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YouthBuild Lake County is a local chapter of YouthBuild USA, a national youth development organization that was founded in Harlem in 1990. Our YouthBuild Program began in 2001 as part of Daisy’s Resource and Development Center. YBLC was incorporated by our founder, Sadiqa Queen, as an independent non-profit agency in November 2003. We are proud to provide education opportunities and job training skills to those youth in Lake County who need it most.
While Lake County, Illinois, has some of the wealthiest communities within the state, it also has some of the most poverty-stricken. In the city of North Chicago, 54% of young people do not finish high school and over 15% of families live in poverty. Program participants are from areas where gang violence and drugs are commonplace. To qualify for our programs, our students must be low-income. Many of our students are unemployed high school drop outs, with children and police records. We estimate that 80% were involved in gangs before entering our program. YBLC is a drug-free, violence-free haven – a supportive environment where young people can begin the process of changing their lives.
YouthBuild Lake County is governed by a Board of Directors. Members of the board are hard working and devoted to YouthBuild Lake County and our trainees. They believe strongly in the mission of the agency and are dedicated to success. You can see a list of our current board members. More information about the subcommittees of the Board of Directors is also available.