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White House to honor Trevor Project as Champion of Change
From a news release
2011-08-24

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Event Honors Innovation in Suicide Prevention Prior to National Suicide Prevention Week

West Hollywood, CA — Tomorrow, Thursday, August 25, 2011, the White House will honor The Trevor Project as a leading innovator in the realm of suicide prevention as part of the "Champions of Change" initiative. The Trevor Project is the leading organization selected for this honor representing youth suicide prevention and crisis intervention among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, specifically. Accepting the honor and speaking with Administration officials about priorities for improving suicide prevention nationally will be David McFarland, Interim Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project. The event occurs ten days prior to National Suicide Prevention Week, (Sept. 4-10, 2011).

WHAT: The Trevor Project to be honored by the White House as a "Champion of Change" in innovation in suicide prevention, and to meet with Administration officials to discuss priorities in suicide prevention prior to National Suicide Prevention Week.

WHO: David McFarland, Interim Executive Director and CEO

WHEN: Thursday, August 25, 2011

WHERE: The White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave.)

INTERVIEWS: Please contact Laura McGinnis (laura.mcginnis@thetrevorproject.org; 323.423.7405) to schedule for Wednesday, Thursday morning or late afternoon, or Friday.

MORE: The Trevor Project co-facilitates development of national protocols for suicide prevention affecting LGBT people through the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, meeting in D.C. on September 8-9, 2011. The organization is also a leading resource for the White House initiative, StopBullying.gov, as well as on the White House's "It Gets Better" issues page, and will be participating in the Department of Education's anti-bullying conference at the end of September.

ABOUT CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE

The White House initiative, "Champions of Change, Winning the Future across America" profiles individuals and organizations that are helping the country rise to the challenges of the 21st century. Champions of Change are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world. Each week, the White House invites new Champions to share ideas and best practices to win America's future. Beginning the week of August 29, 2011, The Trevor Project will be featured on the Champions of Change website at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions.

ABOUT THE TREVOR PROJECT

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, ages 13-24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential lifeline, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. For more information, visit TheTrevorProject.org .


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