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LGBTQ drop-in center for youth hosts open house in Geneva

Youth Outlook marks 20 years of service

GENEVA – Youth Outlook, an organization that provides suicide prevention, counseling and support to LGBTQ youth, is hosting an open house/mission tour from 6 to 7 p.m. July 12 at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 102 S. Second St., Geneva.

The city of Batavia honored the organization in May with a proclamation as it marked 20 years of service to LGBTQ youth.

The proclamation recognized the organization for its services to thousands of young people, providing several drop-in centers, providing a safe environment for the youth to be in the company of their peers.

The proclamation acknowledged the disproportionately high rate of homelessness and suicide among LGBTQ youth in the U.S., many of whom are vulnerable because of isolation and fear.

The Naperville-based organization is staffed by professionals and is aided by nearly 100 trained volunteers and college interns who provide vital programs, according to the proclamation.

Youth Outlook also works closely with community groups, businesses, mental health professionals and Gay-Straight Alliance clubs at area schools, according to the proclamation.

The Human Rights Campaign has also recognized the organization for Excellence in Service to youth, according to the proclamation.

The Geneva drop-in center is available to LGBTQ youth from 6:30 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at the Unitarian Church.

More information is available online by visiting www.youth-outlook.org.

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