About Youth Outlook

“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, is a support group for parents and those actively parenting LGBTQ teens. It offers safe confidential space for parents to share their journey and concerns, and share some information. Parents of transgender teens have found this group particularly helpful. The group meets on the first and third Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

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.