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.

Job readiness program is for young adults (16-24 years old). Learn more here

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides a six-week work experience for people 14-20 years old. Get more information here.

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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