Independent Youth

Launching Successful Young Adults

SCO Family of Services supports the academic achievement of young people in all of our programs and we help with college, career preparation and employment and life skills development. We work with young people to create strong connections to family, community and caring adults. We pay special attention to disconnected and at-risk youth who are homeless, court-involved, LGBTQ, aging out of foster care and young parents. Brochure

High Schools

Transfer High Schools

SCO’s three Transfer High Schools combine a quality academic experience, individualized attention and intensive support services to promote academic success among young people who have been truant or are not on track to graduate. In partnership with the NYC Department of Education, SCO’s Transfer High Schools are committed to helping students earn their Regents diploma, pursue higher education and discover their leadership potential. Family and community engagement, internship opportunities and state-of-the-art technology tools are hallmarks of our innovative and successful Transfer High Schools.

Bronx Arena High School  1440 Story Avenue, Bronx, NY 718.860.5056  Brochure
East Brooklyn Community High School  9517 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY 718.927.6880   Brochure
North Queens Community High School  141-25 77th Road, Queens, NY 718.380.1480  Brochure

Residential Schools

Westbrook Preparatory School

Westbrook Preparatory School is the first residential New York State Regents junior/senior high school for students with Asperger syndrome, high functioning autism and related conditions who require intensive support in a year-round school setting. Westbrook offers a therapeutic, residential experience integrated with an academic program individually attuned to each student’s unique strengths and challenges. We teach these promising students independence while preparing them for post-secondary education, employment and life in the community. Brochure

Visit the Westbrook Prep Website

231 St. Brigid’s Lane, Westbury, NY 516.338.5280

Madonna Heights School

This New York State Regents junior/senior high school provides a therapeutic educational environment for adolescent girls who are struggling in their community school or live on the Madonna Heights campus at our Group Residence or Residential Treatment Facility. Day students are referred by their local school district. Brochure

151 Burrs Lane, Dix Hills, NY 631.643.8800

The Christopher School

The Christopher School is a New York State certified special education school that provides a therapeutic and residential setting for children with developmental disabilities who require 24-hour supervision and who have been placed, or are at risk of being placed, in residential schools outside New York State. With the right combination of support, guidance and care, the children are able to participate in a safe and integrated educational environment. Located in the Bronx, the school allows the children to maintain close contact with their families and communities. When the youth reaches 21 years of age, SCO provides a smooth transition to a carefully chosen adult placement.

1250 E 229th Street, Bronx, NY 718.405.7060

Tyree Learning Center

The Tyree Learning Center is a New York State certified special education school that was created to accommodate the needs of the children and adolescents with developmental disabilities who reside at The Robert J. McMahon Children’s Center in Nassau County, Long Island. Small class sizes and student-centered instruction tailor each student’s education to his/her individual needs and abilities.

Park and Downing Avenues, Sea Cliff, NY 516.671.0501

Theresa Paplin School

The Theresa Paplin School is a non-diploma bound, New York State certified special education school that serves adolescents and young adults who are dually diagnosed with a serious emotional disturbance as well as a developmental disability. Students live at our Ottilie Residential Treatment Facility or attend as day students referred by New York City Department of Education school districts. The school teaches functional, academic and vocational skills based on each individual’s abilities.

85-70 148th Street, Briarwood, NY 718.658.8180

Youth Services

After-School

Our after-school programs for elementary, middle and high school students include academic enrichment, homework assistance and weekly instruction in creative/visual arts, performing arts, literacy, and recreation. Weekly “club” discussion groups provide team-building, conflict resolution, and social learning activities.

Center for Family Life provides after-school programs at the following schools:

Sunset Park High School – 153 35th Street, Brooklyn, NY 718.840.1620
PS 1 – 309 47th Street, Brooklyn, NY 718.492.2619
PS 94 – 5010 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 917.503.4759
PS 503/506 – 333 60th Street, Brooklyn, NY 718.439.5986
PS 169 – 4305 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 718.972.1079
PS 971 – 6214 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 718.765.4630
MS 136/821 – 4004 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 718.788.3500

Family Dynamics runs after-school programs at the following schools:

PS 81 – 990 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 718.602.6082
PS 5 – 820 Hancock Street, Brooklyn, NY 718.443.8527
East New York Middle School of Excellence – 605 Shepherd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 718.345.4103
Family Dynamics Beacon Community Center – MS 35 – 272 MacDonough Street, Brooklyn, NY 718.453.7004
Cornerstone – Albany Community Center – 164 Troy Avenue, Brooklyn, NY   718.363.2476
Cornerstone – Stuyvesant Gardens – 214 Stuyvesant Avenue, Brooklyn, NY   718.455.3069

Summer Programs

Summer programs offering academic enrichment, recreation and cultural activities are provided to elementary, middle and high school youth through our Center for Family Life and Family Dynamics programs.

