I love NIA because we make new friends.
— NIA After-School Student, PS 229



SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, September 28, 2017

NIA's Annual Community Recognition Awards Dinner will take place at 6 PM on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Gargiulo's located at 2911 W 15th St, Brooklyn, NY 111224. Dinner tickets are $125 per person. Tickets can be purchased through NIA by contacting the main office by email at, or by phone at (718) 236-5266.


The 2017 Honorees are:


Man of the Year Award

Rocco DiRico

Deputy Commissioner of Support Services, NYC Dept. of Sanitation


Special Recognition Award

Vincent J. Gentile

New York City Council Member, 43rd District


Lifetime Achievement Award

William R. Guarinello

President & CEO, HeartShare Human Services of New York


Exemplary Leadership in Public Service & Law Enforcement Award

John DiMarco

NYPD Lieutenant Special Assignment, Patrol Borough Brooklyn South


Outstanding Women in Business & Community Leadership Award

Judith D. Grimaldi, Esq. & Joanne Seminara, Esq.

Partners, Grimaldi & Yeung LLP


Educational Leadership & Collaboration Award

Karen Ditolla

Principal, Mark Twain School for the Gifted and Talented


Exemplary Leadership in Advocacy & Education Award

Ellen Driesen

United Federation of Teachers, Community School District 20


Exemplary Leadership & Community Service Award

Louie Liu

Chairman of the Board, Brooklyn Asian Civilian Observation Patrol


Business Achievement Award

Joseph M. Pennachio, Sr.

Owner, Floral Fantasy of Bay Ridge



My children receive exceptional services through NIA. They have created a safe, fun, and educational learning environment for them after school. This program is not just recess or a babysitting service. It has helped to enrich their educational experience.
— Gisele, Parent



NIa staff appreciation dinner 2017

NIA's Staff Appreciation Dinner and Culminating Event was held at Gargiulo's in Coney Island on June 14, 2017. The evening featured guest speakers, a video year in review, a catered dinner, a DJ, and dancing. NIA would like to thank all of our staff, volunteers, and partners for a great school year, and for all of their hard work!

Collaborative, project-based learning opportunities allow students to actively engage in their learning, build positive peer relationships, and develop research and communication skills.


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