EP12: Untangling the Trevor Project
Have you ever wondered about the inner workings of a non-profit organization? In this fascinating episode, we tackle the hard truths about the Trevor Project, an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to LGBTQ+ youth by providing suicide prevention and crisis intervention services. Stemming from an Academy Award-winning short film, the origins of this organization are inspiring, yet its current state raises some serious concerns. From lack of diversity in leadership to employee mistreatment, we delve into the complex issues that often plague rapidly growing organizations.Buckle up as we take you on a journey through the tumultuous times within the Trevor Project. We shed light on the story of Amit Paley, the former CEO, whose leadership, while expanding the organization, fell short in valuing its employees. The narrative then steers towards the hopeful yet eventually disappointing shift in leadership, pointing out deep-seated systemic issues within the organization. Finally, we pivot to the pressing concern of diversity, or lack thereof, in the Trevor Project’s executive team. The repercussions this has had on the LGBTQ+ community they serve is hard-hitting. Yet, amidst these issues, we remain hopeful. The partnership with the 988 LGBTQ+ section of the national suicide prevention hotline, although leading to layoffs and longer call times, signifies a step forward. We also highlight alternative resources such as the Rainbow League, HUD Exchange, and Daisy, reinforcing that the mission of supporting LGBTQ+ youth in crisis continues, even if the Trevor Project struggles to fulfill it. Listen in, and let's continue the vital conversation around supporting our LGBTQ+ youth in crisis.InstagramTikTokFacebookWant to see the video? Check us out on YouTube.