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Who We Are


The Italian American Civil Rights League, Canarsie (IACRL), inc. is a New York City non-profit, non-sectarian community based organization. For over 45 years, IACRL offers a wide range of services to the community including, cultural enrichment; recreation programs; school based programs; social service referrals; leadership opportunities; educational and employment services for youths and adults. IACRL programs provide real and positive outlets for young people and adults that will increase their chance of success by participating in activities designed to improve their self-esteem and leadership skills. These programs are designed to increase employ-ability and encourage the pursuit of higher education. The IACRL has a proven record of successfully providing quality programming and services. We are proud to boast that all of our programmatic and fiscal evaluations are outstanding!

Mission Statement

The IACRL's purpose is to enhance the services of youth and families in the community to promote neighborhood harmony, stability​ and quality of life. We plan on continuing our mission to inspire people, young and old, to take action and help make their communities stronger for many years to come!

Our Legacy

Since 1974, IACRL has developed a proven ​track record of success by providing quality programming and services throughout the various communities we serve. We are proud to be an organization who has received acknowledgement in regards to our programmatic and fiscal management. IACRL was originally founded to fight discrimination against Italian Americans, but over the past four decades, we have evolved to become one of the most recognized agencies offering community based education and employment services in the East New York, Brownsville, Canarsie and surrounding areas.


Most notably, our Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), which we have been offering since our inception, has serviced thousands of city youth and young adults, giving them invaluable real life working experiences. Today, we proudly continue this tradition of service to our communities by offering innovative programs fro individuals 14 to 24 years of age. In accordance with the diversity of our population, we have formed a partnership with NYC Brooklyn School for Career Development to address individuals with special needs. Over the years, the IACRL has given enjoyment and assistance throughout the communities we serve. We have given disadvantaged children toys from Santa, we offered inner city youth the experience of attending major sporting events and Broadway theatrical performances. We are highly recognized and respected by the community. We aim to enhance and improve and improve the quality of life for our communities by partnering with government agencies, educational institutions and corporate businesses.

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