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 .
Students Receive Kudos for their production of The Jungle Book
Students benefitting from expanded school hours and strong community partnerships recently staged a production of Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS. PS 186/NIA ExpandED students dazzled audience members upon entering the school building, thanks to the incredible set design that graced both the lobby and the auditorium. Under the direction of Catherine Ryan and Angela Arrocha, with a big assist from both the Kohl’s Cares program and numerous parent volunteers who put it all together, the school was transformed into an Indian jungle. The local Sherwin-Williams Paint Store donated tee shirts, drop cloths, paint and paint brushes, thanks to Assistant Manager Michael White.
With the support of The After-School Corporation (TASC), NIA ExpandED initiative gives students 35% more learning time that leads to enhanced school culture, increased student engagement and improved academic performance. It also brings schools and community partners together to maximize the resources available to support learning.
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.
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.
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
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.
- 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
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!"
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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