We’re all individuals with different backgrounds, different experiences, different strengths, and different weaknesses. We all learn differently, and we have different hopes and dreams. You might not even know what your goals are right now. That’s OK!

But there is one thing you need to achieve success — you have to want it. You have to choose to improve your life and make it better than it was before. We provide the encouragement, support, and guidance, but you have to put in the hard work to make a difference in your life.

So, are you ready for change?

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Class of 2022

“I came out of YouthBuild like a different person. YBLC is just so different than a regular school. I would pick YouthBuild a million times again, and I would recommend it for everybody!"


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    • Fill out the form below to get started. One of our staff members will contact you shortly after with more information. 
    • Attend an information session. After filling out the form below, you will receive an email with information about how to join the next information session. Information sessions are held in-person every Monday from 1-2pm.
    • After attending the Information session, we will ask you to take a basic skills test which helps us measure where you are academically. You will also participate in an interview where you and a staff member plan for your success here at YBLC, followed by a Career Assessment where we help you understand what career options best fit your personality. 
    • After those steps are complete, you’ll be invited to participate in Mental Toughness–– a two-week trial period where you will experience what it’s like to be in our program. 

    Still have questions? Check out our FAQ page.

    YouthBuild Lake County is funded through the generous support of various parties including individuals, philanthropic groups, corporations, charitable foundations, and government entities at both the federal and state levels. The core YouthBuild program receives its primary funding from AmeriCorps, while the Pre-Apprentice program is generously sponsored by Illinois Works. The funding partners and sponsors herein named are instrumental in empowering and creating opportunities for youth through the provision of education, vocational skills training, and leadership development programs.