Focused on connecting youth and families with each other and external resources through large and small events, prideCONNECT offers fun opportunities to create new friendships and relationships with supportive adults.

Upcoming Events

Buffalo Grove Pride Parade – June 2nd

Join us on Sunday, June 2nd for the Buffalo Grove Pride Parade where we’ll march together in celebration of Pride Month.

You can also help us prep on Sunday, May 19th from 12:00-4:00pm and/or Saturday, June 1st from 12:00-2:00pm, when we will be bringing our 2024 Pride float to life! This event is open to LGBTQ+ youth participants and their families.

RSVP Here! Want a friend to join? Have them RSVP too!

Summer with Pride Events

LGBTQ+ youth (and sometimes their families!) are invited to join us this summer for a variety of fun events and outings! Join us for one, several, or all of them – it’s up to you! 

Please complete this RSVP form to indicate which events you will be attending. If you need to update your RSVP, you can always email Lizzy.Appleby@ysgn.org


Previous Events

Night of Noise – Saturday, April 13th I For LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies

Please join prideLEAD with our annual Night of Noise Event on Saturday, April 13th, 2024. The theme is Queer Costume Party so come dressed as your favorite Queer Icon! RSVP here today! Hope to see you there!

Songful Stories – Saturdays from 10:00-12:00PM | For LGBTQ+ youth grades 3-6

Youth Services Pride Program is excited to partner with Philip Berezney to offer Songful Stories, a four-part series of intergenerational art and story sharing workshops for LGBTQ+ youth grades 3-6. We’ll share stories about signing, dancing, or listening to music, and explore how these stories reflect LGBTQ+ lives and communities. The project meets on 4 Saturdays (11/18, 12/9, 1/13, and 2/24) from 10am-12pm at Youth Services. Sign up to join the series today!

Art Beyond Bounds – Sunday, February 11th from 3:00-5:00PM I For 8th-12th grade youth

Art Beyond Bounds is a free art event hosted by Youth Services’ prideLEAD program on February 11th from 3-5pm at Youth Services. No art experience is needed, and “bad art” is strongly encouraged. Please join us as we get messy and create beyond our bounds. RSVP here!

Pride Palentine’s Party – Saturday, February 10th from 6:00-8:00pm I For LGBTQ+ youth in middle school

Join us from 6:00-8:00pm on Saturday, February 10th at Youth Services for an evening of Valentine’s day treats and crafts. This event is open to LGBTQ+ youth who are currently in middle school (5th-8th grade). RSVP here!

Annual Pride Holigay Party – Wednesday, December 13th from 5:30-7:30PM | For Current & former Pride Youth Program members & their families

Come one come all, to our annual Holigay Party! Current & former Pride Youth Program members & their families are invited to join us at Youth Services on Weds, Dec 13th for food, cocoa, games, holiday crafts, and community. RSVP here!

Firelight Festival – Saturday, December 9th from 2:00-4:00PM | For GBTQ+ youth grades 9-12

Join Youth Services Pride Program on Saturday, December 9th for 2-4pm for our Firelight Festival! We’ll be welcoming winter with all things warm & fiery – including a fondue dipping station, candle-decorating, fiery games, and more! LGBTQ+ youth grades 9-12 can RSVP here!

Planting A Positive Mindset – Sunday, November 12th from 3:00-4:00PM | For LGBTQ+ Youth Grades 6-12

Join PrideLEAD  for a Plant Self-Care event on November 12th from 3:00-4:00 pm at Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook, where we will be teaching how plant care can go hand in hand with self-care. Attendees can take home a clipping of an easy, medium, or difficult indoor plant to grow over the winter! This event is open to LGBTQ+ youth grades 6th-12th grade. RSVP Today!

Banned Brunch – Saturday, November 4th from 12:00-2:00PM | For LGBTQ+ Teens

Join prideLEAD for an afternoon of brunch & books as we discuss censorship, stories, and snacks! Open to LGBTQ+ teens. RSVP Today!

Primary Colors Meet Up – Friday, November 3rd from 6:00-7:30PM | For LGBTQ+ Youth Grades K-4

LGBTQ+ youth grades K-4 and their families are invited to join us for a Primary Colors meetup! Build community and make new friends with other LGBTQ+ youth and families! Group will be starting with snack time at 6PM, with youth activities from 6:15-7:30. RSVP here!

Fall Fest – Saturday, October 28th from 2:00-4:00PM | For LGBTQ+ Youth Grades 5-8

Join Youth Services Pride Program on Saturday, October 28th for our 3rd annual Pride Fall Fest! We’ll be getting into all things Fall with pumpkin painting, festive fall games, a caramel apple station, and more! This event is open to LGBTQ+ youth in grades 5-8. RSVP Today!

Primary Colors Meet Up – Friday, October 6th from 6:00-7:30PM | For LGBTQ+ Youth Grades K-4

LGBTQ+ youth grades K-4 and their families are invited to join us for a Primary Colors meetup! Build community and make new friends with other LGBTQ+ youth and families! Group will be starting with snack time at 6PM, with youth activities from 6:15-7:30. RSVP here!

Back to School Bonfire – Friday, September 22nd | For LGBTQ+ Youth Grades 5-12th

Join us for our annual Back to School Bonfire with Pride! Come enjoy dinner, games, community building, and so much s’more as we celebrate the start of the school year. RSVP Here!

Middle School (5-8th) from 5:30-7:00PM
High School (9-12th) from 7:00-8:30PM

Speak Out, Act Up! – Thursday, June 29th from 6:00-8:00PM | For LGBTQ+ Youth Grades 8-12th

Join us for this virtual event on Thursday June 29th (6-8pm) for youth to discuss the ongoing legislative attacks on LGBTQ+ people and how we can deal & fight back. We’ll offer information to get a clear picture on what’s happening, and opportunities for youth to ask questions, share, and discuss with one another. We’ll end the event with some opportunities for joy-making together.💜

This event is open to LGBTQ+ youth who recently wrapped up 8th-12th grades (from the 22-23 school year). RSVP here!

Want a friend to join? Have them RSVP too!

BG Pride Parade – Sunday, June 4th

Join us at Youth Services on Sunday, June 4th in the morning for coffee, donuts, and a group ride over to the Buffalo Grove Pride Parade where we’ll march together in celebration of Pride Month. This event is open to LGBTQ+ youth and families of all ages.

RSVP Here


Annual Events

Trans Youth and Family Summit
March 2024

The Trans Youth and Family Summit is an opportunity for trans and gender expansive youth and their family members to learn, connect, and hear from speakers on a variety of topics including transition-related health care, advocacy, mental health, and more! Registration typically goes live in January of each year. 

Night of Noise
April 2024

Our annual Night of Noise celebration is a youth-led celebration of LGBTQ+ identities for 8th-12th graders. Held the Saturday after Day of Silence, we break the silence together with an open mic and celebrate with games and fun!