The center-based program helps youth and young adults (ages 16-25) who have decided to earn a high school or equivalency diploma and then go on to college, vocational training, or the work force. Working with an advisor, participants develop a personal, achievable plan for the future.

Our training and learning center is located at 256 Washington Street, Mount Vernon.

High school equivalency pathways are:

  • HSE/TASC is for those seeking to obtain a high school equivalency diploma. The preparation course is offered in English and Spanish. The five subjects covered are math, language arts (reading and writing), science, and social studies. The HSE/TASC replaces the GED. This course is offered at no cost to the participant.
  • NEDP (National External Diploma Program) is for seeking a self-driven and independent diploma program. Participants master various competencies from financial literacy to career development. Standards are aligned to college and career readiness. Participants can complete the program in 9-12 months. Participants pay a nominal fee. Aid or scholarship may be available. 

Participants take part in: 

  • Life skills coaching and connections with community resources to address issues from home, family, and/or the community that might be interfering in the participant’s ability to focus on their goals. 
  • The Workforce Readiness Curriculum workshops (READI) to develop interpersonal skills, communication skills, and a strong work ethic.
  • Certified vocational training opportunities for high-demand jobs.
  • Career exploration with an advisor who works with participants to identify and research appropriate careers which match the participant’s interests and abilities. 
  • Work experiences and internships under the guidance of a employment specialist, who helps ensure that participants keep their job or obtain certification.

FutureWorks! is a  FREE construction training and certification program for people 17-24 years old from Mount Vernon and New Rochelle. Follow this link to learn more.  FutureWorks! is funded through the Westchester Community Foundation. 

Learn more about our job readiness programs and vocational services. 

Want to help? Here are a few ways you can volunteer: 

  • Make connections and open doors to local businesses 
  • Provide an internship at your place of employment (in some cases TGCW can pay a stipend). 
  • Make a presentation about your career path or a specific field of interest.
  • Introduce a youth or young adult to someone who works in their field of interest.
  • Join our Advisory Board. Email us to learn more.

Ready to enroll a young person or not sure where to start? Email us. Call 914-613-0700 x7089.

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