The Trevor Project, Inc.

Rating: 4.93 stars   157 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Children & Youth, Mental Health, LGBTQ

Location: 8704 Santa Monica Blvd Ste. 200 West Hollywood CA 90069 USA

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
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I volunteered for the project and boy was I PROUD OF IT! This group is the Mother Theresa for young LGBT. It has saved lives and made life much better

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the labor of love that each individual puts out for one common goal

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I STAYED LONGER!

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2009-7-01

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4 people found this review helpful

The Trevor Project is not only a good idea in theory, it has saved many lives, not to mention my own life more than once. I am so grateful that this organization exists. Without it, so many wonderful people wouldn't be here today. I am so glad that people are beginning to realize that LGBTQ youth are at risk for suicide. We still need to raise more awareness, but this is a wonderful start. The Trevor Project is not only a helpline, they also hold workshops and other things to help educate others about LGBTQ youth and suicide prevention. I really cannot say enough about this organization, it is such a wonderful idea and is filled with such wonderful, caring people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the many lives that The Trevor Project touches and saves.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to get the word out even more.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

making friends and making a difference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring and compassionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand and help so many more people, not only on the helpline, but through holding even more workshops.

Ways to make it better...

my life was not as complicated as it has become. I could do more to help if it wasn't.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

homophobia.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The Trevor Project just needs to get the word out even more to help combat the cause of many suicide attempts and deaths - homophobia.

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2009-7-01

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4 people found this review helpful

An excellent organization that is in full force helping those at a time in life when you need all the emotional support you can get. I love the work they do and can't wait to get more involved.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Energetic, selfless, and dedicated .

Ways to make it better...

I had volunteered sooner!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

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3 people found this review helpful

This is a great organization providing our youth with an outlet to be able to express who they are and to find peace with themselves.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that we're saving lives.

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2006-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I was lucky enough to spend an evening with the folks from the Trevor Project and it is unbelievable the amount of good that they do. Their commitment to such an important cause is astounding.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely friendly and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change 10 million lives.

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4 people found this review helpful

The Trevor Project is not only an organization I have enormous respect for, but an organization to which I have dedicated a great deal of my own time and energies. They are literally the barrier between a young person and death in many cases. I could tell countless stories of people's lives touched or even saved by a phone call to Trevor. I am proud to be a part of this great team, and greatly admire and appreciate the work they do.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the many callers whose lives have been changed or even saved through Trevor's network of resources.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand services and outreach to LGBT kids and work to improve the conditions that create suicidality in LGBT youth.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the mission of the organization itself: The opportunity to save the lives of young LGBT people everywhere. In addition, its an incredible group of people and I have made many lifelong friends there.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

some of the best people I have ever known. I am proud to call many of them personal, lifelong friends and confidants.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand suicide prevention services to a greater level while increasing the number of online resources and school programs designed to improve life for LGBT kids everywhere.

Ways to make it better...

the type of work itself (answering the call of a suicidal person) was not so emotionally challenging at times, but I don't think there is anything Trevor could have done to improve my experience more than they have.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

a relatively small budget for a national helpline servicing thousands of youth every month and the homophobic atmosphere that permeates the homes of many of the youth they serve.

One thing I'd also say is that...

working with Trevor has truly been a life-changing experience for me. I really was not enjoying living in NYC before I got involved with them and since then, I feel like I have a purpose and a great group of friends to share it with.

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2009-7-01

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I was a volunteer at the '09 Gala event and was touched by all the love and support shown by members of the Trevor board who were there and working so hard to make the event as beatiful as possible. I was moved by the dedication of each member and was honored to help and be apart of such a wonderful organization. This organization is one of the most amazing nonprofits working as hard as they do to help those in need to help them feel better about who they are as people and reassure those individuals they are loved and have support and that they are beatiful people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

those who are in my life that were in need of help and support. It reassured those people there is love and support out there for them and that they are not alone.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that I am apart of a great organization that makes a difference in peoples lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

nothing short of amazing and beatiful people. I was not only honored to be in their presence but was so lucky to meet a group of astounding people I will be friends with for years to come.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make the world a better place for all to live in. It would help strengthen those who need support and help educate those who are still living in ignorance.

