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Instead of traditional disciplinary measures, students participate in skill-building sessions and community service projects with officers from the 90th Police Precinct. The program builds on the tradition of NYPD initiatives including the Juvenile Robbery Intervention Program, which emphasizes accountability while providing the resources to support young people in developing into self-sufficient, thoughtful adults.
Students and officers participated in 10 weeks of interactive workshops and art-making sessions to develop their artistic vision and promote communication to learn from one another in an informal, positive setting.
Officers, students and community members worked together to plant a vibrant community garden in front of the 90th police precinct.
This garden is a true collaborative effort, and representative of the new, positive and long lasting bonds that have been forged over the first cohort of NYC Together.
Experiential Learning Activities
Experiential learning activities give students and officers the opportunity to experience physically challenging, culturally varied and intellectually stimulating activities together.
WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY
I learned and finally understood that cops are here to keep order and make sure we as the civilians, and as the community are safe. I learned that when they take off their uniform they live our struggle and they feel the same way we do.
I am not going to let anyone, including myself, prevent me from getting my education.
WHAT OUR OFFICERS SAY
As a police officer, we have roles, and the Together program transforms those roles into becoming some kids' role models. The program has also taught me better judgement: a simple action such as a wave or a high five are big actions.
I’ve always wanted to do something real, something long-term to bridge the gap, and this garden and this program is the beginning of that.
The Together program does exactly that, it brings us together with the community and most importantly the kids in the community. Being in the program I have learned how to interact with youth—as a police officer I have to respond to numerous jobs that involve young people, I can honestly say the program has taught me how to be more of a listener. I have also learned how important empathy is in my job. Some of the students live in challenging circumstances and I need to interact with young people recognizing that these challenges exist.