October 16, 2013
Lately, Trevor has been out and about in communities nationwide. In September, Trevor had a massive online presence through our Talk to Me campaign to helped spread awareness of suicide prevention and share how each person can make a difference.
During National Suicide Prevention Month, I joined several inspirational advocates working to stop the tragedy of suicide in a HuffPost Live segment called “Preventing LGBT Youth Suicides.” In the same month, our knowledgeable staff participated in three Google Hangouts, including “#HopeIsAlive: Preventing Suicide” on World Suicide Prevention Day with program director David Bond, as well as “#HopeIsAlive: Media’s Influence on Suicide” and The Kinsey Institute’s “Bisexuality Day,” where Laura McGinnis represented Trevor.
Our team traveled to Utah, where we launched our first-ever Team Trevor Outreach Training with help from Trevor YAC member, Adam White. Next, we hope to establish a Utah Ambassador group and plan to support our newly trained Outreach Volunteers as they increase visibility about The Trevor Project’s life-saving, life-affirming resources in their area. Lastly, at our nation’s capital this October, Trevor YAC member Joshua Deese engaged in a discussion with Judy Shepard and Jane Clementi. In this moving event, Cathedral Dean Gary Hall led a conversation about how people of faith can stand with LGBT youth. You can read about what some of our other YAC members have done in the article, “YAC Members Inspire Hundreds.”
I am excited to see what Trevor accomplishes in the coming months as we near the close of 2013, and am proud of the invaluable involvement of our YAC members. Together, both online and in person, we are bringing The Trevor Project’s resources to more communities, and continuing to help save young lives.