Resources related to GWS

Here are just a few of the many resources related to GWS. The resources are separated into different categories although each resource might belong in more than one category. Please look at our other pages for more information about opportunities, organizations and associations: Associations and ConferencesInternships and GWS Affiliates.


Here are just a few of the many internship and volunteer opportunities located in and around Chicago. Please look at our other pages for information about other organizations: Associations and Conferences and GWS Affiliates.

  • About Face Theatre
    About Face Theatre works within and beyond the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, committed to innovation, artistic excellence, and community transformation through theatrical projects.
  • AIDS Foundation of Chicago
    The Internship Program at the AFC is designed to provide selected applicants with rewarding educational opportunities that will lead to professional careers fighting HIV/AIDS. Working closely with staff, AFC interns acquire knowledge and skills in specific areas, learn about HIV/AIDS issues, work on critical assignments and projects, receive exposure to various professions, and gain first-hand experience working in a non-profit setting.
  • American Studies Association
    The American Studies Association offers community partnership grants and travel grants.
  • Center on Halsted
    A multipurpose facility that serves Chicago 's LGBT community by offering services including organizational support, cultural/recreational programming, and counseling services.
  • Center on Juvenile & Criminal Justice
    The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) was established to promote balanced and humane criminal justice policies that reduce incarceration and promote long-term public safety. CJCJ's mission is pursued through the development of model programs, technical assistance, research/policy analysis, and public education.
  • Chicago Books to Women in Prison Project
    A volunteer collective working to distribute books free of charge to women in prison nationwide.
  • Chicago Coalition For the Homeless
    CCH organizes and advocates preventing and ending homelessness based on our belief that housing is a human right in a just society.
  • Chicago Foundation For Women
    The CFW believes that all women and girls should have the opportunity to achieve their potential and live in safe, just and healthy communities. For the last 22 years, the Foundation has influenced social justice through advocacy, leadership development, and public and grantee education.
  • Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers
    Provides legal and educational services to maintain the bond between imprisoned mothers and their children, as well as advocates for policies and programs that benefit families of imprisoned mothers and reduce incarceration of women and girls.
  • Chicago Women's Health Center
    The longest-operating women's health collective in the United States, is a collective of women that includes health workers, counselors, outreach health educators, and doctors who work together to provide health education and affordable, respectful, and accessible gynecological and mental health care to women in the Chicago area.
  • Equip For Equality
    A statewide, cross-disability, comprehensive advocacy organization providing self-advocacy assistance, legal services, and disability rights education while also engaging in public policy and legislative advocacy and conducting abuse investigations and other oversight activities.
  • Feminist Majority Foundation
    The FMF seeks highly motivated undergraduate students with an interest in the public policy and political science, particularly in areas concerning gender, human rights and development. Interns must demonstrate a strong academic record and preferably have a background in the feminist movement and/or feminist issues.
  • Gerbert/Hart Library
    The Midwest 's largest LGBT circulating library with over 14,000 volumes, 800 periodical titles, and 100 archival collections.
  • Girls in the Game
    Located in Chicago, Girls in the Game provides and promotes sports and fitness opportunities, nutrition and health education and leadership development to enhance the overall health and well being of ALL girls.
  • Heartland Alliance
    Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights champions the human rights and improves the lives of men, women, and children who are threatened by poverty or danger.
  • Howard Brown Health Center
    Promotes the well-being of the GLBT community through the provision of health care and wellness programs, including clinical, educational, social service and research activities.
  • Human Rights Campaign
    Works to secure equal rights for GLBT individuals and families at the federal and state levels by lobbying elected officials, mobilizing grassroots supporters, investing strategically to elect fair-minded officials and partnering with other GLBT organizations.
  • Illinois Coalition For Immigrant and Refugee Rights
    Educates and organizes immigrant and refugee communities to assert their rights; monitors, analyzes, and advocates on immigrant-related issues; and informs the general public about the contributions of immigrants and refugees.
  • In These Times Magazine
    In These Times is a politically progressive monthly magazine of news and opinion published by The Institute For Public Affairs in Chicago.
  • JusticeWorks Community
    The mission of JusticeWorks is to educate, organize and mobilize a partnership of concerned citizens and community residents and organizations to advocate for just, humane and effective criminal justice policies, emphasizing alternatives to incarceration for women with children.  
  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
    The LAF is the principal provider in Chicago and Suburban Cook County of free legal services in civil law matters to individuals and families unable to afford legal counsel, and to the elderly.
  • Literature For All of Us
    Literature for All of Us brings the rewards of reading and writing through book group discussions to teen mothers and other young people in underserved neighborhoods. They seek to develop family literacy by providing children's literature and child development resources to teen parents.
  • People For the American Way
    A progressive advocacy group that seeks to hold government programs responsible for public policy. It actively promotes education on issues including school class size, separation of church and state, civil rights, equal rights for the LGBT community, and promotion of civic participation.
  • Planned Parenthood Chicago
    Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area (PP/CA) provides medical services, educational programs and counseling to women, teens and men.
  • Rainbow House
    Rainbow House's mission is to provide violence prevention and outreach services to individuals, families, and communities, and to be effective public policy advocates for systemic change that reduces the prevalence and impact of domestic violence. They provide services in Chicago through three programs: Community Resource Program, Children's Program, and Domestic Violence Prevention and Education Program.
  • Sarah's Circle
    Offers daytime supportive services to homeless women/women at risk of becoming homeless, working to end poverty through services, advocacy, and meeting the needs of women.
  • Women's Sports Foundation
    The Women's Sports Foundation seeks to advance the lives of girls and women through sport and physical activity.
  • YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
    Strengthened by diversity, the YWCA draws together members who strive to create opportunities for women's growth, leadership, and power in order to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people.

