Grant-funded Programs

Youth Rise

Academic Readiness and Career Pathways

The Youth Rise grant program helps out-of-school Passaic County youth between the ages of 16 – 24 to obtain a high school equivalency diploma, while increasing their life skills and preparing for college and career readiness. Stipends are provided to eligible participants during their time in the program.


Program Structure


Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Program Components


High School Diploma Equivalency Exam


  • Prepare to the HS equivalency exam
  • Focuses on Math, Reading, Writing, Science, Social Studies 
  • Student learn at their own pace


Career & Life Skills


  • Interviewing techniques
  • Resume writing
  • Navigating job search engines
  • Identifying a career interest
  • Navigating career paths
  • Identifying supports within the college
  • Financial Literacy
  • Goal Setting
  • Effective Communication


College Readiness


  • Improve basic skills
  • Assistance with navigating the college process 




We have two convenient locations on the campuses of Passaic County Community College. Contact us for more information and eligibility requirements for this no-cost program:


Passaic Academic Center
2 Paulison Avenue
Passaic NJ 07055



Wanaque Academic Center
500 Union Avenue
Wanaque NJ 07420


(Free Shuttle to Wanaque Campus from the main campus in Paterson)

Documents & Forms

Youth Rise Program