Pre-HSE Young Adult Literacy Program

About Us
The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is a full-time literacy and job-readiness program for young adults between the ages of 17 and 24 who are preparing to take the new HSE exam known as the TASC and are seeking work.

Participants must be between the ages of 17 and 24 years old, not enrolled in school and have recently taken a TABE reading assessment. 17 year olds are required to obtain and present official discharge papers from the New York City Department of Education. 

To get started, attend a Pre-HSE registration event at any one of the sessions currently being offered to be considered for the program.

Sign up for a registration here.

The program includes many important resources:

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

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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




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).