January 2017 – Saying Goodbye after Teaching Young People
The whole program was designed as a transformational experience for an oppressed young person. The fact that we’ve been able to spread it to hundreds of places, that in itself is a great achievement. The group changed the lives of thousands of young people who had been imprisoned, were unemployed or had not earned high school diplomas. YouthBuild put them into a classroom and to work, often building affordable housing in their communities.
October 2016 – YCC HVAC Team with Rep. Bob Dold
As a small business owner myself, I know that far too often politicians in Springfield and Washington make life more difficult for our local business owners. Burdensome red tape and a tax code that works for only a select few are hurting our economy and suppressing innovation.
July 2016 – Daily Herald – YCC in Lake County offers more than summer work
The Youth Conservation Corps program entails more than working outside, but the “offices” where other lessons are learned can be pretty majestic. Based at six locations in the Lake County Forest Preserve District system, the crews involved in the eight-week summer program do construction and maintenance projects and spend one day a week learning about natural resources off-site.
May 2016 – Chicago Tribute – Federal jobs bill advances, could bring pilot program to Waukegan
A federal bill intended to help current welfare recipients find jobs — including a possible pilot project in Waukegan — is expected to be voted on by the House of Representatives this summer.
February 2016 – Chicago Tribune – Helmholz Project
Last summer, city officials mulled various rehab approaches before hearing of a unique option: the non-profit Youth Conservation Corps (YCC), known in and around Waukegan for providing job-skills training to at-risk youth, was looking for a true hands-on opportunity.
August 2015 – Chicago Tribune – YCC & Urban Farming
Food initiatives are tied into many selfless organizations…in addition to donated plants and leftover seed from the Liberty Prairie Foundation in Grayslake, Green Town received great help from … YCC (Youth Conservation Corps), “doing the heavy lifting”.
August 2015 – Disaster Recover Teams
A day after the tornado hit the Wildwood, Grayslake, and Gages Lake area on August 2nd, the Youth Conservation Corps sprang into action along with BBQ’d Productions owner Kris Schoenberger and his wife. State Representative Sam Yingling presented the Good Neighbor Business Award to Schoenberger who generously provided food to people whose homes were damaged and to first responders. In between cooking and coordinating deliveries from his restaurant, Schoenberger also called out to area grocery stores to get more donations brought in.
March 2015 – Chicago Tribune – U.S. Rep Robert Dold
“This bill will help these people find jobs and gain valuable work skills so they no longer need to rely on federal assistance, while also allowing businesses to hire more employees.”
June 2015 – Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
Conservation corps are a descendant of the Civilian Conservation Corps, created during the Great Depression by President Franklin Roosevelt to provide work for the huge number of unemployed men across the nation. It allows youth to reintegrate into the community in a really positive way.
April 2015 – United States Department of Agriculture
Youth Conservation Corps creates jobs for United States citizens, ages 15 to 18, across the nation, in national forests, national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands. It equips young people with skills for a new career, while awakening a love for America’s Great Outdoors in them. They work outdoors, learn about conservation stewardship, get trained in restoration skills necessary for field work, and develop a work ethic and interpersonal communication skills.
July 2014 – ABC News
The future of our environment depends upon the actions we all take today. The national Youth Conservation Corps has been laying the seeds for change for a while now and recently picked up where they left off last year. It’s difficult and often thankless work, but the young adults that make up the corps are starting to realize the importance of protecting our environment at this unique summer job.
January 2014 – Center for American Progress
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt so rightly declared in 1934: “No country, however rich, can afford the waste of its human resources. Demoralization caused by vast unemployment is our greatest extravagance.” During the Great Depression, policymakers chose to implement what were dubbed work relief programs, such as the Civilian Conservation Corps, to dramatically reduce unemployment.
For one week every year, communities and nonprofit organizations rally together to honor AmeriCorps members, AmeriCorps alums, and the hard work these men and women do for our country. During this year’s AmeriCorps Week, held March 9 – 17, Youth Conservation Corps of Lake County (YCC) joined with other area nonprofits to salute local AmeriCorps members at a ceremony in Waukegan, Illinois’s Robert Sabonjian Plaza.