According to the Human Rights Campaign, 42% of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer/questioning youth say the community in which they live is not accepting of LGBTQ+ people. One in four LGBTQ+ youth say their biggest problems are not feeling accepted by their family, trouble at school, bullying, and fear to be out/open. Non-LGBTQ+ students report their greatest concerns are trouble with class, exams, and grades. Looking at the research we can infer that LGBTQ+ services are needed within the community.
As part of Kenneth Young Center’s mission to support youth, we are proud to announce the opening of our LGBTQ+ Youth and Young Adult Center: a safe space for youth and allies to learn about self-expression and identity, while building strong interpersonal connections with other LGBTQ+ youth (11−17) and young adults (18−24). Opening on National Coming Out Day, Friday October 11th, the LGBTQ+ Center will have a grand opening from 4:00pm‑7:30pm to introduce this new space to youth, young adults, families, and our community. Visit us at 650 E. Algonquin Road, Suite 104, in Schaumburg as we welcome Cook County Board Commissioner Kevin Morrison (15th District) to assist with the ribbon cutting celebration. Please RSVP here.
LGBTQ+ Teen & Young Adult meetings will begin at the end of October for teens and young adults to address the distinctive needs of each age group.
Teens (11−17) Fall Schedule: October 7, October 21, November 4, and November 18
Young Adults (18−24) Fall Schedule: October 15, October 29, November 12, and November 26
Kenneth Young Center’s Community Collaboration division will also partner with local school districts, organizations and colleges to provide additional resources to implement inclusive curricula and/or policies, prevent bullying, promote safe learning environments, and work with parents to support families with healthy dialogues with youth and young adults.
Please join us in celebrating this new service to the community as we support all youth and young adults to build strong interpersonal relationships, mental health strategies, access to support, and educational programming!
To learn more about the LGBTQ+ Center, email [email protected]kennethyoung.org.
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