About the Dominico American Society of Queens
The Dominico-American Society of Queens, Inc. (DAS) is a nonprofit organization created in 1993 in response to the educational, social and cultural challenges that impede the development of the low income/immigrant community in the United States. Our mission is to improve the community's self-image in order to help our population reach its highest goals and aspirations.
Since its inception, DAS has offered a number of important services to the growing ethnic community in Northern Queens. We have become a resource center for the many residents seeking a variety of educational services, including: English as a Second Language (ESL), Computer Training classes, U.S. Naturalization Citizenship programs, After-School programs and many more. Throughout the last 22 years, DAS has been of service to thousands of residents all of whom have walked through our doors in search of guidance and assistance. While our programs were originally limited to residents from the Borough of Queens; the growing demand has compelled us to extend our services to all five boroughs, Long Island and Northern New Jersey.
This year, DAS celebrates 24 years of service. Under the leadership of DAS Executive Director, Jose Tejada, we continue to restructure and modernize our programs to more adequately accommodate the needs and demands of a multi-ethnic community. The development, design and effectiveness of the services are the main responsibility of the program director of DAS, Yanna Henriquez, whose stewardship and dedication has ensured that DAS is highly respected in the community for its commitment, drive and professionalism.
In addition, we continue working closely with our teachers, instructors and volunteers to continue improving the curriculum for our English as a Second Language (ESL), Computer Literacy Training (CLT), and After School Programs (ASP) among many others.
We continued remodeling the curriculum for all classes to focus on the particular needs of our students and teachers. The courses are tremendously popular and we often find ourselves over capacity.
We are working to improve our facilities in order to accommodate a greater number of students. DAS vision for the future is to continue developing pivotal programs designed to prevent the growing drop-out rates among our children, to deter gang violence, to increase financial literacy and to promote language and cultural competency.
We invite you to volunteer and continue supporting our efforts.