15-16 years

Tips, Tricks & Resources

What to Expect

Watch your teen continue to develop their own unique identity! This is an important time to help them prepare for more independence and responsibility. Encourage them to think about finding a summer job and explore options for life after high school. Make sure they enroll in IDNYC and take advantage of the free museums and other discounts offered by the program! Learn more below.

Events

Tai Chi in Bryant Park

Time: 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Join these morning classes provided by the Tai Chi Chuan Center. All ages and levels are welcome.

Introduction to High School Admissions Workshop

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Learn how to build a balanced high school application and find NYC high schools that fit your interests.

Introduction to High School Admissions Workshop

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Learn how to build a balanced high school application and find NYC high schools that fit your interests.

Programs

A free City ID card

IDNYC

NYC Human Resources Administration

IDNYC can often be used as an official ID for all New Yorkers age 14 and over.

Pre-high school equivalency (HSE) prep

Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP)

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

YALP helps youth struggling with reading and math increase their skills so that they can enroll in high school equivalency tests and preparation programs.

Leadership opportunities for youth

NYC Youth Leadership Councils (YLC)

NYC Service

Youth can take part in leadership councils at City agencies, schools, and community organizations.

Summer work for youth

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

SYEP provides youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with paid summer work for up to six weeks.

Milestones

Development continues through adolescence and into adulthood! The following milestones highlight your teen's growth during this exciting time.

What most 15 - 16 years olds do at this age:

  • Social

    • Have early work experience
    • Show more independence from parents/caregivers
    • Show more willingness to share and develop more intimate relationships
  • Communication

    • May seem moodier that usual and use harsh language when communicating
    • Begin to express more interest in moral issues
  • Learning

    • Learn more defined work habits
    • Show more concern about future school and work plans
    • Give clear reasons for their own choices, including about what is right or wrong
  • Physical Development

    • Show visible signs of puberty
    • Use deodorant
    • Become more aware of sexuality
  • Health

    • Have 6 to 8 ounces of grains daily
    • Have 2 ½ to 3 cups of vegetables daily
    • Have 1 ½ to 2 cups of fruits daily
    • Have 3 cups of milk daily
    • Have 5 to 6 ounces of meat and beans daily
    • Have 1 hour of physical activity each day
    • Sleep about 8 - 10 hours per day

As your teen transitions into adulthood, look out for signs they may be at risk or troubled, including if they:

    • Are too overweight or underweight
    • Express a lack of self-worth or talk about suicide
    • Show a change in appetite, weight, or eating behaviors; these may signal an eating disorder