Zachary Mallory, an 18-year-old gay teen from Kansas City, just gave $5,000 to The Trevor Project after being honored as a TeenNick HALO Effect’s October 2014 award recipient. We are so touched and grateful for this unexpected gift, and are inspired by Zachary’s commitment to helping LGBTQ youth in crisis.
“I gave my support to The Trevor Project because they have helped me and thousands of others create a better life for ourselves,” said Zachary. “With Trevor’s trained counselors and the amazing volunteer opportunities, it’s an endless journey in making a better and safer, more inclusive community. When I heard from Nickelodeon about the grant, my immediate thought, without hesitation, was The Trevor Project.”
The HALO Effect – which stands for Help And Lead Others – is a Nickelodeon initiative that works to inspire young people to create meaningful change in their communities. Zachary was selected because of his brave work as an LGBT-rights advocate and peer mentor.
In his hometown, Zachary created a welcoming place for LGBTQ youth by founding a Gay-Straight Alliance, he also participated in GLSEN’s rally in Washington D.C. to promote safer schools. As a Youth Outreach Intern for PerformOUTKC, the only LGBTQIA performing arts group in Kansas City, he continues his work to help support the youth in his community.
Thank you again, Zachary! We are so proud to have your support!
To make a donation to The Trevor Project, visit Trvr.org/Donate.