In addition to our programs for students, the Youth Center also hosts classes for adults, including basic education courses in reading comprehension, writing, social studies, science and math, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, and High School Equivalency (HSE) exam preparation.

Adult Basic Education

ABE classes are for adults who are already proficient in the English language but wish to improve their basic reading, writing, and math skills. Reading and writing are integrated to give students the foundation for effective communication. Adult Basic Education classes are funded by the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and are available to adults 18 years and older.

Reading instruction emphasizes comprehension, vocabulary development, critical thinking, and study skills.

Writing skills include the review and application of language and grammar rules, correct usage and spelling, writing sentences and paragraphs. Students learn to use writing as a mode of personal expression, as a valuable learning tool, and as a necessary skill when getting a job, earning a living or pursuing further education.

Math instruction includes skills development in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percent, and introduction to algebra and geometry.


English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are for adults who are non-native English speakers. Students study English and also participate in cultural and social activities within the classroom. The goal of an ESL program is to improve the students’ level of English.

ESL classes are funded by New York State Education Department (NYSED) and NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). These classes are available to adults 21 years and older.


Adult Literacy Workshop

Interested in learning English and/or getting your High School Equivalency Diploma? Join RiseBoro and Apna Brooklyn Community Center for an Adult Literacy Workshop on Thursday, February 11, 12 PM on Apna Brooklyn’s Facebook Live.

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