Associations and Conferences Related to GWS

Here are just a few of the many associations and conferences related to GWS. Please look at our other pages for information about internship and volunteer opportunities as well as information about other organizations: Opportunities and GWS Affiliates.

  • American Association of University Women
    AAUW contributes to a more promising future and provides a powerful voice for women and girls—offering leadership opportunities to women on campus.
  • American Men's Studies Association
    The American Men's Studies Association (AMSA) advances the critical study of men and masculinities by encouraging the development of teaching, research and clinical practice in the field of men's studies. AMSA is an independent organization that provides a forum for teachers, researchers, students and practitioners to exchange information and to gain support for work on men and masculinities.
  • Amnesty International USA
    A democratic, self-governing worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. Major policy decisions are taken by an International Council made up of representatives from all national sections.
  • Beyondmedia Education
    Beyondmedia generates images and writings that are inclusive, realistically depicting the diversity of people in the world.
  • Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network
    A collaborative membership organization that improves the lives of battered women, their children, and others impacted by domestic violence by leading public policy and advocacy efforts; providing education and raising public awareness; and connecting members of the community to direct service providers.
  • Campus Pride
    Campus Pride represents the only national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. The organization is a volunteer-driven network "for" and "by" student leaders. The primary objective of Campus Pride is to develop necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBT and ally students on college campuses across the United States.
    A women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect resources into healthcare, education and other life-affirming activities.
  • Community Media Workshop
    Encourages the media to tell the stories of the oft-neglected neighborhoods and back streets of Chicago, where the problems are felt most deeply and where solutions are most likely to be born. The Workshop trains people working on these problems to tell their stories to the media, tips sensitive journalists to the importance of these stories, and tries to create better relationships between the media and the diverse communities which make up Chicago and the Midwest.
  • Girl Talk
    GIRL TALK is a biweekly program for girls who are incarcerated at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Guided by a Leadership Team of mostly young women of color, every other Saturday we bring an art program in to the young women who are detained in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

    GIRL TALK is committed to challenging the racial, economic, and social inequalities that young women who come to the attention of the law face everyday. It is not our intention to make juvenile detention centers more fun or comfortable for girls. We believe that it is not gender-specific to arrest or detain young women in crisis. GIRL TALK draws upon a range of perspectives to guide our project: critical race theory and activism; multiracial feminism; prison abolitionism; critical resistance, and other social justice perspectives. Members of the Leadership Team and the Facilitators come together from a variety of spaces: local non-profit agencies, colleges and universities, are community organizers, activists, and scholar advocates. Our project is designed to facilitate a few hours of girl-positive, creative, and supportive space for young women who are stuck in lock-up.

    We are always looking for motivated and responsible young women who are committed to working toward social change to join us as Facilitators. If you are interested in learning more about GIRL TALK or participating in training and making a commitment to becoming a Facilitator, go to our website for more information:

  • GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)
    A national education organization working to ensure safe schools for students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Health and Medicine Policy Research Group
    A trusted source for analysis on health reform and a valuable convener and leader of coalitions and collaborations working on health justice issues.
  • Indo-American Center
    Promotes the well being of South Asian immigrants through services that facilitate their adjustment, integration, and friendship with wider society, nurture their sense of community, and foster appreciation for their heritage and culture.
  • Institute for Women's Policy Research
    The Institute for Women's Policy Research conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, health and safety, and women's civic and political participation.
  • Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
    Lambda Legal is the oldest national organization pursuing high-impact litigation, public education and advocacy on behalf of equality and civil rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV.
  • McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum
    The nation's first museum dedicated to freedom and the First Amendment, located in downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue.
  • Men Stopping Violence
    Men Stopping Violence works locally, nationally, and internationally to dismantle belief systems, social structures, and institutional practices that oppress women and children and dehumanize men themselves. Men Stopping Violence, in consultation with the New York-based organization A Call to Men, has created TIMM, which helps state coalitions working to end intimate partner violence educate and organize men about the issue.
  • National Gay Task Force
    The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force nurtures activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Their policy institute provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and works to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all.
  • The Point Foundation
    The Point Foundation provides scholarships, mentorship, leadership training and hope for students of merit who have been marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Their program year begins in July with a Leadership Conference, where past and recently awarded scholars receive intensive training in leadership development, accountability, community service guidance, and advocacy and philanthropy to the LGBT community.
  • Project VIDA
    Project VIDA was founded in 1992 to address the urgent needs of racial and ethnic minorities. Initially, the agency provided HIV education through street outreach services to area youth. Now, Project VIDA has expanded its community scope by initiating a variety of programs: direct services for people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and various prevention education programs.
  • Rape Victim Advocates Chicago
    RVA is an Illinois not-for-profit organization focusing on both social service and social change. Through their presence in Chicago area emergency rooms, they provide nonjudgmental emotional support to victims of sexual violence, basic legal and medical information, and referrals to other service organizations to help survivors make informed decisions. They also offer survivors continued support through telephone follow-up and their staff of counselors and legal advocates.
  • South Suburban Family Shelter
    The Mission of South Suburban Family Shelter is to provide comprehensive, coordinated services to families in which domestic violence exists without imposing any one solution. South Suburban Family Shelter accepts clients regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, or age.
  • Video Machete
    Video Machete (VM) is dedicated to producing media arts projects that promote economic and cultural equity within communities that have been historically under-represented, distorted or erased within mainstream media.
  • Women Employed Chicago
    Women Employed is a leading national advocate for women's economic advancement. They analyze workplace issues, educate policy makers, and build support to improve opportunities and incomes. They fight to outlaw pay discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, and sexual harassment and to strengthen federal equal opportunity policies and work/family benefits.