YouthBuild is an organization that gives job training, support, and education to low-income 16- to 25-year-olds. They operate over 250 local programs in 45 states and offer a way for unemployed, out-of-school young people to earn their high school diploma or equivalency. While in the program, students also learn job skills by building affordable housing and other projects in their neighborhoods.
Both Zoro and YouthBuild value courage, hard work, and the unique potential of every person — so we think it’s a perfect fit.
Since we started our partnership in 2016, Zoro employees and YouthBuild Lake County (YBLC) students have volunteered together at service days throughout our local community. We’ve packed books and meals for underprivileged children, cleaned and organized a charity resale shop, and made repairs at a senior living community.
Each summer, students visit the Zoro campus to learn about the business, how it works, and possible future career paths. While here, they take part in ...
At YouthBuild Lake County’s year-end graduation ceremony, a $1,000 grant is awarded to one YBLC student for outstanding participation and achievement in the program. Award recipients show leadership potential, go beyond expectations in YBLC program. Students who apply complete an essay, provide two letters of recommendation, and are interviewed with Zoro leaders.
Zoro sponsors YBLC’s annual Graduation BBQ, providing food, beverages, and cooking and serving so both students and staff can celebrate their year’s accomplishments.
Tools and supplies from Zoro.com are donated to YBLC for use in service projects, like the building of affordable housing in the local community.