21-24 years

Tips, Tricks & Resources

What to Expect

Turning 21 is a major milestone that brings new responsibilities. This period is different from adolescence, as your son or daughter may no longer be under your direct supervision. That being said, as they enter adulthood, your young adult will still look to you for help and guidance. Continue to support them and promote their increasing independence! The CUNY START Program helps students prepare for college-level coursework – including reading, writing, and math – prior to the start of classes.


TASC / GED Math Study Club

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This club meets to study and practice the math skills tested in the TASC High School Equivalency exam.

Fall Walks

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Walk through the gardens, woodland trail, and wetlands to see the colorful changes happening on the Island. 

Teen Book Club

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Each Teen chooses their own book and takes part in weekly discussions, with prizes and a snack.


Academic support for CUNY students

CUNY Start

The City University of New York (CUNY)

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

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.

A free City ID card


NYC Human Resources Administration

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

Internships for high school & college youth

NYC Ladders for Leaders

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

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


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

What most 21 - 24 years olds do at this age:

  • Social

    • See themselves as an adult and no longer a child
    • Have an increased feeling of independence
  • Communication

    • Are comfortable seeking advice from adults
  • Learning

    • Take risks that are less influenced by peers and more by individual pro and cons
    • Continue to have new experiences (college, work, personal relationships) shape understanding
  • 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 more than two hours of aerobic activity 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:

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