VIVE School, the result of collaboration between the District
and various community organizations, provides education and support services
for residents of Yonkers who seek to improve skills, gain job training or
obtain a high school diploma. Vive brings learning to life in Yonkers with
programs available to English language learners, adults seeking basic education
and job training, older teens who left school before graduating high school,
senior citizens and the community at large.
Pathways to Success
Yonkers Pathways to Success
offers instructional programs for out-of-school youth and adults. Designated a
Literacy Zone partner by the New York State Education Department, this serves
as a center for comprehensive education and support services. Adult education
programs are offered to all residents of the City of Yonkers. A special effort
is made to reach out to the parents of the children who attend the Yonkers
Public Schools to participate, free of charge, in any of the Yonkers Pathways
to Success programs.
Adult Basic Education 18 Years Old and Over
This course of study concentrates on individual student
goals, such as reading skills, mathematics skills, vocabulary development and
Alternative High School Equivalency Program, 17 Years
The AHSEP is designed to offer basic skills, GED preparation and
career preparation to those students who have recently dropped out of high
school. The flexible schedule includes twelve hours per week of class
instruction, counseling and work exploration. Students successfully completing
this Program are referred for the GED Exam.
High School Equivalency
Program, 18 Years Old and Over
This program prepares students for the
GED exam's testing areas: skills, language arts reading, language arts writing,
social studies, science and math. Students work at their own pace on specific
content areas, as needed. This course of study is offered in English.
National External High School Diploma Program, 21 Years Old and Over
The program provides adults with the opportunity to demonstrate their
competencies by means of a system that assesses both generalized and
individualized skills. Candidates are required to complete projects at home and
attend weekly review sessions. Successful completion of the program leads to a
regular high school diploma from the Yonkers Public Schools.
Yonkers Pathways to Success is an official New York State test
site for the GED examination. Applications and schedules for the GED are
available at Yonkers Pathway to Success.
English as a Second Language
This program assists foreign born students who have difficulty
speaking, reading, writing or understanding the English Language. In addition
to family and community living, there is an increased emphasis on incorporating
workplace and vocational English. U.S. Citizenship Preparation is offered.
Workforce Preparation and Adult Occupational Education
Employment training programs include Retail Trades, Microsoft Word, Excel, and
PowerPoint, and Culinary Arts. Personal Care Aide training is provided in
conjunction with Family Services of Yonkers. Practice interviews, resume
preparation, job search and job placement assistance are part of the employment
services offered. Schedules are adjusted to allow candidates to participate in
The VIVE School is also a designated
New York State
Literacy Zones are a reform initiative developed by the
New York State Board of Regents and the State Education Department to close the
achievement gap in urban and rural communities of concentrated poverty and high
concentrations of families and individuals with limited literacy or English
language proficiency. Literacy Zones are intended to provide a systemic focus
on meeting the literacy needs of communities, from birth through adult. New
York State Education Department has identified 18 Literacy Zones across the
State. Each Literacy Zone and their satellite sites can provide pathways out of
poverty for individuals and families, in the following areas:
- A continuum of literacy services from early childhood
through adult, including strong support for parent involvement in their child's
literacy development at home and engagement with the school system.
- Assistance and support for at-risk youth to enable them
to complete high school and succeed in postsecondary education or advanced
- Postsecondary transition that enable out-of-school
youth and adults to attain a high school equivalency diploma and succeed in
- Programs that enable out-of-school youth and adults who
are receiving public assistance, food stamps, or families with family incomes
less than 200% of poverty to obtain and retain employment.
- Incarcerated transition for youth and adults returning
to the community from incarceration.
- Pathways to citizenship and English language
proficiency for limited English language adults.
- Workforce development programs, including
apprenticeship, career and technical education, and career pathways.
- Support for mature workers and senior citizens to
enable them to stay out of poverty
- Support for individuals with disabilities and their
- Transition support for returning veterans and their
veterans, including disabled veterans.
of poverty are tailored to meet the needs of individuals and families in the
Literacy Zone community.