NYC United Way of New York City, New York Giants, Verizon launch character education program for students

As part of their 23-year partnership supporting New York City youth, United Way of New York City (UWNYC) and the New York Giants have reteamed to launch Character Playbook with the support of Verizon (NYSE: VZ) (NASDAQ: VZ), the company said.

The new interactive online course, focused on helping students develop character and cultivate and maintain healthy relationships, is powered by education technology leader EverFi and will serve thousands of middle school students each year in 20 schools across New York City.

The company said approximately 68 percent of young people between the ages of 12 and 18 have experienced some form of relationship abuse, and these experiences can negatively impact lifelong rational development. Character Playbook offers learning modules that help students develop healthy social-emotional skill sets.

United Way of New York City (UWNYC) has partnered with government, corporations and community-based organizations for nearly 80 years to serve low-income New Yorkers. UWNYC´s collective impact approach enables the diagnosis of neighborhood challenges and the design of solutions to expand education, financial stability and health opportunities.

New York Giants is a franchise of the National Football League, headquartered at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, NJ.

Verizon Communications Inc. headquartered in New York City, generated nearly USD132 billion in 2015 revenues, offering 113.2 million retail connections nationwide.

EverFi, Inc. is an education technology company that empowers K-12, higher education, and adult learners with a skills platform focused on financial education, digital citizenship, stem career readiness, diversity and inclusion, entrepreneurship, character education and health and wellness.