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 Monday mornings at 9 a.m.


Our Partners & Affiliates

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

The US Department of Labor funds YBLC's YouthBuild program through a YouthBuild Grant. This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the US Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. The product was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the US Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability or ownership. This product is copyrighted by the institution that created it. Internal use by an organization and/or personal use by an individual for non-commercial purposes is permissible. All other uses require the prior authorization of the copyright owner. YouthBuild Lake County is an equal opportunity agency