Our 4th Annual “Amazing Race”

At the end of August, our Young Adult Borough Center (YABC) students travelled around Staten Island to see exciting and interesting landmarks. The event was a way for students to build friendships and team spirit; as part of the week-long Work Readiness Boot Camp (WRBC). Students travelled in their groups from Tottenville High School, to the Conference House, Fort Wadsworth, the Alice Austen House, and the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor.
Students followed clues and utilized buses to head to the locations. They took selfies with the portrait of Ben Franklin at the Conference House, looked across the water at Manhattan from Fort Wadsworth, collected postcards from the Alice Austen House, and took pictures of the Mastodon at the Staten Island Museum.
The students learned something at each landmark, from the places themselves, as well as from Staten Island Assemblymen Mike Cusick and Matthew Titone; who each gave the students advice for life. Thank you to all who supported the event or participated in it.

Congratulations to our Next Steps graduates!

NYCID, the New York Center for Interpersonal Development, will hold a graduation ceremony for their Next STEPS program, today,  Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm at Oriental Plaza, located at 1845 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10314.

 Next STEPS: Transformative Mentoring Intervention is a curriculum-based group mentoring intervention that helps at-risk young adults transform the attitudes and behaviors that have led or will lead to violence and/or criminal activity. The target population served by this intervention include at-risk young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who reside in or near targeted NYCHA housing development throughout New York City.

Mentee’s participate in weekly group sessions, held at NYCID offices,  that promote empowerment, positive decision making, and coping techniques. They are also connected to various community resources and attend community events.


This is NYCID

Many people ask what NYCID does. We help thousands of youths and adults in the community through mediation, training, after school programs, ARCHES, supervised visitation, and so much more. Take a look at this video for some examples of the way we strengthen relationships and build community.


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After-School Program Update

20160302_153701In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd, older students of NYCID’s afterschool programs read  to the younger participants of the afterschool programs at PS 48.

Adam Ortiz
Eric Castillo-Esparza
John Discar

nyciddeseusp48Three boys (8th Graders) from P.S./I.S. 48 William Wilcox, participants of NYCID’s SONYC (New York Center for Interpersonal Development, Schools out NYC) Middle after school Program, read Dr. Seuss books to 2nd Graders who are also students of P.S. 48 William Willcox and participants of NYCID’s Compass after school program.

Two girls (7th Graders) from P.S./I.S. 48 William Wilcox,  participants of NYCID’s SONYC Middle After School Program, read Dr. Seuss books to 1st Graders who are also students of P.S. 48 William Willcox and participants of NYCID’s Compass after school program.

Salina Qadri

Britney Castillo-Esparza


Descriptions of NYCID’s afterschool programs:


SONYC Programs: Free middle school after-school program funded by the Department of Youth and Community Development.  NYCID’s SONYC programs are structured like clubs to offer young people choice in how they spend their time.  There is a strong focus on STEM and Leadership activities led by professional/DOE staff.

COMPASS-  an after school program funded by the Department of Youth and Community Development and offered for grades K-8.

Staten Island Young Adult Borough Center Congratulates 50 Graduates

-c195eff5be5a3558The Staten Island Adult Borough Center Hosted a graduation ceremony for fifty students in the Tottenville High School auditorium. SIYABC is a Program of The New York Center of Interpersonal Development. This excellent program offers opportunities to students 17 1/2 years old with a minimum of 17 credits that are in their 5th year of high school. SIYABC helps them to get their diplomas. This program helps students in danger of dropping out a chance to make up their credits and earn a traditional diploma. This is done by providing supportive counseling services, tutoring, career preparation, paid internships and a rigorous academic program backed by an excellent team including Michael De Vito Jr., the program director and Chantel Cabrera, Assistant Director.

The graduates included in this ceremony were:

-95222c993814764dKristoffer Birch; Alec Brenker; Brandon Browne; Jen Cacciamani; Lexie Caraballo; Jeremy Casale; Siana Cephus-Best; Etaya Cummings; Christopher Diaz; Taylor Finkel; Rita Gerges; Tonette Gilmore; Bratt Gonzalez; Rosanna Guarnero; Tiffany Ingenito; Brandon Itri; Muhammed Kucukerdogan; Eric Liang; Matthew Licthman; Matthew Lieto; Oritesejolomi Lori-Skin; Victoria Mannino; Brandon Matias; Paul Mazzella; Jessie Milo; Omer Mirzo; Erick Moran; Sean Mulvihill; Ali Muyir; Christopher Odessa; Noelle Padavano; Michael Parbhoo; Savannah Pulice; Savannah Rafferty; Jasmine Renaud; Ashley Rivera; Sophia Rusoff; Alexis Sanabria; Carlos Sanchez; Nico Santana; Karen Santiago; Aferdita Skudrinja; Diamond Smith; Maria Spicer; Ermal Tarelli; Josue Trejo; Begimai Turatova; Aleassia Vitalie; Justin Wilkey.

We are so proud of you!


Read more on SI Live.

Food and Clothing Drive for Local Church

NYCID’s Schools Out NYC program at PS 48 has been busy helping the community. In September, the students learned about hunger issues many people in America, and the world, face. The staff and students decided to get involved. After watching some documentaries on hunger and some research, the students began to collect food and clothes for the holidays. PS 48 students and their families collected 18 boxes of food, as well as a large number of clothing bags, and delivered it to Christian Pentecostal Church on December 23, 2015. The students unloaded the food and stocked the pantries during their visit.

NYCID’s 2015 Year in Review

NYCID has had a very successful 2015. NYCID’s first Next STEPS (Striving Towards Engagement and Peaceful Solutions) class had its graduation. The School’s Out New York City (SONYC) group helped clean up the area Outside of the 121st precinct. We held our “Amazing Race” for students from the NYCID’s Young Adult Borough Center (YABC) program. The YABC program was honored with EatSmart’s “Charity of the Month” award for August. NYCID, along with a team from the Stop Hunger Now group and students of Staten Island’s I.S./P.S. 48, worked to package over 10,000 meals people in developing countries. Our annual fundraising benefit was held, and was a success. We held the Cesar Sanchez Tribute Run, honoring a YABC graduate who was an outstanding member of the Staten Island community. We work to help over 7,000 members of the community on an annual basis, and every year we strive to make Staten Island a better place for everyone here. We would not be able to do as much as we do without the support of our staff, board, volunteers, and community. Please consider making a donation to help us continue in our efforts and build upon our successes. Click here to donate now.

Next STEPS’ First Graduation

Next STEPS GradsOn September 30th, NYCID’s first Next STEPS (Striving Towards Engagement and Peaceful Solutions) class had its graduation. All 17 of the participants graduated and achieved the goals they set within our curriculum.
Next STEPS: Transformative Mentoring Intervention, sponsored by the New York City Department of Probation, is a curriculum-based group mentoring intervention that helps young adults transform their attitudes and behaviors that have led or will lead to violence or criminal activity. The Mentees all identified goals at the beginning of the program such as finding a job, graduating high school, enrolling and completing GED classes, become eligible for their high school sport team, completing a certification course, and more. All 17 of our graduated achieved the goals they were striving towards.
Congratulations to our first set of graduates from the Next STEPS program!