YouthBuild USA Receives $100K Grant to Expand Comprehensive Model for Low-Income Young Adults

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Zoro and YouthBuild

North Chicago, IL– YouthBuild USA today received a $100,000 grant from Zoro, a Lake County-based industrial tool and supplies online distributor. The funding will help improve and expand YouthBuild USA’s comprehensive model for more than 250 local programs impacting unemployed, low-income, and out-of-school young people throughout the country.

The new grant - announced today at the Zoro YouthBuild Career Exploration Day for YouthBuild Lake County (YBLC) at Zoro Headquarters - builds on the nonprofit’s partnership with Zoro. After looking nationally for a nonprofit partner that reflected its values, Zoro approached YouthBuild USA about a new relationship.

From joint community service projects, to career development events and meaningful employee engagement, to donated safety and worksite equipment for YBLC students, Zoro has been an active partner with YBLC since early 2016. Since then, 94 volunteers from Zoro have worked hand in hand with YBLC students to complete more than 230 community service hours in Lake County.

“In YouthBuild programs, our teams work every day to cultivate strong, responsible, and ethical young leaders who serve their communities,” said John Valverde, CEO of YouthBuild USA. “We are deeply grateful for this grant, which will help us continue to give our students the confidence and skills needed to address the issues too many young people like them face and to create social change in their communities.”

In YouthBuild programs, unemployed and out-of-school young people work toward their high school diploma or its equivalent, while learning career skills by building affordable housing and other community assets in their neighborhoods and engaging in community service. With caring adult staff and love, YouthBuild’s comprehensive model rebuilds the confidence and skills of its graduates with a strong return on investment.

“The YouthBuild model has shown decades of success in Lake County and around the world,” said Donald King, Chief Marketing Officer at Zoro. “We are proud to support an organization committed to rebuilding communities and the lives of young people.”

At the Zoro YouthBuild Career Exploration Day, YBLC students visit Zoro and spend a day learning about different departments, careers, and how everything works together to keep Zoro operating. The Career Exploration Day is one example of the organizations’ mutual values and shared commitment to cultivating strong future leaders.