Bronx Youth Center: High School Equivalency & Education

Are you ready for the next step in your education? The Bronx Youth Center has a number of FREE programs that can help you get your high school or college diploma, help you transition to college life, and more. Our goal is to inform you about all of the opportunities available to you, no matter what grade you’re in or what academic background you have! The first step to joining any of our programs is to become a member by coming to an intake session at the Bronx Youth Center on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. 

For more information about any of our programs, fill out our easy online form! If you’re interested in programs at our Manhattan location, please visit our College Advisement and High School Equivalency pages.

High School Equivalency (HSE) / GED

It’s never too late to finish your education. If you’re 16-24 and want your high school equivalency diploma, prepare to take the HSE exam with FREE classes from The Door Bronx Youth Center.  We offer: classes for ALL skill levels, onsite HSE Testing Center, incentives, job placement services, and referrals. This program has rolling admission.

For more information, contact The Supervisor of Education Services, Jessica Randall at jrandall@door.org or 929-285-3198

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Increase your reading, writing, and listening skills! The Bronx Youth Center offers afternoon classes for ESOL students. Classes are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Paid internships and job placement available for all students. This program has rolling admission.

For more information, contact The Supervisor of Education Services Jessica Randall at (929) 285-3198 or by email at jrandall@door.org.

Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP): Jobs & Education Support for Youth Who’ve Experienced Foster Care, Juvenile Justice System, or Homelessness

Our LEAP program targets young adults, ages 16 to 24 that are system involved (self-report experience with the juvenile justice system, foster care system, or have experienced homelessness) AND are pursing one of our post-secondary bridge programs (EMT, Woodlawn, TechBridge, or Bridge-to-College). LEAP participants receive extra one-on-one support, additional monetary incentives, leadership opportunities and follow-up support for 10 months post completion of their bridge program.


For more information, contact Juvenile Justice Coordinator, Victoria Brasher at vbrasher@door.org or 929-285-3185 or Assistant Director of System Involved Youth, Nell Rainey at nrainey@door.org or 212-991-9090 ext. 3513

The Academy: Internships for Youth in Foster Care

The Academy is a unique program designed to support youth who are currently in, or have experience with foster care with their career and education goals as they move towards independence. The comprehensive – yet flexible – structure offers individualized academic and employment service support through case management, life skills groups and supportive counseling. You’ll learn essential life skills that are critical for your future success, and be ready to hit the workforce!


For more information, contact Supervisor of Foster Care, Shanieka Nelson at snelson@door.org or 929-285-3189 or Assistant Director of System Involved Youth, Nell Rainey at nrainey@door.org or 212-991-9090 ext. 3513

Emergency Medical Training (EMT) and Information Technology (IT) Bridge Program

EMT Bridge training program:

Are you 18-24 and interested in a career in the medical field? The Bronx Youth Center’s free EMT bridge program is for you! We offer: free EMT training in partnership with Hostos Community College, EMT-B certification, CPR certification, driver’s license, job assistance, and additional incentives.

Cycle starts October 2019

For more information, contact Career Advancement Coach, Rasheem Palmer at rpalmer@door.org or 929-285-3190 or James Johnson at jjohnsonjr@door.org or 929-285-3172

TechBridge program:

The Bronx Youth Center’s TechBridge program is for 18-24 year olds that are interested in pursuing a career in information technology (IT). This bridge program offers: free IT training in partnership with Per Scholas, CompTIA A+ certification, Network+ certification, job assistance, and incentives.


Cycle start date: January 29th 2019

For more information, contact Techbridge Coordinator, Matt Sullivan at msullivan@Door.org or 929-285-3193 or Assistant Director of Education Services, James Johnson at jjohnsonjr@door.org or 929-285-3172

Bronx Opportunity Network (BON): College Transition Assistance

BON is a network of community-based organizations and CUNY campuses that supports young people as they transition to community college. Services include preparation for entrance exams, enrollment assistance, and other support to help you succeed on campus. To learn more about BON, contact Joyce Paton by phone at (212) 941-9090, ext. 3531, or by email at jpaton@door.org.