Grammy Winner Rob Thomas Honored with The Ally Award at Taste of The City

In April, we celebrated our lifesaving work with over 500 supporters at Trevor NextGen New York’s annual fundraiser, Taste of The City: Spring Fling 2016. As Ally Honoree and Grammy Award-Winning singer-songwriter Rob Thomas said, we came together to be “on the right side of history.”

We thank all of our NextGen New York Ambassadors, volunteers, donors, sponsors, and the talent who were a part of making this night possible. We are so grateful that Rob Thomas, comedian Julie Halston, DJs Avan Lava and Tygapaw, and host Braden Bradley graced our stage with their talent to help us forward our mission to end suicide for all LGBTQ youth.

We also want to thank our presenting sponsors Viacom, Kevin Potter, Absolut, as well as all our food, wine, and spirits partners who made our event truly unique.

For more pictures from Taste of the City, visit Flickr. See Rob Thomas’ acceptance speech below and read the Forbes article about the event. You can also check out photos from A Night Out for Trevor San Francisco at Dirty Water Restaurant and Bar. To learn about future events with Trevor, visit our Event Page.


Support Trevor at United Relay: History’s Biggest Coast-to-Coast Challenge

Starting in May, The Trevor Project is joining 9,000 runners in a race across the United States. Help save young LGBTQ lives in the biggest coast-to-coast challenge in history by signing up along any of the United Relay routes.

 

You can be that one supportive person who can decrease a young person’s risk for suicide by 30 percent. To get involved, set up a donation page and encourage your friends and family to take part. If you are underage, differently abled, or don’t feel like racing, you can make a big difference by raising awareness, cheering us on, or donating here. If you would like a discount on signing up for the race, email [email protected] for more information. AfterShokz will be giving away free headphones through a weekly prize draw here.

To prepare for United Relay, Trevor recognizes that self-care is necessary for building endurance. As National Sleep and Nutrition Awareness Months come to an end in March, we’ve compiled some tips on how to get ready for the race.

Get Better Sleep
1. Set a routine to wake up the same time each day
2. Exercise regularly
3. Avoid naps longer than 20 minutes
4. Eat and drink lightly before bed
5. Turn off electronics and dim the lights an hour before you sleep
6. If you can’t fall asleep, try getting up, taking a walk, journaling, meditating, or turning on music

Plan Nutritious Meals
1. A few weeks leading up to the race, plan meals with lean meats like chicken or fish and/or plant-based carb foods that are in season, like vegetables, fruits, and legumes
2. A few days leading up to the race, stay away from food that is not easy to digest or may not agree with your stomach, like processed foods, fats, fried foods, dairy, or extra fiber
3. Three hours before the race, eat a breakfast of carbs and protein or energy bars
4. 30 minutes before the race, continuously sip water to stay hydrated

Whether you race with Trevor or not, we appreciate all your support and we thank you for raising awareness about United Relay!


Trevor Hosts Students for Alternative Spring Break

In March, The Trevor Project’s Community Engagement and Outreach team organized activities for student Alternative Spring Break groups from across the nation who were driven to help us save young LGBTQ lives.  Wingate University, Gettysburg College, and Florida International University students had an intensive overview of Trevor’s story, our vision, mission, and programs. Trevor Ally, Advocacy, Outreach, and LGBTQIA competency-based trainings prepared Wingate and Florida International students to do outreach in New York, distributing resources about our services to youth-based organizations and community centers.

In a cultural exchange between The Trevor Project  and LGBT Youth Japan, a Tokyo-based student organization that educates Japanese young people about LGBT support systems currently employed by foreign countries, our Wingate student volunteers learned about the state of LGBT youth in Japan, while our Japanese students were informed about our lifesaving work. An LGBT Youth Japan student, Kody, was particularly inspired by the visit: “I’ve known about your organization since Tyler Oakley started hosting the red carpet for TrevorLIVE. I’ve always wanted to visit you since then, so it was a dream come true moment! Now, inspired by people I met in New York, I’ve decided to continue posting various coming out videos by interviewing my ally and LGBT friends in order to increase our visibility in Japan and help young LGBT people who might be in need of help and encouragement.”

