• 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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  • NIA Students Building Bridges Across the Globe

    The students in PS 186/NIA ExpandED program 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.

  • 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.

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NIA/IS 30 ExpandED Students Thrive in Design2Learn

It's not easy getting students engaged in STEM activities. To meet the challenge, NIA partnered with IS 30 to expand the learning and fun by engaging students in the afterschool Design2Learn program.

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.”

Read details about the program.

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.

Read the blog and learn more about ExpandED.

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. 

View video coverage of the event.

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

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.
  • How NIA engages youth workers

    • 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.

    Read more about 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! 

Shauna Flowers

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.