Briana hopes to major in psychology in the fall of 07, and aspires to positively affect people’s lives in a similar career field.
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