Reading & Writing The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development supports reading, writing, GED, and English language classes for youth and adults.
Reading & Writing

The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) supports reading, writing, GED, and English language classes for youth and adults.

Adolescent Literacy Program

An afterschool program run by community-based organizations in partnership with 10 middle schools in New York City. The program works with students in grades 6 through 8 to strengthen their reading, writing, and communication skills. 
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Adult Literacy Program

A program to help adults gain the reading and writing skills they need to further their education or feel more comfortable in the workplace. 
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Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP)

A reading, writing and math program for young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not in school and not working.  The program helps improve their reading, writing and/or math skills so they may enroll in a General Educational Development (GED) Tests Preparation Program.   Learn more 


English Language Program

A program to help immigrant adults learn to read, write and speak in English. 
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In addition to DYCD’s services, New York City offers the free online We Are New York program!

We Are New York can help you learn English and find out about helpful City services. You can watch the videos on your TV, on your computer, or in a free conversation group. You can also download free study guides, magazines and other resources to help you practice your English.   Visit the site here