Center for Family Life provides summer programs at the following schools:

Sunset Park High School – 153 35th Street, Brooklyn, NY 718.673.5269
PS 971 – 6214  4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 718.436.5986
PS 1 – 309 47th Street, Brooklyn, NY 718.492.2619
PS 169 – 4305 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 718.972.1079
PS 503/506 – 333 60th Street, Brooklyn, NY 718.436.5986

Family Dynamics provides summer programs at the following schools:

PS 81 – 990 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 718.602.6082
PS 5 – 820 Hancock Street, Brooklyn, NY 718.443.8527
East New York Middle School of Excellence – 605 Shepherd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 718.345.4103
Family Dynamics Beacon Community Center – MS 35 – 272 MacDonough Street, Brooklyn, NY 718.453.7004
Cornerstone – Albany Community Center – 164 Troy Avenue, Brooklyn, NY   718.363.2476
Cornerstone – Stuyvesant Gardens – 214 Stuyvesant Avenue, Brooklyn, NY   718.455.3069

School Day Enrichment

Life Lines Center for Family Life’s Life Lines Community Arts Project promotes individual growth and leadership development by incorporating dance, theatre, music, visual arts, and creative writing. The program is offered at the following schools during the school year and in the summer:

Sunset Park High School – 153 35th Street, Brooklyn, NY 718.840.1620
MS 136/821 – 4004 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 718.788.3500

Sunset Park High School Advisory Partnership Sunset Park High School is the neighborhood’s first and only high school. SPHS teachers and staff from SCO’s Center for Family Life co-lead advisories and after-school programs which enhance the strengths of the children, promote academic excellence and assist in youth employment. Center for Family Life’s internship and youth employment program is located on site.

153 35th Street, Brooklyn, NY 718.840.1620

Youth Employment

Center for Family Life Youth Employment Program

Center for Family Life’s Youth Employment Program encourages skill development, supports career and educational goals, increases civic engagement and provides a creative and supportive environment for young people. Located at Sunset Park High School, it offers both year round and summer programs that provide summer jobs at local worksites, internships, service learning, work readiness training and more.

The Summer Youth Employment Program

Center for Family Life’s Summer Youth Employment Program offers summer jobs for youth age 14-21 with employers throughout Brooklyn. Worksites include local government agencies, libraries, hospitals and clinics, child care centers, summer day camps, senior centers and nursing homes, community organizations and retail firms.

153 35th Street, Brooklyn, NY 718.840.1640

The 11th Grade Internship Program Center for Family Life’s 11th Grade Internship Program at Sunset Park High School (SPHS) provides students with opportunities to practice and strengthen leadership and work readiness skills in preparation for college and careers while providing service to their school community. Students participate in a variety of activities throughout the year, including leadership training, academic mentoring, an internship at SPHS, college campus visits and special events.

Sunset Park High School – 153 35th Street, Brooklyn, NY 718.840.1620

Theresa Paplin Summer Youth Employment Program

The Theresa Paplin Summer Youth Employment Program provides entry level jobs in a variety of local businesses for students in our Theresa Paplin School on the Ottilie campus. Participants experience real-world labor expectations, career instruction, financial literacy training, and social growth.

85-70 148th Street, Briarwood, NY 718.658.8180

Learning to Work

Learning to Work provides internship opportunities at local businesses for students in our three Transfer High Schools. The program promotes work readiness skills and community involvement and students receive work experience and career training in a supportive environment.

Bronx Arena High School 1440 Story Avenue, Bronx, NY 718.860.5056
East Brooklyn Community High School  9517 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY 718.927.6880  Brochure
North Queens Community High School 141-25 77th Road, Queens, NY 718.380.1480

Juvenile Justice

Family Assessment Program

The FAP program in Queens works intensively with youth and their families to divert youth from entering the Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS) system. Therapists provide intensive in-home services utilizing the evidence-based Multisystemic Therapy (MST) model. MST is a strength-based approach that believes in empowering families. Therapists work with families to address problems such as running away, truancy, substance abuse, negative peer association and unruly behavior. We help youth focus their attention on school and pro-social activities rather than on negative peer associations.

