Neighbors in Action creates opportunities for young people to develop leadership experience and transferable work readiness skills through arts and media creation, community organizing, collective healing activities, and individualized coaching sessions.

Youth Interns are paid members of the NIA Youth Center and often contribute to programming by co-facilitating workshops, presenting to visiting groups, and organizing community events. They are also assigned administrative tasks and social media marketing projects, help maintain the office, and canvass the surrounding neighborhood to share resources.

NIA has a strong history of using arts as a catalyst for community building and youth engagement. Previous NIA interns have engaged in a variety of arts and media projects including creating hip-hop songs and music videos; documentary films, a photo gallery; a podcast; print and digital magazines and graphic novels; spoken word videos; murals; t-shirt designs; theater performances; storefront business window displays; and have helped promote and curate an annual gallery show.

In 2019, the NIA Youth Center began developing a multimedia arts and technology lab to increase our capacity for cutting edge creative programming. In the lab, youth have created a print and digital magazine, learned dj-ing and music production, and used Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and In Design to create graphic design projects for social change. The lab is also open during weekdays for young people to work independently on creative projects or use the public computers in support of their education and career goals.

For more information about internships, the media lab, and arts and technology opportunities at NIA, contact Edward:

Edward McWilliams
Youth Programs Coordinator
Office: 718-773-6886 Ext: 3606
Cell: 646-975-1440