Our Mission

Our mission is to provide underserved young adults with the education, training and life skills necessary to become gainfully employed and build a better future. Here at YouthBuild, we believe that every young person has the power to succeed and create a better life for themselves and their families with access to the right resources and support system. We offer free programs for underserved youth in Lake County to obtain their high school diploma, earn industry-recognized credentials and certifications, develop career readiness skills, and complete hands-on work experience so they can move into careers, college or vocational schools.

Created by Imran shaikh from the Noun Project

Further your education

Complete your high school diploma and/or enroll in college or a vocational school.

Created by Adrien Coquet from the Noun Project

Find your career path

From construction to healthcare, we offer a variety of in-demand career pathways. Our staff is dedicated to your success and will help you find what’s right for you.

Created by Vanness Han from the Noun Project

Be a leader

We encourage giving back to your community through construction and community service. Be empowered today, so you can be a leader tomorrow.

Created by Monika from the Noun Project

Invest in your wellness

We know social and emotional wellbeing are important to overall success. Our team is ready to provide you with the resources you need to thrive from the inside out.

Created by Hrbon from the Noun Project

Develop new skills

Learn how to network and present yourself professionally - it’s essential to building a better future. With the right tools under your belt, you can achieve your goals and make your dreams come true.

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YBLC History

In 2003, we offered our first program to 35 young people as a program run through Daisy’s Resource Center.  In 2004 YouthBuild Lake County was incorporated and began offering the YouthBuild Program. That year we served 45 youth. 

Following YouthBuild USA’s model, we offer education, counseling, leadership, career training, and job placement for underserved youth ages 17-24.  Through our 9-month program, youth earn their high school diploma, earn industry recognized credentials, participate in counseling and wellness services and learn job readiness skills. Our program model also teaches the value of giving back to the community in which you live.  Since opening our doors, we have served over 800 youth who have provided well over 100,000 hours of community service through their construction work and volunteering. 

Our training programs go beyond earning a high school diploma. We offer career training opportunities in Construction, HVAC, Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics, Healthcare, Information Technology (IT), and Automotive. Our high school diploma attainment program increases academic support for secondary education completion. Today, YBLC serves over 75 young people each year, and provides follow-up assistance to hundreds of alumni. YBLC Inc. is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c)(3) organization, with a 509 (a)(1) designation.