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Happy Thanksgiving

from Futures and Options!


All of us at Futures and Options wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to our wonderful business and school partners, our generous supporters and volunteers, and of course, our inspiring students, alumni and their families.  We are incredibly grateful to you for your help making Futures and Options one of the most effective and successful youth career development programs in New York City.  You make Futures and Options possible -- thank you! 



Support Futures and Options on #GivingTuesday



It’s the season for giving, whether it’s giving thanks or giving presents from your discount shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but don’t forget about giving back!

Next Tuesday, December 1, is #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated worldwide to giving back and supporting organizations working to make a difference. On this year’s Giving Tuesday, Futures and Options would be thrilled to be your charity of choice. No gift is too small, and every gift goes a long way!

Your tax-deductible charitable contribution can help more New York City youth reach their greatest potential. To learn more about ways to give to Futures and Options, click here.

Help us spread the word by joining the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter and tagging Futures and Options, @FAONYC, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram!

Thank you for considering a donation to Futures and Options and for your wonderful support throughout the year!



Futures and Options Welcomes New Program Coordinator



Alissa joined the Futures and Options' team in November 2015. Prior to joining Futures and Options, Alissa was the affiliate relations manager at Dress for Success Worldwide, an international organization dedicated to helping women achieve economic independence. Before moving to New York City, Alissa spent eight years in the Washington, D.C. area pursuing her educational and professional goals. In D.C., she held positions with several nonprofits, gaining experience in volunteer management and youth civic engagement. Alissa also spent summer 2014 at the Seeds of Peace summer camp in Otisfield, Maine. In addition to enjoying the beauty and serenity of the camp's environment, she facilitated dialogue sessions with high school students, focusing on issues surrounding identity, stereotypes, and conflict as well as creating change in their communities.

“I am thrilled to be part of the Futures and Options' team. In only three short weeks, I have witnessed the tremendous impact Futures and Options programming has on New York City youth,” Alissa said. “The experience and dedication of every staff member, combined with our students’ motivation and enthusiasm to learn, inspires me to do my best as a program coordinator on a daily basis. In this position, I look forward to applying my previous facilitation and youth empowerment experience and encouraging Futures and Options participants to strive for greatness in whatever career path they choose.”

After growing up in New Jersey, Alissa attended George Mason University for both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees. She received a B.A. in Government and International Politics with a minor in Nonprofit Studies and an M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Through her graduate studies, as Alissa’s passion for helping others grew, she honed her skills in facilitation and narrative mediation. Alissa is thrilled to be working with Futures and Options and looks forward to supporting students in discovering their own passions and achieving success.

You can reach Alissa via email.








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