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Can I donate to Youthbuild?

Within the last year, HACC has received $1.5 million dollars to break ground on a pioneering program, the YouthBuild Program. HACC YouthBuild is a community-based pre-apprenticeship program that provides job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth ages 16-24 who have previously dropped out of high school. Our program offers a unique, second-chance opportunity for young adults to become productive members of their communities while gaining valuable on-the-job training, leadership skills, and access to technology.

While assisting each youth through their journey to an academic or career pathway, all students are paired with a mentor as well as a program case manager to navigate daily struggles and obstacles. Access to anger management, counseling, and drug treatment options are available to YouthBuild members as needed. Our participants will remain in the program for a total of 36 months, moving towards building a brighter future. Class sessions are Mondays—Fridays, 10AM to 3PM.

Low-Income 100%
Not Employed at Time of Enrollment 100%
Basic Skill Deficient 90%
Youth Offenders 25%

Some of Our Current Students Took Time Out to Say How Impactful YouthBuild Has Had on Their Lives:

“YouthBuild keeps me focused to stay on the right path to success.”

“My life has been impacted by YouthBuild because it gives me something to look forward to and help me realize my priorities.”

Our goal for 2020-2021, is to implement a wrap-around program as well as provide funding for lunches, activities, and various other needs of our program participants, such as, clothing, personal hygiene, and construction equipment. We are grateful for our generous sponsors and well on our way to reaching our goal, but we still need your support in helping us build a brighter future for our growing program needs.

Your donation will have a dramatic impact on the life of our young participants. If you would like to be a sponsor or provide a general donation, please make checks payable to:

HACC Enrichment Foundation
2008 N. Market Street
Champaign, IL 61822

Online donations are accepted using the provided button.

For any questions regarding YouthBuild, please contact:

Shevone Myrick, YouthBuild Program Manager

Other Ways to Support YouthBuild:

  • Purchase a YB T-shirt: $25

    Available Sizes: SM/MED/LG/XLG/XXLG

  • Become a Lunch Sponsor: $150/week

    A cohort is 24 weeks (6 months).

  • Sponsor a Success Kit: $500

    Includes a Chromebook, YouthBuild Uniform, Class Supplies, and Construction Supplies.

  • Sponsor a HS Diploma: $750

    Total enrollment and tuition cost per student.

  • Sponsor a Student: $10,000

    All expenses paid including: tuition & fees, lunch cost for duration of program (6 months), chromebook, YB uniform, class supplies, construction gear, and any other supportive services expenses that may incur.

We thank you again for your help and your support. All donations to the Housing Authority of Champaign YouthBuild program go directly to the youth.

Your gift will have a tremendous impact on the lives of our students and help them to have the skills, vision, and motivation to change their lives.

Thank you for partnering with us to help our students build a brighter future.