When we build strong TIES to great organizations, the resulting impact is exponential. Over the eight years since our founding, the men and women of nycTIES have partnered with numerous nonprofit organizations, developing as leaders while making a tangible impact on New York City.
Our impact is unique in that each charity that we partner with is offered the opportunity to identify specific goals that they wish to achieve at the end of our year. We strive to be more than a group of bodies. We look to create meaningful programming that our partners can take and continue to grow with once our time has ended.
Current Charity Partner
All Stars Project transforms the lives of youth and poor communities using the developmental power of performance, in partnership with caring adults.
The All Stars Talent Show Network (ASTSN) is an after school, performance-based enrichment program for inner- city youth. Each year, thousands of children and young adults, ages 5-25, participate in several dozen All Stars events. These include auditions, rehearsals, talent shows and performance workshops that take place in local school auditoriums and at the All Stars Project headquarters on 42nd Street.
Other All Stars Project programs include leadership training for young people, local and youth theatre, and a “Cops & Kids” initiative to foster positive interactions between the police and inner-city youth. To learn more, visit allstarsproject.org.
Union Settlement Association is an on-the-ground resource for East Harlem residents of all ages, and a passionate advocate for the needs of underserved communities. We bring education, wellness and community-building programs to our neighborhood, empowering New Yorkers with opportunities to better their lives. By helping our neighbors realize their goals, we build the vitality and success of East Harlem.
Covenant House is a NYC nonprofit that began over 40 years ago when six young runaways were given shelter from a snowstorm in the lower east side of Manhattan. Today there are 21 Covenant House locations in the USA, Canada and Latin Americas. Together they serve more than 56,000 homeless young people each year with their doors open 24 hours a day for youth in need.
I Have a Dream Foundation - NY
In 1981, businessman Eugene M. Lang returned to P.S. 121, the elementary school he had attended in East Harlem 50 years earlier, to address a class of graduating sixth graders.
He intended to tell the students, "Work hard and you'll succeed." But on the way to the podium, the school principal told Lang that three-quarters of the school's students would probably never finish high school, prompting Lang to make an impromptu change to his speech . . .
In the spring of 1935, a chance meeting of three men with physical disabilities in New York City’s Times Square led them to change a world.
Michael Bertero, Ralph Rice and Robert Boster had struggled to make ends meet during the Great Depression. Shut out of the workforce by a society that did not believe people facing barriers could work, they set out to change misperceptions and attitudes by proving that people with barriers could be productive workers. They founded the Federation of the Crippled and Disabled, based in the principles of work, dignity and achieving economic independence . . .
In the summer of 1968, a Grace Church School parent, Elinor Ratner, and a Grace Church parishioner, Cree Harland, were struck by a confluence of need and resources in Manhattan's Lower East Side- the academic challenges faced by the neighborhood's less-fortunate students and the availability of Grace Church School on Saturdays and during the summer. After initial consultations with the school's board and a $3,000 grant from Brooke Astor, the GO Project launched its first program with 15 students and two teachers in donated space at Grace Church School.
The Children’s Storefront
A forerunner to charter schools, Storefront Academy Harlem has been unlocking young minds and expanding the possibilities for students of all learning abilities for generations. We cultivate intellect and character in equal measure. We nurture. We push. We embrace. We instill a powerful sense of self, and give our students the tools to own the future, and to create meaningful adult lives.
New Alternatives for Children
In the early 1980s, hundreds of medically fragile children with profound healthcare and social needs were growing up in New York City–area hospitals. These children, once referred to as ‘throwaway kids’ by the public, faced challenges that overwhelmed existing child welfare agencies. New Alternatives for Children (NAC) was founded in 1982 on the belief that every child deserves a safe, nurturing home and a bright future - a belief that defied popular opinion . . .
From its inception in 1999, Career Gear earned a reputation for helping men who are low income enter the workforce by providing business appropriate clothing. The basic offering of a suit was simple, but also powerful. For those men who were improving their work skills and employability, a clean, appropriate suit of clothing was another important tool in finding a job. Career Gear responded to the growing needs of men entering and re-entering the workforce. A suit cannot be the only solution . . .
Harlem RBI provides inner-city youth with opportunities to Play, Learn, and Grow. They use the power of teams to Coach, Teach and Inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams. Harlem RBI is a unique, year-round youth development program based in East Harlem, New York. Since its founding in 1991, they have grown to serve more than 1,500 boys and girls annually, ages 5-22, providing them with year-round sports, educational and enrichment activities.
NYC Office of the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association (AHA) is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Before the American Heart Association existed, people with heart disease were considered to be doomed to complete bed rest – or worse.
But a handful of pioneering physicians and social workers believed it didn’t have to be that way. They conducted studies to learn more about heart disease, eventually leading to the founding of the American Heart Association in 1924.