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The Trevor Project, Inc.
June 8, 2009

The Trevor Project is a place that I recommend my friends to it frequently. I have friends that aren't even LGTB that I recommend to join TrevorSpace, a part of the Trevor Project, because I know that the community would accept them with open arms. After all, our straight allies are a key factor in reaching our freedoms and political goals. As for my experience with it, I've met people that I really respect. Here in South Dakota, the chances of meeting another LGTB youth are almost zero. Having the support elsewhere is better than not having it all and that's what I tell my friends who are in a tough spot with their families and communities, in South Dakota and elsewhere. The Trevor Project constantly puts out surveys so that the users that have used the hotline can give their feedback. I've particpated in surveys that ask regional questions about the treatment of LGTB in school and out. The Trevor Project is dedicated to discovering the problem areas. What they do with their information, I do not know, however, the fact that they ask for it is a huge step to me. The Trevor Project is an organization that has inspired me to do more for LGTB issues. Just being in the community and hearing what people say gets me going. Imagine what could happen if it continued to grow and the talk increased. The Trevor Project saves lives and gives them something they thought they had missing. I think that's absolutely bombastic.

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

the amount of people who joined starting in 2009. It jumped up tremendously and that's awesome to see because it means that there are others out there wanting to be connected. People are being proactive.

Ways to make it better...

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

Target areas that aren't high in LGTB population (seemingly) and specifically advertise in areas that aren't as supportive of LGTB rights.

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

having the opportunity to meet individuals with interests similar and different to mine.

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

very hopeful.

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

be a rocking force. The impact they would have on youth would be felt all the way to the kids that use their fear as a weapon to bully LGTBQ youth. I go to a small school with less than 150 students. I know that everyone would be reached if Trevor had it.

Ways to make it better...

this site would have given me a perfect life and a lot of money. Nothing's perfect and I'm happy with what I have, so this site was just fine.

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

the same people who oppose everything LGTB folks do.

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

WOOT WOOT! Not only does this site provide support for LGTBQ and straight teens young adults, but it provides them a community where they can immerse themselves in *safely* and find support from their peers. It's truly a work of art and phenomenal. =)

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I told others about the organization, I joined the Trevor Project YAC, I suggest friends to the hotline, and I was connected and inspired.