YBLC History

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.

Devoted Leaders

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.

Our Partners & Affiliates

  • Americorps
  • United Way of Lake County
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
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The US Department of Labor funds YBLC's YouthBuild program through a YouthBuild Grant. This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the US Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. The product was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the US Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability or ownership. This product is copyrighted by the institution that created it. Internal use by an organization and/or personal use by an individual for non-commercial purposes is permissible. All other uses require the prior authorization of the copyright owner. YouthBuild Lake County is an equal opportunity agency.