Youth Achievement Program
Durham Literacy Center’s Youth Achievement program provides intensive, individualized high school equivalency instruction to out-of-school young adults ages 16-24 in a safe, peaceful setting with structure and support. We provide strong role models; academic, career, and social skills counseling; and opportunities to explore a range of post-secondary and career pathways.
Our Youth Achievement program (formerly the Youth Education Program and Achievement Academy of Durham) serves out-of-school young adults free of charge all year round. The program meets Monday-Thursday mornings at Durham Literacy's headquarters at 1905 Chapel Hill Road in Durham.
We assess all students at intake to determine each student’s current reading and math level, and to learn each student’s personal goals. Students are then assigned into either small group classes or one-on-one instruction, based on their individual needs.
Students entering with high school level proficiency begin in small group classes in the language arts, math, science, and social studies test subject areas Monday-Thursday mornings, 9:30a-12:30p.
Students entering with intermediate level proficiency receive 2.5 hours of intensive one-on-one instruction Monday-Thursday mornings, 9:30a-12:00p, with trained volunteer tutors and DLC staff to prepare for high school equivalency tests.
Program staff create targeted lesson plans designed to move students through the subjects required to attain their high school equivalency diplomas. In addition to academic studies, career guidance is provided to help students identify and achieve their post-secondary goals, including college, vocational training, and/or entering the workforce. We also provide computer-based academic skills training to increase student competency in subject areas as well as proficiency on the computer. All students take their official tests at Durham Technical Community College and earn the North Carolina High School Equivalency Diploma.
How to Enroll
To start enrollment, fill out the YAP Interest Form.
Youth Achievement serves young adults aged 16-24 seeking instruction for their High School Equivalency diplomas. Students must be able to attend classes daily Monday-Thursday mornings to receive individual tutoring to improve reading and math skills, or small group classes for high school level instruction in the five HiSET subjects: reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. All students work with staff and community partners on career and college planning, and graduate from the program when they have passed all five HiSET subjects and earned their North Carolina High School Equivalency diploma.
During placement testing, students will fill out a registration form with some basic information (name, address, phone number, etc.). Students then complete a reading comprehension test, a math test, and a short interview with program staff to help us decide if our program will meet your needs and begin to develop a plan for your studies. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all placement testing, appointments, tutoring, and instruction are online, so all students must have access to a computer with a keyboard and camera, as well as home internet service. If you need assistance accessing technology, please contact us.
Students are accepted into the program on a rolling basis as spaces become available. Please call to inquire about current availability.