The Adolescent Literacy Program is a partnership with 9 community-based organizations. These organizations operate afterschool reading and writing programs in 10 New York City public middle schools and use a range of educational approaches to help struggling 6th, 7th and 8th graders develop their reading, writing, and public speaking skills. Program staff work closely with the school teachers and principals to identify children whose test scores and classroom work show a need for assistance with reading, writing and speaking English.
DYCD’s Adolescent Literacy initiative not only helps youth develop reading skills, but also provides them with an opportunity to work in teams on projects focused on themes such as technology and drama. Participation is voluntary, and programs tap into adolescents’ desire to learn, working with them for up to three years to ensure they are prepared for a successful high school experience.