In the late 70’s, tragedy struck our community when four Niskayuna High School students committed suicide. Although unrelated, these events provided the trigger for a Niskayuna High School health teacher to take action by encouraging the Niskayuna School District to conduct a mental health needs assessment.
Two very important findings resulted from that assessment. First, a vehicle was needed to develop and deliver programs, forums, workshops and prevention programs to the community. Second, there was no “link” outside of the schools and nothing to identify all of us as a unified community… we were all just a group of neighborhoods connected by the school district. Interested community members divided into two groups to seek out ways to address these two findings.
Both groups spoke with neighboring communities to see how they dealt with similar issues. The first group met with CAPTAIN of Clifton Park and were impressed with what they saw. As a result, the Niskayuna version of Captain, the Niskayuna Community Action Program N-CAP, was formed to deliver needed programs to the community.
In an attempt to bring everyone together in a festive atmosphere and create a stronger sense of community, the second group modeled a community day after an event and parade held by the Village of Alplaus. The first Niska-Day celebration to bring our neighborhoods together was held in May of 1982.
35 years later, N-CAP is still fulfilling its mission to improve the quality of life in Niskayuna and Niska-Day has grown and become one of the longest continually running community celebrations in the Capital District.
2016 Survey Results
The 2016 Student Survey data was presented December 5th at NHS. Click here for a summary of the survey results. Niskayuna students in 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades participated in the survey in the Spring of 2016. The survey compiled responses from students regarding substance use, school culture and climate, mental health and community connectivity. If you are a parent or community member come hear what our students are up to and ways to improve our community!
Questions about the Student Survey results? Email us at email@example.com
Join us for our next meeting!
Please have a safe and fun summer! We look forward to seeing you in the fall at our next coalition meeting. If you have questions, ideas, or suggestions in the meantime, please let us know.
To see dates and information about all our upcoming meetings and events, visit our Events Calendar!
N-CAP is an all volunteer community coalition. There are many ways to contribute your time and your talents, from web site maintenance to event organization to financial management and more! If you believe in our community and want to find out how you can work with us to make Niskayuna an even better place to live, work and learn, click on the link below!