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 eight community-based organizations (CBOs) and eight 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.


I'm Ready To Apply

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

  1. Go to the Discover DYCD website.
  2. Click “Show Advanced Search” in the “Basic Search” box
  3. Select “Literacy Group” from the “All Programs” dropdown and “Young Adult Literacy Program- Pre HSE Instruction” in the “All Sub-programs” dropdown

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