Archives for June 2014

SCO Family of Services Elects Four New Board Members

sco logo w slogan(June 26, 2014 – Brooklyn, NY)  SCO Family of Services, one of the oldest and largest human service nonprofits in New York, elected four distinguished New York City business and civic leaders to the SCO Board of Directors at its June 24th meeting.

The new Board members are:

  • Timothy L. Fulton, President T&T Scrap, LLC
  • Peter J. Madonia, Chief Operating Officer, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Maulin P. Shah, Portfolio Manager, Balyasny Asset Management
  • Mitali V. Sohoni, Managing Director, Structured Credit, Citibank, N.A.

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Congrats 2014 SCO Grads!

Transfer School Grads header photoEach year, SCO’s alternative, residential and special education schools educate 1,100 youth. This month, we are proud to celebrate our June 2014 graduates, the academic achievements of all of our students, and the dedicated staff who help them succeed.

Congratulations to students and staff at our three transfer high schools (Bronx Arena High School, East Brooklyn Community High School and North Queens Community High School), Madonna Heights School, The Christopher School, Theresa Paplin School, Tyree Learning Center and Westbrook Preparatory School! Read highlights from each school below (or click the links above to jump to content). [Read more…]

FirstStepNYC Leadership Institute hosts Early Education Career Panel Dinner

The Early Education Leadership Institute at SCO’s FirstStepNYC held its first Career Panel Dinner on June 17th  to engage and develop early childhood leaders citywide.

Panelists included:

  • Steven Antonelli, Center Director, BankStreet Early Headstart
  • Gail Gordon, Adjunct Faculty at BankStreet and Hunter School of Social Work
  • Sophia Pappas, Executive Director, DOE Division of Early Childhood Education
  • Laura Ensler, Director, FirstStepNYC Leadership Institute
  • Ina Solomon, Education Administrator, Instruction and Performance, DOE Division of Early Childhood Education
  • Helen Frazier, Master Teacher, FirstStepNYC
  • John Borrero, Director of Education and Disabilities, Administration for Children’s Services

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SCO Family of Services 2014 Howard F. Treiber Memorial Golf Open

Please join us!  The SCO Family of Services 2014 Howard F. Treiber Memorial Golf Open will be September 8, 2014 at Meadow Brook Club (Jericho, NY) and The Creek Club (Locust Valley, NY), followed by dinner and cocktails at The Creek. 
Become a sponsor or purchase tickets here. Check out our auction items here. Items will be auctioned off on the evening of the event.

The 25th Anniversary of the SCO Family of Services
Howard F. Treiber Memorial Golf Open
Monday September 8, 2014

Lead Sponsors will have
first choice of Golf Course:

Meadow Brook Club | Jericho, NY
Brunch: 9:00 AM
Shotgun: 11:00 AM

The Creek | Locust Valley, NY
Brunch: 10:00 AM
Shotgun: Noon

Cockatils and buffet dinner for all golfers and guests
to follow at The Creek Beach House at 5:00 PM


For more information, please call Sioban Rack, Associate Director of Special Events, at 516.671.1253 ext. 139 or email

We have pre-K seats available in Brooklyn & Queens!
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Congrats North Queens Community High School student Rumena Begum

North Queens Community High School graduate Rumena Begum

North Queens Community High School student Rumena Begum

“I feel so accomplished. I made it. It’s a happy feeling,” says Rumena Begum, who will graduate from SCO’s North Queens Community High School upon passing her final two Regents exams. Rumena has earned the right to be happy. Not long ago, graduating seemed nearly impossible: After two years of high school, she had earned a grand total of just two credits. Forty-four are needed to graduate.

At her old school, Rumena started cutting classes to spend time with her friends. Her attendance was poor. At the pace she was going, she risked not graduating. Then she came to North Queens. [Read more…]

Congrats East Brooklyn Community High School grad Darren Scott

East Brooklyn Community High School graduate Darren Scott

East Brooklyn Community High School graduate Darren Scott

On a recent visit to East Brooklyn Community High School where he graduated in December, Darren Scott, 19, was greeted with hugs and high fives from students and staff. He had become a real leader in the school since arriving in September 2012.

In his former high school, Darren got into frequent trouble – fighting, cutting class, being disrespectful to teachers.  One day, Darren’s SCO Family of Services foster care caseworker, Eric Turner, told him about East Brooklyn Community High School, a transfer school run by SCO and the NYC Department of Education. Eric described a school that gives kids like Darren a second chance – a smaller school with a caring staff that gives students who are struggling the opportunity to earn credits faster. [Read more…]

Joan Kuo, Director of FirstStepNYC at Pre-K Day of Action kickoff

Joan Kuo, Director of SCO’s FirstStepNYC early childhood center in Brownsville, Brooklyn speaks at Mayor de Blasio’s Pre-K Day of Action kickoff at the Department of Education. For more, visit

Congrats Bronx Arena High School grad Annette Hankins

Bronx Area High School graduate Annette Hankins.

Bronx Area High School graduate Annette Hankins.

Bronx Arena High School student Annette Hankins will walk across the stage on June 26th to accept her diploma, an astonishing accomplishment. At age 20, Annette lives in an apartment in Soundview with her fiancé, Jason, son Tayvon (4), and daughter Neveah (2) –  and she is pregnant with their third child, due in August. Completing high school while pregnant with two young children would be difficult for most people, impossible for some. But Annette turned her responsibilities into motivation.

“It’s not about me, it’s about my kids,” she explained. “I wanted more for them. I wanted them to have what they needed. I knew education was the key.” [Read more…]

We have pre-K seats available in Brooklyn & Queens!

CBECC UPK SeatsFour of SCO’s Community-Based Early Childhood Centers (CBECC) in Brooklyn and Queens have pre-kindergarten seats available!

For more information on securing your child’s spot in one of our free full-day pre-K programs, parents can contact Rafael Feliciano at (917) 809-0177 or, or contact the individual centers directly using the contact phone numbers below. Parents are urged to apply by June 26th to find the best option for their child. [Read more…]

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