Providing Opportunity Since 2001
Our YouthBuild Program began helping at-risk youth in 2001 as part of Daisy’s Resource and Development Center. In November 2003, founder Sadiqa Queen incorporated YBLC as an independent nonprofit agency. Today, we’re proud and privileged to provide education opportunities and job training skills to the Lake County youth who need it most.
From Poverty to Possibility
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 don’t finish high school and more than 15% of families live in poverty.
Our program participants are from low-income areas where gang violence and drugs are commonplace. Many are unemployed high school dropouts 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.
YBLC is governed by a Board of Directors — tireless volunteers who strongly believe in the mission of YBLC and are devoted to the success of the agency and its students.
- See a list of our current board members here.