Youth Outlook Services

We apply a number of different programs to support LGBTQ+ youth in our community, meeting them where they are. Drop-in centers are havens for shared experience and camaraderie, parent support offers education and community to help caregivers grow, and community education ensures more nurturing healthcare and professional environments for our youth.

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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.

Additional Programming:

Youth Leadership helps youth achieve their full potential.  With hands-on opportunities for leadership development and skill building, our Youth Leaders run drop-in meetings, assist with volunteer training, participate in fundraising events, and develop special community-focused projects.  As advocates and activists, Youth Leaders are empowered to offer their perspective to GSAs, educators, health care workers, and beyond.

Popular Opinion Leader (POL) is a peer-led, peer-focused, HIV prevention program.  Here, youth involved with Youth Leadership or drop-in centers participate in conversations in their social circles relevant to health issues and harm-reduction practices.

Being Me is a creative curriculum for elementary-age youth.  Offered in schools, we provide self-esteem building workshops, small groups and training for teachers and students, focused on creating space for gender expansive youth to be themselves.