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. We offer free classes aimed towards helping you get your high school equivalency so you can move on to a career, college, or a vocational/training program. To learn more about our HSE program, contact Jessica Randall at (929) 285-3198 or by email at jrandall@door.org.

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. To learn more about our ESOL program, contact 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

If you have experience in the juvenile justice system, foster care system, or with homelessness and are looking for support to find a job and advance your education, LEAP is a great option for you. You’ll get one-on-one support from our staff to help you find work, prepare for college (including completing your High School Equivalency, applying for financial aid, and more), and set yourself up for a successful future. No matter what your goals are, our staff will help you get there. To learn more, contact Nell Rainey at 212-941-9090, ext. 3513 or at nrainey@Door.org.

The Academy: Internships for Youth in Foster Care

The Academy is a unique program designed to prepare foster care youth care for adulthood. The comprehensive – yet flexible – structure offers individualized academic and employment services while providing supportive counseling. You’ll learn essential life skills that are critical for your future success, and be ready to hit the workforce! To learn more about The Academy, contact Rachel Moser by phone at (212) 941-9090, ext. 3528, or by email at rmoser@door.org.

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

One of our most unique programs helps young people start career pathways that lead to well-paying, in-demand jobs. Currently, we offer introductions to Emergency Medical Technician training and Information Technology (IT and computers) – known as TechBridge. You’ll learn the basics of the profession, setting you on the right path to a life-long career. For TechBridge, you’ll complete CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications. In our EMT Bridge program, you’ll earn a CPR certification and be eligible to sit for the NYS and National EMT Certification. To learn more about our Bridge Programs, contact James Johnson by phone at (212) 941-9090, ext. 3512, or by email at jjohnsonjr@door.org.

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.