Literacy Programs

Literacy Programs

In line with our mission to eliminate racism and empower women and their families, the YWCA offers classes for learners at all levels to improve their abilities in spoken and written English. In our flagship Princeton facility and at the Latinas Unidas office in downtown Trenton, a comprehensive and progressive series of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are held year-round with start dates in September, January and July.

The YWCA’s ESL program excels through its low teacher-student ratio and wealth of immersion opportunities outside of class. Drop-in conversations, one-on-one and small group practice sessions occur daily. Workshops ranging from everyday survival to job search skills, and strong partnerships with other local organizations, help students integrate into community life.

The YWCA also offers free High School Equivalency preparation classes that equip students to pass the New Jersey High School Diploma exam. Testing itself is conveniently arranged at our on-site HiSET® Testing Center. Free citizenship preparation classes give students the information and self-confidence for their naturalization interview.

We invite you to meet with us in person to discuss your particular needs and how we can help you move forward with your literacy goals.