For Kids and Youth

The Niagara Falls Housing Authority provides many program initiatives geared towards children and youth including:

“Living Large” and “I Can Read” Tutorial Programs
The “Living Large” and “I Can Read” after-school tutorial programs are designed to increase the reading and comprehension skills of children and youth in grades K –12. These tutorial programs address the need for improved literacy, which is the key to increased self-esteem, greater learning, higher income and economic self-sufficiency. Read more…

Kid’s Café
Held in conjunction with the Housing Authority’s “Living Large” and “I Can Read” tutorial programs, the Kid’s Café program provides a nutritionally adequate meal to children (primarily under the age of 17) who are at risk of hunger. Read more…

Niagara Falls Housing Authority Youth Choir
Under the direction of local musician/artist, Diana M. Reeves, the Youth Choir has grown considerably over the years – consisting of 50+ talented children and youth ranging in age from 3 to 16. The NFHA Youth Choir has become one of our areas most sought after performers. Read more…

Doris W. Jones Summer Enrichment Program
The Niagara Falls Housing Authority’s Doris W. Jones Summer Enrichment program is a comprehensive summer program that provides individualized educational, social, cultural and recreational components geared to each individual child’s level of learning. Read more…

Self-Esteem Building Workshops / Career Counseling / College Prep
With assistance from Niagara County Employment and Training and the ATTAIN Lab, a series of workshops designed to build both self-esteem and prepare individuals for job readiness are held quarterly for older youth and adults. To encourage residents to further their educational goals, college nights and college tours are also provided. Read more…

The Good for the Neighborhood Program
In order to provide residents and the community with access to health information and experts, the Niagara Falls Housing Authority partnered with the Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood Program. The program is designed to assist individuals and families in making better healthcare choices and includes “Fitness for Kids” – to help children stay fit and active. Read more about how this program helps families…

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
The Niagara Falls Housing Authority has brought Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to residents of the Niagara Falls Housing Authority and surrounding communities. This program is designed to improve literacy by providing families with access to books. Currently, 310 children (including NFHA residents, Universal Pre-Kindergarten students, and at-risk children from targeted communities) are enrolled in the program. Read more…

Annual Thanksgiving Feast
Currently in its 20th year, the Niagara Falls Housing Authority’s Annual Thanksgiving Feast provides a traditional Thanksgiving meal (complete with turkey and all the trimmings) to those in need. The event serves 300 children, youth and adults annually and is open to all Niagara Falls Housing Authority residents and deserving individuals and families in the Niagara Falls community.

Miss Rainbow Niagara Pageant
The Niagara Falls Housing Authority’s “Miss Rainbow Niagara Pageant” is a cultural experience aimed at building self-awareness, confidence, moral character and public speaking attributes and engendering a competitive spirit among participants. It is very important that our young people become empowered to be more than spectators in life. This pageant motives and inspires participants to take an active role in shaping their lives and meeting their destiny in a positive fulfilling manner. Additionally, contestants participate in a variety of community service projects and empowerment workshops. The pageant is held bi-annually.

Annual Male Summit and Let’s Talk Conference
The Niagara Falls Housing Authority’s Annual Male Summit is a powerful event designed for males ages 12 and older to address trends affecting the male population with respect to education, employment and empowerment. Similar to the Male Summit, our Let’s Talk Conference addresses trends affecting the female population. Read more about both events…

Operation SNUG
Operation SNUG (guns spelled backwards) is a community, government and corporate partnership aimed at improving public safety for youth and young adults through the elimination of gun and gang violence. The program targets at-risk youth ages 14 to 25 and provides outreach, prevention and intervention services to direct troubled youth away from illegal activity. Read more…

Scholarship Opportunities
The Niagara Falls Housing Authority has established two (2) $1,000 annual scholarship opportunities for high school graduating seniors. The scholarships were developed through various fundraising events. Additionally, Niagara Falls Housing Authority staff pay $1.00 each Friday to “dress down,” with all proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund. Read more…

STYA: Successfully Transitioning Youth to Adolescence
The STYA program offers creative programming that is aimed at delaying the onset of adolescent sexual activity and decreasing the incidence of adolescent pregnancy and childbearing. STYA stands for Successfully Transitioning Youth to Adolescence, and its goal is to promote the optimal transition to a healthy, productive, and connected young adulthood. Read more…