We are grateful that we had the opportunity to connect with young people through education and we look forward to seeing them become leaders within the LGBTQ community.


Corporate Spotlight: Baxter International

Over the last few years, we have experienced a surge in the need for our digital program, TrevorChat.  With the mission to expand access to healthcare for the disadvantaged and underserved in the United States and around the world, healthcare company Baxter International’s foundation generously provided The Trevor Project with a grant that made it possible for us to significantly increase the number of Trevor-trained volunteer counselors supporting LGBTQ youth in crisis.

We appointed two full-time TrevorChat shift supervisors, which allowed us to provide supervision and training to many more volunteer counselors, while also maintaining seven days a week of TrevorChat sessions. Together with Baxter, we can continue to innovate the ways in which we offer lifesaving and life-affirming support, and we are so grateful.


Moments to Remember: TrevorLIVE Los Angeles

On December 6, 2015 at The Hollywood Palladium, celebrities and supporters gathered to raise over 1.1 million dollars towards The Trevor Project’s suicide prevention and crisis intervention services for LGBTQ youth. The night began with an engaging red carpet livestream, hosted by Shira Lazar, Todrick Hall, and RJ Aguilar, with questions gathered from youth on Twitter and Instagram. The irreverently comedic, yet heartfelt show, directed by Adam Shankman, began with a moving speech from Executive Director and CEO Abbe Land, who spoke about our Southern Initiative, which aims to bring more resources to youth in rural areas who may not know about our services.

Joel McHale hosted the night of entertainment, which began with an electric performance of “Peeno Noir” by Tituss Burgess.  Lisa Kudrow made a special appearance as Valerie Cherish in a tribute video to HBO’s President of Programming, Michael Lombardo. Julia Louis-Dreyfus presented the award to Lombardo, honored as the Trevor Hero for his fight to bring LGBTQ equality into the workplace and his pivotal role in inspiring Vice President Joe Biden to announce his support for marriage equality in 2012.

“The Trevor Project, by providing crisis counseling and a sense of community, is a lifeline to scores of youth struggling to feel unbroken, to feel of value,” said Lombardo. “There is nothing more basic, more critical, than the work Trevor does and what it represents – that one is never alone, that being gay or lesbian or trans is a difference to be embraced and valued.”

The Youth Innovator Award, presented by Candis Cayne, Kevin Zegers, and Jeffrey Paul Wolff and sponsored by Wells Fargo, was awarded to Jazz Jennings for her work with the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation to raise awareness about LGBTQ issues and advocate for transgender youth. In her speech, Jennings said, “Being transgender has not just been a physical transition for me. It’s been about discovering who I am, how to love myself, and spreading that love towards other people and accepting one another no matter their differences. Knowing that I can help folks discover themselves, and that organizations like The Trevor Project exist to help kids understand their feelings and identities is lifesaving.”

Presenting the Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award to The Walt Disney Company was Amy Adams, following Jeremy Jordan’s uplifting Disney medley and a touching video that highlighted Disney’s support of the LGBTQ community through its various television, film, and theme park projects over the years. Chairman of Walt Disney International, Andy Bird, accepted the award, saying: “The Trevor Project saves lives. It is a candle in the darkness, illuminating the way to safety for so many young people struggling to find acceptance. And, even though the world has changed dramatically since this organization was founded, there is still so much to be done. The Walt Disney Company is proud to be part of the effort…and to stand with The Trevor Project tonight and always.”

The evening was full of laughs, heartfelt speeches, and jaw-dropping performances by Aja Naomi King, Alex Borstein, Alfred Enoch, Brad Goreski, Brenna Whitaker, Cheyenne Jackson, Conrad Ricamora, Eli Lieb, Guillermo Diaz, Jack Falahee, Jeremy Jordan, Martin Starr, Matt McGorry, Niecy Nash, Pauley Perette, Rachel Bloom, Sarah Silverman, Suzanne Cryer, and Tony Hale. Pictures and videos of celebrities offering support to LGBTQ youth can be seen on Flickr and Instagram.

