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Learn & Earn | NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD)

1. How it Works

Learn & Earn is a year-round program for high school juniors and seniors at risk of dropping out of school. The program provides job skills training, employment services, and educational opportunities.

  • There are Learn & Earn programs in each borough. Each program may have different age and eligibility requirements.
  • Enroll between September 1st – 30th.
  • You need a social security number and must be able to work legally in the U.S.

2. Determine your eligibility

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

  1. Are you between 16 – 21 years old?
  2. Are you an NYC high school junior or senior?
  3. Do you have a social security number?
  4. Can you legally work in the US?
  5. Do you meet one of these requirements?
    • Do you or does your household get cash assistance or SNAP?
    • Are you homeless?
    • Are you a youth in foster care?
    • Do you have a disability? If so, Learn & Earn will look at your own income (not your family’s) to see if you are eligible.
    • If you do not meet one of these requirements, Learn & Earn will look at your income to see if you are eligible.

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.

Proof of who you are

For each person applying, any one document:

  • Birth certificate
  • IDNYC
  • 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

  1. Find a program on Discover DYCD website by selecting “jobs & internships”, and searching for “Learn & Earn”.
  2. Contact a program near you for more information.

Find a program

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

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

Call 311

Ask for assistance with the Learn & Earn program.

Last Updated Thursday, May 12th, 2:52pm

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