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The Trevor Project, Inc.

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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

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 Melissa F.

Client Served

Rating: 2

They refused to re-send the "Talk to me" kit for the Suicide Prevention Week, and I had ordered it for free, but it said it was sent & delivered, yet I never got anything from them.

I live in an apartment, where no one can get into my mailbox without my key, so tell me how the heck it could "just simply have been taken after delivered"?? It's a shame you don't care more about your customers.

Do you realize how much I wanted this kit, simply for the meaning behind it, not just to have one? A lot of my friends have struggled with suicidal thoughts, and I had made a list of people to send a "Talk To Me" sticker to, with a nice note saying that the sticker is true, and they can talk to me ANY time when they are feeling suicidal. I have a few friends watching their mailboxes, waiting for me to send it to them, because they truly do need the extra support knowing I'm here for them, always. For all you know, this kit and stickers could prevent my friend from killing themselves because I was going to send several people a sticker with a nice note saying I'm always there for them to talk to me anytime about anything.

THE KITS ARE FREE. WHY CAN'T YOU MAIL ME A NEW ONE?
Is it only because the kit was free to me that you won't send another one? Because I certainly hope you don't treat your customers like this who actually BUY stuff from you, and never recieve it. Because you could get in a lot of trouble, because you would be STEALING their money.


You completely lost all my support with you guys.
I'm even completely ashamed to be one of your "Likes" on your Facebook page.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's simple, I felt alienated and I needed someone anonymous to talk to. Someone who wouldn't pass judgement and wouldn't know who I was after I hung up. But I also needed someone who cared. Thank you.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a member of the trevorspace website, I feel this website has linked me to transgendered peers and helped me on my path to self-realization. I also feel I would have support if I had a rough time coming out to my family in the near future.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing site, it helps so much by letting you write your own questions and getting them answered. it's so amazing and is so helpful.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Trevor Project is amazing. It's a wonderful thing that allows you to communicate with others and really feel like you're not alone. Like you're not weird. Even when some of your closest friends seem to not 'get it', you know that there's someone out there who does. That there are other people out there like you. Support, resources, information, and friends. All in one place. What more could you ask for?

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the Trevor Project :) I've met some great people through there, and I still am meeting people. Lots of positive support from everybody and there's no anti- violence at all. I love this site!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

the trevor project saved my life. i was on the phone. i had taken a handful of OTC pills and was going to take more. i called Trevor and they literally saved my life. i love you trevor and everyone who helps trevor. i'm alive now.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was having a very bad week, my emotions varied from day to day, and I was very depressed and lonely at one point. Thankfully, I already knew of the organization from the internet before this point. A counselor that I called likely saved my life during that week.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

they are amazing. they have helped me and so many others. they try to get to other people of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and question community.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Trevor Project? THE GLBTQ hotline? A lifeline for so many kids who have nowhere else to go, no other resource? Yeah. It's been there for me. It's always been a conversation that I could now have. Talking with someone, someone like me, someone who could help me understand the problems I was going through. I care so little about speaking for an organization. Actions should speak for themselves, which means that The Trevor Project needs little in the way of words, for its actions make all the difference in lives like mine.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

I think this is a great project! It helps people with any and all problems they might be having. It also has a community [Trevorspace] website where people can go to meet people who they may not be able to meet wherever they live. Because of this, they feel like they have more support. I think this organization is absolutely amazing.

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love TrevorSpace.com! I have safely made many friends who are a part of or support the LGBT community! The Trevor Project helps me be myself. It's truly lovely!

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Trevor project came to our Early College and spoke about sensitive issues with a wide variety of students. The groups of students were mixed and came to the session with different prejudices and backgrounds. The Trevor project group was able to remove tension and allow students to see people as individuals with emotions and emotional distresses that everyone ought to be sensitive to.

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

Earlier this year The Trevor Project came and gave an hour long presentation at the high school where I teach. They made a tremendous impact on our students. Since they have visited I have heard from numerous students as well as witnessed myself a complete turn around in the atmosphere. Students are more respectful, courteous, and understanding of their classmates. The Trevor Project made our school a more enjoyable place to work and learn. They are invaluable to the climate of this school and I look forward to working with them more in the future.

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Trevor Project spent an entire day working with students at the school where I work for Community Day. They led sessions centered around the Impact of Language and Actions on the GLBT Community, and they did a WONDERFUL job with our students. Many groups who met with them carried on conversations for the rest of the day about what they learned and discussed with The Trevor Project, and students were really inspired and energized to continue learning more and making the school a safe space for everyone.

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Trevor Project´s blog site, TrevorSpace, has been a truly valuable networking tool for finding and talking to other kids who have some of the same types of problems I do, even the weirder ones. While I´ve never called the helpline, I have several friends who have, and at least one whose life was definitely saved by it. Thank you, Trevor Project.

13

Client Served

Rating: 5

i adore the trevor project. it's the only organization that i know of that does what it does. there's so many of us out there that see no hope for a better tomorrow and the trevor hotline has saved my life and so many others in a lot of ways. i go on trevorspace everyday cuz there's nothing else like it. it's still a small website but it's nice to know i'm not alone.

11

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had always wished there was something out there like travor space. It is like a dream come true. It is one thing to have a helpline, and thats great in its self. But it's even better to get that same support from kids like you that know what your going through. Trevor has changed my life, I even met my girlfriend through trevor, which would have been impossible to do without it. Thank you trevor!

12

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Trevor Project is one of the most amazing projects I've been involved with, though I have not been involved in many, it is still amazing. Around where I live there have recently been a lot of suicide's in different schools, I think after hanging posters and such from the Trevor Project, that reduced a lot of kid's thoughts about suicide, It also helped a lot of kids out. Given I live in a small town in Nebraska, It's not very excepted to be gay. I also thing the Trevor Project's TrevorSpace helped kids out also, he made it easy for kids to find others like themselves, to talk to other kids and be able to feel like they are not alone in the world.

16

Client Served

Rating: 5

This project has saved so many of my friends' lives. I constantly refer to the project to friends that are having problems. When I was having issues, I joined TrevorSpace and found people who were willing to listen to me. Now that the issues are over, I still log on everday so I can talk to my new friends and chill with people that understand.