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 7+ counties in the Chicago suburbs, offering drop-in centers for youth, parent support, and community education.

Our Mission Statement: Youth Outlook celebrates, empowers, advocates for, and provides services to meet the ever-evolving needs of LGBTQ+ youth and their families, friends, and communities.

Our programs are fluid and change based on the needs and demands of our community.

Drop-In Centers are lively, fun, collaborative, and planned around input from current attendees.  We serve youth across Northern Illinois with Drop-In Centers currently in DuPage, Will, DeKalb, LaSalle, Whiteside and suburban Cook Counties.  Trained staff and volunteers lead all programming.

Thrive is a support group for parents, caregivers and those actively parenting LGBTQ+ young people to connect with others in a safe and supportive environment. Parents share the challenges they face as they support their LGBTQ+ youth. Parents of transgender youth have found this group particularly helpful.

Community Education and Professional Development includes educational workshops and training sessions for area schools and organizations.  We engage participants in comprehensive trainings to better equip the important work they do to empower LGBTQ+ youth.