SCO Family of Services Expands Programs for Children and Families in Brownsville

August 31, 2017, Brooklyn, NY – SCO Family of Services, a leading provider of social services, announced the creation and expansion of a variety of programs and services to help children and families living in Brownsville, Brooklyn. SCO has partnered with community organizations, government agencies, and private foundations to launch new early childhood programs, parenting support programs, and community-wide initiatives to improve outcomes and help the community’s children and families thrive.

The focus on Brownsville is part of SCO’s strategic plan of deepening its roots in targeted communities – ensuring access to the full mix of its programs and services while building provider networks to meet the diverse needs of the community.

“We are proud of the important work we are doing in Brownsville and our ongoing commitment to the children, parents, and families in this community,” said Douglas O’Dell, Executive Director of SCO Family of Services. “With the support of our community and government partners, we are bringing resources and opportunity where it is most needed.”

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SCO/Family Dynamics Beacon Center Wins NYC Council Award for Gymnasium Refurbishment

July 24, 2017 – Brooklyn, NY – Thanks to funding from the New York City Council, the gymnasium at our MS 35 Family Dynamics Beacon Center will be completely refurbished. The award was part of the Participatory Budgeting process that engages the community in deciding how to spend a portion of the public budget. Led by Beacon Director Tony Melendez and 14 middle school Beacon participants, this collaborative effort engaged youth from the Beacon Youth Advisory Council in the voting process. Youth were assigned to help at voting sites throughout the district and help spread the word about the importance of community input. They received poll site training and a small stipend each time they helped out at a poll site.

Congratulations, Graduates!

June 30, 2017 – Glen Cove, NY – Graduations, Award Ceremonies, End-of-Year Performances…there was much to celebrate at SCO as the school year came to a close! Here are a few highlights:

Dreams became reality for the graduates of our three transfer high schools for over age, under-credited students: Bronx Arena High School, East Brooklyn Community High School and North Queens Community High School. The Class of 2017 received their Regents diplomas after overcoming obstacles and at times, self-doubt – persevering through hard work and determination.

Our Westbrook Preparatory School for teens with high functioning Autism celebrated the graduation of three youth who have become role models for their peers.

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Building Leaders at Family Dynamics After School Program

March 23, 2017 – Brooklyn, NY   Students from our Family Dynamics East New York Middle School of Excellence (ENYMSE) After School Program have been participating in a leadership series, “Love Thy Self,” designed to build confidence and foster self-expression while developing connections with peers and staff.  The theme for this year’s “Love Thy Self” Leadership Series was “The Path to Success.”

Throughout the year, activities have focused on what it takes to be successful as individuals, as a school and within the community as well as the planning that is required to get there.  The program culminated in a weekend leadership retreat at the Fresh Air Fund’s Camp Mariah in the Hudson Highlands.

Activities at the retreat, which included a Low Ropes Building Course, a Setting Goals Workshop and Community Dance, emphasized planning, team building and self-expression. Students loved the experience of spending time away from the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn and the trip included firsts for many – like hiking, roasting marshmallows and sleeping in a cabin. Staff at ENYMSE plan to make the trip an annual event.

Family Dynamics Goes to Ellis Island

Our friends at Garden of Dreams and the New York Rangers treated the children from SCO Family Dynamics’ after school program at MS 35 to a fun and educational trip to Ellis Island. The kids boarded the ferry and were transported back in time to 1920, where each was given the identity of an immigrant arriving at Ellis Island. The hands-on history lesson was led by the incredible Park Rangers as well as our own NY Rangers: Chris Kreider and Oscar Lindberg along with alumni Dave Maloney and Tom Laidlaw.   The amazing trip was part of the Garden of Dreams’ ‘Show Kids New York’ program.

Many thanks to the Garden of Dreams, the staff at Ellis Island, and the New York Rangers for hosting this fantastic experience for our children.

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Racing to Success: Our Beacon Center’s New STEM Racing Club

Using slot car racing as a fun, hands-on learning tool, our Family Dynamics Beacon Center‘s new STEM Racing Club gives middle school students at MS 35 in Bed-Stuy an accelerated course in science, technology, engineering and math.

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Family Dynamics Art Auction Most Successful Ever!

Family Dynamics’ 6th Annual Benefit Art Auction & Reception Raises Record Funds for After School Arts Programs for Brooklyn Youth

More than 250 New York art enthusiasts contribute more than $146,000 to Brooklyn nonprofit

invite image onlyNEW YORK, NY (May 3, 2016) – More than 250 local art lovers gathered at 91 Horatio in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 for the 6th Annual Family Dynamics Benefit Art Auction & Reception to raise awareness and funds for Family Dynamics’ after school art programs. In its highest-grossing year to date, the event raised more than $146,000 for the nonprofit, which serves children and families in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Bushwick, Crown Heights and East New York neighborhoods.

The evening’s silent and live auctions featured artwork donated by 30 New York-based contemporary artists. Among the artists in attendance was Honorary Artist Chair, Vadis Turner, whose mixed media piece, entitled “Vessel and Smoke,” fetched the highest bid of the night. A fun and engaging paddle raise at the end of the live auction alone raised more than $10,000, which will go directly toward funding a year’s worth of art supplies and program materials. [Read more…]

2015 Holiday Cheer at SCO

Thank you to the many, many SCO supporters and friends who donated thousands of gifts, organized holiday celebrations or otherwise supported the children, youth, adults, families and communities we serve during this special time of year. Below is just a sample of the overwhelming generosity shown toward New Yorkers in need during this season of giving. [Read more…]

SCO/Family Dynamics supporters raised critical funds at 5th Annual FD Art Auction

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Some 200 art-loving supporters celebrated the SCO/Family Dynamics 5th Annual Art Auction & Cocktail Party on April 28th at Site/109 in Manhattan. The successful sale of 26 pieces of artwork by local and nationally-renowned artists at live and silent auctions raised critical funds for SCO/Family Dynamics’ after-school art programming, which serves hundreds of children and teens in high-need communities throughout Central Brooklyn. [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…]

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