To commemorate the lifesaving work of The Trevor Project, the night ended with a powerful performance of “The Circle of Life” by Burgess.

We thank TrevorLIVE presenting sponsors Wells Fargo, HBO, and The Walt Disney Company, corporate and individual donors, volunteers, and staff for making this a night to remember. To find out more about TrevorLIVE New York in June 2016, check in at trevorlive.org.


Corporate Spotlight: Astellas

When The Trevor Project set out to expand suicide prevention and crisis intervention services in the Midwest last year, global pharmaceutical company Astellas was simultaneously looking to support diverse initiatives such as ours through their Employee Resource Group (ERG) Together As One (TAO).

As we work with Astellas to expand our volunteer base in Chicago and build up our ambassador program of young professionals making a difference, we are strengthening our TrevorChat program in the city.

“Together, we share a mutual goal – to end suicide among LGBTQ youth while supporting their well-being – and we can’t accomplish that mission without building new partnerships that further strengthen our ability to provide lifesaving help,” says Executive Director and CEO Abbe Land.

By supporting events such as our most recent mixer at Roscoe’s, in collaboration with longtime supporters Bank of America and Deloitte, Astellas is also helping us establish more fundraising and corporate partnerships in Chicago.

Linda Friedman, Executive Sponsor of TAO ERG, says, “Being a young person is hard; being a teenager while dealing with sexual identity or gender acceptance issues can be especially traumatic. That’s why we have partnered with The Trevor Project to provide financial and volunteer support to further the mission of ending suicide among the LGBTQ community.”

With a top score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, Astellas continues to increase their involvement with more LGBTQ projects such as Trevor’s. We are excited to see where our new collaboration takes us and look forward to working with them for our upcoming May event and more in Chicago.


Celebrating Volunteer Appreciation Week

During National Volunteer Appreciation Week, The Trevor Project’s staff celebrated our amazing volunteers with awards, social media features, and enormous gratitude.

In New York, staff held a Volunteer Awards Ceremony where veteran volunteers for Trevor Lifeline were honored with trophies and MVP volunteers for Lifeguard Workshops, TrevorChat, TrevorSpace, Pride celebrations, as well as administration volunteers were given 5 year anniversary pins and MVP awards. Food ranged from empanadas and yucca bites to veggie skewers and cake.

“Volunteer appreciation is important because volunteers are the heart of The Trevor Project,” said Jennifer Dugan, Trevor’s new Community Engagement Coordinator. “They make our services possible!”

NextGen New York members also held a ceremony at Viacom. “Trevor All Star” awards were given to NextGen leaders and volunteers who’ve gone above and beyond in their duties. Food and drinks were provided and an after party was hosted at a nearby venue.

Los Angeles volunteers also celebrated during a Volunteer Awards Ceremony at Broadstone Candara, a beautiful donated space in Hollywood, where passed appetizers were donated by Marino Ristorante. Here, a wide range of volunteers from all aspects of the organization were honored with certificates, pins, and trophies. Later, volunteers gathered at Sassafras Saloon in Hollywood for an after party.

Danielle Orner, Trevor’s Community Engagement Associate in Los Angeles, said, “We ask so much from our volunteers, who will spend approximately 150 hours training and supporting LGBTQ youth. So many of them go above and beyond to participate in fundraising, additional programs, and mentorship. Each volunteer’s passion, commitment, and talent are invaluable to preventing suicide nationwide.”

Are you interested in volunteering for The Trevor Project? Visit Trvr.org/Volunteer to learn more!


Corporate Partner Spotlight: Toyota

This past February, Toyota stepped out to support The Trevor Project once again when they raffled off a Scion FR-S to benefit our life-saving work. The $26,000 car was featured at TrevorLIVE Los Angeles this past December, where guests were invited to purchase raffle tickets and earn a chance to win the sleek new model. The winner was announced at a celebratory event that was hosted by Lisa Vanderpump at PUMP West Hollywood.

