For Youth

Youth Outlook offers safe, supportive, and affirming services for LGBTQ+ youth, their families, and the community.  Please see below for our list of Drop-In Centers, including locations and suggested ages.


Our Drop-In Centers meet weekly and are a social setting for youth to meet other LGBTQ+ young people and talk about a variety of topics that really matter to them.  Whatever the topic, Youth Outlook’s Drop-In centers provide a place for LGBTQ+ youth to feel safe, supported, and celebrated. All groups welcome youth ages 12-20 unless otherwise noted below.  All services are offered to youth at no cost.

If you are a youth or parent with questions regarding any of our programs, services or resources please reach out to our Director of Operations and Programming, Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW at carolyn.wahlskog@youth-outlook.org 

Visit our Events page for upcoming special events at the Drop-In Center!

 

Current Drop-In Center Meeting Times 

Agency Holiday Closures: January 3rd & 17th, May 30th, June 20th, July 4th, September 5th, November 24th & 25th, December 24th & 25th

To protect the privacy of our groups, addresses are not posted. Please email below for the address to the Drop-In Center near you!

DeKalb Drop-In
Mondays, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Contact Program Leader Bri @ dekalb@youth-outlook.org


Downers Grove Drop-In
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Contact Program Leader Andi @ downersgrove@youth-outlook.org


Elmhurst Drop-In
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Contact Program Leader Tanner @ elmhurst@youth-outlook.org


Joliet/Lockport Drop-In 
Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Contact Program Leader Lalania @ joliet@youth-outlook.org


Naperville Drop-In
Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Contact Program Leader Peter @ naperville@youth-outlook.org


Transcend Naperville Drop-In
geared toward trans and non-binary youth 
Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m. 

Contact Program Leader B @ transcendnaperville@youth-outlook.org


**Plainfield Drop-In**
**Coming October 2022!!**

Contact Program Leader:  Interim please reach out to Director of Operations and Programming, Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW at carolyn.wahlskog@youth-outlook.org 


Ottawa Drop-In
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Contact Program Leader Heather @ ottawa@youth-outlook.org


Transcend Palatine Drop-In  
geared toward trans and non-binary youth 
Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Contact Program Leader Kim @ transcendpalatine@youth-outlook.org


Sterling Drop-In
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Contact Program Leader Karol @ sterling@youth-outlook.org


Virtual Drop-In
geared toward youth 12-20 years old
Tuesdays, 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Contact Program Leader Danny @ virtual@youth-outlook.org


Virtual Young Adult Drop-In
geared toward young adults 18-24 years old
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Contact Program Leader Joanna @ youngadult@youth-outlook.org


Q Chat Space Virtual
Trans + Non-Binary Chat for ages 13-19

Fridays, 6:00-7:30 p.m., https://www.qchatspace.org/Upcoming-Groups

Contact Program Leader Danny @ virtual@youth-outlook.org