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  

8 people found this review helpful

"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure."* There are few non-profits that I have come in contact with that understand the terms Youth Empowerment, Authentic Youth Voice, Equitable Youth/Adult Partnerships etc. So often youth are marginalized, tokenized, or otherwise used only as a tool for adults to get what they want. Being a group that is so quickly taken advantage of or forced into projects that they might not even realy care about is frightening to see, but something has become so common in todays society. Being part of this "Under 25" community I have desperetly worked to help adults understand the true power that youth hold. The Trevor Project knows their Sh*t! I did not have to spend valuable time retraining or educating their staff on how best to work with youth. Never once have I (or any of the peers I work closly with) felt marginalized or used. The Treveor Project not only works on equallity issus with at risk youth (mostly GLBT) but also on youth empowerment and increasing youth voice in each and every one of their initiatives. I feel so blessed to have found such an amazing organization that gives back to me as much as I give to it. The Trevor Project does save lives, it does help youth in trouble, it does provide resources, it does lend a helping hand or a shoulder to lean on, but it also inspires greatness in all of us. "as we let our own light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others."* In solidarity, Ernesto Dominguez *Marianne Williamson from her book "A Return to Love"

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

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

its commitment to youth voice.

Ways to make it better...

I had been a part of it sooner.

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

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

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It's astonishing how the issue of LGBTQ teen suicide is so often overlooked, or understated in its severity. While LGBTQ teens are consistently ranked as one of the highest demographics effected by suicide, the Trevor Project is one of the leading organizations there to help. Between the hotline, the social networking site TrevorSpace, and the events Trevor takes part in around the country, LGBTQ teens are able to see that their voices are heard, and that there are people who love them. As a teen, I turned to the Trevor Project hotline to seek solace and find a friendly voice at the other end, helping me through my difficult time. Now as a volunteer, I find that Trevor is helping more teens than I could have ever imagined. I've heard more and more people tell me how much the Trevor Project has helped them, and many telling me that the Trevor Project saved their lives. This organization is such an important element to the LGBTQ community, because it shows our youth that there is life beyond where they are in theirs right now, and allows our community to have a next generation.

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

the lives of the youth is has saved.

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

set up individual chapters throughout the country.

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

it's intentions are entirely pure, and the people genuinely give their entire beings and souls to empower and save the next generation of the LGBTQ community.

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

amazing, encouraging staff members, and incredibly active and enthusiastic colleagues on the Youth Advisory Council.

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

open chapters across the country, and sponsor events with each of them.

Ways to make it better...

I was able to meet face-to-face with my colleagues more often.

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

the stress of the work. The issues Trevor deals with are incredibly sensitive, and weigh heavily on the heart, mind, and soul of its workers.

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

the effect this organization will be seen best in the strength of the next generation.

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12 people found this review helpful

As young lgbts come out at younger and younger ages, it's important to have organizations like the Trevor Project. Whether we're an anonymous helpline voice they can talk to, a site where they can have questions answered or a safe place to meet other lgbt young people like themselves, the Trevor Project is much needed and life-saving resource.

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

...the thank you letters to Dear Trevor.

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Trevor Space has made me meet new people like me; finally, I can relate to others. I love meeting new people that go through the same problems I do. Without Trevor Space, I wouldn't know where to find people like me. I'm only 17 and have been going through a rough time. I thought I was alone; until I found Trevor Space. It helps me with a lot of my problems. I can see how others solve the problems that I have been in. Also, I get to find out other problems that people have gone through. Some are heart breaking, but it's great to know the truth and what is going on raound the world.

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

classrooms and all over the place. People love to meet others like them and relate to them.

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

try to make a concert with lots of bands for Trevor Space members to go to.

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

meeting new people.

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

very nice and understanding.

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

help get the word out about this site.

Ways to make it better...

there were moe people like me in Indiana that I could meet up with.

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

rejection in cultures.

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

I have met some amazing people on this site.

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2009-1-01

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The Trevor Project fills an important void in the GLBT community by having an outlet for all the gay and questioning youths around the country who are marginalized and in need of someone to talk to. The stories are heart-breaking. The successes are heralded and volunteering for this group of dedicated people is beyond description. Thank you Trevor Project for allowing me to help save lives and make this world more enriched for the youth who will make a difference.

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

save lives around the world!!

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I have been volunteering with the Trevor Project at their gala specifically for the past three years and looking forward for their next one in a couple of week. Every time I was at the gala, tears come rolling down my face listening to stories after stories of how lives of teenagers were saved because there's a voice on the other end of that phone call that takes their time, energy and give these kids the most amazing thing that they could hear - HOPE. It takes courage, guts and most importantly love to do what these counselors do.

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

the stories told by amazing teenagers.