The Trevor Project’s relationship with Toyota spans many years, and the corporation continues to help support the LGBT community and The Trevor Project. The company’s passion for fostering a culture of equality at their own workplace is widely known, and Toyota has continuously been given a score of 100 on the HRC Corporate Equality Index.

For the past two years, Toyota has been a sponsor of TrevorLIVE, including sponsoring the Red Carpet Live Stream; and in 2014, Toyota was honored with the Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award for their public support and commitment to advancing empowering, inclusive messages for the LGBT community.

In the same year, Trevor was added as a partner to Toyota’s employee giving options, which includes a select group of charitable organizations that are chosen by the employees themselves. Toyota Financial also helped support the Trevor Youth Advisory Council by sponsoring their annual conference in Los Angeles, which brought together young LGBTQ and ally innovators from around the country.

Thanks to the support of corporations like Toyota, The Trevor Project is able to grow and reach more LGBTQ youth in crisis. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a corporate partner or sponsor, click HERE. Together, we can work to save lives!


#CelebrateKindness During GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week 2015

January 19 through January 23 is GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week (#NNCW15), and if you have 30 minutes and a computer, you can help foster respect, inclusion, and acceptance for LGBTQ youth in your community.

The Trevor Project and Kognito have partnered to create Step In, Speak Up! , an online interactive experience that helps educators and other youth-serving adults end anti-LGBTQ harassment and reach out to support LGBTQ youth. During #NNCW15 and throughout the year, this training is available at Trvr.org\OnlineTrainings.

LGBTQ youth are seven times more likely to experience verbal and physical violence than non-LGBTQ youth1, and about 28% of LGBTQ youth say they dropped out of school to escape violence and harassment – that’s three times the national average2. These staggering numbers need to change, and we need your help to make schools a safer place filled with trusted adults.

First, check out the map below to see if your state has free access to Step In, Speak Up! Whether you’re a student, educator, parent, or friend, you can help create a safer school environment free of name-calling, harassment, and bias – and that can be life-saving. If you don’t have free access, you can purchase training in the Kognito store. Every store purchase helps support our mission through a donation to The Trevor Project.

Students: Share Step In, Speak Up! with your favorite teachers, your school’s nurse or guidance counselor, your coaches, and other adults in your school.

Educators: Create an account and complete the30-minute Step In, Speak Up! training program to practice responding to biased comments, supporting a student who comes out, and connecting distressed students to appropriate support services (like The Trevor Project).

Parents and Friends: Let your school administration and community know about the availability of this program, and share the access information with educators who can participate.

How To Access Free Trainings
Delaware: http://delaware.kognito.com/
Fairfax County, VA: http://fairfax.kognito.com/
Hawaii: email [email protected] for enrollment info
Illinois: http://illinois.kognito.com/k12/
Iowa: http://iowa.kognito.com/
Maryland: http://md.kognito.com/
New York City: https://respectforall.kognito.com/
San Bernardino County, CA: email [email protected] for enrollment info

You can learn more about the Kognito programs and our partnership here.

1. Lazear, K (2009). Safe Schools/Healthy Students, Making Communication Work for You.
2. Kosciw, J.G., Diaz, E.M., and Greytak, E. A. (2008). The 2007 National School Climate Survey: The experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in our nation’s schools. New York: GLSEN.


#GivingTuesday Success

By: Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO

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This year, The Trevor Project participated in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back to causes that make a difference. Thanks to supporters like you, we are so honored to say that we received thousands of dollars in donations online throughout the day in support of our life-saving work.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants also offered Trevor supporters a special offer as an extension of their own Giving Tuesday campaign, helping to make the day an even bigger success and expand our reach even more. Every dollar is so important, and helps support the young people who reach out to us for help – especially during the holiday season, which can be such a difficult time for LGBTQ youth.

Not only did we raise funds, we raised awareness. Through our multi-channel #GivingTuesday campaign over social media, we engaged thousands of people and spread the word about what The Trevor Project is all about: saving lives, and building a brighter future; and that is truly invaluable. To everyone who gave, thank you so much!