To provide at-risk young adults with the education and training necessary to become gainfully employed and build a better future.



Transform Someone's Life Today! 

Our goal is to connect our YBLC students with a positive individual who provides guidance and support to help our students grow and develop, overcome personal challenges and reach their full potential so they might in turn, help create a better community and society.

Mentors need to be able to:

· Commit to attending monthly trainings to learn how to serve our YBLC students

· Participate alongside YBLC students and staff with a service opportunity in the surrounding communities once-a-month

· Carry out the goal of the program by connecting with a student daily when paired

For your service, you can:

· Earn an AmeriCorps Educational Award of $1,212.00

· Earn service learning credits for college

Please contact our Mentoring Coordinator, Syerra Meadows, at 847.473.3483 ext 1005 or email at smeadows@youthbuildlakecounty.org to learn more.


I was recently incarcerated. When I came home, I didn’t know which way to go. YouthBuild has opened up a lot of doors for me. There are a lot of opportunities, great role models and mentors here.They make a way for kids who never really had a way. — Tim, YBLC Student

Our Partners & Affiliates

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