For more information, please call 718.739.1660

Juvenile Justice Initiative The Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) in Brooklyn works intensively with juvenile offenders and their families in their homes to help change delinquent behavior with court involved youth. JJI therapists are trained in evidence-based Multisystemic Therapy, and are supported by the MST Institute through training and consultation by highly trained experts. This program helps enable our youth to find suitable educational, pro-social and after-school activities that are proven to help offenders focus on positive life choices, which in turn prevents delinquent behavior.

For more information, please call 718.596.1116

Close to Home

SCO’s Close to Home Program is a network of residences which provide nonsecure placement for 13-17 year old youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The program provides evidence-based services developed by the Missouri Youth Services Institute (MYSI). Close to Home focuses on counseling, structure, education, skill-building and connection to family. We offer evidence-based Functional Family Therapy as part of the discharge planning process that includes up to three months of family therapy following the youth’s return home. Located in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx, these residences are consistent with our philosophy of placing adolescents in small homes located in the communities near their families. Our Close to Home Program includes residences for youth with developmental disabilities as well as LGBTQ youth in order to better serve their specific needs.

For more information, please call 718.526.7533

Homeless Youth

Independence Inns

Located in Brooklyn and Queens, our Independence Inns provide shelter and support for homeless and runaway youth to help them become self-sufficient. Our staff help residents finish school and acquire skills that will prepare them for independence. There are four residences, one serving homeless young men and three serving young women and young women with children. Brochure

For more information, please call 718.827.8465 or 877.437.6746

Gatehouse

Our Gatehouse Residence provides shelter for an especially vulnerable group – homeless young women between the ages of 16-21. We provide temporary housing as we help these young women return home or transition to a longer-term residential setting.

Scattered Site Supportive Housing Program

The Scattered Site Supportive Housing Program provides housing and transitional services in Queens for young adults 18-25 years of age who have spent at least one year past their 16th birthday in foster care and are at risk of street or sheltered homelessness. The program provides housing while young adults transition from foster care to independence.

For more information, please call 718.526.7533

LGBTQ Youth

Group Living for LGBTQ Youth

This group living program provides 24-hour care in a uniquely accepting and healing environment specifically designed to meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in the child welfare system. We operate small family homes in Brooklyn that provide a safe, supportive and nurturing space for these youth as they strive for self-awareness and struggle for community, family and school acceptance.

For more information, please call 718.797.3068 ext. 334

Family Therapy Intervention Pilot for LGBTQ Youth The Family Therapy Intervention Pilot (FTIP) is a New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) funded initiative that helps LGBTQ youth remain in or return to their family home. The program promotes families’ acceptance of their LGBTQ children and provides free services to reduce negative risk factors experienced by LGBTQ youth, such as homelessness and experimentation with drug usage.

For more information, please call 718.797.3068 ext. 331

Close to Home (LGBTQ) This Close to Home program provides an alternative to incarceration for gender nonconforming young women ages 13-17 involved with the juvenile justice system. It offers evidence-based services developed by the Missouri Youth Services Institute that include counseling, structure, education, skill-building and connection to family and addresses the specific challenges faced by this specific population. We offer evidence-based Functional Family Therapy as part of the discharge planning process that includes up to three months of family therapy following the youth’s return home.

For more information, please call 718.797.3068 ext. 331

Residential Foster Care

Group Living for Youth

These group residences in Brooklyn and Queens provide a supportive home environment for youth in foster care who have multiple challenges. We provide crisis intervention services as well as an array of other supports with a goal of reunification with family, placement in another family setting, or independent living. For youth in foster care with severe emotional and behavioral problems as well as a developmental disability, we offer a structured, therapeutic environment. We provide ongoing care and intensive independent living preparation with a goal of reunification with family, placement in another family setting, or transition to an adult supportive environment.

For more information, please call 718.526.7533

Bethany The Bethany Program consists of Group Residences located in Brooklyn and Queens, which provide a supportive home environment for pregnant and parenting teens in foster care. Young women in the program are assisted with educational, vocational, and independent living skills acquisition as they develop the necessary parenting skills to provide safe and nurturing care for their children.

Madonna Heights Group Residence The Madonna Heights Group Residence offers an environment that teaches, strengthens and encourages young women to heal from trauma. Located in a campus setting, it provides 24-hour care, in order to address the physical, emotional, and social needs of each girl and her family. The residence includes a wide range of therapeutic services with medical, mental health and substance abuse supports. The girls attend the Madonna Heights School, located on the Madonna Heights campus. Brochure

151 Burrs Lane, Dix Hills, NY  631.643.8800

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