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2009-6-01

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I am a current helpline counselor with the Trevor Project and have seen how important it is for us to have this resource available for the many people who reach out to the counselors on a daily basis. My fellow counselors are very dedicated and motivated to do everything they can to make a difference in the life of our callers whether it is by providing an understanding ear, a virtual shoulder to cry on or information on a useful resource. On many occasions we were able to provide support for our callers who wanted to speak with someone who could understand what they were going through.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the last two years that I have been volunteering with the organization, I have seen how the growth in capacity has helped us to take more calls.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have learned a lot from both the staff and fellow volunteers and have seen their dedication to serving the callers to the fullest extent.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very decidcated to saving lives and being there for callers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

ensure that we had more capacity to serve our demographic including possibly having more space for volunteers, more outreach to schools and other areas in the US as well as doing joint ventures with international organizations.

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I can't imagine what this world would be like without The Trevor Project. In such a vital time of debate over gay rights this organization literally saves those who fear losing their way. I commend Trevor for all the great work that they do and I hope that they continue to strive and grow in years to come.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

our entire community!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Run TV commercials to reach out to more youth in need of this service.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the unity of the Gay/Lesbian community coming together to support each other.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic! So friendly and helpful. Everyone is there for a good cause.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out to schools across America and prevent teen suicides and teen bullying.

Ways to make it better...

everyone knew about The Trevor Project.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial support.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Trevor Project is the safety blanket of the youth in the GLBT community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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It was about 3 in the morning in the spring of 2005. I had been tossing and turning in my sleep, feeling anxious and unsettled. I finally had had it, got up and googled a gay helpline. Trevor was the only 24-hour one I could find. I called, nervous as hell. And talked to someone on the phone, and whispered as quietly as I could that I was gay. (I didn't want my roommates to hear). But it felt like a bomb dropped, nevertheless. It was the first time I actually came out to someone, guilt-free and without feeling that I had caused a grievous sin. I felt silly. Here I was in my early-20s and was scared of my own gay shadow. The call helped me realize that I wasn't a freak, that what I was feeling was true and right, and that it was okay to talk about it. The helpline counselor gave me the courage to step out and establish my life as an out gay man. What a load off my back! Fast forward two years later, I had forgotten about the helpline that helped give me a sense of identity and happiness. I was now more involved than ever in all-things gay: PFLAG, gay soccer team, queer 20s group, etc. One night, I came across a blog that mentioned that there was going to be a New York office being established. Trevor was looking for counselors. I applied, and I was thankfully selected to be in the first class of the East Coast Call Center. I have been a counselor ever since, trying to give back any way I can. Trevor saved my life. I can honestly say that. Before, I had no one to talked to. I was alone. I was miserable. And so now, I don't want anyone to feel that way, especially kids who grow up thinking that they're freaks because they like or love someone of the same sex. They shouldn't have to. Trevor opened up my heart, and I hope you open yours by donating. Thank you.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the more than thousands of calls that come pouring through from queer teens looking for an empathetic ear.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It's excellently run. The slim staff makes everything run smoothly.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the life-long enrichment you get from knowing that you've helped someone realize it's okay to be gay.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

phenomenal. I've met some incredible people from actors, doctors, social workers, students, lawyers, etc. -- all with incredible heart and great purpose.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

open up other call centers in other parts of the country, such as the south and midwest, where most of our callers come from.

Ways to make it better...

Nothing. It's been great!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding, funding, funding. I think the organization could reach out more if there's more money backing up their extraordinary efforts to make this world a place where kids can feel safe.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I wish I had extra money to give more to this organization. But my time is the most valuable part I can give right now. And I'm more than happy to do it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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