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…]

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…]

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 coffice@sco.org.

Find out more: http://sco.org/2014-mentoring-benefit/ [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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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…]

Family Dynamics Cornerstone Community Centers Thriving

DSC_0383_editThis year, Family Dynamics opened two Cornerstone Community Centers in Brooklyn – Stuyvesant Gardens in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Albany Community Center in Crown Heights. Both have become focal points for families living in the area.

The Centers are currently holding summer camps for children 5-12 years old. The two camps serve 126 kids and run through the end of August, when they will hold year-end celebrations to highlight what they have accomplished and learned. Each day is packed with activities for the young campers like reading, art, recreation and computers that keep them active and engaged. They also go on a variety of field trips throughout the summer to museums, parks and other fun places where they get to see and experience new things.

“We try to plant words of inspiration in the children,” says Stuyvesant Gardens Program Director Tashia King. “Parents have told me their kids come home saying ‘I’m a leader.’” [Read more…]

Governor Cuomo Awards SCO Grant for After-School Programs

BK Live Features SCO Program Directors: Julia Jean-Francois and Rick Gallwey

BK Live 5/6/14: Foster Care segment from Brooklyn Independent Media on Vimeo.

Julia Jean-Francois (SCO’s Center for Family Life, Sunset Park), Rick Gallwey (SCO’s Family Dynamics Program, Bed-Stuy), Shijuade Kadree (Staff Attorney, Brooklyn Defender Services – Family Defense Practice), Gittel Kagan-Follman (Director of Social Work, Brooklyn Defender Services – Family Defense Practice) discuss foster care in Brooklyn.
Original air date: May 6, 2014

2014 Family Dynamics Art Auction A Great Success

FD art auction 1The 4th Annual SCO Family Dynamics Art Auction was a huge success! Thanks to our wonderful supporters and all the artists who donated their work, last night’s benefit raised a record amount and will help us to expand after-school arts programming in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick and Brownsville. Thanks, everyone! [Read more…]

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