Launched in 2018, the Options Program (Options) is a partnership between the New York City Police Foundation (NYCPF) and the New York City Police Department (NYPD), which helps New York City youth build decision-making skills and access career-development opportunities through a series of workshops, training programs, and internships.
Emotional Intelligence and Discussion Making Skills
Scenario-based training workshops use virtual reality (VR) technology to promote collaborative discussions on how to apply emotional intelligence and deescalation techniques to real-life situations such as cyber-bullying, hate crimes, guns, and gangs. Scenarios were conceptualized by Options participants, who provided insight and crucial feedback to developers.
Health and Wellness Workshop
In partnership with Montefiore Medical Center, Stevenson High School, and the NYPD Crisis Intervention Trainers, the Options team is expanding the EQ curriculum into a broad-based community wellness campaign.
Young people will learn fundamentals about emotional, social, and physical wellness. In addition to personal wellness, students will work on community projects including “wellness days” and the development of a communications campaign to raise awareness throughout the Bronx.
Financial Wellness Workshop
All Options Fundamentals scholars participate in a one or two-day Financial Management workshop. Content experts participate as guest speakers and engage young people in interactive discussions that emphasize the concept of “health is wealth,” with a focus on budgets, building credit and avoiding debt traps, banking, investing, and intergenerational wealth.