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

their commitment.

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

fantastic and amazing

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

help many more teenagers/kids who are going through a rough time.

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The Trevor Project is an invaluable service to not only the LGBTQ community but to everyone. They are there to listen when nobody else will and they truly save lives. These are dedicated individuals who are excited about helping people! God Bless Them.

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

the voices of appreciation on the other end of the phone lines.

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

keep moving forward, continuing to grow.

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

the comradery with the counselors and the fulfillment I get when someone decides to live another day.

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

very friendly, helpful and willing to answer any and all questions.

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

help 10 million lives!

Ways to make it better...

I could have helped even more people and taken more calls.

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

funding.

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

more people need to know and volunteer with the Trevor Project.

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The Trevor Project is a one of a kind vanguard of young LGBTQ generations, helping LGBTQ youth know they are not alone. Their 24/7 crisis and suicide prevention helpline reaches countless young people and lets them know there is hope in even the most painful, isolated situations. Beyond that, Trevor's insightful educational programs help spread acceptance among straight allies and peers, creating change one mind at a time. And even further, Trevor gives LGBTQ adults a meaningful way to invest in our next generation and community as a whole. I have been out and proud for 6 years, but was never as proud as I am now that I have the opportunity to serve with Trevor. It is often said that "children are the future," but due to a large number of factors ranging from geographic isolation to politics, the LGBTQ community has long been unable to do anything for our young people. Traditionally, we sort of just hoped that young LGBTQ people will survive long enough in their confusion and loneliness to find us at a bar or community center, where we can finally teach them self-love and understanding. Trevor changes that by finding them where they're at, bettering the lives of the young people it serves as well as the larger community.

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

the calls I've taken at the helpline, when young people thank me for simply being there to talk to. So many of them feel so alone - and Trevor lets them know that somebody cares.

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

consider hiring a full time trainer and running helpline trainings more often to prepare for the expansion of the line that comes with successful outreach and good word of mouth.

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

the thorough training and the many ways to get involved.

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

fun, intelligent, and dedicated to the mission. I've met some good friends there and feel lucky to know them.

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

Open another call center to expand the hours of volunteer operation and reduce its reliance on contracted call centers; expand publicity and get the word out to more LGBTQ youth than ever before that they are not alone.

Ways to make it better...

training involved homework other than reading, to help counselors understand the details of how to gather resources while on a call better.

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

fundraising to meet the rising need and maintaining the integrity of the helpline counselor program as it grows.

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

Trevor is a responsibly run non-profit, using its donors' dollars wisely and effectively.

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2009-6-01

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11 people found this review helpful

The Trevor Project is an amazing cause that helps so many desperate young people and adults who feel they have no where else to turn. The staff are all dedicated, passionate, and exceedingly helpful. Overall, the Trevor Project is a great organization. I am proud to be a small part of its crucial mission.

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

serving an under-served part of our community - people throughout the country who have little or no means of emotional support.

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

Listening to the callers and helping them through their crisis. Meeting all the wonderful staff and volunteers. Everything I learned through the training and through the people who've called.

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

Of interesting and varied backgrounds, often very talented and intelligent people. The best!

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

Help more people get through the pain they currently feel and go on to live productive, fulfilled lives as members of our community!

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I've volunteered for the Trevor Project for two years. It's a fantastic organization committed to saving young lives and providing young LGBTQ people with resources and hope for a brighter tomorrow. I can attest firsthand to the support Trevor provides, and the actual difference it makes in young people's lives. So many of the young people Trevor helps say that they have never had anyone tell them they are normal and OK - that first step is huge. Many have never had anyone listen to them or take their concerns seriously. And Trevor literally saves lives every day. Trevor's services include The Trevor Helpline - a suicide prevention and crisis helpline, Dear Trevor - an online letter-response forum for young people in crisis or with questions, TrevorSpace - a safe, monitored social networking site for LGBTQ youth, The Trevor Lifeguard Workshop Program - which provides information and real stories and resources to educators and young people, and the Trevor Survival Kit - a toolkit sent to educators, social service agencies, etc. Awesome non-profit!

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

the young people we help. As a helpline counselor, I have had the opportunity to hear a panicked person who was ready to take their own life calm down and gain perspective after being listened to and talked with.

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

work with more media outlets like LGBTQ film festivals, magazines, blogs, etc. to help raise visibility.

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

the real difference it makes. And the great volunteers and staff. Such great people!

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

all different types of people, of all ages, races, sexual orientations and identities. Amazing people, every one.

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

expand its educational outreach programs to ensure that every young person in school is aware of and has access to Trevor's resources.

Ways to make it better...

more young people knew about The Trevor Project

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

funding and visibility.

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

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2009-6-01

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