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English as a Second Language(ESL), Citizenship & Vocational Services


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Our Adult Literacy Department has a full array of programs that empower adult immigrants to improve their English literacy skills, learn basic computer skills and prepare for employment, new careers and United States citizenship. More than 1,800 adults come to our programs every year!


English as a Second Language (ESL)

Our Adult Literacy Program offers more than 100 ESL and EL/Civics classes a year at convenient times and locations. There is an average of 10 classes per day, taught in the morning, afternoon or evening in six locations throughout South Brooklyn.

All of our classes are FREE of charge and meet two to three times a week. Excellent bi-lingual specialists teach students who come from more than 50 countries.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Improve your reading, writing, math, and communication skills in our Adult Basic Education Classes. We invite participants who are: preparing to enter High School Equivalency Program (TASC), interested in transitioning to higher education or training programs, or seek to improve math and English skills in order to find a job, retrain, retain a job or Tofind a better job.

To learn about the new national High School equivalency exam (TASC), please click here


Vocational Assistance

We help motivated ESL program participants in making the transition to higher learning and provide support along the way to success. We offer career planning, job readiness, placement and retention, counseling and career seminars. Additionally, we review and evaluate resumes and cover letters, prepare clients for interviews, and follow up with employers to assure fair working conditions and meaningful job offers.

Citizenship Assistance

The Shorefront YM-YWHA is a DOJ recognized agency. We provide both Citizenship legal assistance and Citizenship Preparation classes.

Our DOJ (BIA) Accredited staff provides legal immigration advice and services to assist clients in completing and submitting Citizenship applications and interview preparation to become Naturalized U.S. Citizens. We help with gathering all of the necessary documents, document translations, informational resources, referrals and support for all issues related to obtaining U.S. citizenship, including communications with the United States Citizenship Immigration Service. The full range of our services is free and open to eligible participants of our USCIS Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program. Citizenship staff helps low income clients to obtain fee waivers from the USCIS and work with clients and medical professionals to assist with submitting disability waivers.

DOJ accredited staff can legally represent clients at an Immigration Interview for Naturalization.

For information on the naturalization process and study materials visit USCIS website https://www.uscis.gov/


Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IEL/CE)


The IELCE Program will provide sector-focused instruction developed collaboratively with our training partners with whom our participants are concurrently enrolled. Our primary training partners - Manhattan School of Computer Technology, CDL Auto Club, Inc., and EDP School of Computer Programming. We provide contextualized ESL instruction in the transportation and health care occupational sectors. This program is aimed at equipping our students with knowledge they need to plan and prepare for their next career steps.


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For general information and questions, contact the Student Service Center: 347-689-1829 or esl@shorefronty.org

For Citizenship application assistance call Zemfira 347-689-1828 or email alievaz@shorefronty.org or 

Tatyana Karebo at 347-689-1835 or email karebot@shorefronty.org


For Job Assistance and Vocational Support call Faina 347-689-1833 or Elena 347-689-1837
email: zakharovae@shorefronty.org