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YouthBuild / Corps Network | Ongoing (10-month cycles)

This program is designed for Lake County residents ages 16 to 24 who have left high school without a diploma. Through GED prep, vocational training and hands-on construction work, you’ll build skills for life while getting your education and earning income. View eligibility requirements.


Summer Conservation Program | Mid-June to August

Since 1974, Youth Conservation Corps’ summer program has matched thousands of young people with paid summer jobs conserving Lake County Forest Preserves. Interested in joining our crew? Learn more at the bottom of this page on the Lake County Forest Preserve website.


HVAC/R | Ongoing (10-month cycles)

This program is for graduates of our YouthBuild program. Building on your construction skills, you’ll learn advanced construction techniques in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) installation. This additional training opens you up to new jobs and higher wages. View eligibility requirements.