Learning and support programs for kids & adults

Cornerstone Programs | NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

Enrichment Grade-Schooler Pre-Teen Teen Young Adult Caregiver

Cornerstone Programs offer NYCHA residents opportunities for fun, learning, and support. Programs for youth and adults include:

  • General Education Diploma (GED) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes
  • College prep
  • Project-based learning
  • Workforce development
  • Family relationship workshops
  • Recreational activities
  • Tenant education and advocacy

Programs are located at 94 NYCHA Community Centers throughout the five boroughs.

  • Programs are free and available to young people and adults
  • Enrollment for summer programs is every April
  • Enrollment for school-year programs for elementary-age youth is between August and September

Am I Eligible?

Cornerstone Programs are available to NYCHA residents who are Kindergarten-age or older.


I'm Ready To Apply

You can use Discover DYCD to find programs in your area and apply. To get started:

  1. Go to the Discover DYCD website
  2. Type “Cornerstone” into the “Keyword Search” box
  3. Find programs in your area by entering your zip code, neighborhood, or borough, and clicking “Search”

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Updated December 4, 2019