The Y's New Americans Initiative continues to serve New York City's immigrant communities. We are a safe haven for immigrants looking for support and services—offering English classes, citizenship preparation, computer literacy courses, and more. We never turn anyone away—or inquire about immigration status.

Questions

For questions or more information, contact us at newamericans@ymcanyc.org.

Our Story

For more than 100 years, New York City's YMCA has embraced New Americans, beginning with our settlement projects on Ellis Island in 1909 to the present. Our New Americans Initiative is a safe haven for immigrants looking for support and services. We never turn anyone away—or inquire about immigration status.

From English language classes to cultural integration and citizenship preparation courses, the services our centers offer help immigrants reach their goals and integrate into American society, while contributing their skills and values to New York City communities. Immigrants recognize what the Y represents around the world—opportunity, community, and social services for all.

While the city is ever-changing, what remains constant is the Y's commitment to being a steadfast anchor for immigrants seeking to fulfill their American dreams. Today the YMCA remains unwavering in this work.

Our Impact
  • 5,000+ Newcomers and their families supported annually

  • In 2019, supported over 350 individuals on their pathway to Citizenship

  • 99 countries from which new Americans have immigrated

Support

Our work on behalf of new immigrants depends on the generosity of our supporters. Donate today to help immigrants fulfill their American dreams.

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Current Educational Offerings

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Class

ABE classes serve students ages 16 and over who are not required to be enrolled in school and who want to improve their basic skills in reading, writing, math, listening, and speaking.

Schedule: Monday-Thursday, 9 AM-12 PM

Requirements for Enrollment:

  • Must have a working computer/laptop/smartphone/tablet with internet access

  • Must be at least 16 years old and not be required to be enrolled in school.

  • Have a working knowledge of English (Intermediate/Advanced)
     

 

To register or obtain additional information, please contact newamericans@ymcanyc.org

Home Health Aide Training

The Workforce Readiness/Home Health Aide classes integrate English language development with the study of Home Health Aide training to prepare participants for certification, job training and employment.

Schedule: Monday-Thursday, 9 AM-12 PM or 1-4 PM

Requirements for Enrollment:

  • Must have a working computer/laptop/smart phone/tablet with internet access

  • Must be at least 16 years old and not be required to be enrolled in school.

  • Have a working knowledge of English (Intermediate/Advanced)

  • Enroll concurrently in a Home Health Aide Training class
     

To register or obtain additional information, please contact newamericans@ymcanyc.org

Citizenship Preparation Program

The Citizenship Preparation program provides opportunities for students to learn about the United States naturalization process. Citizenship classes teach the reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills needed to complete naturalization forms and pass the naturalization interview. Citizenship students learn about: The rights and responsibilities of U.S citizenship, U.S. History, U.S. Government, and Civics.

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9 PM

Requirements for Enrollment:

  • Must have a working computer/laptop/smartphone/tablet with internet access

  • Must be at least 18 years old

  • Have a working knowledge of English (Intermediate)
     

To register or obtain additional information, please contact newamericans@ymcanyc.org

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Classes

The ESL program is designed for non-native speakers seeking to improve proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing English. ESL coursework will expand students’ knowledge of American customs, culture, and civics.

Schedule: 

  • Beginners (Monday through Thursday): 9 AM–12 PM or 1-4 PM or 6-9 PM
  • Intermediate (Monday through Thursday): 6-9 PM or
  • Intermediate (Tuesday and Thursday): 6-9 PM
  • Advanced (Monday through Thursday): 9 AM–12 PM or 1-4 PM or 6-9 PM

Requirements for Enrollment:

  • Must have a working computer/laptop/smartphone/tablet with internet access
  • Must be at least 16 years old and not be required to be enrolled in school.
     

 

To register or obtain additional information, please contact newamericans@ymcanyc.org

Workforce Readiness/Microsoft Office Skills Class

The Workforce Readiness/Microsoft Office Skills class integrates English language development with the study of Microsoft Office to prepare participants for more advanced job training and employment.

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 9 AM-12 PM or 6-9 PM

Requirements for Enrollment:

  • Must have a working computer/laptop/smartphone/tablet with internet access
  • Must be at least 16 years old and not be required to be enrolled in school.
  • Have a working knowledge of English (Intermediate/Advanced)
  • Enroll concurrently in Microsoft Office Training class
     

 

To register or obtain additional information, please contact newamericans@ymcanyc.org

ESL Civics Program

This ESL Civics is focused on participants’ participation and civic engagement in the United States (i.e., community engagement, volunteerism, leadership opportunities, workforce development, US laws and citizens’ rights, voting, etc.)

Schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 6-9 PM

Requirements for Enrollment:

  • Must have a working computer/laptop/smartphone/tablet with internet access
  • Must be at least 18 years old 
  • Have a working knowledge of English (Intermediate/Advanced)
     

 

To register or obtain additional information, please contact newamericans@ymcanyc.org

Free & Confidential Legal Services

The New Americans Initiative, in partnership with free and reliable legal service providers throughout New York City, welcomes you to email newamericans@ymcanyc.org if you are in need of the following: (bulleted list:  Adjustment of Status; Naturalization Assistance (Citizenship Applications); DACA Questions/Renewals; TPS Questions/Renewals; Refugee support; Asylum support and other immigration related issues). 

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