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 ExpandED students at PS 186 help neighbors in needThanks to the students, parents, and staff of P.S. 186 and the NIA ExpandEd after-school program, at least 55 Bensonhurst families will have a full Thanksgiving dinner this year. The big-hearted kids collected $1,100 and over 30 cartons of donated food for Reaching-Out Community Services (RCOS), the New Utrecht Avenue-based food pantry and family-assistance nonprofit that helps feed and support local families in need.
What's Cool at School: ExpandED gets high grades at PS 186
An expanded school day is getting high grades at one elementary school in Bensonhurst, according to a News 12 Brooklyn report.
After the regular day ends at PS 186, nearly 500 second, third and fourth-graders continue learning from 2:20 p.m. until 5:20 p.m. as part of the NIA-TASC ExpandED Program.
School administrators credit those longer days for a 10-percent jump in math scores, and a 7 percent spike in reading scores.
Teachers are paid for the extra hours by the NIA Community Services Network through a federally funded grant.
Here is a link to the News 12 Brooklyn feature.
Here is a link to The View from 6th Grade.
NIA Celebrates at 15th Annual Awards Dinner
NIA held its 15th Annual Community Recognition Awards Dinner on October 3, 2013 at Gargiulo's Restaurant in Coney Island. Evening highlights included a rousing rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" by NIA Program Directors Shanelle Jenkins and Jibrail Nor, and honors presented to the outstanding leaders of our community.
NIA/TASC ExpandED featured on
CBS New York News
Take a peek at what an ExpandED day looks like at the NIA/TASC program at PS 186. CBS local news featured the program on a recent broadcast "New Initiative Could Create Longer Days of Learning" higlighting the benefits of extended day learning.
TASC provides ExpandED Schools with funding, professional development, technical assistance and a model for an active, balanced learning day that gives students approximately 35 percent more learning time at 10 percent of the cost of the school day. NIA's long time partnership with TASC has benefitted thousands of children and families over the years.
To learn more about the TASC ExpandED after school initiative and NIA's program at PS 186
Learn more about ExpandED by viewing An ExpandED Schools Case Study: Balanced Curriculum video.
NIA Brings MS ExTRA to IS 30 Middle School in Bay Ridge
NIA is teaming up with TASC to bring an exciting new program to IS 30, Mary White Ovington School. With the support of IS 30 Principal Carol Heeraman, this collaboration aims to bring struggling readers up to grade level through the MS ExTRA program.
Middle School ExTRA - Middle School Expanded Day + Tutoring = Reading Achievement, is a pioneering initiative to expand the school day.
NIA will partner once again with the TASC ExpandED Schools network and offer two and a half hours of hands-on learning in disciplines such as arts and movement. Additionally, sixth graders will get daily tutoring in literacy as well as reading support.
Learn more about MS ExTRA by clicking on the link below.
NIA provides Post-Sandy Assistance to those in need
NIA Community Services Network's Post-Sandy Assistance Project, which is funded by a National Emergency Grant (NEG) and administered through NYC's Department of Youth and Community Development, continues to aid those who were devasted by this historic storm in 2012. The project aims to help restore and improve the quality of life for community members in areas throughout Brooklyn and Staten Island that were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. The project provides humanitarian efforts that align with NIA's experience, activities, and mission of building strong children, strong families, and strong communities.
To find out more about the help available, click on the link below.
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
Since the NIA has begun working at PS 179, we have seen many positive changes in our students and our school's culture. Through the hard work and diligence of the dedicated NIA staff members, lunchtime at our school has transformed from a chaotic and stressful atmosphere to a peaceful and productive time."
Miriam Krent and Kelly Scaduto, teachers at PS 179
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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