summer program

Youth Conservation Corps’ summer conservation program provides job opportunities and environmental education to high school and college students interested in preserving Lake County’s wetlands, prairies and woodlands. This program is a public/private partnership between YCC and the Lake County Forest Preserve District.




YouthBuild is our core program to help young people get back on track and become self-reliant. Most of the young people in this program have left high school without a diploma and is unemployed. We provide these youth with the pathway to continue their education, develop lifelong career skills and become self-reliant, all while achieving their goals.


Hvac/r Program

Under supervision of College of Lake County, graduates of our Youthbuild Program. receive an additional 16 weeks of employment and training in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) installation. Through the program, youth earn 18.5 college credit hours, an HVAC/R certification and an EPA certification, all of which qualify them for higher wages.


All of our programs are 100% tuition free.

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