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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

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer helpline counselor with the Trevor Helpline. TTP is an amazing organization that has such a huge positive impact on the LGBTQ youth of this country. The staff really knows how to make the volunteers feel appreciated and it has been an absolute joy to give my time to this wonderful and valuable organization. I can't think of a better place to give my efforts to.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a donor and volunteer helpline counselor for nearly three years, and I cannot imagine a better place to give of myself.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. I have been involved with Trevor for the last 2 years now and have such an amazing journey. The hotline is available 24/7 and reaches millions of LGBTQ youth. There is no more valuable organization to help build and protect the future of the LGBTQ community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been with The Trevor Project (TTP) for nearly a year and it has changed my life forever. I have been given the opportunity to save young powerful educated LGBTQ youth in their time of need. These youth have reminded me, that without TTP, they would not have the strength to fight. To fight for equal rights, to fight for themselfes and the cards they've been dealt. To fight for what they believe, for happiness, and for strength to empower themselves to make a difference in their own world. Everyday when I work with Trevor Staff, it reminds me that without them, it wouldn't be possible. Without the funds of $15.00 per call, we wouldn't have the ability to empower the youth, and that there would be no light at the end of their tunnel, in a time of need

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Trevor Project is one of the best organizations I have volunteered with. The counselor training is phenomenal and the clinical support is amazing. All of the counselors are so passionate about the Trevor Project mission and they are wonderful on the phones. It is the only group I know of that reaches out to some many young GLBT people and lets them know that help is there for them and life is worth living.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Trevor Project is an outstanding non-profit organization committed to literally saving lives of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender and Questioning) youth, (ages 13-24) everyday, 24/7. Everyday phone calls are received an answered by volunteers. Sometimes, a young person calling in may have a simple question about their sexuality, other times, they are ready to end their life at that moment with a gun or a bottle of pills in their hand -- but they have called The Trevor Project's toll free number to reach out before they end their life. Calls are taken from all over the country from large and small cities to rural towns. Every Trevor Project helpline counselor receives extensive training before they ever answer a phone call. I know lives are saved by The Trevor Project, because I have personally helped several young people not to kill themselves and have sent emergency services to several individuals who were going to take their own life. The Trevor Project will take a phone call from any person regardless of their age or sexual orientation and help them regardless of what their situation is. Some callers are in crisis, some are suicidal and other callers just need to talk to someone and have them listen. There are many links on the The Trevor Project's website -- www.thetrevorproject.org for young people. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and TrevorBlog have now become resources for youth to further assist young people. There is a link entitled "Suicide Resources" which lists resources across the entire country for young people who may need help. This particular link offers not only suicidal resources, but other organizations such as health and counseling centers for LGBTQ youth. The Trevor Survival Kit can be requested by any organization and will be mailed out. The kit contains posters, resource guides, phone number cards, a video and instructional program information for organizations or schools to discuss the myriad of issues surrounding suicide, personal identity and sexual orientation. In addition, a resource guide can be downloaded from the website. The organization has also established a social network called www.TrevorSpace.org where youth can reach out to each other and where articles are posted by The Trevor Project. The entire staff is committed to helping saving lives and they know that volunteers are a key resource. The staff constantly encourages feedback from the volunteers to improve the organization. But most importantly, the staff reacts to the feedback given by volunteers and takes the feedback, either negative or positive, in a constructive and positive manner. The Trevor Project sponsors outreach programs to middle and high schools, and works closely with other organizations to end the discrimination of those young individuals who may have a different sexual preference, gender identity or are questioning any aspect of themself. Volunteering for The Trevor Project has changed my life forever. Knowing that there are young people in this country who are suffering or wanting to kill themself because parents, family, friends, teachers, religious organizations or school officials do not want to accept what a young person feels about their sexual identity or orientation has prompted me to continue to be an advocate for LGBTQ youth for the rest of my life. I am proud to be associated with The Trevor Project as a volunteer helpline counselor and work as a team with other counselors and the staff to end prejudice and save young lives. Most importantly, it an honor and a privilege to talk to young people on every single call I answer. Young people are intelligent, sensitive and smart. I am proud to be available to any young person that calls The Trevor Project for any assistance they need. I know that on the other line a young person may just have a simple question or is reaching out for help and, I, volunteering on behalf of The Trevor Project, may be the last resource or person they have to talk to before they decide to end their precious life. If it wasn't for The Trevor Project, who would a young person have called? Please help me to honor and endorse The Trevor Project which continues to be of service and save lives. You can read more about The Trevor Project by visiting www.thetrevorproject.org. If you are a young person in crisis or considering suicide, or just need to talk to someone about any issue, please feel free to confidentially call the toll-free Trevor helpline phone number at 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1 866-488-7386). Every phone line counselor wants to be available to help you and will treat you with respect, sensitivity and assist you with your situation. The Trevor Project believes all lives are important and is available to help you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's a group with such a clear sense of purpose. There's nothing political about it. The Trevor Project reaches out around the country to young adults, teens, and kids, who are in need of some kind of support. Whether suicidal, depressed, lonely, or just full of questions, TTP is there to help them. They are an amazing and heartfelt group of people. They are clearly making America safer for LBGTQ kids and giving them hope when they feel like giving up on life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

All of the volunteers are compassionate and dedicated to helping LGBT youth. The organization is unique in that it serves LGBT youth nationwide. I love the people of trevor project because they save lives and make a real positive difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trevor is still the nation's only 24/7 suicide prevention and crisis intervention helpline for LGBTQ youth (though the helpline takes calls from anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender ID). I am proud to be a helpline counselor playing a small part in the Trevor mission. I am constantly blown away by the feedback of callers who thank us for literally saving their lives; Trevor is often the last lifeline for kids (and adults) with no other place to turn. Trevor also takes its slogan "You Are Not Alone" directly into schools and community organizations in the form of the Lifeguard Program, offering workshops on youth suicide and LGBTQ issues; filling a huge need for today's youth and opening up honest dialogue among students, creating much needed LGBTQ allies. And all these Trevor services are FREE OF CHARGE!! The Trevor Project doesn't just talk about the need for change; it CREATES the change!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Trevor Project is phenomenal! Their staff is such a team that not only cares about the organizations mission to the T but each other and work so well together. I have participated as a guest performer with their staff for their popular varitey show fundraisers, sold out many nights!!! Additionally, I am so proud of Erin English and her dedication to curriculum and program development over the course of this year for the Youth Outreach/Student Mentor program. Her note worthy experience and hard work will be effecting lives across the nation with person to person training for dealing effectively with gay/lesbian issues and targeting the youth to stand up and help one another locally. She is an asset to the organization, and in turn the organization is a tremendous asset to the next generation, leading leaders of human rights and individuals who will lift up their own communities and provide hope for those who live in fear of being who they are. The Trevor Project operates at multiple levels of outreach, from preventive education to traumatic care for affected youth which makes them such a dynamic organization at their core. I hope that Trevor sticks around to see many generations through and continue to stick it to inequality. They definitely are in need of such official recognition, may they win!!!