NIA In the News




Eleven Brooklyn schools to get new after-school programs

After-school programs are on their way to 11
Brooklyn schools thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Middle School Expansive Initiative, or SONYC, announced NIA Community Services Network, the not-for-profit network behind the new programs.
“This means a lot more of everything,” said Peter
Grosett, NIA communications and development specialist.
NIA has been turning tables in after-school classrooms for years, offering up activities as varied and unique as homework support, fashion design, photography, gardening and even cooking.

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Knicks legend John Starks reads to NIA summer campers

Former New York Knicks all-star shooting guard and fan-favorite John Starks taught NIA Summer Day Camp kids that reading is a slam dunk. On August 6, campers ages six through 10 and the staff at NIA Community Services Network joined Starks, State Senator Marty Golden and members of Cablevision’s Optimum and Madison Square Garden for the Eighth Annual Knicks Summer Reading Program, “Read-Aloud for Local Children.”

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Wallace Foundation Finds Success at NIA/PS 186 ExpandED Program

In it's Stories From the Field study, the Wallace Foundation portrayed five programs that have demonstrated success in giving expanded learning opprotunites to students throughout the United States. The NIA - TASC (The After-School Corporation) partnership have joined with PS 186 to expand and support the learning that takes place during the regular school day.

Stories From the Field is an occasional series offering on-the-spot reports about the work of non-profits that The Wallace Foundation is supporting.

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NIA ExpandED students at PS 186 help neighbors in need

Thanks 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.

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NIA opens its hearts during open house and New Year celebration

NIA hosted its annual Open House on January 8 at their office. NIA President Michael A. Bové, CEO Mary Anne Cino, Vice President Jerry Saporito, Treasurer Joseph Iervasi, Board Members Mario Costantino and Ida D'Amelio, and Executive Director Rosa Casella greeted more than 150 people who were on hand to celebrate the beginning of the New Year.

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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 click here.


Learn more about ExpandED by viewingAn ExpandED Schools Case Study: Balanced Curriculum video.

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.

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NIA expandED Program at PS 186 Cited in Report

Highlighted in the November 2013 edition of the Wallace Foundation's on-the-spot-report is the collaborative effort of the NIA and TASC (The After-School Corporation) to bring an expanded day of learning to the students of PS 186.

"Expanding Learning, Enriching Learning: Portraits of Five Programs" is a set of articles describing diverse approaches to providing low-income children everything from homework help to swimming classes.

The section on ExpandED Schools: Tapping Community Programs to Make the Most of Extra School Hours, features the successful NIA program at PS 186. The report details the extensive cooperation between the NIA and the school, as well as the support and guidance given by TASC.

Through joint and strategic planning, the school and NIA partner to offer
complementary learning experiences that balance academics with enrichment and social-emotional learning opportunities that help students develop
mindsets that will enable them to succeed.

NIA Receives Coca-Cola Active Healthy Living Grant

On Friday, December 10, 2010 hundreds of Brooklyn families will be awarded with a unique five-week nutrition education and physical fitness program developed by, Health/Exercise Lifestyle Plan (HELP). The program will reach 300 children and 150 parents, with the goal of instilling healthy behaviors, including physical activity and smart nutritional choices. HELP will be offered by the Neighborhood Improvement Association (NIA) Community Services Network and is made possible through a $25,000 Active Healthy Living grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation.

The Coca-Cola Foundation presented the grant check to Mary Anne Cino, CEO, of NIA and Bernadette Fitzgerald, Principal, PS 503 elementary school in Brooklyn. The event also featured remarks from area dignitaries and a lively address on nutrition and healthy active living from registered dietitian Cristina Rivera who will then lead the school's 300 students on a walk and other fun exercises like skipping and walking sideways and backward.