Neighbors in Action works to make the central Brooklyn neighborhoods of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant safer and healthier for all.
Neighbors in Action's services include:
As a walk-in community center on a busy street, Neighbors in Action is well-positioned to understand and address local concerns. By hosting Legal Hand, a program that trains local volunteers to provide legal information to their peers, Neighbors in Action enables hundreds of residents each year to receive assistance, resources, and referrals related to housing, education, benefits, community concerns, unemployment, and other legal issues. Neighbors in Action has also published two resource directories: one focused on the needs of people returning to the community after having been incarcerated, and one that lists general services including counseling, job training, and daycare.
Neighbors in Action offers workshops for schools, community-based organizations, and religious groups on a variety of topics including trauma, art and social change, gun violence prevention, conflict resolution, mediation, intercultural communication, and more.
Save Our Streets
Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) is a community-based effort to end gun violence. In Brooklyn, S.O.S. works within the neighborhoods of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant. S.O.S. works closely with local organizations, neighborhood faith leaders, community residents, and the individuals most likely to be involved in a shooting.
The S.O.S. staff prevent gun violence by mediating conflicts and acting as peer counselors to men and women who are at risk of perpetrating or being victimized by violence. S.O.S. works closely with neighborhood leaders and businesses to promote a visible and public message against gun violence, encouraging local voices to articulate that shooting is an unacceptable behavior.
Neighbors in Action provides a variety of educational and job readiness resources for participants. This includes the Justice Community Plus program which emphasizes soft-skills development, certification training, civic engagement, educational attainment, and job placement. Neighbors in Action also offers internships and working and learning opportunities with stipends to many participants to further their leadership skills and experience.
Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets
YO S.O.S. is the youth mobilization arm of S.O.S. The program empowers young people to become peer educators and community organizers around issues of violence, trauma, and conflict mediation. Participants develop fundamental leadership skills including public speaking, group facilitation, networking, problem-solving, event planning, and campaign implementation. Participants who successfully complete the program receive community service hours, a stipend, and assistance securing summer internships and jobs. YO S.O.S. meets twice weekly throughout the school year and is available to youth ages 14-18. YO S.O.S. also organizes annual multimedia anti-violence campaigns which have included collaborations with numerous arts-based organizations including Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, Urban Art Beat, Urban Arts Partnership, and Urban Word NYC.
Make It Happen
Make It Happen is a program for young men of color between the ages of 16 and 24 who have been negatively impacted by community violence. The program provides supportive services to participants who are dealing with trauma. Make It Happen is a trauma-informed and culturally competent program that provides mentorship, intensive case management, clinical interventions and supportive group workshops.