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Nonprofit Overview

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

"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"

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!