What We Do
NIA's mission, "Building strong children, strong families and strong communities,"Ã‚Â is evidenced through
our vital work that directly supports and enriches the lives of so many each day. NIA has developed
important partnerships and programs that are designed to help improve the quality of life for all children, youth, families, seniors and businesses.
Thousands of participants are served each year in NIA after-school programs, summer day camps, cultural arts and recreation programs; through youth and family counseling services, community assistance, referral, and senior support services; through awareness and prevention initiatives, special events, and community meetings.
Check out what NIA's been up to lately .
PS 186/NIA ExpandED’s Global Partners Greet Danish Visitors
The students in PS 186/NIA ExpandED program are making a world of connections. Thanks to NIA subcontractor New York City Global Partners, Inc., the childrenÂ are connected, using an online platform and original curriculum, with their peers in cities around the world! The youngsters form powerful connections with their counterparts from diverse backgrounds and learn to think beyond themselves as theypartnerÂ with global classrooms to brainstorm strategies for making lasting changes in their communities.
On March 23,Â the young scholars were visited byÂ Anne Dorte Riggelsen, Consul General of Denmark in New York. A former ambassador to France, Anne gave two presentations, stressing the commonalities between people in Denmark and the United States. New York City Global Partners Acting Executive DirectorÂ Travis HardyÂ and NYC Commissioner for International AffairsÂ Penny AbeywardenaÂ were also present for the sessions.
NIA’s Storming Steppers Interview NBC News’ Ida Siegal
The Storming Steppers ofÂ NIA/New Voices recently conducted a remote interview with NBC News Correspondent and children’s book authorÂ Ida Siegal. NIA Program DirectorÂ Meredith Burns, herself a star of stage and screen, filmed and edited a video of the session. The Steppers are part of the Step It Up NYC program. The team’s social cause is female empowerment.
Watch it here!
The Steppers delivered what one pundit calledÂ “an awesome performance and message” at the Step It Up Semi-Finals, providingÂ “one of the highlights of the afternoon... Their cheering section afterwards also stole the show!”
See for yourself!
NIA After-School Students Become Pen Pals
Students from the NIA Advantage After-School program at PS 95 visited students in NIA’s Citizens of the World (CWC), Crown Heights program. These students have been pen pals since February and this was their first opportunity to meet. (Many of the students had spoken to each other via video chat twice before.) After arriving at CWC, the pen pals were able to talk in person over pizza and ice cream sandwiches, then play together in the school yard.
All of the pals learned something new about another school in another part of Brooklyn. Those who were not able to participate, including younger students, have expressed interest in participating in this program in the future. What a great way to make new friends!
The NIA Domestic Violence Awareness Program aims to increase public awareness of the signs of domestic violence, elderly and relationship abuse and their knowledge of resources for assistance.
Domestic Violence Resources:
New York State Domestic Violence Hotlines
In NYC: 1-800-621-HOPE (4673) or dial 311
How NIA builds communities
- NIA after-school programs foster positive youth development, teach new skills, and encourage exploration and learning.
- NIA provides information, assistance or referral to government services and benefits available to the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers.
- NIA offers intentional work-based learning opportunities with enriched learning experiences that can inform youth about career and educational options.
- NIA engages youth workers to address their developmental tasks and personal interests, helps develop their workforce skills, offers opportunities for leadership and service to others, and brings youth input, making our programs more relevant.
How NIA engages youth workers
What people are saying
Our daughter Ava is growing up so fast. Virtually right before our eyes, despite
my husband and I attempting to take all the credit. Realizing such a transition, it becomes apparent that without the NIA ExpandEd program in our daughter's school, she would not have received the opportunities to flourish the way she has; including, participating in several shows, Common Core test preparation, and more recently, a contributing role in Annie Kids. Thank you NIA! Your continuous quest for development has brought the absolute best out of our child!"Ã‚Â
Our new after-school program, run by NIA, is thriving. The students are not only involved in a range of activities from sports to the arts, they also get assistance with schoolwork. I want to thank Ms. Meredith Burns, director of our NIA program, for her dedication to our children and all of her hard work."
Frank Giordano, Principal
New Voices School of Academic & Creative Arts
NIA Community Services Network
6614 11 Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219
Michael A. BovÃ©, President
Mary Anne Cino, CEO
Rosa Casella, Executive Director
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