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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Civil Rights, Hot Lines & Crisis Intervention, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ, Mental Health

Mission: The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The Trevor Helpline, 866.4.U.TREVOR (866.488.7386), is a free and confidential Helpline open 24/7 that offers hope through its trained counselors. The Trevor Helpline receives tens of thousands of calls each year. In addition to the helpline, the organization's website provides information on identifying and assisting potentially suicidal youth and Ask Trevor, a confidential resource where youth can ask questions about sexual orientation and identity issues. The Trevor Project also provides lifesaving guidance and vital resources to educators and parents. The organization was founded by three filmmakers whose film, Trevor, about a teenager who attempts suicide after realizing that he might be gay, received the 1994 Academy Award for Best Short Film (Live Action). Governed by a 30-person Board of Directors, The Trevor Project has an operating budget of $6 million, a full time staff of 30+ and more than 500 dedicated volunteers.

Results: The Trevor Helpline fielded over 30,000 calls in 2012 and has answered over 300,000 calls since inception. In 2011, the White House honored The Trevor Project as a leading innovator in the realm of suicide prevention as part of the “Champions of Change” initiative. The White House initiative, “Champions of Change, Winning the Future across America” profiles individuals and organizations that are helping the country rise to the challenges of the 21st century. Recognized as a national leader, Trevor has played a key role as an appointee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and has been a leading crisis resource for anti-bullying initiatives, including StopBullying.gov.

Target demographics: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth ages 13 - 24

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: THE TREVOR LIFELINE – 866.488.7386 [U.S. CALLS ONLY] The Trevor Lifeline is the only free and confidential crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ youth available 24/7 anywhere in the U.S. Each year trained volunteers take tens of thousands of calls from young people across the country at each of our 3 call centers named for Trevor co-founder Randy Stone and LGBT civil rights leader Harvey Milk. The Trevor Lifeline is accredited as an exemplary crisis intervention program by the American Association for Suicidology. TREVORCHAT TrevorChat is a free, confidential, secure online messaging service that provides live help through this website. TrevorChat is only intended to assist those who are not at risk for suicide. It's available Friday, Saturday and Monday between the hours of 1:00 PM Pacific (4:00 PM Eastern) and 7:00 PM Pacific (10:00 PM Eastern). Connect with a volunteer who can support you with your concerns and questions. [U.S. Residents only] http://www.thetrevorproject.org/chat ASK TREVOR "Ask Trevor" is an online, non-time sensitive question and answer resource for young people with questions surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity. http://www.thetrevorproject.org/asktrevor/ TREVORSPACE TrevorSpace.org is a social networking community for LGBTQ youth ages 13 through 24 and their friends and allies. Youth can create personal profiles and connect with other young people around the world, as well as find resources within their communities. The software used to create TrevorSpace was donated to The Trevor Project by Tim Gill, an American software entrepreneur and philanthropist. http://www.trevorspace.org/ YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) serves as a liaison between youth nationwide and The Trevor Project, as it relates to young people and the issues surrounding suicide, sexuality and gender identity. The YAC submits recommendations to The Trevor Project in an effort to increase Trevor visibility and best serve the LGBTQ youth population. http://www.thetrevorproject.org/YAC TREVOR AMBASSADORS Trevor Ambassadors are key volunteer groups in 7 major U.S. cities who work to expand Trevor's program, communications and fundraising efforts to new geographic areas, helping to ensure LGBTQ youth have the support they need locally when they face a suicide crisis. There are Trevor Ambassadors in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Trevor Ambassadors are not chapters. http://www.thetrevorproject.org/ambassadors TEAM TREVOR Team Trevor is a suite of age-appropriate suicide prevention education tools including workshops, webinars and classroom toolkits. Team Trevor includes: Trevor Lifeguard Workshops - a structured, age-appropriate curriculum with trained facilitators that addresses topics including sexual orientation and gender identity, the impacts of language and behavior on LGBTQ youth and suicide prevention skills in schools. http://www.thetrevorproject.org/LWP

Community Stories

158 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This Christmas I choose to give to charities that will support those who have been marginalized, and who will likely be increasingly marginalized because of the incoming President. I am a senior minister in a congregation that supports the rights of people of all gender preferences and sexual orientations. Giving to The Trevor Project and working with lgbtqi youth in my own community are two ways I can maintain hope at this time in our society. This Christmas donation is also the honor the love shared between my niece and her partner.

