The Youth and Adult Education Services program believes that learning is a continuous life process, and that education is an empowering tool for individuals, families and communities. YAES strives to positively change the lives of program participants by addressing their unique academic, social and emotional needs, removing barriers to their competence and independence and preparing them to transition into college and/or employment. The program has the following components/tracks:

High School Equivalency Preparation

  • Pre-HSE/Community Education Pathways to Success (CEPS) that focuses on building literacy and math skills. Successful participants transfer into the HSE preparation program component.
  • A collaboration with the Department of Probation (DOP) and CEPS that focuses on building the literacy skills of probationers.
  • HSE preparation/Young Adult Initiative that provides HSE preparation, including reading comprehension; writing, science and math instruction; mock HSE testing; and free tutorial services.
  • Official HSE testing at an approved testing site (Mitchel Community Center).

Post-Secondary Transition Preparation and Retention

  • Job Readiness Preparation and Retention that includes individual and group employment and life skills development workshops; resume building; career exploration; internship opportunities; and technology training.
  • Support College Access that includes individual and group counseling; support services with the college admissions process; college trips; on-site presentations from admissions counselors from local colleges; financial aid preparation; and CUNY Compass test preparation.
  • Retention Services (college) that provide on-campus support connecting alumni to relevant services.
  • Bronx Opportunity Network (College Bridge Program) run by a consortium of Bronx-based community organizations providing comprehensive college preparation and retention services at Bronx Community College and Hostos Community College.

Location and Hours

The YAES program is based at East Side House’s administrative headquarters building, located at 337 Alexander Avenue, Bronx, NY. The program runs Monday through Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm.

How to Apply

The program is open to youth 17-24 years old from Mott Haven and surrounding communities in the South Bronx. With questions about the program or to begin the enrollment process over the phone, please contact Jonathan Gabay at (718) 665-5250.