KYC’s LGBTQ+ Youth and Young Adult Center is a safe space for youth (ages 11 – 24) and their families to be educated as well as to build strong interpersonal connections with other LGBTQ+ youth and young adults. Many individuals who attend programs are not able to express themselves in every area of their lives, whether that be at school, work, or home. When you’re at the Center, “you just feel safe,” as one high schooler put it.
With events throughout the month, our LGBTQ+ Center provides entertainment, education, and social activities at our 650 E. Algonquin Road, Schaumburg Office. (Find us in Suite 104!) Teens can come during Community Nights or QTBIPOC Nights to enjoy arts, watch movies and TV shows, play board games, play with makeup, do community service activities, and more. Or, they can get involved in the LGBTQ+ Advisory Council (AKA the Rainbow Room YAC) and gain leadership skills.
Young adults can find opportunities for social gatherings, networking, job and career support by emailing the Center and getting involved with our North Suburban Community Network for queer professionals.
To learn more about programming or to register for events, please contact us.
LGBTQ+ Center Programs
COVID-19 Update: Please contact [email protected]kennethyoung.org to confirm whether upcoming events will be in-person or virtual. All in-person events require face coverings over the nose and mouth. We will also be checking temperatures at the door. Capacity is limited to 16 persons, and registration is required ahead of time. Virtual events are held through Zoom. Please contact [email protected]kennethyoung.org with any questions.
LGBTQ+ Advisory Council
This group will meet every other Tuesday from 4:30PM to 5:30PM.
Join our leadership and advocacy group for LGBTQ+ Youth (ages 13 — 17)!
Parent and Guardian Support Group
This group will meet on the second and last Tuesday of the month from 7:15PM to 8:30PM.
Join this group for parents and guardians of LGBTQ+ youth (ages 11 — 24).
This group will meet on the first Thursday of the month from 5:00PM to 7:00PM.
Any queer youth of color ages 11 – 24 are invited to attend this prioritized, fun space! This is a youth-led program in which the group decides what activities to do each week. Past activities included a talavera night, mehndi night, Euphoria night, and more! QTBIPOC staff are there to offer support and ensure safety of participants. Email our team or call/text us at 847.212.1747 to get the Zoom link!
Community Night is held every Thursday after QTBIPOC Night (first Thursday of the month) from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
Join our group of LGBTQ+-identified youth ages 14 – 19 who get together to meet other queer youth. We like to watch TV shows together, discuss our thoughts, and sometimes do activities like baking, coloring, and making playlists. Fun facilitators will be there to make sure new people feel included, so come on by! . Email our team or call/text us at 847.212.1747 to get the Zoom link!
Check out our newest photos of the LGBTQ+ Center!
Join our Pridefest Planning Committee!
You may not know this, but our Center was the first-ever to organize a Pride festival in Schaumburg, IL in June of 2021! We have big plans for this year. Do you want to get involved? Email our team or call/text us at 847.212.1747.