YBLC Facts

Below are some key facts about YouthBuild Lake County. For further information, please feel free to contact us.

Agency Information

  • A local chapter of YouthBuild USA, the national youth development organization founded in Harlem in 1990
  • Began operations in 2001 as a part of Daisy’s Resource Center
  • Incorporated as an independent nonprofit agency in November 2003
  • Led by Executive Director Tameka Wilson
  • 12 full time employees and 4 part time employees
  • 3 Full Time Americorps Memebers
  • 14 members on Board of Directors; 6 Emeritus Board of Directors
  • Located at:
    1812 Morrow Avenue,
    North Chicago, IL 60064

Program Information

  • Capacity to serve 70-100 youth per year; actual number varies with funding
  • Job training and education programs for low-income youth from Lake County, IL
  • Number of job training programs varies with funding; in 2012, YBLC is running 5 training programs, serving a total of 81 youth.
  • Wellness services and construction of affordable housing also provided

Construction Information

  • Three (3) homes built
  • Four (4) scheduled for construction
  • Four (4) rehabs completed

Proven Successes

We’re very proud of the success of our program trainees. An average of 78% of our participants graduate and are placed in jobs at the end of their programs.

Our Partners & Affiliates

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