The Bed Blitz

The Bed Blitz is a Tool Library community project where we will be building beds for over 40 children in the Mclean County area. To make this event a success, we need the help of individuals and groups around the community to attend our Bed Blitz event on Saturday October 15th. There will be three shifts throughout the day and you can sign up to help build a bed (no construction experience required!) as an individual or sign up as a group! 

DATE: 10/15/2016 (SAT.)


Money smart: Students gain real-world financial knowledge

NORMAL — Students at YouthBuild McLean County were eager to gain some real-world knowledge on Friday.

In honor of financial literacy month, more than 70 State Farm Bank employees spent the day with 100 YouthBuild students, giving mini-lessons on financial education, including banking, car purchasing, car insurance, home and rental insurance, credit cards and future finances...Continue Reading.

YouthBuild brings alternative education opportunities for adolescents

YouthBuild of McLean County offers at-risk youth an alternative option to get the education they need, serving over 2,000 at-risk youth since its inception in 1994.

“YouthBuild is basically an alternative school for at-risk youth,” public awareness intern Mitch Combs said. “Kids come to us who haven’t had opportunities to go to school in a conventional area or they are not able to adapt to a traditional school.”

YouthBuild is a nonprofit youth development organization that is the umbrella for YouthBuild McLean County Charter School, which partners with the Unit 5 School District, and there is also a private school, YouthBuild Academy, that provides education for youths outside of the Unit 5 district.. Continue Reading

ISU/YouthBuild partnership empowers young adults, develops educators

School of Teaching and Learning Associate Professor Erin Mikulec is passionate about engaging new communities and cultures in the U.S. and across the globe, from England to Finland to Australia. She utilizes international experiences to enrich her teacher education courses, and also leads study abroad trips each summer. But she says her exploration of Bloomington-Normal has proven to be just as valuable as some of her overseas jaunts....Continue Reading

YouthBuild instructor Kevin Bradley and Illinois State Associate Professor Erin Mikulec.

YouthBuild instructor Kevin Bradley and Illinois State Associate Professor Erin Mikulec.