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Volunteer Mission

In order to provide life-saving support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) youth, The Trevor Project recruits passionate volunteers to staff our crisis intervention services. Volunteers are vital to Trevor’s work, and are instrumental in providing a safe and secure connection for LGBTQ youth to reach out. Trevor’s team welcomes individuals of all backgrounds into our volunteer family, and works to uplift, recognize, and support our growing volunteer network.

The life-saving work of The Trevor Project would not be possible without the dedication of our incredible volunteers. Trevor’s volunteers have, over time, saved countless young lives and supported the well-being of hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ youth.

Volunteer Opportunities

Trevor offers a wide variety of opportunities for volunteers to get involved in our life-saving work. Below are opportunities for ongoing engagement with The Trevor Project. Please note that volunteers must be at least 18 years old to apply.

Crisis Counselor — Digital Messaging

Crisis Counselors are trained to answer chat messages or texts online from young people who are struggling with issues such as coming out, LGBTQ identity, depression, and suicide. Throughout training, volunteers will learn about gender identity, suicidology, risk factors for LGBTQ young people, and Trevor’s Crisis Support Model to prepare them to speak with youth in crisis.

Location

  • Anywhere in the United States
  • Must volunteer from a private location

Commitment

  • One year minimum commitment
  • One 3-hour shift per week

Training Requirements

  • 40-hour online training, including self-paced e-learning modules, roleplays, and supervised shifts

Technical Requirements

  • Personal computer with most up-to-date OS and Google Chrome
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection

Crisis Counselor — Telephone

Crisis Counselors are trained to answer calls on our 24/7 Lifeline from young people who are feeling suicidal or need a safe, non-judgmental place to talk.

Location

  • Must volunteer onsite from our call centers in Los Angeles (located in West Hollywood) or New York City

Commitment

  • One year minimum commitment
  • Two 4-hour shifts per month

Training Requirements

  • A 40-hour remote learning experience, with additional post-training activities and supervised shifts

Advocacy

Advocacy volunteers conduct research related to our current local, state, and federal campaigns that advance laws and policies supporting LGBTQ youth in crisis. Some current projects include protecting LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy, advocating for LGBTQ competent suicide prevention policies in schools, and encouraging states to collect data reflecting sexual orientation and gender identity at time of death.

Location

  • Anywhere in the United States

Commitment

  • One year minimum commitment
  • 1–2 hours per week

Application Process

  1. Submit Application. Please allow 30–45 minutes to complete our application.
  2. Interview. After you apply, our team will reach out to you to schedule an interview if selected.
  3. Background Check. After a successful interview, volunteers are required to complete a background check before training.
  4. Complete Training. Our team will support you through a required volunteer training.

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Volunteer Perks

  • Training. Volunteers will receive extensive, ongoing training, refreshers, and support from experts on The Trevor Project’s staff. They also learn invaluable skills for their professional and personal lives, from active listening to crisis de-escalation.
  • Online Networks. Volunteers will gain access to a nationwide Facebook group connecting them to other awesome volunteers across the country.
  • Newsletter. Volunteers will also receive a monthly newsletter detailing highlights and updates from across the Trevor family.
  • Events. Volunteers for some programs may receive access to a variety of events and resources.

 

If you have any further questions about our volunteer opportunities, please email [email protected].