Job prep for youth not working or in school

Train & Earn | NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

Work Teen Young Adult

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Train & Earn is a short-term career pathway program for low-income youth, who are not working and not in school. Train & Earn helps youth improve their job skills and find permanent work. It also provides High School Equivalency (HSE) prep and support services.

Youth receive up to 12 months of follow-up services after finishing the program.

  • Available for youth 16 - 24 years old, who are not working and not in school
  • College placement, HSE prep, and support services are also available
  • Enroll at different times throughout the year


To be eligible for Train & Earn, you should be able to answer ‘yes’ to these questions:

  • Are you a resident of NYC?
  • Are you 16 – 24 years old?
  • Are you not attending school and not working?
  • Do you meet one of these requirements:
    • You are a homeless or runaway youth
    • You are a foster care youth or have aged out of foster care system
    • You are in involved in the justice system
    • You are a youth with a disability
    • You are pregnant or a parent
    • You are low-income and need additional help to enter or complete an education program or to get or hold a job

If you have additional questions about eligibility, call DYCD Youth Connect at 800-246-4646.


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

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


  • Call DYCD Youth Connect at 800-246-4646 if you have questions about this program.
  • Visit the DYCD website for more information.


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Updated March 31, 2020