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Welcome to our e-Newsletter launch page. Here you'll be able to browse through our current and past e-Newsletters to see what we are planning and what we've done. We hope this electronic communication becomes a useful resource for you, and a convenient way for you to stay informed on all our great programs and services.

December 2015

On behalf of NIA’s Board of Directors, Executive Staff, Administration, and Program Staff, we would like to wish you
the warmest greetings of the season and best wishes for happiness in the coming new year!
 Michael A. BovéMary Anne Cino, and Rosa Casella.

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Late-November 2015

Early October 2015The NIA/New Voices basketball team faced off against their teachers in an epic battle on the court earlier this month. As a direct result of the teachers’ height and experience advantage, they were able to narrowly squeak by the fresh-faced up-and-comers from NIA. Activity Specialist Todd Heckert leads the young squad, which is still in search of a name.
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November 2015

Late-November 2015

On October 31, NIA hosted its first annual Halloween Spook-takular Street Festival! 11th Avenue, between 66th and 67th Streets in Brooklyn, was turned into a fun-filled fright fest for children of all ages. NIA staff members manned activity stations, held a costume contest, led craft activities, ran a photo booth, and shared NIA program info with lots of giveaways, including pins and bags! Also on tap were DJ Leo Bifulco, pumpkins (from Three Guys from Brooklyn), apple cider donuts (compliments of Kaneb Orchards), a five-in-one bouncy house/inflatable activity center, a photo booth, cotton candy, popcorn, and so much more!

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Early-October 2015

Early October 2015

NIA Community Services Network held its 17th annual Community Recognition Awards Dinner on October 8 at Gargiulo’s Restaurant. Executive Director Rosa Casella introduced NIA’s Board of Directors, after which, President Michael A. Bové addressed those in attendance. He spoke about NIA’s past, as well as their current endeavors, noting that all of NIA’s efforts have created a super-highway into the future! Chief Executive Officer Mary Anne Cino introduced the many special guests and presided over the evening’s festivities. Harry Nespoli was the Honorary Chairperson.
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Mid-September 2015

Mid-September 2015NIA once again hosted a series of three picnics for Brooklyn seniors on the picturesque grounds of the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton. The open-air accommodations and lunches help create much-needed opportunities for the golden-agers to socialize.
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September 2015

NIA/PS 264’s Summer Camp showcased its talent on August 7. The program included songs and dances performed by each grade. Art projects, like the Jackson Pollack inspired pictured above, from throughout the summer were on display as well, curated by Meaghan Brunner. The show ended with this absolutely amazing music video produced by Evan Joseph, with editing assistance from Ephraim Kirkwood.  Click here to watch a great performance!

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Early-August 2015

Early August 2015

Since 1984, the first Tuesday in August has been designated asNational Night Out: America’s Night Out Against Crime. Police precincts organize events with the participation of local businesses and civic organizations. As always, NIA was on the scene, representing in the 62nd and 68th Precincts.
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August 2015

August 2015The campers at NIA/IS 192 have developed green thumbs! That’s because they’re digging the idea of growing their own food in PS 216’s edible garden. This adventure has included exploring the best ways to utilize all of the fresh vegetables they're growing. And that has got these summer chefs in the kitchen, creating snacks that are as delicious as they are nutritious!
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Mid-July 2015

Mid-July 2015

Students at NIA/IS 104 recently completed the mural they’ve been working on with help from sub-contractor BRIC Arts Media. To find out more about this project, as well as NIA’s leadership classes, drama program (supported by
sub-contractor Inside Broadway), physical education, and dance classes, please check out this delightful video!
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July 2015

July 2015

NIA/IS 303 staged its own production of Grease this past month. The packed auditorium was first entertained by our own jazz orchestra, under the direction of New York Pops teaching artist Benje Daneman. Benje also served as the music director for the Jim Jacobs - Warren Casey classic musical. Activity Specialist Justin Colon managed the choreography. Program Director Megan Butleroversaw the creation and acquisition of all of the sets and costumes, with a huge assist from teacher Michael Young.
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Mid-June 2015

Mid-June 2015NIA’s leadership, staff members, tutors, dedicated principals and school partners gathered to celebrate, review and share their successes and best practices from this school year. The evening was highlighted by a keynote speech delivered by Monica Ingkavet, Senior Director of Operations for TASC, that highlighted NIA’s ExpandED program at PS 186, our MS ExTRA program at IS 30, and our STEM Academy at PS 247.
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June 2015

June 2015

Hundreds of community members flocked to Brooklyn for NIA's annual auction. This year's fund-raising event, held at PS 186, sported a Coney Island theme and brought together families, educators, community members, and political and business leaders.
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Mid-May 2015

Mid-May 2015

In celebration of Older American Month, the NIA joined with local leaders to host the first in a series of "Senior Proms" this year. Nearly 400 golden-agers got to relive the good old days by strutting their stuff on the dance floor of the Rex Manor.
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May 2015

May 2015Students in NIA programs continued to soar in 2015 as they were provided a myriad of options for learning and excitement. Middle-schoolers were on the move visiting places such as Chelsea Piers and Brooklyn College, while on-site students explored robotics, music and dancing. Read about their exploits and so much more about NIA by cliciking on the link below.
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Mid-April 2015

Mid-April 2015NIA’s after-school programs for middle schoolers, part of the mayor’s School’s Out, New York City (SONYC) initiative were on the move during the school system’s recent spring break. The extra time allowed our program staff to provide lots of less traditional, outside-of-the-box (and outside-of-the-school building) learning!
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April 2015

April 2015

NIA’s students at New Voices School are moving up in the world! The youngsters visited NYC Outward Bound’s headquarters in Long Island City, where they experienced rock climbing. NIA Activity Specialist Todd Heckert, along with NIA partner organization Outward Bound’s Director Christian NarvaezIdelsa, and Aileen helped the kids climb the 60' wall.
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March 2015

March 2015

NIA Community Services Network will hold its annual auction on May 15 at partner school PS 186. Attendees will enjoy refreshments, door prizes, and have the opportunity to win fabulous prizes. To purchase tickets or for more information, please email info@niabklyn.org or call our main office at (718) 236-5266.
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February 2015

February 2015

In recognition of the NYC Department of Education's Respect-For-All-Week, NIA's after-school programs responded with a number of initiatives. Programs put on performances against bullying, created Valentine’s cards for hearing-impaired children, and learned just how destructive bullying can be. At PS 330, a special assembly was held that featured the student made anti-bullying film, Silence Breaks.
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January 2015

January 2015

NIA’s program at Citizens of the World, Crown Heights visited the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The youngsters toured the African Art and Early Egypt wings of the museum, led by NIA Art Activity Specialist Todd Heckert. While at the museum, students participated in an art scavenger hunt to find their favorite art, sculptures, pieces made of wood, etc., and then draw or write about them.
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