Volunteer

VolunteerYouth Outlook will train you to help facilitate our Drop-In Centers across Northern IL. Volunteers are also needed to help with events and community outreach. Youth Outlook will provide a signed letter verifying your volunteer work.

Fall Training

Tentatively set for Virtual Training Sessions via Zoom on September 19, 21, 26, and 28th (6 pm-9pm) and the final in-person training on October 8th from 9 am-5 pm.

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Board of Directors & Committees

Youth Outlook’s Board of Directors and committees work together to provide fiduciary support and governance to the organization. Our board meets monthly, and committees meet on an as-needed basis. Our committees are responsible for the success of so many of our initiatives and are a great way to use your experience or interest to support the LGBTQ+ community.

Committees Accepting Non-Board Membership Individuals:

Client Services
Develop Youth Outlook program benchmarks and program creation and evaluation. Open to non-board members with expert content within our community to contribute.

Fundraising
Work with Development staff on the overall development plan for Youth Outlook. Sets development plan annually, post-budget approval.

Subcommittees:

Special Events
Help us plan and execute events throughout the year to benefit Youth Outlook. Our primary events are Dare to Dream (October) and Sportsball Tournament (May).

Vision of Pride Society
Help us plan and execute our monthly tours, annual ask event, and training. Tours are currently being held in-person and virtually.

25th Anniversary
Youth Outlook is turning 25 in 2023! Help us celebrate this major milestone by working on the planning and execution of our 25th-anniversary event. This group will meet beginning in March of 2022 through the end of 2023.

Marketing
Support Marketing staff in executing Youth Outlook’s overall marketing and communication plan, which includes external communications, updates to our current toolbox of materials, special projects, and rollouts.

Training
Help facilitate Youth Outlook’s training and education materials, including presentations, workshops, tours, and all other public-facing opportunities.

  • For additional information or to apply to join, please contact us.

Internships

Programming Intern

Volunteer at Youth OutlookYouth Outlook accepts interns for BSW and non-clinical MSW placements to gain experience in group facilitation, advocacy and working with LGBTQ+ youth and families. This internship is ideal for individuals with evening availability as most of our programming happens Monday-Friday from 6-9pm. In order to accrue the hours required for a social work internship, all applicants must be available to participate in a minimum of two to three evening groups per week in our drop-in centers located across Northern IL and virtually. Youth Outlook must be a registered preceptor with your collegiate program in order to receive credits. If you do not require credits you may apply for the program; however you will be classified and considered a volunteer under Federal and State Labor Laws.

  • Interested? Please complete the volunteer application and send your CV/Resume and letter of interest to Director of Programs & Operations, Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW at carolyn.wahlskog@youth-outlook.org. Internship applications are taken on a rolling basis with options for summer block placements or full year experiences.
Administrative Intern

Youth Outlook accepts interns for administrative fields such as Human Resources/Volunteer Management, Marketing/Communications/Public Relations, Fundraising and Nonprofit Administration. Flexible days and hours are available to meet the needs of the individual and agency. Youth Outlook must be a registered preceptor with your collegiate program in order to receive credits. If you do not require credits you may apply for the program; however, you will be classified and considered a volunteer under Federal and State Labor Laws.

  • Interested? Please complete the volunteer application. We also encourage you to send your CV/Resume and letter of interest to Development Manager, Lisa Hilgenberg, MS, CAVS Lisa Hilgenberg

Employment Opportunities

Youth Outlook is a team of dedicated staff living across Northern Illinois as our work has always been administratively virtual. This allows us to meet the needs of communities across the state by having Program Staff Leaders who live in and represent the communities where our Drop-In Centers are located.

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