We know that 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who have trouble reading and writing are far more likely to struggle in high school and eventually drop out. DYCD’s Adolescent Literacy Program is designed to help youth develop the reading and writing skills they need to succeed in middle school and beyond. The program offers students a chance to catch up during after school hours, and also features exciting learning opportunities such as designing your own Web site and staging original theater productions.
DYCD has partnered with eight community organizations that are operating after school adolescent literacy programs in 11 New York City public middle schools. Participation is voluntary, which means that every participant has a sincere desire to learn. Launched in September of 2006, this project is the first of its kind in the nation.