About Us

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making me feel welcomed, special, loved and cared for. I am so glad to have had the experiences I had, and I still hold those memories close to my heart.”

Former Youth Participant

Our Mission

Youth Outlook is the first social service agency in Illinois solely dedicated to the support of LGBTQ+ youth. We work in 6 counties in the Chicago suburbs, offering drop-in centers for youth, parent support, and community education.

Drop-in Centers meet weekly and are a social setting for youth to meet other LGBTQ+ young people.  We provide a safe and comforting space for them to talk about a variety of important topics .  Youth Outlook provides dedicated programming related to safer sex, healthy relationships, and HIV/AIDS prevention and education.  Our largest and fastest-growing group is Transcend, a supportive and affirming space for trans and non-binary youth

Thrive, a drop-in center for parents and caregivers actively parenting LGBTQ+ teens, provides an informal and confidential space for families and supportive adult allies to share their stories, find commonalities, and get questions answered..  This group meets concurrently with our Transcend Drop-In.

Community Education initiatives inform professionals and educators on needs specific to the LGBTQ+ community in addition to current trends in working with LGBTQ+ youth, and creating LGBTQ+ inclusive environments.