Are you ready to work hard to achieve your goals? In our YouthBuild program, you can get your GED, learn lifelong construction skills and earn a living. Apply now.

YCC YouthBuild

YCC’s YouthBuild program empowers at-risk young people in Lake County to build skills for life. Through educational courses, hands-on construction work and more, our youth gain the tools and experience they need for lifelong success. Learn more.

Summer Conservation

Since 1974, we have matched thousands of young people with summer jobs doing conservation work in Lake County Forest Preserves. Together, we have restored thousands of acres of our community’s land, and our young people have had life-changing experiences. Learn more.

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Every teenager or young adult has a pathway to success, regardless of life circumstances

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Guide and mentor young adults using education, job skills training and community service to help develop productive citizens.

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We are committed to providing Lake County’s young people with education, certification programs and career development to build skills for life.

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Building Skills for Life

Youth Conservation Corps began in 1974 as a program for high school youth to offer hands-on conservation work on public lands with environmental education.

Build + Bears + Brews

Come join us at Mickey Finn’s Brewery on October 6th to watch the Bears BEAT the Raiders in London. We are so excited to raise money to help fund our construction program and provide our YouthBuild program with the support it needs! There will be a bags tournament, squares, raffles and more- all for cash, prizes, and glory. Bring a friend and come drink some great beer, all while supporting a great cause! Tickets are available now for purchase. Click the register button below to purchase tickets to the event. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Trisha Blythe at

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Congratulations, grads!

Congratulations to our recent graduates! Young people in YCC YouthBuild and our other programs work hard to earn their GEDs and other educational achievements. Learn more.

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