21-24 years

Discover tips, tools, and support for this age

This period is different from earlier ones, since your young adult may no longer be under your direct supervision. As they enter adulthood, though, they may still look to you for help and guidance. Continue to support them and encourage their increasing independence! 

Scroll down to learn more about your young adult at this stage, explore resources available to them, and find free events for young adults. 

Milestones

Development continues into adulthood! Learn about your young adult's growth and what to look out for during this exciting time.

Around 21–24 years old, many young adults:

  • Social

    • See themselves as an adult and no longer a child
    • Feel more and more independent
  • Communication

    • Are comfortable seeking advice from adults
  • Learning

    • Take risks that are less influenced by peers and more by what works for them
    • Continue to have new experiences—like, work, and relationships—that shape understanding
  • Health

    • Have 6 to 8 ounces of grains daily (such as 1 bagel plus 1 cup of rice)
    • Have 2 ½ to 3 cups of vegetables daily (such as 1 large pepper plus 2 large celery stalks)
    • Have 1 ½ to 2 cups of fruits daily (such as 1 banana plus ½ cup of dried fruit)
    • Have 5 ½ to 6 ounces of meat and beans daily (such as 1 can of tuna plus 2 eggs)
    • Have 3 cups of milk daily
    • Do more than 2 hours of activity that increases their heart rate each week
    • Sleep about 7–9 hours per day

As your young adults transition into adulthood, talk to them about risks and pressures they may face, including:

  • Act Early

    • Unaddressed mental health conditions
    • Criminal justice involvement
    • Abusive or unhealthy relationships
    • Substance misuse
    • Unsafe sex

Programs

Find the support your family needs to thrive

IDNYC

NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA)

A free City ID card

IDNYC can often be used as an official ID for all New Yorkers age 10 and over.

NYC Ladders for Leaders

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD)

Internships for high school and college students

High school and college students can participate in paid summer internships at top New York City companies, non-profits, and government agencies.

CUNY Start

The City University of New York (CUNY)

Academic support for CUNY students

CUNY students can get help meeting CUNY's proficiency standards and preparing for college-level courses.

Events

See what your family can do for free in NYC