"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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!