Archives for January 2015

Early ed leaders citywide convened this week at SCO/FirstStepNYC Leadership Institute.

“Responsibility” is the inspiration behind the mural our after-school artists are painting at Brooklyn’s PS/IS 41 as part of the Groundswell Community Mural Project

Becoming a Forever Family: Declan Redwood O’Hare’s Adoption Story

Redwood O'Hare Family Photo.Adoption Day: Making Their Tribe Complete

The excited buzz in the Kings County Courthouse was more noticeable than you would normally expect for the small group of New Yorkers hanging around a waiting room near Judge Robert Ross’ offices on the morning of April 10, 2014. When Declan Redwood O’Hare burst out of a nearby office and tore down the adjacent hallway, the preschooler was trailed by his laughing pint-sized clone and little brother, Arthur (“Arty”), sporting a dark blue sweater nearly identical in color to Declan’s miniature suit jacket and vest. While the significance of the day may have been lost on Declan, who would turn three the next day, the adults were fully aware of what a momentous occasion it was: Three years after a five-day-old Declan was first placed into their arms, longtime couple Hugo Redwood and Denis O’Hare would officially go from foster parents to legally-recognized dads, when Declan’s adoption was finalized that morning. [Read more…]

January is National Mentoring Month – Get Involved!

10917920_861082183942910_3570029354852771868_oCould you navigate through a twisting, turning, pitch-black tunnel using only your sense of touch? Our kids did just that in the “Touch Tunnel,” one of many cool exhibits enjoyed Saturday by participants in our Family Dynamics Mentoring Program at the Liberty Science Center. See more photos below!

January is National Mentoring Month – If you’d like to Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters, email us at

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SCO teens visited Washington, D.C. to kick off “Dream Big, Speak Out” in partnership with the New York Knicks, Garden of Dreams & Urban Word NYC

SCO Teens Visit Washington, D.C. with “Dream Big, Speak Out”

IMG_0720Fifteen students from SCO’s transfer high schools traveled to Washington, D.C. this week for the launch of “Dream Big, Speak Out,” a program created by the New York Knicks, Garden of Dreams and Urban Word NYC to inspire students to engage with and reflect on the African American experience.

New York Knicks Legend John Starks joined SCO’s teens on their action-packed day trip to the nation’s capital, which included an introduction to the program, a tour of Washington D.C.’s monuments and memorials, and a Langston Hughes-inspired dining experience and poetry reading at Busboys & Poets. See more photos below (click thumbnails to browse gallery)! [Read more…]

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