Power On! Campaign Hits the Basketball Court

Basketball PartnershipOn August 8, The Trevor Project, Straight But Not Narrow, Human I-T, and Josh Hutcherson came together at L.A. Live to raise awareness of Power On: a campaign that brings life-affirming technology loaded with LGBTQ resources into the hands of underserved youth nationwide.

This unique collaboration took center court during Straight But Not Narrow’s 3rd annual 3ON3 Celebrity Basketball Game. Before the first play was made, “Most Valuable Player” Josh Hutcherson and Trevor’s Executive Director and CEO, Abbe Land told attendees about how they could help LGBTQ youth nationwide Power On. The Straight But Not Narrow team even surprised Abbe with a cake in honor of Trevor’s sixteenth year of service.

“It’s awesome to know that [Power On] will be used to help a young person out there who, before this campaign, wasn’t able to get access to information and resources that could really help them,” said Josh in a game-day interview. “I’ve always respected the work that The Trevor Project does, and to have an opportunity for Straight But Not Narrow to collaborate with them on a campaign like Power On is exciting,”

Power On runs until LGBT Spirit Day on October 17, so submit your donation today! After you give, your technology will be erased, cleaned and refurbished by Human I-T before being sent to a youth center, homeless shelter, or LGBTQ community center.

Visit Trvr.org/PowerOn to learn more.


What’s Coming Up for Trevor?

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 17: CEO and Executive Director Abbe Land of the The Trevor Project arrives for The Trevor Project’s 2013 “TrevorLIVE” Event Honoring Cindy Hensley McCain at Chelsea Piers on June 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for The Trevor Project) *** Local Caption *** Abbe Land

I am so excited that we’ve now completed the year-long process of developing a comprehensive 3-year strategic plan that will carry us well beyond our 16th year. Its future-forward goals lay the foundation for The Trevor Project’s expansion, and ensure that we focus on continuing to support LGBTQ youth in the strongest way possible.

Over the past several years, The Trevor Project has grown – and this growth will continue as we begin the new fiscal year in August. We have seen that more and more young people across the country are reaching out to Trevor for help, especially in a digital age where a growing number of youth are accessing our online services. To meet this need, we plan to invest in our programs, our infrastructure, and our volunteers.

The focus for this year will be to strengthen and expand the capacity for our crisis services, which will be achieved by adding staff that support the Lifeline, TrevorChat, TrevorText, and Trevorspace; as well as recruiting more volunteers to work with these programs.

With TrevorSpace in particular, we will dedicate resources to dramatically improve the functionality and usability of the website’s platform, and ensure that the social network is optimized for mobile devices. More young people than ever are accessing this life-affirming site from their phones, and we want to make sure that TrevorSpace members never have to be without this supportive online community.

Our education and advocacy work will continue to be key components of our strategy, and we plan to concentrate these efforts in programs and opportunities where Trevor provides unique value. Trevor’s outreach team will continue to focus on recruiting more volunteers, and all of us will be working to secure the financial resources necessary to support our planned program expansion.

I feel confident and optimistic about The Trevor Project’s direction moving forward, and encourage you to check our website for updates as the year continues. Thank you for supporting The Trevor Project and the LGBTQ youth we serve. We can’t do it without you!


Volunteer Appreciation Week

The volunteers at The Trevor Project go above and beyond to change the lives of LGBTQ youth for the better, and we are forever grateful for their service. Whether it is taking calls, chats or texts from youth in crisis, stuffing Trevor Resource Kits for schools, facilitating a workshop, or organizing an event through Trevor Ambassadors or NextGen, we couldn’t do our work without our incredible volunteers.

To show how much we appreciate the hundreds of people who give their time to us each year, we shared stories and messages of support and thanks with all our volunteers in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week. In case you missed them, you can read about Brittany, Paul, Dae, Kevin and Melanie on our Facebook page. You can also watch the great video created by the team at Avant Girard, featuring Trevor’s Youth Advisory Council.

The Trevor Project is always looking for volunteers and there are lots of different ways you can help. To learn more about volunteering at The Trevor Project, visit: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/volunteer


Loving Our Volunteers

Trevor volunteer, Gena, at a NOH8 photo shoot.

This month we’re highlighting Gena, a multi-service volunteer who joined The Trevor Project’s administrative offices in West Hollywood this past October.  She quickly found a passion working with the Trevor team – and we quickly fell in love with her generous, eager, and kind personality.

“Gena brings a bright and positive energy to Trevor’s office, and always brings treats for the Trevor staff to show how much she appreciates our work,” said Brent Webster, Development Coordinator, who works closely with Gena. “She’s always looking for more ways to help and spread the word about Trevor.”

Gena, who is CEO of the company she co-founded in 2007, commented on her experience at Trevor, saying, “When I truly believe in something, the most loving thing I can do is to serve its cause. It has been a deeply rewarding experience working alongside Trevor’s passionate staff.  My favorite days of the week are the days I spend here!”

In December Gena also became a donor, purchasing a table at TrevorLIVE to introduce more of her friends to The Trevor Project’s mission. This year, we are also excited to welcome Gena into our training program for crisis services volunteers.

“I can relate in many ways to these troubled youth, having struggled myself as a questioning teen with feelings of loneliness, isolation, desperation, and suicide,” said Gena.  “Trevor would have made a difference in my life back then.  My hope is that I can make a difference in others’ lives, even simply by letting them know they are not alone.”

Interested in getting involved with The Trevor Project? Visit TheTrevorProject.org/section/get-involved.