Earn While You Learn!

YouthBuild Lake County offers free programs that provide the opportunity to obtain your high school diploma, receive career and college readiness training, and get paid doing it! Our network of local businesses and partnerships can help you gain hands-on experience in a variety of fields and transition into a career, college, or vocational school. Transportation to and from our programs may be available.


  • Everyone is invited to attend an Information Session where you will receive a more thorough overview of the YouthBuild Lake County programs. Information Sessions are held every Monday from 1-2pm in an online (virtual) meeting. You will receive information about the meeting after completing the form below.
  • After attending the Information Session, we ask you to take a basic skills test which helps us measure where you are academically. You will also participate in an interview where you and a staff member plan for your success here at YouthBuild Lake County, and a Career Assessment where we help you understand what career options best fit your personality.
  • After those steps are complete, you could be invited to participate in our Mental Toughness program–– a two-week period where we see who will benefit from our program. This is a competitive process!

Check out our informational flyer!

Take the first step! Complete this form and start the process.

How Did You Hear About YouthBuild?

Counselor or Probation OfficerFamily/FriendsCurrent or Past YouthBuild MemberPrint FlyerSocial MediaYouthBuild WebsiteOther

Do you have a High School Diploma/GED?

Are you a YouthBuild Alumni?

Come every day. Keep coming even after you get your diploma, because YBLC is still there for you. Don’t take this opportunity for granted because they care.

Jamaica, YBLC alum

Stay dedicated and strive for success. It’s not where you are but where you want to be.

Shemual, YBLC alum

It gets tough, but stick it out with a positive attitude. It will be worth it in the end.

Allison, YBLC alum