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 .
NIA/IS 30 ExpandED Students Thrive in Design2Learn
The students at IS 30 became thoroughly engaged and learned new skills. Learning contextualized activities that relate to real-world applications provide great opportunities to teach big ideas in mathematics, engineering, and computational thinking, all while keeping students engaged. If you pick the right activities, students learn because they want to, not because they’re being told, “you need to.”
NIA ExpandED Student Performance Highlighted in Newsletter
A photo of NIA/PS 186 ExpandED student's performance of the Lion King was featured in the blog of ExpandED School's Senior Development Officer Laura Larimer. The blog highlighted the organization's year-end fundraising appeal and asking supporters to mark GivingTuesday on their calendars.
ExpandED Schools partner with community organizations (like NIA) and schools to close the learning gap by increasing access to enriched educational experiences.
Keeping the Lights On at NIA's After School Program at IS 227
The energy was high at Junior High School 227’s “Lights On” after school event on Thursday, October 20, 2016. The program, sponsored by NIA Community Services Network with funding from SONYC Afterschool Program, featured a multitude of photo displays depicting students participating in activities such as Lego Robotics, Chess Club, Cooking and Hospitality, Art, Basketball, Soccer, Mighty Milers, Flag Football and more. The photos lined the hallway and lead parents and community leaders into an even more impressive illuminated display of student projects. The event clearly demonstrated how the students of JHS 227 benefited from the after school program.
DYCD Commissioner Bill Chong, a graduate of IS 227, discussed the merits of the program as he spoke to the attentive students about discovering their interests and dislikes as they venture into young adulthood.
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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