Letter from the Hilde L. Mosse Executive Director, Thelma Dye, Ph.D.
Today, far too many children in NYC are born into poverty without access to the behavioral, mental health and educational support they need to thrive. The children most in need of quality specialized services are the least likely to receive them, ensuring that the destructive cycle of poverty remains unbroken.
The beauty of Northside Center is that our children and families learn that it is indeed possible to overcome adversity despite the obstacles placed in front of them. In spite of the odds, there is a common thread of triumph in all our stories. Overcoming adversity, successful self-esteem building, making strides in educational achievement and emotional growth – these are the simplest and truest ways to describe the Northside experience.
Northside Center helps children affected by poverty reach their full potential and access the opportunities they deserve by providing the highest quality educational support and behavioral and mental health services. We are a reliable and steady presence in the lives of over 3,600 children and family members each year. Each day, over 1,000 children and families walk through the doors of Northside’s five facilities in Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn.
We know from experience that a comprehensive approach to support – in the home, in the community and in schools – is the best way to meet the individualized needs of every child and family and set them up for success. Children come to Northside struggling with the most basic foundations of development. Their ability to think, learn and remember have all been deeply and profoundly affected by challenges associated with poverty. Stress-related emotional and behavioral health disorders are prevalent. Northside’s highly trained staff members are recognized experts in all areas of child development – cognitive, linguistic, emotional and social. We are problem-solvers, educators, crisis mitigators and solution-providers. Most importantly, our staff cares deeply about every single child and family member that comes through our doors.
Since 1946, Northside Center has set children and families up for success by developing their resilience, confidence and self-worth. We are deeply committed to improving the odds that children living in poverty will lead healthy and fulfilling lives, limited only by the scope and scale of their dreams. I invite you to visit Northside to learn more about our programs and meet the inspiring children we serve.
Thelma Dye, Ph.D.
The Hilde L. Mosse Executive Director and CEO
The Hilde L. Mosse Executive Director and CEO position is named in recognition of the generous commitment to The Campaign for Northside and past years of support by the Mosse Foundation. Northside board member Roger Strauch honors his aunt, Dr. Hilde L. Mosse, colleague and longtime friend of Drs. Mamie and Kenneth Clark.