At Neighbors in Action, youth are central to our work of building safer and healthier neighborhoods. The NIA Youth Center is a hub for youth-led social change through organizing, collective healing, creative design, and skill building in Central Brooklyn.

Youth Programs staff engage young people through school and community-based workshops, internships opportunities, and on-site programming during the school year and summer months. These initiatives include:

  • Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.) which gathers young people who have been exposed to violence and who want to make social change, and trains them to become peer educators and community organizers in the movement to build safer, healthier neighborhoods.

  • Media Arts Internships which connect young adults with media making opportunities to foster self expression, community change, and transferable skills for the work world.

  • Youth In Charge, which provides an opportunity for young people who have completed prior Youth Center programming to take on additional leadership roles at the Center and in the community at large.

  • Identity-based groups that foster healing, solidarity, and pride, and create spaces for shared learning, celebration, and support.

  • Community events to embrace joy as resistance, share resources, raise awareness about community issues, and gather local youth for fun and safe activities.

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For more information, please contact Edward McWilliams at