• Working together for strong communities

    NIA Community Services Network brings together various stakeholders and audiences, building on diversity as a strength and working in partnership with others to achieve positive results in the communities we serve.

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  • Building and sustaining healthy communities

    To help children thrive and to build, strengthen and sustain individual family and community life, NIA promotes communication and teamwork among community leaders, public officials, educators, businesses, senior citizens and families.

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  • After-School programs

    NIA provides comprehensive after-school services to schools that strengthen youth by providing them with new skills and enrichments to help them grow into confident and capable adults. We offer a safe, encouraging, and stimulating environment where youth can receive academic support, explore new things, and cultivate character and a positive self image.

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  • Focusing on children

    The goals of all NIA after-school programs are to foster positive youth development, teach new skills and encourage exploration and learning. Each child who attends NIA after-school programs is presented with the opportunity to leave feeling special with lasting memories of their time spent having fun, learning and making new friends.

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  • Ft. Hamilton Army Base Salutes NIA

    Fort Hamilton Garrison Commander Colonel Eluyn Ginés (l.), Garrison Command Sergeant Major Hector A. Prince (r.), and Child & Youth Services CLEOS (CYSS Education, Liaison, and Outreach Services) Director Lisa Sheehan presented NIA with a “United States Army Garrison Certificate of Appreciation."

  • Knicks basketball clinic promotes health at Shallow Junior H.S.

    New York Knicks legend John Starks led a basketball clinic for 75 excited students at IS 227. The interactive basketball clinic instilled in students the qualities of good sportsmanship, increased self esteem and emphasized the importance of healthy living and proper nutrition.

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  • NIA counseling and referral service

    Using our proven record and demonstrated knowledge in youth counseling, our counseling service empowers at-risk youth and helps them reduce risk factors and increase protective measures that will aid them in solving problems or responding to difficult situations and stressful life events in a positive way.

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  • Community support services

    NIA promotes an atmosphere of community participation by advocating for positive change that brings diverse stakeholders together to tackle the most pressing challenges of our communities. Our accessible local resource center provides a range of information that links families, senior citizens and businesses to services and opportunities that support and strengthen them.

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  • Senior support services

    NIA offers community-based programs for seniors that promote health and well-being and help seniors to continue to live in the community. Designed to assist seniors to maintain or increase their independence in the security of their own home, we act as a major referral source for our senior community.

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  • NIA programs and services

    NIA programming brings the diverse members and sectors of our communities together for informative presentations; forums to express and exchange their concerns and ideas; special events to view the wonderful artistic performances and galleries created by our youngsters; and to recognize and applaud the outstanding efforts of many of our community members.

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What We Do

NIA's mission, "Building strong children, strong families and strong communities," 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 .

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NIA Students Raise Awareness About the Harmful Effects of Bullying

Through the power of dance, the fifth graders from NIA/PS 186 ExpandED after-school program are raising awareness on the very serious topic of bullying.

The students are part of a leadership team that has created a social campaign to Roar Out Against Bullying. They will compete in the DYCD Step It Up competiton participating at the youngest level in this youth led anti-violence campaign.

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NIA Opens House to Community for Meet and Greet

NIA Community Services Network hosted an open house to usher in the new year on Thursday, January 8th at their main office in Brooklyn. NIA CEO Mary Anne Cino, President Michael Bové, Executive Director Rosa Casella and NIA Board Members greeted community leaders, public officals and their neighbors.

“This was an absolutely wonderful way to kick off the New Year,” said NIA President Michael Bové. “Bringing our various stakeholders together to share their thoughts informally is an excellent way for us to gauge how effective we’ve been in the past and what needs to be done in the future,” added CEO Mary Anne Cino.

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NIA Announces Major Expansion of After-School Programming

NIA Community Services Network is delighted to announce that it received 11 DYCD grant awards through the Mayor’s Middle School Expansion Initiative, now known as SONYC!

NIA has also been awarded Advantage After School funding, which will allow us to increase the number of students we serve at our ExpandED school, PS 186K, and offer a free, five-day-a-week program at PS 330Q.

Stay tuned for information about these programs.

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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:

  1. New York State Domestic Violence Hotlines
    In NYC: 1-800-621-HOPE (4673) or dial 311

NYC Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence

Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence:
2014 Fact Sheet

NIA Program Cancellation Policy

In order to stay informed, we encourage all parents to check the following sources for more information any time a citywide emergency or major storm occurs:

Check the Department of Education Website for information on school closures (and therefore, program closures): www.schools.nyc.gov

Watch the following television stations for news reports: WCBS (Channel 2), WNBC (Channel 4), WNYW (Fox Channel 5), WABC (Channel 7), WNYE (Channel 25), Univision Channel 41, and “NY 1” (Channel 1 on cable television).

Listen to any of the following radio stations for news reports: WINS (1010 AM), WCBS (880 AM), WABC (770 AM), WLIB (1190 AM), WADO (1280 AM), WBLS (107.5 FM), WNYE (91.5 FM).

Call your child’s school for more information.

Call your child’s NIA Program Director or the NIA main office for more information.

Check the NIA website for special alerts: www.niabklyn.org

Expect to receive an email or phone call from NIA with more information. You can join the NIA’s email list by signing up on the bottom left-hand corner of the NIA website and responding to the confirmation email (or provide an email address to your child’s NIA Program Director at any time).

PLEASE NOTE: In the event of program closures, all parents are responsible for having their child picked up during their regular school dismissal time and making alternate childcare arrangements. NIA is not responsible for providing care on days when citywide closures occur. Parents are required to provide their child’s NIA Program Director with emergency contacts (relatives, friends, neighbors, etc.) that would be available to care for their child in the event of program closures.

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.

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!" 

Allison Philippin

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
eMail: info@niabklyn.org

Michael A. Bové, President
Mary Anne Cino, CEO
Rosa Casella, Executive Director

NIA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. Contributions are tax deductible
to the full extent of the law.