People’s Resource and Development Association’s (P.R.A.D.A.) organizational programs are implemented by committed and well-trained staff, that consists of certified teachers, social workers, psychologists and provides many opportunities to help overcome the obstacles such as high dropout rate, low test scores, gang violence and several other demeaning situations that face the under served low-income population in throughout New York City boroughs. Supporting the knowledge and ability, of self-confidence, PRADA’s primary objectives are to provide at risk individuals and families with an absolute underpinning for future success to empower the overall family system.
PRADA’s organizational headquarters is nestled in the historic Crawford Memorial United Methodist church. The Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church dates back to 1852 when a Methodist society was organized in the village of Olinville in the Bronx.
PRADA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the quality of life among low-income families, adults, and youth in the five boroughs of New York City’s communities. PRADA’s mission is devoted to meeting the educational and developmental needs of children and adolescents, while also fostering achievement among adults.
To be recognized globally as an organization that fosters diversity through quality services, and that flourish low-income and high-risk communities by providing programs that encourages and supports positive youth & adult development and self-sufficiency.
About the Founders
Individual empowerment and self-determination are strong components of PRADA. Program founders Mrs. Janine Smalls-Gueye who initiated the program idea, concept and vision, and designed and developed the organization with Co-Founder Mrs. Lanise Herman-Thomas to address the health, educational, high crime, teen pregnancy, and socioeconomic shortcomings pervading the New York City communities. Recognizing these needs based on their personal observations and experiences Mrs. Smalls and Mrs. Herman turned their experiences into a vision of hope for nderserved youths and families. PRADA offers a variety of youth development programs to address specific needs of families, adult learning classes, and family support programs such as support groups, individual counseling and ommunity organization projects. Both Mrs. Smalls-Gueye and Mrs. Herman-Thomas hold professional degrees; Smalls-Gueye hold a Masters in Public Administration and Public Affairs and Herman-Thomas hold a Master in Business Administration.