Pre-HSE Young Adult Literacy Program

Bedford YALP Class at Brooklyn Public Library


About Us
The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is a full-time academic and work - readiness program designed to meet the specific needs of young adults between the ages of 17 and 24.

YALP's rigorous but supportive culture is geared toward all motivated and focused young adults who are up to the task of pursuing their high school equivalency diploma.  

Must be between the ages of 17 and 24 years old at the time of enrollment and do not possess a high school diploma.  

Attendance to a Pre-HSE or YALP Pre-HSE registration is mandatory to confirm eligibility.

**17 year olds are required to obtain and present official discharge papers from the New York City Department of Education. 

Attend any one of the registration sessions currently being offered. A reading assessment (TABE) will be administered during the registration.


YALP classes include:

  • Literacy and math skill development
  • Work readiness workshops
  • Service Learning projects and Internship opportunities
  • Social support services and transitional support to HSE prep classes when eligible
  • Transportation support when eligible
  • Convenient class locations 

YALP Class Locations:

New Lots Learning Center
New Lots Library – Second Floor
665 New Lots Avenue
@ Barbey Street
Phone: 718.257.0260
Bedford Learning Center
Bedford Library – Second Floor
496 Franklin Avenue
@ Hancock Street
Phone: 718.623.2134




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In addition, part-time Pre-HSE classes are available for adults (17 and older).

Contact Us

For one-on-one assistance or questions about Adult Basic Education Classes at BPL, call or visit one of our five Adult Literacy Learning Centers. 

The Young Adult Literacy Program is supported by generous grants from the City of New York, Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) and the Department of Youth Development (DYCD).