Organizational Summary

Youth and Adult Center’s President, has over 25 years in the construction industry. YAC’s Board Members comprise of over 75 years of experience working in education, community development, and outreach. YAC has been building the lives of youth and adults for nearly 10 years. As previously
stated, YAC began its operations in Chicago’s Englewood community and brought job training, job development, credit repair, and home ownership opportunities. In 2005, YAC began offering services in the Village of Ford Heights, to address the poverty, declining neighborhoods and deteriorating housing stock. YAC has introduced athletics, housing, training and mentoring programs to the area. In 2011, YAC was awarded $199,000 in grant funds from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to fund Summer Youth Program. The funding provided hope and financial assistance (jobs) to over 100 youth. In 2011 YAC opened its offices in the City of Markham. The facility has four offices, a conference room, waiting area, a kitchenette and is handicap accessible. YAC chose this location due to its proximity to the Cook County courthouse .

In November 2011, YAC was certified by the Illinois Department of Labor (DOL) to operate its Youth Apprenticeship Program. YAC is also a member of the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). As a member of NCCER, YAC is certified to utilize the NCCER’s Core Curriculum for construction training. This allows YAC program participants to work in the construction field under construction partners (journeymen) that will help them obtain their credentials in construction. The certification allows YAC participants to train in a four year program without the construction partner having to pay Davis Bacon wages for those workers. YAC is also certified by the Illinois DOL to provide job training and employment to veterans.

Organizational Ownership

Youth and Adult Center (“YAC”) is a social service organization established in 2002. The agency is managed by its board of directors and operates as an Illinois not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. The agency currently offers social and community programs with its primary objective to provide assistance and economic opportunities for needy individuals and families (including TANF recipients, low to moderate income families, unemployed, at-risk youth; custodial and non-custodial parents; residents of public housing; persons with disabilities; persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, the formerly incarcerated).