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Volunteer Mission

The Trevor Project is dedicated to recruiting qualified volunteers to provide life-saving, life-affirming support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) youth. As the heart of The Trevor Project, our volunteers accomplish societal and individual change by creating safe spaces for LGBTQ youth in crisis and promoting awareness of Trevor’s resources. Through their endeavors, Trevor is dedicated to uplifting and supporting our volunteers as they work to empower LGBTQ youth nationwide.

Programmatic Volunteer Opportunities


TrevorChat /TrevorText volunteers are trained to answer instant messages or texts online from young people who are struggling with issues such as coming out, LGBTQ identity, depression and suicide. Volunteers need access to a computer in a private location with a strong internet connection, and should be comfortable with instant messaging and with using the Internet.


Trevor Lifeline volunteer are trained to answer calls on the Trevor Lifeline from young people who are feeling suicidal or need a safe, non-judgmental place to talk. This is an onsite volunteer opportunity and those interested need to live near our Call Centers which are located in LA and NYC.

General Opportunities


Admin Volunteers help Trevor staff members with mailings, scanning, and other administrative tasks. Those interested should be available to volunteer between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays. This is an onsite opportunity in our Los Angeles and New York City Offices only.


Advocacy volunteers conduct outreach for a state level grassroots campaign supporting LGBTQ youth. These campaigns will reflect Trevor’s advocacy priorities.


Engagement volunteers support the Community Engagement Department by leading volunteer orientations, tabling at recruitment fairs, and training incoming volunteers in basic Trevor 101.

How to Apply

**Please note: You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer. If you are under 18, please consider our Trevor Youth Ambassador Council. Trevor Lifeline applicants must be available for training during both Saturdays and Sundays.

  1. Sign a Volunteer Agreement
  2. Submit an Application
  3. Interview (We will reach out to you after you complete the first two steps.)
  4. Get a Background Check
  5. Complete Training
  6. Volunteer!

At each of these steps you will receive continuous guidance from our Community Engagement Staff and once you are placed into a program, you will receive support from the manager of that program during your time volunteering with The Trevor Project.
Please keep in mind: Although we will work to find the best match for each volunteer, because of the nature of the work we do, not everyone is a match for our programs. We reserve the option to refuse applicants if we feel they are not the best fit.

If you have further questions about our Program and General Volunteer opportunities, please email [email protected].

Other ways to support Trevor’s mission:


The Trevor Ambassadors and NextGen groups are comprised of local supporters who are committed to expanding programmatic, communications and fundraising efforts to new geographic areas, helping to ensure LGBTQ youth have the support they need locally when they face a suicide crisis.


The Trevor Project has major Pride presence in LA, NYC and all our Ambassador cities. For more information, please visit our Pride page.