Mission

The mission of Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement is to build and strengthen underserved communities in Western Queens and to act as a catalyst for change.


As a community-based organization, we are committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all individuals regardless of their real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. In partnership with Planned Parenthood, Riis Settlement has developed a tool to help staff share consistent, healthy sexuality messages across our agency—this tool is called the Sexuality Guiding Principles (SGPs). The SGP document is a list of professional values about sexuality topics that are appropriate to share with participants, community members, and those we partner with. To view our SGPs, please click here