YCC’s Annual Thanksgiving Celebration 2020

We are so grateful for our community partner Northern Illinois Food Bank for providing a full Thanksgiving dinner including a whole turkey, potatoes, cranberry sauce and more to each of our YCC members today.

Due to social distancing considerations, our annual Thanksgiving Party took place mostly outside this time around. That didn’t stop Mayor of Waukegan Sam Cunningham and Waukegan Aldermen: Dr. Sylvia Sims Bolton, Edith Newsome, Roudell Kirkwood, Keith Turner, and Felix Riviera from turning out for YCC! Each of them shared their wisdom about leadership, goal setting, career paths, personal growth, and more.

Full Thanksgiving dinners were donated to our YouthBuild Members and their families from Northern Illinois Food Bank. The meal kit included a 12-15 lb turkey, potatoes, green beans, and cranberry sauce!

Mayor of Waukegan Sam Cunningham encouraging YCC members to take advantage of all the educational opportunities available to them. He also shared his story of personal growth from a young person growing up in Waukegan to who he is now.

Alderman Keith Turner & YCC member Manny Ruiz fistbumping.

Alderwoman Dr. Sylvia Sims Bolton speaking to YCC members about leadership and goal setting. 

Alderwoman Edith Newsome speaking to YCC members about developing a focused career path. 

Alderman Felix Rivera & Substance Abuse Coordinator Nate Brown from NICASA speaking to YCC members about not letting others influence them in negative ways.

YCC member Joseph Retkovsky loading up a car with a Thanksgiving dinner.

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