YOUNG ADULT LEARNING CENTER
Maya Angelou Young Adult Learning Center (YALC) Focus
The Maya Angelou Young Adult Learning Center (YALC) provides year-round GED preparation and workforce development for young people ages 17 and up.
At the YALC, we are committed to providing a quality education that will foster life-long learning for our students. We strive to provide a safe, structured learning environment that is conducive to individual student needs and is specially tailored to young adults who have made the conscious decision to return to school after being away for quite some time.
Through education at our school, students will be active participants in their community, as well as develop skills that will prepare them for the workforce and empower them to pursue career and post-secondary pathways of their choice.
Our school continues to be one of the highest-performing in the District as it pertains to our number of GED graduates. In addition, our school is ranked Tier 2 on the D.C. Public Charter School Board’s Performance Management Framework for Adult Schools.
Our School Leadership Team
Dr. Sean Yisrael, Director
Stephen Liggon, Dean of Students/Student Development Manager
Bruce Anderson, Assessment Specialist
Important Contacts for Students and Families
Kewanna Wade, Enrollment Specialist
Our Program Highlights
We offer morning and afternoon classes with our GED instructors for students ages 17 through 24 Monday through Friday. Our small class sizes, as well as small-group and individual tutoring, ensure that we address every student’s academic needs in every GED subject – Reading Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
Our workforce development program features the following opportunities for our students to earn a workforce credential:
- Home Builder’s Institute (HBI): Students gain exposure to 7 construction trades in order to be certified for the OSHA 10 certification.
- Seeds for Success Hoop House Program: Students train in our on-site hoop house learning urban forestry, as well as wellness and nutrition knowledge, while earning a Serve Safe Food Handlers Certificate.
Our school also provides courses in resume development, interviewing, and career preparation, as well as employment placement services for our students. For those students who want to pursue college, we also provide targeted counseling support in this area.
We encourage students to dually enroll in both our GED and Workforce Development Program at the same time since many employers in the D.C. area require at least a GED as part of their candidate criteria.
Students who attend their courses Monday through Friday have the opportunity to earn Visa gift cards each week. Students who also reach their academic and workforce goals can earn money, as well.
Students ages 25 and up are welcome to participate in our evening courses for GED preparation and workforce development. We offer this programming Monday through Thursday from 5:00 to 7:30 PM.
Whether enrolled in our day or evening program, all YALC students benefit from daily counseling and mentoring support from our clinical counselors and student development managers. We also provide support for homeless and parenting students who are in need of additional resources.
In the 2018/2019 school year, 34% of our High School & Young Adult Learning Center student population qualified for special education services.
At Maya Angelou Schools, we warmly embrace students that need Special Education (SPED) services and support. Our SPED department has qualified professionals that will provide needed services and necessary accommodations to ensure that every student has a smooth school day and enriching experience.
For more information about SPED department, please contact Russell Waller, Director of Special Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hoop House is the Maya Angelou Schools Urban Farm System, known as Hydroponics, installed and fully operational on the campus. Students from the Young Adult Learning Center that are interested in the program are required to participate in the Hoop House internship program. In the program, students not only learn the fundamentals of urban farming and food sourcing, but provide on-hands support with the growth and care process of the produce that is grown on site. The Hoop House program was most recently acknowledged by NBC4 news.Most recently the Hoop House has grown Butter Lettuce, Collard Greens and Sweet Basil.The Hoop House hydroponic garden can produce hundred of servings of produce in a harvesting period of 3-4 weeks. The Hoop House program has participated in food markets, offering samples and selling produce to customers across the District of Columbia. Much of the harvested produce has been given FREE of charge to local community members in Ward 7.
More Information about our amazing HBI program, coming soon!
The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) at the University of the District of Columbia has supported the development of the Hoop House Hydroponics Garden program at Maya Angelou Schools in partnership with their East Capitol Urban Farm garden program and land grant support.
Maya Angelou Schools (YALC) has partnered with Homebuilder Institute (HBI) providing a program to advance and provide education, career development, training and placement of men and women serving the building industry development.
Even though our students are very busy with work and family, our school still hosts a number of Student Life events throughout the year – family dinners on campus, term awards ceremonies, college trips, and outings to museums to name a few. Below are the extracurricular program offerings:
- YALC Basketball Team (competes with local adult leagues)
- GED Olympics
- Cultural Trips
- Homebuilders INC Showcase
- Custom Screen-printing Business Club
IN THE NEWS
On Thursday, July 18, 2019, Urban Farm at Maya was featured on NBC Washington’s morning and afternoon noon segments on yesterday. We recently marked the one year anniversary of the Urban Farm and this was a perfect way to celebrate and share the important work that we do at Maya Angelou Schools and the See […]
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