Archives for March 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chirlane McCray to Launch Early Childhood Initiative at SCO/FirstStepNYC

Update: Click here for our recap of the event.

THE CITY OF NEW YORK

OFFICE OF THE MAYOR

NEW YORK, NY 10007

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:pressoffice@cityhall.nyc.gov, (212) 788-2958

 

**Media Advisory**

 

WEDNESDAY: FIRST LADY CHIRLANE MCCRAY AND SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON JOINTLY LAUNCH NEW YORK CITY EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES

 

NEW YORK – On Wednesday, First Lady Chirlane McCray will team up with Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to jointly launch New York City’s Talk to Your Baby public awareness campaign and toolkit distribution, and the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small To Fail Community Campaign Guide at SCO Family of Services’ FirstStepNYC Child Development Center. [Read more…]

PRESS RELEASE: 5th Annual SCO/Family Dynamics Art Auction & Cocktail Party

Art Evite 2015FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Press Contact:  Sharman Stein, Director of Communications
sstein@sco.org, (718) 797-3068

 

Brooklyn, New York – The 5th Annual SCO/Family Dynamics Art Auction & Cocktail Party will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28th at Site/109, 109 Norfolk St., in Manhattan. The auction’s Honorary Artist Chair is contemporary artist Harif Guzman of New York. Harif’s early years in his father’s print shop and roots in street art, collage and mechanical reproduction continue to inspire and inform his transformation from “street-smart skate punk” to acclaimed contemporary painter and mixed media artist. Guzman has created an original painting for the Auction entitled “Death Divorce Debt.”

 

In addition to Guzman, whose work has a worldwide following, and has been featured at The Whitney Museum of Art, the other talented artists whose works will be auctioned off include: Ryan Keeley, Richard Phillips, Alison Jackson, Ron Diorio, Robert Szot, Deborah Brown, Erik Parker, Clayton Calvert, Andrew Fladeboe, Eric Demarchelier, Patricia Avellan, Ashley Woodson Bailey, Georgia Elrod, J Grabowski, Ann Jackson, Richard Jacobs, Anthony Kiernen, Glenn Paul Smith, Ross Watts and Brian Pearson.

 

The Art Auction supports Family Dynamics’ after-school art programming, which provides art instruction for children and teens in high-need communities throughout Central Brooklyn. To date, students have created striking self-portraits, mixed media and collage style landscapes, sculptures and stagecraft all with discarded materials. As their contribution to the Auction, students will create and donate for auction a large mixed media portrait of President Barack Obama made of fabric, beads and other nonconventional materials provided in partnership with Materials for the Arts. [Read more…]

Center for Family Life Celebrating Community

FirstStepNYC hosts the New York City College of Technology Nursing Dept. for community health event

FirstStepNYC hosts CityTech Nurses for community health event

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Seeking to raise awareness for two major health concerns facing children and families in Brownsville – uncontrolled asthma and childhood obesity – the New York City College of Technology Nursing Department and representatives from Brookdale and Kings County hospitals Tuesday held a community meeting at SCO/FirstStepNYC, an early childhood education center co-located at PS/IS 41.

Participants included FirstStep parents; representatives from the Nurse-Family Partnership, Parent-Child Home Program,  the offices of NYS Assembly Member Latrice Walker and Council Member Inez Barron; P.S./I.S. 41 Principal Therese Siegel; and SCO staff, including AED Chanda Hill, AED Maureen Angliss and Family Dynamics Director Rick Gallwey. Under discussion: The need for early education, youth and community health program partnerships and a proposal by CityTech nurses to turn neighboring empty factories into community health resources, including a Boys and Girls Club, medical center and neighborhood recreation center. [Read more…]

ANNOUNCEMENT: NYC Worker Cooperative Development Initiative

The Center for Family Life (CFL) has been incubating worker cooperatives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn for the past eight years. We have seen how our work has helped empower our community by supporting cooperative members in their quest for fair wages and dignified employment through their cooperative businesses. In the last 3 years we have been helping other community based organizations develop worker cooperatives through our NYC Worker Cooperative Development Initiative. With the generous support of the New York Women’s Foundation, CFL will provide 6 months of training and technical assistance to selected organizations planning to incubate worker cooperatives in their communities.

 

If you would like to learn more about this Initiative, please take a look at our Request for Proposal. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 15, 2015.

Baby & Me Playgroups

SCO Taft Academy Conference

Nearly 200 staff members from our five campuses for youth with special needs attended the first SCO Taft Academy conference in March for a robust panel discussion and professional development activities. Through Taft, our staff are improving outcomes for children and youth with special needs by enhancing their skills and performance through Taft’s educational and professional development opportunities, and establishing a culture of performance excellence through consistent practice and interdisciplinary approaches.

Participants attended from the schools and residences at Robert J. McMahon Children’s Center/Tyree Learning Center, Ottilie RTF/Theresa Paplin School, Madonna Heights RTF & School, The Christopher School and Westbrook Preparatory School. The SCO Taft Academy is made possible by the generous support of the Taft Foundation. [Read more…]

Dream Big, Speak Out Open Mic Event

“About My Black”, “Unlucky Number 8” and “The Last Fight” were just a few of the poems our transfer school students recited March 2nd at the 1st Annual Dream Big, Speak Out Open Mic Event at the famous Nuyorican Poets Café. The students have been participating in Dream Big, Speak Out – a program created by the New York Knicks,Garden of Dreams Foundation and Urban Word NYC – designed to celebrate the African American Experience.

Watch video highlights from the performance and check out photos from the event below (click thumbnails to view gallery)!

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Reciting their original poetry, our transfer school students wowed the crowd at the Dream Big Speak Out Open Mic Event at the famous Nuyorican Poets Café.

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