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.

Our mission is to help young adults striving to transform their lives, YBLC is an education and career training program that fosters self- sufficiency and personal leadership through its integrated curriculum, strong ties to local businesses, and community enhancement projects. In our YouthBuild program students can obtain their High School Diploma or GED, learn job readiness and leadership skills through the building of affordable homes, and earn an AmeriCorps scholarship. In our Bridge to College programs students can earn Post Secondary Education Certificates to prepare them for a career. We focus on the key industry sectors in Illinois, and we are currently offering training in healthcare, construction, and transportation & distribution.

Our goal at YouthBuild Lake County is for our students to create a self-sufficient life for themselves and their families. YOUTHBUILD!


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Fostering self-sufficiency and personal leadership while bolstering employment marketplace potential, YBLC provides education and career training to at-risk young adults striving to transform their lives.

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Erika from North Chicago, IL

I'm a young, single, working mom. I need my high school diploma to thrive!

I'm eager to earn my diploma through Penn Foster Online High School. I need help with tuition so I can graduate and build a future for my daughter. More

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