Our goal is for all LGBTQ youth to have access to a safe and supportive mentoring relationship with a caring adult. One in three children will grow up without a mentor. The Trevor Project estimates that LGBTQ youth make up 5-7% of the nation’s youth, with 13-15% of those in the juvenile justice system being LBGTQ. Compared to non-LGBTQ peers, LGBTQ youth:
- are twice as likely as their peers to say they have been physically assaulted, kicked, or shoved
- are more likely to report that they do not have an adult they can talk to about personal problems
- are more than twice as likely to experiment with alcohol and drugs
- 40% say the community in which they live is not accepting of LGBTQ people
- 23% do not believe that things will get better compared with only 8% of their peers
- Over 50% say they have been verbally harassed and called names involving anti-gay slurs
Good mentors can change a mentee’s life trajectory by helping them learn new skills, form positive relationships, broaden their horizons, talk through challenges, gain self-esteem, and fulfill their potential.