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A triannual update on the latest happenings at Volume 2, Issue 4 - Fall 2009 AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL From New York, NY to Alpharetta, GA and an assortment of places in between, the 18 members of The Trevor Project’s recently-established Youth Advisory Council (YAC) hail from a diverse variety of geographic locations and compelling backgrounds. Officially established this February, the YAC serves as a liaison between youth nationwide and The Trevor Project. While the YAC typically convenes via conference call, they will meet in person for the first time this month to advise The Trevor Project on its programs and outreach efforts. Trevor News recently caught up with Andrew Striker, a 21-year-old member of the YAC, and a senior homeland security major at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. Read on to learn more about Andrew’s involvement with The Trevor Project. Trevor: What sparked your interest in The Trevor Project and its Youth Advisory Council? Andrew: Last year, I made a video [about Trevor] for YouTube’s “Project 4 Awesome,” an online initiative that encourages YouTube members to create videos about their favorite charity. Then, I was contacted by Ryan Lombardini at The Trevor Project who told me about the YAC. It sounded like something I would enjoy doing, so I applied. Trevor: What goals have the YAC set? Andrew: The YAC has two significant roles. The first is to have someone within the Trevor family that can reach out to communities all across the U.S., and spread Trevor resources to as many as possible. The second role is to be the advisors to The Trevor Project’s target audience. This helps Trevor to better shape its efforts into strategies that will have the greatest impact on the youth we focus on. Trevor: Why do you think the programs at The Trevor Project are important? Andrew: Anyone who has ever known someone who has completed suicide can easily explain to you the importance of the work Trevor does. If all the work I ever do for Trevor helps to keep just one person from completing suicide, then not a single minute of my time will have gone to waste. Specifically, LGBTQ youth often go through so much during their coming out process, and during their everyday lives, that just having that one other person to talk to is a godsend. In my opinion, to be there to help young people through their struggles is something we can never put too much emphasis on. > To read the full transcript of Andrew’s interview, please visit TrevorBLOG at: Daniel Radcliffe Joins the Circle of Hope Last month, The Trevor Project was fortunate to receive the support of a new, young donor. Daniel Radcliffe, the 20-year-old star of the Harry Potter film series and Broadway’s Equus, joined The Trevor Project’s Circle of Hope. Daniel’s contribution was a true validation of his support of the LGBTQ community. “I am very pleased to begin my support of The Trevor Project, which saves lives every day through its critical work,” said Daniel Radcliffe. “I deeply hope my support can raise the organization’s visibility so even more despondent youth become aware of The Trevor Helpline’s highly trained counselors and Trevor’s many other resources.” In addition to his financial contribution, Radcliffe expressed his intention to become involved with the organization in other ways. He was drawn to The Trevor Project’s unique mission after learning of the organization from friends he made while working on Equus in New York. The Trevor Project is incredibly grateful to Daniel Radcliffe for his generosity. 1

Trevor News - Fall 2009

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