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

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Shorefront YM-YWHA 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 are involved in our programming every year!



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 open to all adults over the age of 18. We invite any participants who are: preparing to enter a GED (HSE) program, 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, find a better job, or for personal growth!

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


Young Immigrant Literacy Program

Our Young Immigrant Literacy program helps immigrant adults who came to the United States as children under the age of 16. In addition to ESL classes and vocational readiness, participants will receive a free eligibility screening and receive a referral to free immigration assistance.


Vocational Assistance

We believe in getting job seekers the advice and counseling they need to explore new career opportunities, change course or get on their feet.

We help motivated ESL programs 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 recognized Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) agency. We provide both Citizenship legal assistance and Citizenship Preparation classes.

Our staff assists with translation, informational resources, referrals and support for all issues related to obtaining US citizenship.

Our 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 Integration 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.

BIA staff can legally represent clients at an Immigration Interview for Naturalization. Also, we refer clients needing Immigration Attorney Intervention for free consultations.




For Citizenship Preparation Classes: 347-689-1829.

For application assistance

Zemfira Alieva at  347-689-.1828 or email

Tatyana Karebo at 718-646.1444 ext. 411 or email

Olga Chervonaya at 347-689-1831 or email

For more information about classes call our Literacy Office at 347-689-1829

For more information about classes call Bella Bykov at 347-689-1830 or email


Visit and view all of the available resources found on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website

There are also helpful resources to prepare for the Naturalization test.  Visit to get started!