Each year, the Fellowship of Reconciliation awards international, national, and local peace prizes to individuals or organizations that have made life-long commitments in their work for peace, justice, and reconciliation.
FOR’s 2014 award recipients are inspirational change-makers. Their grassroots efforts have inspired countless others to join the cause of ending violence, promoting peace, and standing up for justice and human rights.Begun in 2006 to honor an organization or individual involved in significant peace and justice work in the community of FOR’s national headquarters, the Nyack Area Peace Prize is awarded this year to two recipients: Kim Cross and the Nyack Center, and Herb Kurz...
KIM CROSS AND THE NYACK CENTER Kim Cross has been Executive Director of the Nyack Center for 13 years. Founded in 1990 by a group of concerned citizens, Nyack Center is housed in a renovated historic church in the heart of Nyack, N.Y.Its mission is to create interpersonal connections that cross social, cultural and economic boundaries.
The center aims to improve the lives of people in the Nyack community by supporting children, teenagers, and families through educational and recreational programs.This nonprofit organization offers a welcoming gathering space for vital before- and after-school programs and provides access to computers for students. Other activities include summer camp, cultural celebrations, and community events.
Since founding the center, Ms. Cross, her staff and volunteers have worked steadily to increase the number of programs serving community needs, always maintaining a family-focused atmosphere. They have collaborated with many other community organizations, including Nyack Public Schools, Rotary, the local YMCA, and Nyack library.
Currently, the center serves more than 40 children in its before-school “Breakfast Club” program and 85 young people in the after-school program. Numerous teens participate in “Late Night Teen Fridays,” a substance-free performance program run by and for teenagers. Future plans include building a sound and recording studio on premises, and offering healthy cooking, music, and painting classes to adults and seniors.
Ms. Cross credits the center’s success on its very supportive members of the community and the board, noting that they have sustained incredibly generous support even in tough economic times. Ms. Cross says the fact that some staff have worked there for as many as 20 years shows their devotion to the children and the center’s mission.
She recognizes the center’s success when she sees children who have been in its programs since kindergarten become staff members and wonderful adults who are good members of both their families and the community.
Nyack Center - more than a community building; a place for building community. 58 Depew Avenue P.O. Box 764, Nyack, NY 10960 tel: (845) 358-2600 fax: (845) 358-5364 Nyack Center follows the Nyack Public School Calendar. Nyack Center's school-based programs and office are closed when school is closed.