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College and job prep for juniors and seniors in high school

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 academic support, college application assistance, work readiness training, service-learning, and leadership activities, as well as a paid six-week summer internship.

  • 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 or someone in your household get cash assistance or SNAP (food stamps)?
    • Are you homeless?
    • Are you a youth in foster care?
    • Do you have a disability? If yes, Learn & Earn will look at your own income (not your family’s) to see if you are eligible.
    • If you don’t meet one of the requirements above, 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

To apply for Learn & Earn, you will need to prove the following:

  • Your identity and date of birth
  • Where you live
  • Your family’s income

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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.

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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.

Find a list of Learn & Earn providers for additional information.

Call 311

Ask for assistance with the Learn & Earn program.

Last Updated Friday, September 8th, 1:25pm

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