YouthBuild Program

Our YouthBuild Program is at the heart of our organization and couldn’t be named more appropriately — both for what it teaches, as well as for what it does personally for you as a student. YouthBuild can help you build a strong foundation for a successful life — however you definite it.

What do I learn?

This workweek program offers you an opportunity to change your life.  We work with you to set goals and achieve them one step at a time, one day at a time. As a student, you can:

  • Kick-start your education by earning a GED and acquire computer skills in our computer lab by taking classes taught by instructors from the College of Lake County.
  • Earn a scholarship for community service through AmeriCorps.
  • Start college with our Bridge to College assistance.
  • Learn marketable construction skills and help others by building affordable homes in Lake County.
  • Earn a Home Builder’s Institute certification and other career certifications, including a Nursing Assistant certification.
  • Build a more hopeful future through counseling, life skills and job readiness training.
  • Secure employment and enter college.

Do I qualify?

To qualify, you must:

  • Be 18 years old by December 31.
  • Be 24 years of age or less when you begin the program.
  • Have a photo ID, Birth Certificate, and Social Security Card.
  • Be able to meet and provide documentation for one of the following requirements:
    • Be an adult offender
    • Be a youth offender
    • Be low-income
    • Have aged out of foster care
    • Have an incarcerated parent

To apply, come to YBLC’s offices for an orientation session on Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m.