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

Spring 2024 Volunteer Training

Youth Outlook hosts volunteer trainings twice per year. Fall 2023 Training is now full. The next training will begin in April 2024. Training consists of 4 required sessions with a tentative start date on Thursday, April 11th from 6-9PM on Zoom. Apply using the link below!

Apply to Be a Volunteer

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.

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


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.

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.

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


Social Work Internships

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-Buhle, MS, CAVS Lisa Hilgenberg

Employment Opportunities

Youth Outlook is a team of dedicated staff living across Northern and Central 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.

Current Openings:

Q Chat Facilitator (Part-Time)

Q Chat facilitators work every other Friday and facilitates chats from 3:45-5:45 PM and/or 5:45-7:45PM central time. We have 1-2 positions open depending on facilitator availability. 

Q Chat Space is a partnership with Centerlink, PFLAG and Planned Parenthood aimed to provide online support groups to LGBTQ+ youth and allies, ages 13-19, around the globe. Daily chats are facilitated by LGBTQ+ youth centers across the country. Youth Outlook is the Friday partner with an all LGBTQ+ chat on Fridays at 4PM and Trans/Non-Binary chat at 6PM. Learn more about Q Chat Space here: https://www.qchatspace.org/Learn-More

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate biweekly live, chat-based discussion groups for LGBTQ+ teens 
  • Completing the initial new facilitator training
  • Coordinates choosing chat topics and developing chat content with partner facilitator 
  • Opening the chat 15 minutes before start time and staying for the full duration of the chat to handle any issues
  • Canceling chat rooms when needed and notifying CenterLink staff
  • Completing a chat report form at the end of every chat to report on how the chat went
  • Flagging the CenterLink staff and other facilitators about any issues that arose during chat
  • Participating in regular (monthly) remote (phone/video) group check-ins with all facilitators
  • Participating in additional training as needed
  • Performs other tasks as directed by the Director of Programs
If you’re interested in applying, please send your resume and summary of interest to Director of Programs, Carolyn Wahlskog at carolyn.wahlskog@youth-outlook.org. Please indicate your interest for the 4PM and/or 6PM chat. Interviews will begin on a rolling basis with a goal of having the new facilitators launched by April 1st.