Education & ESL

“I want to get my GED but don’t know where to start.”


If you have dropped out, GED can open doors to jobs, colleges, trade schools or apprenticeship programs. This program is for students over 18 years old (See exceptions to age rule below) who have not graduated from high school. Call your local high school and ask them to give you the number of the nearest Adult School — all Adult Schools offer GED classes. They can also inform you about when, where and how you can take the test.

Exceptions to age rule: You can take the GED if you’re 17 and:

  • are 60 days from your 18th birthday whether or not you’re enrolled in school
  • if you were within 60 days of graduation when you dropped out
  • if you’ve been out of school at least 60 days and you have a letter of request from a prospective employer, a college, community college or university, or the military.

Higher Education

Your school counselor can provide information to share with you about different schools you could attend. You also might want to inquire about trade or vocational schools where you can learn skills which will help you qualify for a particular job.

Financial Aid

There are many forms of financial assistance available for students in need. Your school counselor should have information on what kind of financial assistance is available to you. If you are interested in a particular college or school, you can also talk to someone in that school’s Financial Aid Office. They’ll tell you what kind of financial assistance their school can offer you.


Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center

Ages 8-18 years. Afterschool program + summer camp. Offers tutoring, computer classes, recreation, and field trips. Offer violence prevention program, college prep classes (free if you qualify).

9106 S Western Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90047

Office M-F 9-6pm & Program M-F 2-6pm


Boys and Girls Club of Venice -Tutoring Assistance

Bilingual. Offers arts and culture, fitness and recreation, life skills, career advice, character/leadership education, and volunteering opportunities.


M-F 2pm-7pm


Brentwood Girls and Boys Club – Tutoring Assistance

After-school program and summer program: Summer 7am-6pm, school year 11am-7pm.  Bilingual.

2025 New Hope Church Rd,
Raleigh, NC 27604

M-F 2:30pm-6:30pm


Cal Works (Greater Avenue for Independence Program) (Riverside County)

Education and training for individuals receiving public assistance, child care.  GAIN Program job search. 

Riverside, CA

M-F 8:30 - 4:30pm


CARECEN Central American Resource Center

Immigration legal services, computer lab, afterschool programs for Elementary through High School-aged children and youth, and civic participation training. Pico-Union/Koreatown area.

2845 W 7th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90005

M-F 9am-5pm


Central City Action Committee – Recreational and Tutoring Assistance

Bilingual. Events, no new clients.

Los Angeles, CA

M-F 11am-6pm


Challenger Boys and Girls Club of Metro L.A. – Tutoring Assistance

Bilingual. Provides mentoring, tutoring, field trips, and other activities for teens.

5029 S Vermont Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90037

(September-May) M-F 7:30am-7pm & (June-August) M-F 7am-6:30pm


Culver City Teen Center – Tutoring Assistance

Free activities and tutoring for Culver City residents and students.

9770 Culver Blvd,
Culver City, CA 90232

M-Sun 9am-10pm


Family Source Center

Free family support services. Includes mentoring, homework assistance, tutoring, employment support, counseling, and food stamps.

5870 W Jefferson Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90016

M 8am-7pm & T 8am-5:30pm & W-Th 8am-6pm & F 8am-5:30pm



Garfield Community Adult School

Continuation school. Alternative education/work center/drop-out prevention.

Alhambra, CA

M-Th 8am-9pm & F 8am-4pm & Sat 8am-12:15pm


GED Hotline

Information of GED & how to get an Official Practice Test. Pencil-and-paper testing questions: 1-800-62-MYGED (800-626-9433). Testing on computer, questions: 1-877-EXAM-GED (877-392-6433).

M-F 4am-10pm


H.E.L.P. Group

Special education classes and group homes/outpatient services.

Burbank Blvd #3130,
Los Angeles, CA 91401

Regular schools in session: M-F 9am-3pm & Office hours: 9am-5:30pm & Infoline hours: M-Th 8am-8pm & Infoline hours: F 8am-6pm


877-943 – 5747

Homework Hotline

Help with homework including English, Math, and other subjects. Open Year-round.

