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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

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

10

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

11

Board Member

Rating: 5

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...

12

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

12

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

11

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

11

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

12

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

15

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

19

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.