Archives for October 2014

Goodbye and Good Luck, Gail!

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SCO staff gathered at the Glen Cove headquarters Thursday to honor departing Executive Director Gail B. Nayowith with gifts, flowers, lunch, two cakes (with SCO logos) and a staff newsletter dedicated to her accomplishments – along with many speeches and thank-yous for her four years of dedicated and visionary service.

“Gail took us into the future,” said Interim Executive Director Doug O’Dell. O’Dell lauded Gail’s respect for all aspects of SCO’s work – from administrative functions to programs. “She fought for us privately and publicly. She brought advocacy, respect, a great sense of humor and a great smile. And we love you for it.”  [Read more…]

Zombieland at The Christopher School

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Are you scared yet? You should be!

In honor of Halloween, The Christopher School turned into “Zombieland” yesterday – and everyone enjoyed a scary good time at the Bronx-based school and residence for youth with developmental disabilities.

Check out these spook-tacular photos! [Read more…]

SCO Family of Services Elects Lee Vance to Board of Directors

(October 28, 2014 – Glen Cove, NY)  SCO Family of Services, one of the oldest and largest human service nonprofits in New York, has named Lee Vance, a retired general partner at Goldman Sachs and the author of two financial thrillers, to the SCO Family of Services Board of Directors. Mr. Vance will assume his position on the Board immediately.

“As chair of the SCO Board of Directors, I am very pleased and proud to have Lee join our Board,” said SCO Board Chair Kelly L. Williams. “He brings financial and management expertise to our organization, along with compassion for the vulnerable New Yorkers we serve. His experience will help tremendously as we work to ensure SCO’s continued success as a leader in the nonprofit sector.” [Read more…]

Family Dynamics Mentoring Benefit Draws More Than 100 Supporters

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Family Dynamics Director Rick Gallwey (center) is joined by event hosts James Maher (left) and Jeremy Harper.

Ensuring a fun-filled year full of adventures for Family Dynamics mentors and mentees, more than 100 mentors, friends and supporters turned out to the 2014 Family Dynamics’ Youth Mentoring Program Benefit at Gilded Lily in Chelsea on October 23rd. Proceeds support the Mentoring Program’s annual activities, including monthly outings to recreational and cultural sites in New York City. The benefit was organized by the mentors, including event hosts James Maher, Katie Koh, Matt Sussman, Jeremy Harper.

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Who was that masked man? NY Knicks guard-forward Iman Shumpert joined kids from our Family Dynamics after-school program at the Knicks Launch Party recently.

SCO “Reads for the Record” to Celebrate Literacy

SophiaParents, staff and guests including Sophia Pappas, Executive Director of Early Childhood NYC Department of Education, read the children’s book Bunny Cakes to the kids at our four Early Childhood Education Centers yesterday as part of Read for the Record – a national campaign to celebrate literacy. Bunny Cakes, by bestselling author Rosemary Wells, features bunny siblings Max & Ruby as they attempt to create the perfect birthday cake for grandma.

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record annual literacy campaign started in 2006 and has mobilized millions of children and adults to participate in the largest shared reading experience in the country.

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Family Dynamics Mentoring Program builds relationships that matter

Jada and Ray 3 - editJada Wade was eight when she took her first field trip in Family Dynamics’ Mentoring Program. She was paired with volunteer Ray Siegel, a first-time mentor, and the two –now ages 11 and 30 – have been inseparable on every trip since.

Family Dynamics’ Mentoring Program matches 25 children in its school-based programs with adult professionals who accompany the young people on monthly outings to recreational and cultural sites in New York City. It gives the kids a chance to establish relationships with their mentors while enjoying new experiences. On Oct.23rd, SCO will hold the annual Youth Mentoring Program fundraiser at the Gilded Lily in Manhattan – please join us! [Read more…]

SCO Family of Services Announces Gail B. Nayowith to Step Down and Douglas O’Dell to Become Interim Executive Director 

NEW YORK – OCTOBER 10, 2014 – The SCO Family of Services Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Chief Program Officer Douglas O’Dell to serve as its Interim Executive Director, effective November 1st, 2014. The Board has formed a search committee and has engaged Korn Ferry to conduct a national search for the next Executive Director, which will begin immediately. After serving with distinction as SCO’s Executive Director for four years, Gail B. Nayowith began discussions with the Board during the summer about not renewing her contract and has been actively working with the Board to ensure a smooth transition.

“The Board wishes Gail great success in all her future endeavors,” said Board Chair Kelly L. Williams. “We appreciate her leadership during a period of extensive change and growth, and her commitment to achieving excellence in all that SCO does for the people we serve. I know she will be missed.” [Read more…]

Takiema Bunche Smith Named Director of Early Education Leadership Institute at SCO/FirstStepNYC

Experienced Educator to Lead City’s Institute created to expand and develop a pipeline of Early Childhood Education Leaders in NYC

TBS HeadshotTakiema Bunche Smith, a highly experienced early childhood educator, has been named the inaugural Director of the Early Education Leadership Institute at SCO/FirstStepNYC, an initiative created to develop and encourage opportunities for early education leaders across New York City. The Institute is based at SCO/FirstStepNYC, a year-old state-of-the-art early education program uniquely co-located at a K-8 public school, PS/IS 41 in Brownsville, Brooklyn. SCO/FirstStepNYC serves children six weeks to five years, and is a public-private partnership with SCO Family of Services, the NYC Department of Education, the NYC Administration for Children’s Services and other public and private funders.

Ms. Bunche Smith most recently served as Vice President, Education and Outreach at the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society, where she oversaw teacher professional development, educational programming and outreach at five Brooklyn preschools. She will assume her new position at the Leadership Institute in late October, 2014. She was awarded a “Bammy Award” in September, 2014 by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences, one of 25 educators and education professionals to receive the award across the U.S. [Read more…]

SCO Receives COA Reaccreditation

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