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’s Storming Steppers Interview NBC News’ Ida Siegal
The Storming Steppers of NIA/New Voices recently conducted a remote interview with NBC News Correspondent and children’s book author Ida Siegal. NIA Program Director Meredith Burns, herself a star of stage and screen, filmed and edited a video of the session. The Steppers are part of the Step It Up NYC program. The team’s social cause is female empowerment.
Watch it here!
The Steppers delivered what one pundit called “an awesome performance and message” at the Step It Up Semi-Finals, providing “one of the highlights of the afternoon... Their cheering section afterwards also stole the show!”
See for yourself!
Assistant Principal Linda A. Romano of IS 227 Honored
On November 3, 66th Street and 16th Avenue, Brooklyn was the scene of a street co-naming ceremony, posthumously honoring Assistant Principal Linda A. Romano. A well-loved AP at IS 227 Edward B. Shallow until her untimely death in 2011, Ms. Romano was, according to NIA Program Supervisor Vera Ekht, “a great educator, a wonderful person, and a great supporter of NIA who was always there for the kids.” The service was very touching and emotional for the many former students and colleagues who were in attendance.
NIA After-School Students Become Pen Pals
Students from the NIA Advantage After-School program at PS 95 visited students in NIA’s Citizens of the World (CWC), Crown Heights program. These students have been pen pals since February and this was their first opportunity to meet. (Many of the students had spoken to each other via video chat twice before.) After arriving at CWC, the pen pals were able to talk in person over pizza and ice cream sandwiches, then play together in the school yard.
All of the pals learned something new about another school in another part of Brooklyn. Those who were not able to participate, including younger students, have expressed interest in participating in this program in the future. What a great way to make new friends!
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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