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 .
NIA/New Voices Takes the Apollo Theatre by Storm!!!
On June 4, 2016, the Storming Steppers step team from NIA/New Voices took the stage of the legendary Apollo Theater and rocked the house! After a video introduced the packed Harlem house to “the ladies” who “are standing up for female empowerment — taking their message to their community, across the city, and nationwide, speaking to female leaders in media and business, including Ida Siegal of NBC News and Kierna Mayo of Ebony Magazine,” the Steppers gave a masterful performance, which propelled them into first place in the Step It Up NYC Final Showcase, Jr. Division!
Their amazing work, both on and off the stage, is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the team members, including NIA’s staff at New Voices. We are all extremely proud of your latest accomplishment!
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 children 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 they partner with global classrooms to brainstorm strategies for making lasting changes in their communities.
On March 23, the young scholars were visited by 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 Director Travis Hardy and NYC Commissioner for International Affairs Penny Abeywardena were also present for the sessions.
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
Thank you so much for the communication and services that NIA provides to our children! My son Michael attends CWC Crown Heights and he adores Mr. Jibrail.The staff is very kind and professional, Michael often comes home singing songs he learned in afterschool. Mrs. Toni is very kind and approachable. All the students love her and can be heard calling her name for her undivided attention. I am very happy that there is an afterschool program for working parents and I will always advocate for quality programming in our neighborhoods. I love reading the newsletters and this one was very special as my son and his friends were featured!
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. Bové, President
Mary Anne Cino, CEO
Rosa Casella, Executive Director
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