LGBTQ youth center opens in Schaumburg

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SCHAUMBURG — The Elkhart-based Kenneth Young Center opened an LGBTQ youth center in Schaumburg this week.

The Daily Herald of Arlington Heights reported that the LGBTQ+ Youth and Young Adult Cen­ter opened its new Schaumburg office, 650 E. Algonquin Road Suite 104.

The center is the newest of the centers opened or announced this year. Clock Inc. opened in the Quad Cities earlier this year and a new LGBTQ center is planned for the Chicago South Side.

From the Daily Herald:

The facility arose out of discussions of the North Suburban Community Network, a 25-member group of social workers, school staff, health care providers and faith leaders who work with LGBTQ+ youth.

Sherrine Peyton, one of the group leaders who also is Kenneth Young Center’s community collaboration division director, said group members mapped out where in Chicago and the suburbs LGBTQ+ youth can find services. They discovered most resources to be in the city.

And while a number of social service agencies in the suburbs provide resources to the community, not many specialize in offering LGBTQ+-specific services, said Nicole Barrett, a Kenneth Young community collaboration team manager.

At the same time, new Kenneth Young Center President and CEO Grace Hong Duffin, named to the position in 2018, asked her staff what services the organization was providing to that population.

The early discussions eventually led to the agency receiving an Illinois Department of Human Services grant aimed at preventing violence and delinquency for people ages 11-24.

The newspaper reported that youth and young adults are welcome anytime to access resources.

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