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  

15 people found this review helpful

I am constantly impressed with the passion and the commitment that this organization gives from each and every volunteer, staff and board member. The fundamental goal of saving a life is the most basic and pure form of unconditional giving and love. The Trevor Project embodies all of these qualities.

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

The lives we have saved.

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

The incredible people that I have had the opportunity to meet.

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

top notch professional all with the same commitment to the cause.

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

Reach all 50 states on a critical mass level that would continue to build the support for youth that feel they have no one or nowhere to turn.

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25 people found this review helpful

I first became aware of the The Trevor Project several years ago, because I wanted to go to a pool party. What I learned there changed my view of social responsibility. From my experience as a gay kid who grew up in a highly intolerant environment, I understood the tough issues that LGBTQ youth face at a very young age--and that the consequences are sometimes, and needlessly, tragic. The Trevor Project provides lifesaving services to the under-served and at-risk LGBTQ youth population. I have watched the organization grow over the last several years, and am proud to serve on its board.

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

the number of calls has increased dramatically to the Trevor Project's accredited helpline. I've seen that helpline, staffed entirely by volunteers, literally save lives. And I've seen the letters from parents who thank us for our work.

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

be so humbled by the graciousness and dedication of the staff, donors, and volunteers.

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

the knowledge that my service literally saves lives. As one of our founders says: The Trevor Project provides an alternative ending to a story that is otherwise unimaginable.

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

so dedicated! I'm so proud of this board and am continually amazed at the dynamism, cooperation, unity, and dedication expressed by each member of this organization--especially the volunteers, who are the heart of the organization and its efforts.

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

extend its reach to the youth who need it most, by increasing visibility and becoming the primary resource for LGBTQ youth through our services, coordinated research, and advocacy.

Ways to make it better...

we could let our donors and volunteers know how much we care about their contributions. As the organization grows, my biggest challenge is making sure that our donors and volunteers know how crucial their efforts are to The Trevor Project's success.

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

the demand for our services is increasing a rate that challenges our infrastructure. The biggest challenge facing The Trevor Project is the need for what we do, and the increasing visibility as we reach more at-risk youth.

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

I appreciate anyone who's reading this now, especially if you aren't familiar with the Trevor Project. Thank you!!

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19 people found this review helpful

so many great organizations, so many great causes ...all serving the greater good of the LGBT community at large. With all those deserving of recognition and respect, one stands out apart them for its singular purpose...saving lives. we've all been there once in our life, having struggled with being gay or lesbian. some have felt that struggle was not worth the fight and found themselves contemplating suicide as the way to end that struggle. their future, their lives, their unknown contribution to our future lay in the balance....this is where The Trevor Project stands alone in being there when the struggle seems to have no friends or allies. Trevor is the lifeline, the friend at the end of the rope and in the lives of thousands of people over its years of existence, was the reason they are with us today. Trevor saves lives...the single greatest act we can do for our fellow human beings.

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

saving lives, each and every day

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

continue to do the great work so many are already doing around the country

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

its results

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

committed and caring..the very best of non profit

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

save even more lives, period.

Ways to make it better...

more people were involved

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

funding--we need more people committed with time and $

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

learn about trevor..you'll forever be happy you did

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16 people found this review helpful

The Trevor Project offers a completely unique and vital service to the youth of America who are conflicted, not only by their own developmental and identity issues, but also by the mixed messaging they are receiving from political and social media. This service is relatively new to the US, but is something I wish I had access to when I was growing up. Their simple messaging and concrete programs offer great outlets for those in need of their services.

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

The expanded services they offer and the continued increase in calls by youth as the organization markets itself in broader based media outlets.

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

I have been on the board for 3+ years now so I do feel as if I am part of its leadership and help run the organization. I would not change anything because this group is constantly changing everything to be current and meet the needs of its constituents.

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

The selfless giving of its volunteers, the incredible and effective pool of resources of its board of directors, and the agility of which the organization changes to the needs of youth via social and internet outlets.

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

I have met all the staff and they have unique ownership of the work & efforts the organizations puts out. The volunteers are incredibly motivated and return year after year because they believe in the cause and know they're making difference.

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

Offer their services in local schools around the country of acceptance education. They would also be able to open call centers in most geographic regions so the counselors would be able to relate better to the youth.

Ways to make it better...

More children had access to their Helpline. With regular outreach and media coverage the organization receives more and more calls from youth. More children need to know that they have someone to talk to so they don't take their own life.

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

Funding as donors around the country are experiencing hardships.

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

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