YAI-Brooklyn provides residential and day opportunities for people to develop and enhance their vocational, community, safety, socialization, and functional skills through a person-centered approach. Our emphasis is on inclusion and contribution to the larger community. We believe that every person, at every level of ability, has the potential for growth, and we are firmly committed to helping the people we support achieve their fullest potential for independence. 

Our residential programs are comfortable, safe, supportive homes that range from 24 hour assistance to just a few hours of staff guidance a week. Our day programs support people of all levels of ability from requiring one-to-one staffing assistance, to comprehensive employment training, job placement, and on-the-job support.


Do you provide recreational activities?

Yes. YAI offers various recreational programs for people who live in Brooklyn. Please take a look at our service page to see what programs and activities are available. You can also call YAI LINK at 212.273.6182 for more information on availability and how to apply. Please note our day habilitation programs are vocational-focused.

Do you provide therapy or counseling?

Availability of speech, occupational, and physical therapy, along with counseling, varies by program. Please contact our scheduling department at 212.273.6272 or link [at] to learn about specific program offerings.

What other services are provided in in Brooklyn?

Brooklyn provides a wide range of services. You can find a full list of services in our service directory.

How does someone apply for services in Brooklyn?

Services can be funded a number of different ways and the eligibility requirements can vary, as can availability. It is best to contact YAI LINK at 212.273.6182 or by email at link [at] to get started.

Can you tell me more about day programs? What are the hours, is there transportation, do you provide meals, do people get paid and more?

  • Hours vary from program to program, but typically operate from 8:30 or 9:00 - 2:30 or 3:00. 
  • Transportation is provided for all of the day programs, except for prevocational services, through IATS (Interagency Transportation Services) which contracts with a variety of vendors.
  • We do not provide meals in day programs and encourage people to bring their lunch. We have refrigerators and microwaves in all the day programs and provide opportunities to purchase meals in the community and bring them back to the programs. 
  • Day program participants don't get paid, we offer job training through community service and volunteer opportunities. However, participants in our employment program do get paid.
  • If you have further questions, please feel free to contact YAI LINK at 212.273.6182

Can I come see a program or residence?

Yes, you can schedule a tour of one of our facilities by contacting the Intake Specialist Nia Cordani at 719.646.7699 ext 4502

Do the residences go on vacation?

Yes, each residence plans a house vacation, taking into account everybody's needs and interests. Residences also provide person-centered outings throughout the year.

Does YAI have volunteer opportunities?

Yes, YAI provides opportunities for people to volunteer. We can work with people individually to assess areas of interest and will work to tailor the experience to meet each person’s desires. Please visit for more information.

What job opportunities are there in Brooklyn?

There are an array of career opportunities at YAI, with flexible schedules and great benefits. You can see all of our current opportunities on our careers page.

How can I make a financial gift to YAI?

Thank you for considering making a financial gift to support YAI's mission and services. Your generosity helps ensure the people we support continue to receive the customized services they need, and are able to live life on their terms. There are a number of ways you can give; please visit or call 212.273.6350 for more information.

Read a true story that embodies the amazing things that are happening in Brooklyn every day. 

A Brooklyn Story

Photograph of P. a person support at YAI-BrooklynP. is a 66 year old man who moved into the City Line IRA after residing in various institutional and hospital settings. He has multiple diagnoses which initially made it difficult for him to hold a conversation, and he became easily overwhelmed. The team from day and residential provided a soothing environment, showing him how to relax, and ensuring his environment was not overwhelming. The team learned that he used to enjoy basketball and art and reintroduced him to these hobbies. He recently went to Atlantic City on vacation. He has now been in his residence and day program a little over two years and is smiling more. He also advocated to change his coreroom at his day program and has a much enhanced quality of life.