YouthBuild Rockford was recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Promising and Effective Practices Network (PEPNet) as one of 14 programs nationally which demonstrated effectiveness in preparing youth for jobs and independent learning. PEPNet is a project of the National Youth Employment Coalition. The agency was awarded again in 2002 for recommitting itself to effective practices and improving upon those criteria which led to its original award.
CCS (for its YouthBuild Rockford Program) was the recipient of a John J. Gunther Blue Ribbon Best Practices Award from the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. This award honors programs that show significant positive impact on those they serve, are replicable, establish partnerships with government, other nonprofits and the private sector, and use creativity in addressing a problem.
National City Children’s Champion Award
Recognized by both the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor as demonstrating exemplary practices in the teaching of workplace skills and competencies.
Memberships: Illinois YouthBuild Coalition; YouthBuild USA Affiliated Network (one of first four nationally to become accredited); Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce; Housing Action Illinois