56,368 children in New York are served by Head Start. (Children's Defense Fund)

Arab-American Family Support Center, Inc.


AAFSC's mission is to help Arab immigrant families acclimate to the American society around them, which enables them to become active participants in their communities. They provide a wide range of services to the Arab immigrant community, including English as a Second Language classes, legal assistance, youth development programs, domestic violence prevention and access to health care.

Emerging Leaders Management Training

Since 2005, UNH has partnered with top educational institutions to engage key staff from UNH member agencies in the highest level of management training. UNH has graduated six classes of Middle Managers, one class of Associate Executive Directors and one class of Senior Managers.

UNH currently partners with Baruch College, The City University of New York’s (CUNY) School of Public Affairs to help UNH member agency managerial staff strengthen their leadership skills and develop new management tools. Through this program, Associate Executive Directors, Chief Financial Officers and other Senior Staff participate in thirteen sessions on Strategic Planning, Financial Management, and Team Building, leading to a certificate in nonprofit agency leadership.

In 2012, 24 middle managers graduated from the UNH/Baruch Emerging Leaders Course. 

Chris Hanway, newly appointed Executive Director of UNH member Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House and an alumni of the UNH/Baruch Emerging Leaders Course commented:

In Fall/Winter of 2009, about nine months after I began working at Riis Settlement, I was invited by Bill Newlin, our ED at the time, to apply for the UNH/Baruch Professional Development Program. The thirteen-week program covered all areas of non-profit management and leadership, not just our own areas of practice. These areas included advocacy, managing change, program development and evaluation, fundraising and marketing, government contracting and relations, and strategic planning.

There were about 18 other participants from 12-13 other Settlement Houses, many of which I knew nothing about at the time.  Some of them did very similar things to what I did, while others were in completely different areas. Their sizes ranged from organizations with budgets of less than $1 million to housing organizations with budgets of $60-100 million.

Our Capstone Project- completed with my colleagues at the time, Vanessa Quinones, and Mary Abbate, the AED at Queens Community House-explored Fund Development/Program Collaboration and we developed a model that we still use today and which I had the opportunity to share with other UNH members through the Development Issues Group. Many of the relationships I developed in the program have lasted through today.

Because of my exposure to the UNH program, I strengthened my relationship to Baruch, and in fall of 2011 was admitted into that school’s Executive Masters of Public Administration program. I recently finished my degree, just in time to assume my new role as Executive Director here at Riis Settlement. I have no doubt that my experience with the UNH professional development program not only played a role in my being chosen as our new ED, but also in instilling in me the skills and knowledge, professional relationships, and leadership abilities to make this challenge possible. 

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