“Nia” is a Swahili word that means “purpose” – which is the motivation behind the philosophy that Imani embraces -- to provide 360 degrees of support to our students.  They are encouraged to believe they are not relegated to repeat the mistakes of others in their communities or families. We inspire the students to dream about their future, and provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to fulfill that dream.  Nia, the supportive arm of Imani, works with families in addition to the students.  Staffed by professionals, Nia offers parenting skills and techniques, small group discussions, individual counseling, and assistance with accessing community resources.

Our counselors also assist our youth in discovering and cultivating their personal strengths and talents. A Personal Individual Purpose Plan (IPP) is developed for each student that is tailored to meet their interests, abilities, and future career plans. Exposure to traditional and non-traditional/alternative careers begins in the Fifth Grade and continues throughout Grade 12.

We believe in equipping our students with the skills and tools necessary to be college or career ready.  Therefore, Nia provides both college counseling and alternative career counseling.


Please contact the NIA DirectorAngelique Coleman at or 412-731-7982 if you have any further questions.