M-F 3:30pm-6:45pm


J.A.D.E Family Services

Provides family/individual counseling, group counseling and parenting education classes all during evening hours. Public Education Presentations. Information and Referral. Bilingual.

3071 Firestone Blvd,
South Gate, CA 90280

M-Th 8am-6pm


Koreatown Youth & Community Center – KYCC

Education. Environmental unit. Youth and family counseling.

3727 W 6th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90020

M-F 9am-5pm


Los Angeles Conservation Corps

Provides at-risk young adults and school-aged youth with opportunities for success through job skills training, education and work experience with an emphasis on conservation and service projects that benefit the community.

PO Box 15868,
Los Angeles, CA 90015

M-F 7:30am-5pm



New Directions for Youth

Job training and placement (JTPA). After school tutoring, parenting classes in Spanish/English, life skills. Serves San Fernando Valley. Services are free.

7315 Lankershim Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 91605

M-Th 8am-8pm & F 8am-5pm & Sat-Sun 11am-2pm


People Who Care Youth Center

Provides after-school programs as well as case management and counseling to teens age 13-17. Also provides parenting classes, tutoring, and community service.

7315 Lankershim Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 91605

M,F 8:30am-5pm & T,Th 8:30am-6pm & Sat, Sun 7am-3:30pm (community service only)


Public Libraries

Provides you with the location of your nearest public library.


Membership: 7-18 years old and pay Summer program, social, arts and craft, computer, music, and sports activities. $5.00 annual fee plus two $7.50 shirts.

1339 E 120th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90059

M-F 2:30pm-7pm & Summer and Breaks 10am-6pm


Salesian Boys and Girls Club – Tutoring Assistance

Bilingual. Youth facility.

3218 Wabash Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90063

M-F 3pm-7pm & Summer 10am-5pm and 7-9pm & Sat 10am-4:30pm



Salvation Army Red Shield Youth and Community Center – Tutoring Assistance

Program: 2:30pm-5:30 (ages 6-13), 6:30-9:30 (teens-adults)

180 E Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802

M-F 9am-9pm & Sat 10am-2pm


Santa Clarita Valley Boys and Girls Club – Sierra Vista Clubhouse

Tutoring offered. Canyon Country, CA.
Additional Location:
James T. Ventress Clubhouse in Newhall, CA- 661-254-2582

19425 Stillmore St.,
Canyon Country, CA 91351

M-F 11am-7pm

(661) 251-6017

Teen ‘Scape at L.A. Central Public Library

Various teen programs, computer and recreational programs and library orientation.Volunteer opportunities.

630 W 5th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90071

M,W,F 10am-5:30pm & T,Th 10am-8pm



Teen Center at Virginia Avenue Park

Offers afterschool homework assistance, recreation, cultural arts workshops and volunteer opportunities.

2200 Virginia Ave,
Santa Monica, CA 90404

M-F 8:30pm-9:30pm & Sat 10am-2pm


The Positive Results Corporation

The Positive Results Corporation provides free group workshops for awareness and prevention of bullying and teen dating violence. They also conduct 12-week youth leadership, financial empowerment, and healthy relationship workshops for free. Call for scheduling and further information. Please visit website’s “About Us” page to see if you are eligible. English, Spanish, and American Sign Language (ASL) available.

Los Angeles, CA 90002



We Lift LA

Provides help to youth who are transitioning out of foster care. Offers academic support, career development, and counseling.

5619 Lindley Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 91356

M-Th 9am-5pm


West San Gabriel Valley Boys and Girls Club

Bilingual. Provide homework assistance.

328 S Ramona Ave,
Monterey Park, CA 91754

M, T, W, F 2:30pm-6:30pm & Th 12:30pm-6:30pm


West Valley Boys and Girls Club

Variety of programs including recreation, sports, and arts workshops. Homework help for all members 6-17 years old. Membership $20 a year.

Los Angeles, CA

M-F 8am-6:30pm


Youth Opportunities Unlimited Alternative High School

High school courses and employment training for students ages 14-21.

915 W Manchester Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90044

M-F 7:50am-3pm



Youth Service Center

Mental health therapy, preschool, autism clinic, parenting clinic

4164 Brockton Ave,
Riverside, CA 92501

M-Th 8am-8pm & Fri 8am-5pm


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