What is OTA?

Operation Turn Around (OTA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to provide creative solutions for issues affecting underserved and disenfranchised communities within New York City. We design tools and support necessary to overcome these issues through a number of programs targeting children and young adults.

About Us

Operation Turn Around consists of volunteers, professionals, students and concerned members of the community driven by the need to bring about positive change. OTA started in the Steuben/Parkhill section of Staten Island and conveniently meets in Stapleton, with the idea of service at a grassroots level. Our members include residents of New York's five boroughs as well as supporters from across the globe.

Since 2009, OTA has been providing youth an array of culturally diverse educational opportunities, such as neighborhood revitalization projects, intramural sporting events and youth empowerment circles along with options to create their own community initiatives. We have introduced hundreds to the power and voice afforded plays on Broadway and conducted several financial literacy and employment development workshops. We have received NY1 News' "Staten Islanders of the Month" award as well as recognition from NY Daily News, Staten Island Advance and SI Live for our services and dedication to the NYC community.

OTA seeks to provide a fun, safe environment where kids have the freedom to be themselves and feel inspired to reach their goals. We want to equip young people with real-life skills and the confidence required to overcome adversity. Our goal is to change people's attitudes, help them to see opportunities that exist, get them to make better decisions in pursuing those opportunities and take their friends and family with them. Then we will have built a community of leaders, sharing ideas, energy and respect with the next generation.

You can become a member too!

OTA Membership is the perfect way to participate, stay active and give back; you can even personalize your own initiatives.

Become a Member, Donate or Get Involved today!

OTA is a non-profit organization funded through individual donations. EVERY contribution makes a difference.

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