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

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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…]

WSJ Donor of the Day: Alexandra Alger Boosts Arts in Family Dynamics Program


In Brooklyn, Putting Arts in Mix When School Ends

Donor of the Day: Alexandra Alger Boosts Visual Arts in the Family Dynamics After-School Program


April 27, 2014 9:31 p.m. ET

Alexandra AlgerEverything good about an arts education for children—fueling personal expression, improving cognitive development and having fun—is what Alexandra Alger wanted for her own children.

Turns out, she also wanted it for children living just a few miles from her in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.

About six years ago, a friend encouraged Ms. Alger to check out the after-school programming provided by Family Dynamics, an initiative of the SCO Family of Services, a Brooklyn-based organization that provides a variety of social and occupational services to help some of Brooklyn’s neediest people. [Read more…]

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