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Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO
San Francisco is a unique place full of history, innovation and progress for the LGBTQ community. At Trevor, we are fortunate to work in a space that was once occupied by an incredible hero in this movement – Harvey Milk. For the last two years, our counselors at the Harvey Milk Call Center have worked to live up to Harvey’s mission, providing Trevor Lifeline services to the LGBTQ young people who call them for life-saving support.
This spring, The Trevor Project is re-purposing the Harvey Milk Call Center to digital crisis services, focusing on text messaging, instant messaging, and social media. In this newly refocused space we will pioneer the first crisis intervention text message service for LGBTQ young people and their allies, called TrevorText
. With TrevorText, we will take advantage of a method of communication among youth that is becoming far more common than house phones. With this new program, we will continue supporting LGBTQ youth and their allies with technology that works for them.
No matter where you live, you can volunteer for Trevor’s digital programs. The difference is, now Bay Area residents have the opportunity to schedule volunteer shifts at the Harvey Milk Call Center, too. We need your help to make this transition a success! If you or someone you know is in the Bay Area, please consider volunteering
at Trevor’s new digital center, or with the San Francisco Ambassadors to The Trevor Project. We will begin scheduling new and existing volunteers at the re-focused space later this spring. Existing volunteers can learn more by contacting Shirley Vilca, Volunteer Coordinator (Shirley.Vilca@TheTrevorProject.org
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we want to share some of the love Trevor receives with you. These messages of gratitude and hope come from our Facebook friends and Twitter followers and remind us why we give everything we can to help LGBTQ young people find a brighter future.
The Trevor Project is on the road with Lady Gaga and the Born This Way Foundation for the U.S. leg of her tour! From January through March, Trevor and other partnering organizations are participating in the Born Brave Bus Tour, a free experience open to the public in each tour city, whether you have a ticket to the concert or not. At each stop, Trevor volunteers offer information about our life-saving, life-affirming services.
Check out what visitors so far have to say about Trevor:
“You all saved and changed my life. Thank you Trevor!” – Anonymous Visitor
“This is the first time I’ve heard of you. My daughter has been going through a rough time at school recently and I’m so glad she can call you.” - Anonymous Mother
“I love you! The work you all do is crucial and truly lifesaving.” – Julian, 17
“My son called you when he was in a really low spot. You all saved his life. Thanks for the amazing work you did for my family as well as everyone else you help.” – Diane
There are many ways to show love and support
for the young people in our communities. One way is to ensure all teens and young adults have access to mental health care and suicide prevention resources. In 2004, Congress passed the Garret Lee Smith Memorial Act to provide suicide prevention funding to states and colleges. The Act expired in 2008, but Congress continued to fund suicide prevention programs in 40 states and 85 colleges, including some of Trevor’s statewide education initiatives. In this time of cutbacks, however, these vital youth suicide prevention programs are at risk of disappearing without dedicated funding.
Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) brought the critical issue of youth suicide prevention back to the national mental health conversation by reintroducing the bipartisan Garret Lee Smith Reauthorization Memorial Act (S. 116). This bill provides $44 million to states and colleges for evidence-based suicide prevention programs and will fund the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, ensuring that suicide prevention programs continue to be there for youth who need them.
With your help, we can move forward with this important legislation and let young people across the country know that we care about their futures. Please call your representatives
today and ask them to cosponsor the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act.