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

Watch this space for upcoming event!

Recent Events

Pride Banner Decor Party – June 1st

Help us decorate our banner Weds, June 1st from 4:00-5:30PM for this year’s BG Pride Parade we’re marching in. This event is open to LGBTQ+ youth who are rising 6th-12th graders. RSVP here.

BG Pride Parade – June 5th

Join us at Youth Services on Sunday, June 5th 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.

A MidSpring Night of Noise – May 27th

Join prideLEAD on Saturday, May 27th from 7:00-9:00PM for our 6th annual Night of Noise Celebration! NON celebrates the end of the Day of Silence through a talent show, games, music, food, and fun. Our theme this year is based on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”! Feel free to participate in the theme by dressing up as anything related to the play, or bringing your best fairy, cottagecore looks. 

Decor Party – Fri, April 1st (4:30-6:00PM) (Volunteer Hours Available!)

Calling all 8th-12th graders! Join us to help us make this year’s Trans Youth & Family Summit beautiful. We will be crafting some decor while enjoying some pizza, good music, and community together!

Speak Up, Act Out – April 7th (HS) or 8th (MS)

We’re holding space for participants in Pride to discuss, demystify, and process the ongoing legislative attacks on LGBTQ+ youth across the country. We know that in scary and stressful times, our best guard is the strength and support we find in community! So join us for a virtual discussion on how we deal and how we fight back – space for youth in grades 8-12 on Thursday, April 7th (6:30-8:00pm), and space for youth in grades 5-7 on Friday, April 8th (4:00-5:30pm).

Annual Events

Trans Youth and Family Summit
April 3, 2022

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
May 27, 2022

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!