b'Expanding Youth Connections Our YouthLine team began work with key partners this year to build a national expansion of YouthLine services. Over 350,000 young people call the988 Lifeline each year. With continued funding and support, the YouthLine can grow to be a nationwide option for youth help and crisis intervention. The pillars of our expansion plan include: Building capacity in Oregon to answer the growing number of calls, texts, and chats on the helpline Ensuring quality and clinical excellence with more youth volunteers from more diverse backgroundsGrowing access to the peer service by expanding the hours that youth answer calls, texts, and chats with new call centers in additional time zones 24,450 Calls, Texts, Chats + Follow-Ups2'