About New York Academy Educational Services

New York Academy Educational Services (NYA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in New Jersey in 2006 to provide high-quality educational services and pathways to higher education. We primarily operate in Northern New Jersey and prioritize serving communities that face substantial socio-economic barriers to educational attainment relative to their surrounding community. We understand that one’s income level, immigration status, or gender, for example, can impact the amount of resources and opportunities available to them to be able to succeed in the educational or professional realm. NYA’s founders wanted to establish a level playing field among all New Jersey students regardless of socio-economic situation by providing mentorship guidance that increases short-term academic outcomes and cultivates long-term growth. Our founders deeply understood the educational challenges faced by those coming from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds as they themselves grew up in low-income households. Their experiences motivated them to want to inspire and instill constant curiosity and love of learning in each student, especially those dealing with poverty.

NYA creates equitable and high quality educational programs for students from low-income households in New Jersey so they can reach their greatest academic and social potential. To achieve our goals, we currently focus on the following programmatic priorities:

  • College Attainment for All: empowering high school students from low-income backgrounds to set and reach goals of quality higher education,
  • Equitable Access to STEM/STEAM: building skills for the modern world and inspiring curiosity among students who have historically been left out of and stand to gain the most from education in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics,
  • Student and Educator Recognition: encouraging students, teachers, and administrators at schools in low-income areas to perform at their best by financially rewarding exceptional achievements and supporting their growth,
  • Reduction of Language Barriers: offering English as a Second Language to immigrants in the U.S. who seek to advance their academic, professional, and social development.

NYA provides these services for free to persons with the greatest socio-economic needs. 

By offering accessible and robust educational experiences, NYA fulfills its mission of leading New Jersey towards higher quality education standards for all.

Contact NYA today at [email protected]newyorkacademy.org to get started on the journey towards achieving your educational goals!

College Path Mentorship MIssion


NYA provides and promotes high-quality educational services to students of New Jersey to close the achievement gap resulting from socioeconomic inequities, and to help students of all backgrounds reach their greatest academic and intellectual potential.

College Path Mentorship Vision


We envision a world where equitable educational opportunities are afforded to all students, and those students aspire to solve social injustices.

Sustainable Development Goals

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Our mission and vision are aligned with four of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – quality education, no poverty, decent work and economic growth, and reduced inequalities.

Our Motto

Every student deserves a better education and a better future.

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10 Core Values of NYA

NYA emphasizes 10 core values, each serving as a key foundational principle for everything our organization does to improve the quality of students’ education.

NYA is committed to fostering an environment where students can excel in their thirst for knowledge. We provide resources and opportunities and promote goal setting for intellectual growth.

NYA encourages students to seek assistance and believes that trusted interpersonal connections like those cultivated between mentees and mentors are important to one’s development. We understand that individualized support provided through mentorship has the potential to change educational and professional paths and lead to better qualities of life in the long-term.

NYA believes that everyone regardless of their socio-economic background deserves an equal opportunity to excel anywhere in life. Thus, we focus on reducing gaps in privilege by providing equitable access to educational resources. Our goal is to uplift those students that face the greatest barriers in their pursuit of their educational ambitions.

NYA grants students the necessary tools and guidance to logically examine their options and make informed decisions for their futures. We encourage long-term vision and short-term motivation through goal setting, so students gain practical knowledge and strong reasoning skills.

NYA recognizes the importance of building character and appreciation by exercising gratitude , and it is something that we as an organization practice in our relationships with our financial and moral supporters. It is also a quality of which we place the utmost importance on within the students we serve so that they have a strong sense of gratitude and aspire to give back to society throughout their lives.

At NYA, we take ownership of our actions and believe in stewarding a culture of accountability not only among ourselves, but also within those we serve. We cultivate this value in our students so that throughout their lives, they embody responsibility and reliability.

NYA trains individuals to excel in life, and that means equipping individuals with the skills that are expected of modern professionals. Professional development is continuously promoted at all levels of our organization from students and mentors to educators and administrators.

NYA is dedicated to fostering partnerships with universities, schools, businesses, and forward-thinking individuals to help expand our reach, and to give students a plethora of outlets to explore their academic and professional ambitions.

As a nonprofit organization, NYA understands the importance and impact of community service; therefore, we motivate students to also contribute to their community in some way. We hope that they will pass along the lessons they learn from us to their peers so that we can more greatly affect communities of need.

NYA’s goal-setting principles and ambitious objectives serve as a benchmark for students to eventually surpass. Their progress is tracked over time to ensure they are not only meeting, but exceeding their goals.

New York Academy


Levent Koch, PhD 
Chief Executive Officer

Levent Ulker
Finance Officer

Gul Cakar-Sullivan
Administrative Assistant for Programs

Non-Discrimination Policy

NYA does not unlawfully discriminate internally (in its administrative and program operations) or externally (in provision of services) on the basis of race, political orientation, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, or mental or physical disability or any other status prohibited by applicable law.