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We are hope. Opportunity.

The answer to "Where do I go from here?" Where young people find the best in themselves and take their first step toward new, better lives.

We are YBLC... and we welcome you.

Did you know? YBLC students go from 95% unemployed to 78% placement in jobs or college.

Find out more about how you can help now.

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Transform Someone's Life Today! Apply Today to Be a Mentor!

“I thought I’d be dead by 21.” YouthBuild Lake County alumni Shemual grew up in a Chicago Housing Project and found himself entwined in a life of gangs and drugs which led to repeated stays in jail. “YBLC gave me the opportunity to build a new foundation. I met new positive people. I now know that when I set goals for myself I will accomplish them.”

Imagine you have the opportunity to change a life like Shemual’s TODAY!

Become a YBLC Mentor Today! Our goal is to connect YBLC students with volunteers mentor who provided emotional and social support on a one-to-one basis to empower their mentee to transform their lives. 

Mentors need to be able to:

  • Commit to 6 to 8 hours a week over a twelve month period in order to complete 300 hours of mentoring.
  • Mentoring Program Hours Weekday 3:00pm to 7:00pm
  •  Participate in once a month Saturday Community Service Opportunity with YBLC
  • Earn an AmeriCorps Educational Award of $1,212
  • Transfer your Educational Award to your child, grandchild or foster child; must be at least 55 years old when terms of service begins.

Please call 847.473.3483 or e-mail us at info@youthbuildlakecounty.org

Mentor Orentiation will begin September 21st.

Our Partners & Affiliates

  • Americorps
  • United Way of Lake County
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

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