At Neighbors in Action, youth are central to our work of building safer and healthier neighborhoods. 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 focus on leadership development, social justice and media literacy, anti-violence, community mobilization, social-emotional learning, and college and career readiness.
Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.) is the youth branch of Save Our Streets Brooklyn. YO S.O.S. 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 end gun violence.
Justice Community Plus (JCP) connects young adults with work-readiness opportunities. The program provides work placement, vocational training, soft skills development, mentoring, civic engagement activities, and assistance with job searches and career planning. Participants range in age from 16-29 and are residents of Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy. NIA runs multiple JCP cohorts throughout the year.
Youth Program staff are available to lead free workshops for schools and youth groups in Central Brooklyn from September through May each year. If you are interested in visiting our site or bringing staff to your program, please complete the Workshop Request Form HERE.
Note: This form is closed during the summer months while we provide onsite programming to community youth.
Justice Community Plus will begin recruiting in February, 2019. The program is open to young people ages 16-29 who live in Crown Heights or Bed-Stuy and meet additional program criteria. To learn about JCP and complete an interest form, click HERE.
YO S.O.S. will begin recruiting again in May, 2019. The program is open to high school age youth who live or go to school in Brooklyn and are available during program hours for the full time period. To read more about YO S.O.S., go HERE.