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Learn & Earn (formerly the In-School Youth Program) | NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

1. How it Works

A year-round program for high school juniors and seniors at risk of dropping out of school. The program provides participants with job skills training, employment services, and educational opportunities.

  • Must have a Social Security Number
  • Must be able to work legally in US
  • Enroll between September 1 – 30

2. Determine your eligibility

You may be eligible if you can answer yes to these questions:

  • Are you between 16 – 21 years old?
  • Are you a NYC high school junior or senior?
  • Do you meet one of these requirements?
    • Do you receive cash assistance or SNAP, or are you a member of a household that receives cash assistance or SNAP?
    • Are you homeless?
    • Are you a foster care youth?
    • If you do not meet one of these requirements, Learn & Earn will look at your income to see if you are eligible. You can use ACCESS NYC to screen and see if you may qualify.

Take a short survey to see if you might be eligible for this or 30 other programs.

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3. What you need to include

It’s important to include the right documents when you apply. Your documents show whether the program is right for you.

This page can help you choose the right documents for your application.

School lunch eligibility does not substitute for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) income eligibility. The NYC-issued plastic Cash Assistance ID card is not sufficient proof of Cash Assistance by itself.

Proof of who you are

For each person applying, any one document:

  • Birth certificate
  • Driver license or official photo I.D.
  • Official school records
  • Baptismal or another religious certificate
  • Current passport
  • Statement from an employer
  • Statement from a social services agency
  • Working papers (for applicants 17 years of age and under)
  • Military discharge form: DD-214

Proof of where you live

Proof of your income

Proof of your selective services

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

You can use Discover DYCD to find programs in your area. To get started:

  1. Go to the Discover DYCD website.
  2. Select “jobs & internships” in the category field.
  3. Enter your borough and neighborhood, or zip code to begin searching.

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the websites

Visit the Learn & Earn page on DYCD’s website to learn more.

Visit the Discover DYCD website to learn about all the programs Learn & Earn offers.

Call 311

Ask for assistance with Learn & Earn program.

Call for help

Call DYCD Youth Connect at 800-246-4646 or 646-343-6800 for more information on Learn & Earn.

Last Updated Tuesday, February 23rd, 8:24am

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