Developed in collaboration with the Mayor’s Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), UAU’s Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) work with disconnected youth who lack the reading, writing and/or mathematics skills to be enrolled in a high school equivalency (HSE) tests preparation program. Participants in YALP receive pre-HSE basic skills instruction complemented by comprehensive support services, with the goal of improving students’ literacy and mathematics skills so that they can enroll in a HSE tests preparation class. YALP aims to engage and empower young people to take control of their education and broaden their opportunities.
The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is a partnership with the Mayor’s Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who lack the reading, writing and/or math skills needed to enroll in a General Educational Development (GED) Tests Preparation Program.
Participants receive pre-GED basic skills training along with full support services. Students with an 80% average attendance rate may also participate in the paid internship component of the program. Services are currently provided by 8 community-based organizations and 9 public library program sites run by the City’s three public library systems.
Programs may offer Metro Cards and other small incentives to encourage and reward regular attendance and participation.
Program Director: Mathew John
Program Address: 230 Broadway, Staten Island, NY 10310
(@West Brighton Cornerstone Community Center)