Pre-high school equivalency (HSE) prep

Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) | NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

Education Teen Young Adult

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is a free program that helps youth ages 16-24 who struggle with reading, writing, and math prepare for high school equivalency (HSE) classes. Participants can attend pre-HSE classes and get support at community-based organizations (CBOs) and public libraries in NYC.

  • Students with at least a 70 percent average attendance rate can participate in paid internships
  • You do not have to be a US citizen to participate
  • Available to English Language Learners (ELL)

Am I Eligible?

Youth who are 16 – 24 years old who struggle with reading, writing, and math are eligible for this program. Youth must not be working or not in school to participate.

How Can I Get Help?


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