The Early Morning Study Academy (EMSA) provides disconnected youth with the necessary training, educational tools and other supports to help them complete high school or GED, enroll in college, and connect them to meaningful employment that leads to careers in fields of interest.

Curriculum, scheduling, and course completion time is tailored to each participant’s needs. Typically youth are enrolled in the program for 4 to 6 months before achieving their goals. Within a safe and supportive environment, the program provides additional supports that aid participants in their educational, personal, and professional goals, including college entrance and financial aid info; case management supports, barrier removal such as transportation assistance or access to child care, and life skills training. The program maintains a state-of-the-art computer lab to prepare students for their testing and help them learn other training /employment-related skills.

The Early Morning Study Academy is designed to counteract young people’s negative life influences by creating a safe and supportive environment in which youth can attain their GED and work proactively to further their educational, personal, and professional goals. The program provides guidance, intensive support, clear milestones, and acknowledgment for successes for young people with a range of challenges. The Early Morning Study Academy is located at the Education and Employment Training Center is San Francisco.