9 mpcarter

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization. The Trevor Project was the first organization to provide suicide prevention and crisis intervention services for LGBTQ+ youth, and they have grown so much in the last 16 years. What started off a simple telephone hotline has now grown to also include communication with youth via texting, online chat, letter-writing, online social space with other youth, and countless social media services with which to interact. The Trevor Project works tirelessly to ensure that LGBTQ+ youth in crisis have someone to turn to, someone to talk to, and someone to tell them that they are not alone.

5 Melissa F.

Client Served

Rating: 2

They refused to re-send the "Talk to me" kit for the Suicide Prevention Week, and I had ordered it for free, but it said it was sent & delivered, yet I never got anything from them.

I live in an apartment, where no one can get into my mailbox without my key, so tell me how the heck it could "just simply have been taken after delivered"?? It's a shame you don't care more about your customers.

Do you realize how much I wanted this kit, simply for the meaning behind it, not just to have one? A lot of my friends have struggled with suicidal thoughts, and I had made a list of people to send a "Talk To Me" sticker to, with a nice note saying that the sticker is true, and they can talk to me ANY time when they are feeling suicidal. I have a few friends watching their mailboxes, waiting for me to send it to them, because they truly do need the extra support knowing I'm here for them, always. For all you know, this kit and stickers could prevent my friend from killing themselves because I was going to send several people a sticker with a nice note saying I'm always there for them to talk to me anytime about anything.

THE KITS ARE FREE. WHY CAN'T YOU MAIL ME A NEW ONE?
Is it only because the kit was free to me that you won't send another one? Because I certainly hope you don't treat your customers like this who actually BUY stuff from you, and never recieve it. Because you could get in a lot of trouble, because you would be STEALING their money.


You completely lost all my support with you guys.
I'm even completely ashamed to be one of your "Likes" on your Facebook page.

4 Chris65

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a terrific organization helping meet a critical need in our community. With the spotlight on youth bullying and suicides, I know they have been busier than ever with the surge of media coverage. Although I have not been on the phone calling in for help, I have been brought in as youth to help train volunteers and also now as a trans-identified (specifically: genderqueer) person to share my unique experiences. I love what they stand for and hope to keep helping them do the great work they are able to accomplish. My hat goes off to those who volunteer who must be emotionally drained from hearing heartbreaking stories. Thank you, Trevor Project, for helping make this world a better, kinder and more loving place.

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Donor

Rating: 1

We sent a donation via credit card earlier this year and never heard from the Trevor Project as to whether or not they received it or even a Thank You email. Besides using Charity Navigator, we normally send a smaller donation to see if we get a response via email or letter telling us about the organization, etc. I am sorry to say that even though Charity Navigator has given them a fair rating, my partner and I give them an "F" for communicating with their donors since we didn't hear a word from them via email or otherwise......not even a Thank You.

Sincerely,

Rob

Review from CharityNavigator

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Trevor Project and all of their wonderful volunteers are the best! I have never been around so many awesome people who care so much for so many! Without ANY complaints!! I am truly looking forward to helping out in the future! This is a cause that is in need of supporting, mature individuals who can actually listen and help, instead of lie to them like so many do! I tell EVERYONE I know about this project, even those who are not necessarily supportive of the lifestyle and I have never received a bad response! I can't wait to help in the future! Thanks especially to Brian & Daman! You both rock!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Trevor Help line along with their social web site Trevor Space is a great resource for not only me, but also many GLBTQ youth. The fist time i called the Help line i was 13 and extremely confused about my whole life. The lady on the line helped me to realize that things do have a bright side and very well may have saved my life in the long run if not just at that point in time. I then called it again about a year later, now being out to most family and friends, when me and my first girl friend broke up. Again the person on the line helped me to see the bright side of thing and that life is worth living. At the end of that call was when the person on the line told me about Trevor Space and as i said above it is truly a great resource. I am now doing much better in my life with the help of some medications and have improved so much over even the last few months. I thank the Trevor project for being then at a point in my life when it seemed like there was no one else! Brianna A.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I discovered The Trevor Project through the GLSEN. I think that it is an amazing orangization and I have been spreading it and TrevorSpace to all of my other LGBTQ friends, as well as some of my straight friends that are also stuggling with suicide. I believe that The Trevor Project deserves the Pride Choice Award for all of it's hard work and all of the lives that it has helped save the Trevor Hotline.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about The Trevor Project,Inc through my school's GSA. Once I joined trevorspace.org and saw the safe options, I was hooked. I realized that here was a safe place for me to talk with other LGBT peoples about the issues I care about. Since being a member I have enjoyed the sites available bulletins and the people who care as much as i do about our rights.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Trevor Project is the best at providing an invaluable service to LGBT teens, letting them know that they are by no means alone. The volunteers are great, which makes the organization great. I hope that more teens will find the Trevor Project and the solace it had provided so many others.