CFL students and staff rally to save after-school programs

 

DSC_0932Staff and families from SCO’s Center for Family Life in Sunset Park joined a crowd of community members who rallied at Brooklyn Borough Hall on April 23rd, calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to fund 17 after-school programs in high-need neighborhoods that would be forced to close this summer unless the mayor allocates additional funding.   Center for Family Life programs based at PS94 and PS169 in Sunset Park, are among the six Brooklyn programs in jeopardy. [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.

Holiday Offers from Local Co-ops Developed by SCO’s Center for Family Life

Our Center for Family Life’s Co-operative Development Program has been developing local worker-owned co-operatives since 2006. The co-ops we’ve incubated are allied together as the Co-operatives United for Sunset Park (CUSP) to share ideas to mutually support and strengthen each other and the community. As the Holidays are upon us, think of our members for your cleaning, childcare, elder care, dog walking and pet care needs. A gift certificate for our services makes a great present! [Read more…]

Calling All Community Based Organizations: Learn More About the NYC Worker Cooperative Development Initiative

L to R: Angelina Cazares of Golden Steps Elder Care Co-op, and Daniela Salazar and Yasmin Gonzalez of Si Se Puede. (Courtesy of Beverly Judge)

L to R: Angelina Cazares of Golden Steps Elder Care Co-op, and Daniela Salazar and Yasmin Gonzalez of Si Se Puede. (Courtesy of Beverly Judge)

SCO Family of Services’ 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 2 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 City Council, CFL will provide 12 months of training and technical assistance to selected organizations looking to incubate worker cooperatives in their communities.

If you would like to learn more about this Initiative, please take a look at our RFP for NYC Worker Coop Initiative 2014-2015. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 14, 2014.

CFL & Golden Steps meet with City Council Speaker’s office

SCO’s Center for Family Life and members of the “Golden Steps” worker cooperative met Thursday with staff from City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s office to discuss CFL’s implementation of initiatives funded by the Council for FY15 to incubate worker cooperatives in low-income NYC neighborhoods and develop new cooperatives in Brooklyn’s immigrant communities. [Read more…]

CFL’s “Life Lines” Visual Arts Troupe “Capturing Memories” in New Mural

Standing (L-R): CFL Visual Arts Specialist Jack Rivas; participants Leeandrew Huertas, Stephanie Yu, David Sanchez and Freddy Villanueva. Kneeling (L-R): Participants Adrianna Hung Qin and Jai Wen Mei; staff member James Filsaime. Not pictured participants: Antonio Toro and Darwin Tapia.

Center for Family Life’s “Life Lines” Visual Arts Troupe had the opportunity to present a piece of artwork at the Dedalus Foundation Gallery in Sunset Park’s Industry City on August 14th. High school students worked collaboratively to research ideas, draft images and ultimately create the 8′ x 4′ canvas mural, which depicts a family looking out over Sunset from the vantage point of the park. The mural, titled “Capturing Memories,” depicts students, their families and images along the horizon, representing the Sunset Park community.

“The park symbolizes family, togetherness and memories,” said Stephanie Yu, one of the students. “Sunset Park is a tight-knit community and the mural was created to represent that closeness.” [Read more…]

SCO’s Center for Family Life Celebrates a Summer of Service

5 DYCD Summer of Service 14On August 7, the 64th Street Community Garden welcomed elementary school students from PS 503 and 506 to celebrate the conclusion of Center for Family Life’s 2014 DYCD Summer of Service program. For the past four years, the Summer of Service program has engaged youth and parents by creating opportunities for family members to get involved by harvesting crops and participating in learning activities that promote healthy nutrition and support a vibrant outdoor life. [Read more…]

Meet CFL Program Director Omar Roberts

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OST @ PS 971 Program Director Omar Roberts (right) has been involved in CFL since attending summer camp at age six.

Omar Roberts was six years old when he first came to SCO’s Center for Family Life as a camper at the Beacon at PS 503/506, which was formerly PS 314. It was an auspicious start: Over the next nearly three decades, the Sunset Park-based program became a huge part of his life – and Roberts became a significant part of CFL as he followed a path from camper to counselor, group leader, program supervisor – eventually becoming Director of the PS 971 Out-of-School Time (OST) program, overseeing one of the same summer and after-school programs that were his first introduction to CFL.

“I get to come in every day to do the work I love with the people I love most,“ Roberts said in early July as camp got underway at the Beacon Center in PS 503/506. The love is clearly mutual. All around him, young campers shouted “Omar!”  when they saw him. “I get to serve my own community, give back to the neighborhood and the people I grew up with. What other job gives you that?” [Read more…]

CFL 9th Annual Sister Mary Geraldine Symposium

Center for Family Life’s 9th Annual Mary Geraldine Symposium took place on June 10. The topic of this year’s event was Building Community Alliances for Food Justice, focusing our discussion on issues related to equitable access to healthy food in low-income urban communities. The event began with an inspiring keynote address by Karen Washington, urban farmer and social justice activist, who has been a tireless advocate for food justice in her Bronx community. Later, a panel discussion featuring Patrick Curtin from Food Bank for NYC, Kady Ferguson from the Brooklyn Food CoalitionAnna Hammond, from the Sylvia CenterPaula Lukats from Just Food, and John Kixmiller64th Street Community Garden Coordinator and former CFL Beacon program director. [Read more…]

SCO’s Center for Family Life launches Trusty Amigos Pet Care Cooperative

Members of Trusty Amigos

Members of Trusty Amigos

The Trusty Amigos Pet Care Cooperative – New York City’s newest worker co-op – is officially launching its citywide dog walking and pet care service, starting with a meet-and-greet with the cooperative members from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the flagpole in Sunset Park closest to the entrance at 41st and 6th Ave.

The cooperative welcomes the public to stop by, ask questions, get information about rates and services, and enjoy refreshments. Dogs from Sean Casey shelter will be available for adoption during the event. [Read more…]

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