Dare to Dream
Dare to Dream, Youth Outlook’s annual gala, allows attendees to experience for one night only the community that the agency brings to our youth group members each week through our drop-in center program. Highlighting the impressive achievements of an individual community member, a business, a staff member and a youth leader, this event takes participants through a gamut of emotions every year from belly-laughs to tears as our honorees and youth talk about why Youth Outlook is so important in their lives.
This year has been an exciting one for Youth Outlook. We have focused tremendous energy on our visibility in the community in our effort to draw in more youth and provide education to more professionals who work with our youth in other settings. The highlights of our year so far are the rollout of our Parent Workshops, helping parents better understand their LGBTQ youth, and the expansion of our Transcend program. Transcend focuses on gender identity and now draws 15 youths per week. This includes families coming all the way from Indiana to take advantage of services that are simply not offered where they live. We’ve also quadrupled the age range of the people served in our programs. We’ve gone from serving youth age 14 – 18 to ages 6 – 25. This allows us to expand services, grow our programs and work with more schools and families than ever before.