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Mission Statement

Our Mission: Strengthening Relationships, Building Community


Founded in 1970, New York Center for Interpersonal Development (NYCID) is a not-for-profit organization on Staten Island providing youth, community and professional development programs as well as dispute resolution services that educate and inform the public about constructive problem-solving, effective communication and intercultural awareness. We also operate a training institute to teach these skills to others.

Four decades ago we first opened our doors with The Rap Center on New Dorp Lane, a place for young people to gather, explore personal issues and forge healthy relationships with caring adults willing to provide support and guidance through very difficult times.

In 1982, NYCID broadened our scope of services and opened the Community Dispute Resolution Center. With the training of volunteers in mediation and other methods of conflict management, we began providing professional dispute resolution services to the Staten Island community at large.

Over the years, NYCID has reaffirmed our commitment to supporting young people and peacefully resolving conflicts. The years have seen us grow into the noteworthy and unique service provider that we are today. Working not only with Staten Islanders but with residents throughout New York City, our menu of programs and services has expanded to include: school-based after school enrichment programs; a transfer high school; drop out prevention services; a GED/career preparation program; numerous innovative mediation and conflict management services; and dynamic trainings and professional development workshops.

Now in our 40th year, NYCID continues to value the cultivation of positive, respectful human relationships and the strengthening of communities as fundamental to achieving a civil and just society. It is towards this mission that NYCID, through our committed and talented staff, volunteers, partners and supporters, dedicates itself each and every day. We thank you for your continued support of our work and mission.



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