New York Academy Educational Services Inc

Everybody deserves a better education and a better future.

Ridgewood, NJ   |  https://newyorkacademy.org/

Mission

New York Academy Educational Services (NYA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in NJ in 2006 to provide high-quality educational services and pathways to higher education. We primarily operate in Northern New Jersey and prioritize serving communities that face substantial socio-economic barriers to educational attainment relative to their surrounding community. Mission NYA provides and promotes high-quality educational services to students of New Jersey to close the achievement gap resulting from socioeconomic inequities, and to help students of all backgrounds reach their greatest academic and intellectual potential. Vision We envision a world where equitable educational opportunities are afforded to all students, and those students aspire to solve social injustices.

Ruling year info

2014

Chief Executive Officer

Levent Koch

Main address

17 Chestnut St Ste 3

Ridgewood, NJ 07450 USA

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EIN

20-3736009

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

NYA addresses education gaps between students from different socio-economic backgrounds in New Jersey. The main problem NYA is working to solve is low educational attainment and low academic performance among students from low-income households.. Although New Jersey has consistently ranked as a top state for education in recent years, it also has one of the biggest academic assessment performance gaps between students of low versus high income households. Also, across the U.S., economically disadvantaged students are less likely to graduate high school, attend a college preparation course, or go to college. In the long-term, low educational attainment results in drastically lower lifetime earnings and a greater likelihood to live in poverty. This problem needs to be combated so that all students, regardless of their socio-economic status, can obtain a quality education and, eventually, decent jobs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

College Path Mentorship (CPM) Program

The goal of CPM is to increase college attendance rates by students living in areas with high poverty and low educational attainment. The program pairs high school level mentees with mentors who are outstanding students of 4-year colleges. For 1 academic year, the mentees are guided by the mentors in SAT/ACT exam preparation, book reading & discussion, community service, networking, and field trips – all of which are designed to empower and equip students with the skills needed to attend 4-year colleges. A 3-Day Intensive College Boot Camp also works toward this goal by hosting guest-speaker seminars and workshops on essay & resume writing and editing, college application preparation, financial aid, career planning, and transitioning to college. Soft skills such as empathy, self-reflection, civic responsibility, and teamwork are also developed within mentees to additionally ensure they become capable and productive individuals in all aspects of their lives.

Population(s) Served

AP STEM Awards to AP teachers and students aim to encourage scholastic accomplishment in STEM education, especially those in low-income areas. Annually, teachers whose AP STEM classes perform well on the AP exams may receive $500 each, and high school students who have exceptional achievement in multiple AP exams of STEM classes may receive $250 each.

Population(s) served: AP STEM teachers and students at high schools in low-income areas

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adolescents

The objective of the Capacity-Building Grants is to make more funding available to K-12 schools in high-poverty areas to invest in technology, laboratories, teaching materials, and equipment for robotics and engineering clubs. NYA annually offers a total of $10,000 to teachers and administrators in schools across New Jersey whose students stand to benefit the most from additional funding.

Population(s) Served: Students, teachers, and administrators of K-12 schools in low-income areas

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people
Teachers
Economically disadvantaged people
Teachers
Students

NYA’s STEAM Academies serve to inspire ongoing interest and foster essential skills for the modern age within K-8 students. The hands-on and fun 6-week out-of-School STEAM courses include topics such as coding, robotics, chemistry, 3D printing, app development, and more. Soft skills like teamwork, critical thinking, and creativity during courses are also cultivated. Students of targeted underprivileged populations participate for free.

Population(s) Served: K-8 Students

Population(s) Served
Children

NYA’s Nile Language School provides English as Second Language (ESL) education to establish and improve the English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills of immigrants and international students in New Jersey. The curriculum delivers a holistic experience including cultural immersion that helps students not only become English-proficient, but also professionally capable, academically self-sufficient, socially integrated, and civically engaged in U.S. society. For those immigrants who are asylum seekers, refugees or low-income, we offer reduced tuition.

Population(s) served: Immigrants and international students ages 16+

Population(s) Served
Young adults

This consulting service helps prospective students reach their goals of graduate school. NYA offers dedicated one-on-one mentoring that covers all aspects of the graduate school admission process such as building a strong academic CV, identifying suitable programs, revising statements of purpose, and preparation for required tests such as GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS and GRE Subject Tests. This program is unique because it starts right after admission into one’s undergraduate program and continues until admission to the graduate program that the college student dreams of.

Population(s) served: Adults, Undergraduate Students, Masters Students from all over the world.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

With our Career Guidance Workshops, NYA aims to help high school and college students understand themselves and the world of work to make better decisions for their education, careers, and lives. Career workshops and fairs are organized annually and feature host distinguished experts and professionals as guest speakers who advise students on how to pursue careers in their fields.

Population(s) served: Undergraduate Students

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students registered for online courses

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Older adults

Related Program

Nile Language School

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth mentored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Adolescents

Related Program

Graduate School Admissions Consulting

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

NYA aims to close the academic achievement and attainment gaps caused by socio-economic circumstances such as poverty.

We hope that increasing the number of educational resources available to disadvantaged students will produce improved academic and social outcomes in the short term and greater economic potential and civic engagement in the long term.

Our goals are to increase the number of students from low-income households who attend and graduate college and reduce barriers to education for demographics that disproportionately face inequitable access to quality educational opportunities, such as STEM programs.

Our strategies for reaching our goals are to engage vulnerable groups and equip them with the resources, skills, and experiences needed to succeed as students and professionals.

Specifically, we provide college mentorship, STEM courses, financial support to students and teachers, and English as a Second Language classes. For the students with the greatest socio-economic needs, we offer programs for free to reduce barriers and increase access.

To increase college attainment and graduation among students from low-income households, we offer a mentorship program that prepares students for college both academically and socially.

NYA has the experience to successfully implement our strategies. We have offered various forms of college preparation and mentoring as well as STEM courses since 2017. The English as Second Language Program we offer has been active since 2010.

We also possess the necessary organizational capacity. Our staff, board, Education Committee, and volunteer base includes teachers at various academic levels, guidance counselors, school administrators, academics, and former mentors and mentees who contribute critical expertise and reinforce alignment with community needs. Additionally, we engage in partnerships with local schools and nonprofits that assist us in our efforts to reach the students in the most need of our educational services and occasionally contribute resources to enhance our programs.

Thus far, we have helped over 400 students with their academic and professional goals by offering standardized test preparation, one-on-one mentoring for graduate students, financial support, annual college and career boot camps, STEM education, and English language instruction.

We have also helped teachers and administrators by providing grants to schools in low-income areas in New Jersey, financial support to high-performing STEM educators, and college guidance workshops for teachers.

Looking ahead, NYA’s goal in the coming years is to establish a mentorship program that reaches everyone from high school students planning for higher education to college graduates looking to start their careers. We are currently building the first cohorts of mentees and mentors who we hope will participate in our programming year after year.

How we listen

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Financials

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New York Academy Educational Services Inc

Board of directors
as of 9/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Arman Kozhabayev

Techno Study

Term: 2021 -

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/08/2021

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
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