Educators in a circles workshop
Educators in a circles workshop.

Our Vision & Mission

Morningside Center envisions human societies that are just, peaceful, environmentally sustainable, and truly democratic.  We pursue this vision every day in schools, working hand in hand with educators. Together, we create caring, productive, and equitable schools where students learn the skills they need to contribute to their communities—from the classroom to the world. For more about our work, see our latest Annual Report


Our History

Morningside Center was founded in 1982 by educators who saw that young people were key to a future without war and hatred.  Then they rolled up their sleeves and got to work in public schools. Find out more.


Our beliefs

  • No one is an island. Our well-being as individuals is inextricably linked with the well-being of our community and the world.
  • We all have gifts. We all have the capacity to listen, learn, care and act to make life better for ourselves and our community.
  • We are resilient. We can overcome old hurts, free ourselves from destructive habits, and tap our strengths.
  • It’s about relationships. With thoughtful, sustained, loving support, we can help young people develop the capacities and skills they need to thrive and to contribute to building a better world.

See all our beliefs and values


Our People

Morningside Center's skilled, stable, diverse, and friendly staff includes 30 per diem staff developers who bring our work into schools. Find out more here.

Our Board of Directors brings wide-ranging expertise and commitment to the organization. Find out more here


Our Funders

We are deeply grateful to the foundations that help support our work! Recent funders include:

  • Catherine & Joseph Aresty Foundation
  • Booth Ferris Foundation
  • Einhorn Family Charitable Trust
  • Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation
  • Long Island Community Fund
  • New York Community Trust
  • NoVo Foundation
  • Trinity Wall Street
  • Anonymous foundation