Brianna, class of 2018

After moving to Illinois, Brianna was searching for a way to finish her high school studies. She initially planned to attend a GED program at a local community college, but a family friend recommended YouthBuild Lake County. Brianna served on YBLC’s Youth Policy Council, participated in YouthBuild USA’s Conference of Young Leaders in Washington, D.C., attended college trips, and took part in many service events. Brianna received the 2018 Zoro/YouthBuild Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding performance and ambition. Since completing the program, Brianna has been promoted in her role as a supervisor at Great Wolf Lodge and plans to continue her education in nursing. Brianna represented her community as Miss North Chicago in 2018-2019.

“My early impression of YouthBuild was how all the staff were so involved and caring with us. They are so determined to see us succeed. I am so grateful for the many wonderful opportunities YouthBuild has given me.” – Brianna

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