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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 love what The Trevor Project does - it's important work and they do it well. TrevorSpace especially seems to be a wonderful tool for queer youth to find community, no matter where they are geographically.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I've been involved with The Trevor Project for over a year and can genuinely say that it's one of the most incredible, selfless organizations of which I've ever been a part. The people are kind and giving and the mission could not be more important. Although it's a LGBTQ Helpline, Trevor never turns away anyone, gay, straight or other who needs help and guidance.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Trevor Project is a very important resource, if not the only resource, for LGBT youth across the country. I got involved with Trevor because I wish there was a resource like this when I was younger and I do not want the LGBT youth of today and tomorrow to have to suffer the same kind of isolation, grief and misplaced guilt that some of us had to go through as we struggled with our identities. As the Trevor Project's visibility increases, the call volume also increases and more money and volunteers are needed. While the helpline is an important resource for those pushed to the edge, Trevor is expanding their education programs in schools and communities to help prevent the bullying and abuse that lead LGBT and questioning youth to need the helpline in the first place. The Trevor Project is an amazing organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I heard about the Trevor Project years ago when HBO first aired the film TREVOR, and jumped at the chance to get involved as a helpline counselor almost two years ago. I feel recommitted by the incredible energy and dedication of the staff and volunteers and everyone's vigilant dedication to the Project's mission, but most of all, by the boundless courage and strength of the teens and young adults who call the helpline, log onto trevor space, or write to dear trevor.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2008, I became a volunteer helpline counselor having known about the Trevor Project for a few years. Over the past 10 months, I have only become more passionate about the cause. To hear directly from young people across the country and listen to their stories of confusion, rejection, depression, and the whole gamut of other emotions makes me realize how absolutely necessary it is to have people available 24/7 to talk, or simply just to listen. Many times I have heard from callers that it is the first time they have talked to a gay person, or the first time they have considered that they don't need to be ashamed for being who they truly are. Many of us know that one of the best ways to get through tough times is to have someone to talk to, and for the many youth out there who can't talk to someone where they are, The Trevor Project will be there. The combination of the Helpline, TrevorSpace, Dear Trevor, Survival Kits, and school workshops allows The Trevor Project to take an effective, multi-faceted approach to crisis and suicide prevention.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Trevor Project talks to young people every day who have no one else to turn to besides the counselors on the helpline. Speaking to one person who understands you can be the difference between accepting yourself and trying to hurt yourself, and Trevor provides understanding and support to every caller. The staff and volunteers are empathetic and professional, and I'm honored to be a part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with The Trevor Project for a year now and joining this organization was the best decision I ever made. The Trevor Project provides an invaluable service to LGBTQ youth throughout the country and the people that make up the organization are all amazing. Trevor serves as a reminder to struggling youth that they are not alone and provides an essential service that would be unavailable were it not for the hard work and dedication of all of its volunteers. I’m couldn't be prouder to be part of this organization filled with so many caring people that come together on a daily basis to save young lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Trevor Project is an INCREDIBLE organization. Social stigma puts a tremendous burden on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth who can sometimes feel that the only way to make things better is to take their own lives. The Trevor Project is unique in doing outreach to educate teens about LGBT issues and to train volunteers to do suicide prevention and crisis intervention with youth on a daily basis. Through the various services provided by this organization, countless lives are saved and even more youth are given a sense that someone is there for them when it seems like no one else is.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Trevor Project redefines the term "difference maker". The strides it is taking in the LGBT community are hugely heroic. The helpline saves lives daily and provides the much needed guidance to the young LGBT community that begets the all-important necessary sense of pride all people need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Trevor Project has enabled LGBT youth in any community to have a fighting chance when the expected support systems are failing in their lives. The staff is incredibly dedicated and inspiring to work with and does some of the most important work I've ever been a part of.