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Hunger Games Star's Campaign To Connect LGBTQ Youth

Actor Josh Hutcherson, star of The Hunger Games and The Kid’s Are All Right, has been working with The Trevor Project, Straight But Not Narrow, and humanI-T to create the Power On project.
The campaign aims to provide teens living in rural, low-income areas, the technological means to reach out and connect with other LGBTQ teens to help give them a sense of community, people to talk to about what they’re going through and help with feelings of isolation, which are often a contributing factor to LGBTQ teen suicide.  By working to close the digital divide between people, people can not only connect and not feel so alone but get access to information that may be forbidden, undiscussed or seen as deviant by the family or community.  Access to technology will also help teens develop IT skills which will set them up for a place in society where jobs involving technology will soon out number those which do not.
Hutcherson said of the experience of donating a computer himself that, “It’s awesome to know that it’ll be used to help a young person out there who, before this campaign, wasn’t able to get access to information and resources that could really help them. I’ve always respected the work that The Trevor Project does, and to have an opportunity for Straight But Not Narrow to collaborate with them on a campaign like Power On is exciting.”
All technology donated to the program will be cleaned up and have information about LGBTQ services and social networks installed on them.  The program accepts your donations of technology like phones, tablets and laptops and sends them across the country, click here to check out information on donating your tech to the Power On project.