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 

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

To download our current Drop-In Center flyers to post in your location, please click here


Current Drop-In Center Meeting Times & Locations

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


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

1st Congregational Church
615 N. 1st Street
DeKalb, IL

Program Leader: Jacq Babcock @ 

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

First United Methodist Church
1032 Maple Ave. (Enter through Grove St. door on the north side of the building)
Downers Grove, IL

Program Leader: Andi Voinovich @

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

Bethel UCC
316 E Huntington (enter through Bethel House door on Huntington)
Elmhurst, IL

Program Leader: Tanner Spears @

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

Spanish Community Center
309 N. Eastern Ave
Joliet, IL **Enter through the parking lot off Franklin Street, this is the entrance behind the community center**

Program Leader: Lalania O’Connor @

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

First Congregational Church
25 E. Benton Avenue
Naperville, IL

Program Leader: Peter Thaddeus @

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

DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church
1828 Old Naperville Road
Naperville, IL

Program Leader: B Wenzel @

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

Plainfield Congregational UCC
24020 W. Fraser Rd.
Plainfield, IL

Program Leader:  Interim please reach out to Director of Operations and Programming, Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW at 

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

Open Table UCC
910 Columbus Street
Ottawa, IL

Program Leader: Heather Francis @

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

Countryside Unitarian Church
1025 N. Smith Street
Palatine, IL

Program Leader: Kim Frank @

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

First Presbyterian Church
410 2nd Avenue
Sterling, IL

Program Leader: Karol Teal @

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

Program Leader: Danny Julius @

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

Program Leader: Joanna Beaty @

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

Fridays, 6:00-7:30 p.m.,

Program Leader: Danny Julius @