Our Approach

Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty by training the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial and environmental leaders; shifting from consumers to prosumers of technology to solve global problems.


Kiyoko Akelia Staten Youth Institute connects youth to healthy and successful futures. We offer Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) programs with a special emphasis on financial and health/wellness for middle and high school youth. Programs are offered at low or no cost to youth and their families that include but not limited to Workforce Development, Creative Workshops (coding/robotics), Financial Literacy, College & Career Prep, ARTprentice, Young Families Incubator Project, Digital and Audio Engineering. 


Kiyoko Akelia Staten Youth Institute members perceive opportunity, develop self-confidence, make the right relationship choices, grow academically, value wellness, and have the ability to enter college or the workforce as fully prepared and self-sufficient adults.