Looking for a fun and fulfilling way to donate your time? We’re always looking for volunteers. We’ll set up a tour, give you a chance to meet our trainees, and discuss how your areas of expertise would align with our opportunities.

Below are some invaluable volunteering opportunities. If you’d like to lend us a hand in one or more of these areas, please call (847) 473-3483 or e-mail us at info@youthbuildlakecounty.org.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities


Help us with data entry, fundraising material preparation, and newsletter writing and production. Some of our administrative volunteers are here every week. Others come in to help as needed.

Job Shadowing

In the spring, we place each of our trainees in a job shadowing opportunity. This involves a trainee coming to your location and working side by side with you for a day. The trainee’s “boss for the day” then fills out a one-page evaluation of the trainee’s performance.


In April and May, we like to place students who have received their GED or high school diploma into 3–4 week internships. Trainees work Monday–Thursday at their internships, and YBLC pays them stipends during that time. On Friday of each week, they return to YBLC to check in and discuss their experiences.


Because students are at different education levels when they enter the program, tailoring lessons that work for all students is difficult for teachers. As a tutor, you’ll work one-on-one or with small groups of trainees on a variety of subjects, including math, reading, writing, social studies and science. Tutor volunteer hours are Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. A basic understanding of high school level education is our only requirement.

Speaking & Other Opportunities

Life Skills Guest Speakers

Help our trainees learn how to manage their lives more effectively through weekly life skills group sessions. Speaking topics include anger management, conflict resolution, negotiation skills, relationships, parenting, communication skills, money management, etc.

Leadership & Citizenship Speakers

Our students are often exploring the worlds of leadership and citizenship for the first time. Many local politicians personally share valuable insights with them, and we welcome other speakers on leadership and citizenship.

Job Readiness Guest Speakers

Help our trainees learn how to get a job and keep it. Sample topics include: dress for success, communications skills, how to impress your boss, job research techniques, overcoming gaps on your résumé, résumé writing, interviewing skills and mock interviewing.

Career Speakers

YBLC students are always interested in exploring different career options. You can open their eyes to a whole new world as a career speaker on our Career Days, which we offer once each quarter. Key interest areas include medical, administrative, construction and maintenance.

Construction Theory and Practice

Our trainees are learning carpentry skills from our construction team while building affordable homes in North Chicago. Speakers help augment our construction training. Any site visit/hands-on opportunities you can provide are welcome. Topics include safety, quality, architectural concepts, blue print reading, plumbing, wiring, electrical application, masonry, rehabilitation, and commercial building practices.

Our Partners & Affiliates

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