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 prepare for high school equivalency (HSE) classes. Youth in the program are not working or in school and struggle with reading, writing, and math. The program offers pre-HSE classes and support at community-based organizations (CBOs) and public libraries.

  • Students with at least a 70 percent average attendance rate can participate in paid internships
  • Youth do not have to be US citizens 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. Type “Young Adult Literacy Program” 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