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  

3 people found this review helpful

I was relatively new to the West Hollywood/Los Angeles area when I began volunteering for The Trevor Project in 2001. Over the years I met the most wonderful, passionate and dedicated group of people that one can imagine. These people were saving lives and changing lives and doing as a remarkable team. Some of my closest friendships started through my work with Trevor. Volunteering can change your life too.

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

that when I started they only received about 300 calls per month to the Trevor Helpline, now, 8 years later, they receive over 1,800 per month. They continue to find ways to get the word out to other youth that feel alone and have suicidal thoughts.

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

keep pushing forward to eventually make the mission of the organization obsolete.

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

sustaining friendships and sense of purpose.

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

passionate, persistent, and dedicated.

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

Save more lives.

Ways to make it better...

More people participated so that no LGBT or Questioning Youth feels that suicide is their only option.

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

resources, financial and otherwise, to get the message to all schools.

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

it takes everyone to help.

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2009-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Trevor is a unique organization. As the nation's only 24-hour a day suicide prevention helpline for gay and lesbian youth, Trevor provides critically important lifesaving services.

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

Numerous articles discussing the success with which it's achieving its mission.

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

It is so satisfying to read the letters that come in from gay and lesbian teenagers whose lives have been saved by The Trevor Project. The Trevor Helpline is incredible.

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

Completely motivated and inspiring.

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

Reach even more young people, educators and parents. And save so many more lives.

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2009-7-01

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10 people found this review helpful

An amazing organization that I've been a part of for many years. I've watched The Trevor Project grow and have seen the difference that it makes in young lives. I remembering touring the phone room early on and hearing the astounding statistics of gay teen suicide. I was also told that many of the calls were from children in the south and from Christian homes. Having been raised in Texas, son of a Baptist minister, I understood all too well -- and it broke my heart. I dream of a world where a day will come when we will not need this organization. Until then, they have my undying support. Del Shores

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

watching it grow and seeing it make a difference in young lives.

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2009-6-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I love that even though the organization has grown by leaps and bounds over the 10 years it's been operational and serves more people than ever before, it has never strayed from its core mission-- to aid in suicide prevention among gay and questioning youth. It has created more programs to address that need and has reached more people as a result. The core program--the 24/7 tollfree crisis hotline--has now answered over 125,000 calls since inception. It has literally helped save lives. What could be better than that...

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

exceptional.

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12 people found this review helpful

I discovered The Trevor Project online roughly four years ago and immediately felt compelled to get involved. This organization is literally saving lives, and I knew I had to be a part of it. From the helpline, to the school program, to the website, Trevor continues to reach out to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Trevor reminds them that they are not alone and helps them through what can be a very difficult time. I’m very proud to be affiliated with an organization filled with so many wonderfully caring people coming together to save young lives.

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

the lives that are saved on a regular basis.

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

knowing that we are making a difference with each call answered and each life saved.

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

passionate and dedicated.

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

expand its awareness and save even more lives.

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2009-1-01

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I currently serve as the Vice Chairman on the board of Directors for The Trevor Project. We operate the only 24 hour, year round suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth. To confidentially connect directly with a helpline counselor has not only given thousands of teens hope and support it has helped save young lives. The Trevor Project also provides guidance and vital resources to educators and parents of potentially suicidal gay and questioning youth. The organization is fiscally responsible and holds successful, entertaining and informative events honoring those who have been an inspiration to LGBTQ youth. The staff, the counselors and the volunteers are all dedicated and passionate about the cause. Its an inspiring group of which I'm proud to be affiliated.

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

the letters from teens who commend the work of Trevor and how call counselors saved their lives

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

watching it grow and expanding its efficiency.

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

Save even more kids

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2009-1-01

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There are many GLBT non profits out there-- some political, some activist-- and many times you can't agree with their entire mission. But with the Trevor Project, it's impossible not to identify with its mission. Every one of us, at some point of another, have felt like Trevor. We've felt alone and unwanted. This organization is here to show everyone they are not alone and not only wanted, but loved. When I hear the stories of the lives we save... yes, the lives we SAVE, it gives me chills.

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

the numbers of phone calls answered, the number of lives saved, and the number of thank you notes sent on the part of survivors or surviving family members.

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

push for more national TV exposure.

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

the organization is still grass roots enough that you still hear a heartfelt "thank you." I got a personalized thank you note signed by the entire staff.

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

enthusiastic, hard working, dedicated and team players.

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

save even more lives.

Ways to make it better...

there were a few more staff members to help with projects.

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

fundraising and reaching the kids who need it the most.

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

this is one of the most efficiently run non profits I've seen, and has the most enviable volunteer program around.

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Trevor has found a place in my heart. It attracts the most compassionate, caring people that I have ever worked with and I find myself, again and again, in awe of the work of our helpline counselors. I am so glad there is an organization dedicated to this cause. My greatest hope is that more youth find out about Trevor and take advantage of its services.

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

Trevor provides results everyday with amazing call center volunteers as well as others who are dedicated to helping kids.

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

Ways to make it better...

I had the ability to get more people on board in helping to support Trevor. It deserves more attention from the LGBT community as a whole.

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The Trevor Project is a unique and effective organization serving LGBT youth through a variety of programs and services. Young people - many of whom have no place to turn - can rely on The Trevor Project for support and counseling and resources through the Trevor Helpline. Our school program brings important information and discussions to classrooms on the nature of homophobia, impact of language and behavior and responding to depression and suicide. And Trevor space provides a safe and supportive networking community on-line.

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

the many young people who have called the Helpline with questions and concerns; I have seen first-hand how The Trevor Project has saved lives.

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

Ways to make it better...

we had more financial resources to provide outreach to all geographic regions across the United States.

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

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

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2009-5-01

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19 people found this review helpful

The Trevor Project provides critical and unique services that prevent young people from making an irreversible decision to end their own life because they are simply discovering who they are - and are not supported by family, friends, religion, and society. The organization is amazing, the Board, the staff, the volunteers, the donors, the constituents—across all the full scope of the organization. Even in 2009, young gay people kill themselves because they think there is no future for them. These kids need to be supported for all the gifts they can bring to their communities—what would have happened if Harvey Milk had killed himself when he was a teen? Or Ellen De Generes? or Barney Frank? or Elton John? Or Dustin Lance Black? All of our lives would be diminished. Some of these kids are our leaders of tomorrow. And Trevor is addressing two issues that are still not talked about enough publicly - being gay and suicide. They are doing the most important, life-saving work.

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

in the emergency services rescues Trevor hs sent to young people in crisis across the country.

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

keep up the good work.

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

the mission, the people, the effectiveness

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

professional and qualified.

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

educate families of faith, school teachers and administrators on the appalling statistics for GLBTQ kids who contemplate and complete suicide and ways to prevent their children from killing themselves. Deliver more empowering activities for LGBTQ youth

Ways to make it better...

my experience is one of the most rewarding ones of my life.

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

marketing its services to all the young people who need them. not just in the US but internationally.

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

Life is precious and Trevor is the expert in sustaining life for LGBTQ youth.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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