What is YABC?

You might be wondering what the Young Adult Borough Centers (YABC) are. To answer your question, they are centers that provide programs designed to specifically meet the needs of high school students who might be considering dropping out because they are behind or they have adult responsibilities that make attending school during the daytime difficult. The mission of YABC at John Adams High School is to provide a safe, nurturing environment that promotes and recognizes individual differences. The Queens Community House (QCH) works in conjunction with the YABC program to help provide students with a high quality education that will prepare them for post-secondary education, meaningful employment, healthy personal and family relationships, and participation in their communities. Since the YABC program at John Adams High School first opened its doors in the fall of 2005 we have graduated over 1500 students. Our program is unique because it offers afternoon and evening classes four days a week. In the last five years we have implemented various innovative teaching approaches which address students' diverse learning styles. Unlike traditional approaches, YABC's new methods have proved to be student engaging and as a result helped our students experience academic achievement. Our curriculum includes blended/online learning, and specialty classes such as Yearbook, Spoken Word, Dance, Computer Science, Gardening and Basketball. The innovative and engaging APEX curriculum gives students a needed alternative and a second chance to learn online and be challenged by rigorous, standards-driven content. Learning is self-paced, put in real-world context and is coupled with offline activities and internet resources that reinforce learning in areas of greatest weakness. APEX allows students to complete course requirements more rapidly, accumulate credits, regain self-confidence, and graduate. Our “homegrown” curriculum aligned to Common Core Learning Standards is a living curriculum that is constantly revised to improve learning experiences and ensure college and career readiness. Students of YABC can also be a part of the Learning To Work (LTW) program. Embedded within the academic settings, LTW provides opportunities for disconnected youth to re-engage with school while exploring real world connections between academic work and future career outcomes. Queens Community House (QCH) supports student academic achievement and social/emotional growth with attendance outreach, individual and group counseling and tutoring. Students are engaged through employability skills training and job development. Students have access to paid internships as long as they remain in school. This opportunity allows students to build relevant skills and social capital. Internship sites range from non-profit, for profit, and government organizations citywide. The YABC program focuses on the potential of every student. Helping young people graduate from high school is only a stepping stone. We help provide our students with as many tools they may need to be able to succeed out in the real world. Whether it be helping them build an impressive resume or simply helping our students fill out a financial aid form, here at YABC every student deserves a helping hand and the opportunity for a new beginning. Criteria for acceptance into the YABC program: Student must be 17 1/2 years of age or older. Have been in high school for 4 or more years. Have a minimum of 17 credits

 

Our Mission

"The mission of YABC at John Adams High School is to provide a safe, nurturing environment that promotes and recognizes individual differences. YABC is committed to providing students with a high quality education that will prepare them for post-secondary education, meaningful employment, healthy personal and family relationships, and participation in their communities." 

Our Partners

The Queens Community House (QCH) works in conjunction with the YABC program to help provide students with a quality education, meaningful employment, healthy personal and family relationships, and participate in their communities. The Queens Community House provides tutoring, counseling, and youth development activities geared to build student support.

Our Approach

This past year we have implemented various innovative teaching approaches which address students' diverse learning styles. Unlike traditional approaches, YABC's new methods have proved to be student engaging and as a result helped our student experience academic achievement. YABC allows students to complete course requirements more rapidly, recover credits, regain self-confidence, and graduate on time. YABC has content-rich instructional programs which turn classrooms into learning environments that motivate students through innovative teaching methods and materials.

 

Our curriculum changes the way students view school, themselves, and their world. This program removes the student from the traditional classroom setting, and helps a student acquire academic autonomy. Students of YABC can also be a part of the Learning To Work (LTW) program. LTW is an in depth job readiness and career exploration program in which students are given the opportunity to participate 15 hours a week in a paid internship. Internship sites range from citywide non-profit, for profit, and government  organizations.