The Trevor Project

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Headquarters Location: West Hollywood, CA
Founded: 1998


Mission: The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.


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Story: The Trevor Project was founded in 1998 by James Lecesne, Peggy Rajski and Randy Stone, the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR. Set in 1981, TREVOR is a timeless coming-of-age story about love, loss, and learning to be… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
The Trevor Project works to decrease LGBT youth suicides through a combination of direct service and public education. The organization's suicide prevention hotlines serve as a powerful support network for young people in crisis. In addition to the hotlines, Trevor Project builds community both through their advisory board and several online connection opportunities.
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Leadership
The-trevor-project Abbe Land. Abbe Land is a recognized and respected health care professional with an impressive history of ensuring care to under-represented populations, and advocating for youth and the LGBT community.

Since 2003, Abbe has served as co-CEO of The Saban Free Clinic in Los Angeles. While there, she co-led the Clinic’s growth from a $6 million to a $16 million budget,… See full bio.



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Financial Data
Charity Navigator Rating: 4stars (profile)
Total Revenue:
$4,122,586


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Contact Info
E-Mail:
info AT thetrevorproject.org
Phone:
310.271.8845
Facebook:
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Address:
8704 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 200
 
West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA


The-trevor-project Story: The Trevor Project was founded in 1998 by James Lecesne, Peggy Rajski and Randy Stone, the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR. Set in 1981, TREVOR is a timeless coming-of-age story about love, loss, and learning to be yourself.

Trevor is an exuberant, happy 13-year old who has a crush on the most popular boy in school, Pinky Faraday. When Trevor's classmates discover his true feelings for Pinky, they tease and mock him. Sad and friendless, Trevor decides the world would be better off without him and tries to take his own life. But Trevor is no victim. By the end, it's clear his developing sense of self and undeniable enthusiasm for life will always see him through.

When TREVOR was scheduled to air on HBO®, the filmmakers realized that some young viewers might face the same kind of crisis as Trevor and could use support. They searched for an appropriate lifeline number to broadcast with the film but no such number existed. On August 8, 1998, James Lecesne, Peggy Rajski and Randy Stone opened the Trevor Lifeline. Since that time, The Trevor Project has become a national leader providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.

In addition to operating the only national crisis lifeline for LGBTQ teens and young adults, Trevor offers unique suicide prevention services to youth in digital spaces, including counseling via instant message through TrevorChat and the largest online social network specifically for young LGBTQ people, TrevorSpace.

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. The Trevor Project is also a Champion of Change, an honor presented by the White House for our innovative work to save the lives of LGBTQ young people.

Expert Reviews of The Trevor Project

Evidence of Impact Summary:

The Trevor Project works to decrease LGBT youth suicides through a combination of direct service and public education. The organization's suicide prevention hotlines serve as a powerful support network for young people in crisis. In addition to the hotlines, Trevor Project builds community both through their advisory board and several online connection opportunities.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

Trevor Project has excellent marketing capabilities. They have built a strong brand and have developed celebrity ties that really help to put their message in the public conversation. They have also been able to leverage that visibility in meaningful ways, including bringing attention to the effects of bullying. The organization has strong leadership, great staff training, and a team of caring and committed volunteers. They also are well resourced.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

Experts would like to see the Trevor Project’s work expand. Most notably, they could increase the number of call centers they currently have. Since the organization has experienced rapid growth, they may want to take some time to focus internally and be sure that they are well grounded before moving forward. The Trevor Project has no visible leader advocating on behalf of the organization or related issues. This may be a gap that they want to fill.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Youth Suicide Prevention

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The Trevor Project works to stop suicides among LGBTQ youth. It brings training to local communities and provides excellent resources for professionals, families, and peers of youth contemplating suicide.
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The Trevor Project provides a much needed service to LGBTQ youth of America. Their suicide prevention hotline has saved many lives. Their impact for service is unmatched.
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They have increased the profile of LGBT youth suicide. Their impact can also be seen in the growth of organizational services provided and peer endorsements.
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They have done successful work in suicide prevention.

Raising Public Awareness

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With the recent public knowledge about bullying and other threats to LGBT youth, the Trevor Project has been an essential lifeline for LGBTQ young people. It's an important resource.
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Beyond the day-to-day work of providing critical support that saves young LGBT lives, Trevor has gained tremendous visibility for the LGBT community by focusing on stories that highlight the impact of discrimination, homophobia, and transphobia. That visibility is educational to the mainstream, helping them to gain insights into the community while having a magnifying impact on the message of hope to young LGBT individuals (in partnership with organizations like It Gets Better), as well as the resources being brought to bear on the issue.


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Calling Out Bullying

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The organization has done an excellent job of marketing crisis intervention options in places where youth can access the information. It has also taken a leading role in highlighting the negative effects of bullying and trying to combat it at the source, thus decreasing the large amount of suicides attributed to bullying.

Great Staff and Volunteers

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Their staff training is amazing and the volunteers who man the hotline are supportive and caring individuals who really care about the person on the other end of the phone.

Leveraging Position

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They are a hot commodity right now, which allows them to garner support for important issues.

Resources

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They are strong in leadership and outreach. They are also strong in resources.

Strong Marking and Branding

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They have a greatly increased budget and recently improved leadership team, which are positive signs. The marketing both of the group and the cause has been superb in the last two years especially.
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Their marketing is a huge strength
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They have a strong, visible brand and mission with great potential for leveraging more resources; they also have strong celebrity ties.


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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Expand Programming

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They could improve by getting more crisis services into smaller communities.
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I'd like to see the expansion of services to include drop-in centers in major cities, that would be awesome.
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The organization's presence could be almost limitlessly expanded over time beyond the few areas where it has call centers. Their national reach through online presence, hotlines, etc. seems strong but probably has a lot of room to grow as well.

Focus Inward

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Their rapid rate of growth seems to have created a need to focus inward for long-term sustainability.

Improve Marketing

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Although their profile has gotten higher in the last year or so, it would be good for more people to know about them.

No Visible Leader

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The organizational leadership is under the radar and unknown. There is no strong voice from the organization visibly advocating on policy issues tied to LGBT youth, mental wellness, or suicide prevention.


Leadership

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Abbe Land
Executive Director
Abbe Land is a recognized and respected health care professional with an impressive history of ensuring care to under-represented populations, and advocating for youth and the LGBT community.

Since 2003, Abbe has served as co-CEO of The Saban Free Clinic in Los Angeles. While there, she co-led the Clinic’s growth from a $6 million to a $16 million budget, including the opening of two new clinics and the building of a $22 million endowment. She also oversaw all aspects of Saban’s operations ensuring integration of physical and mental health; providing medical, dental and mental health services to over 21,000 patients annually; and managing a full-time staff of 140 with more than 300 volunteers.

Abbe also brings a wealth of public policy knowledge to The Trevor Project as a longtime elected official who champions the needs of youth. She has served the City of West Hollywood from 1986-1997 as a council member and was elected twice as mayor. Abbe was re-elected to office in 2003 and is currently serving a 4-year term, having won re-election in March 2011.

With a strong dedication to the community, Abbe serves on the advisory board of Women Against Gun Violence and on the board of directors of the California Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County. She is an appointed member of the L.A. County Department of Health Services' Women's Health Policy Council, and serves on the boards of the AIDS Community Action Foundation and of the Planned Parenthood-LA Advocacy Project.

A long-time resident of West Hollywood, California, Abbe lives with her husband, artist Martin Gantman.

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