NYCPF FY 21 Annual Report - Report - Page 10
THE POLICE FOUNDATION WORKS TO STRENGTHEN COMMUNITIES BY
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE NYPD AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS,
INCLUDING YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS THE FIVE BOROUGHS.
The Police Foundation has a long history of working to bring the police and communities
together through increased dialogue and positive interactions. Strong relationships
between police officers and members of the community lay the groundwork to resolve
neighborhood concerns and enhance safety for all.
In 2020, the Foundation helped to launch 127 Penn in East New York, which is the home
of the first-of-its kind NYPD Community Center. The Foundation continues to fund
multiple programs at the Center to increase the services provided to the community
and expand 127 Penn’s role as a cornerstone of police and community relations.
Among the programs housed at 127 Penn is the Options Program which helps New York
City Youth build decision-making skills and access career-development opportunities.
Over 10,000 New Yorkers aged 14-18-years-old have participated in Options workshops
which use virtual reality technology to teach emotional intelligence and de-escalation
techniques that can be applied in real-life situations. In 2020, the program was expanded
to offer a pathway to career development through educational workshops that lead to
job training and placement opportunities with the Foundation’s partners.
Options really opened a new world of opportunity for me.
I have a new perspective on what is possible, not only in
my own life, but with my friends, with my neighborhood
and with my relationships with the police.
John N., Options Participant
Learn More at nycpolicefoundation.org/strengthen