When you give to YBLC, you give a second chance to young people who took a wrong turn or grew up without family and community support. With your generosity, YBLC helps those who want to change take their first steps toward the American Dream.

You’re making a good investment, too! Every dollar donated to serve a YBLC student can save taxpayers $8–$41 in future expenses for public aid, incarceration and other government programs.

YouthBuild can now accept gifts of stock. To make a donation of stock, please contact Brooks Dozier, Development Director, at or 847-473-3483 x 1008.


Menu of Giving Opportunity

  • $25: GED curriculum book for one student.
  • $60: Monthly Pace bus pass for student to travel from their home to YBLC.
  • $75: Work boots and personal protective gear for one student working on building affordable housing in the community.
  • $3,000 to fund 40 students.
  • $250: Online GED test for one student.
  • $250: Online GED curriculum for one student.
  • $600: New computer with software for use in our classrooms or computer lab.
  • $750: Online Diploma Curriculum for one student
  • $1,000: Cultural mentoring event for 40 students (includes lunch for students and guests).YBLC holds 5 cultural mentoring events per year.
  • $1,050: Certified Nursing Assistant course and state exam.
  • $1,500: Pharmacy Tech Certification Course.
  • $2,000: Student graduation ceremony.
  • $2,400: Student stipend for one year to help assist with living costs for a student ($15 per day).
  • $2,400: Book bag with a planner and school supplies for 40 students.
  • $5,000: Transportation costs for 40 students (to GED testing site, worksites and field trips).
  • $6,500: Life skills and job readiness curriculum.
  • $7,500: Student construction training lab materials.
  • $10,000: All five GED tests for 40 students, or the GED online curriculum for 40 students.
  • $15,000: Online high school diploma curriculum for 20 students.
  • $22,400: Internship for an AmeriCorps full time member to serve with YBLC for 1 year.

Thank you for seeding dreams and helping the youth of Lake County turn their lives around.

To make an online monetary donation, click on the secure BidPal link above. Or, you can download our YBLC Donation Form and mail it to us.

Our Partners & Affiliates

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