Ryan’s Story

At 7 years old, Ryan was removed from his mother’s home and placed in SCO’s Foster Care program. Options for exploring his interests and creativity were limited. But that all changed for Ryan when his mentor at SCO encouraged and empowered him to pursue his dreams.

This mentorship broadened Ryan’s world and opened doors to opportunities. He discovered his abilities and strengths, nurtured a love for science, and developed his networking skills. Today, Ryan is proud to pay his experience forward by mentoring, encouraging, and guiding younger children at SCO.

Ryan is now a sophomore majoring in Biology at Jamestown Community College. SCO assisted him with transportation, college applications, and opportunities for financial aid to help him fulfill his potential and continue his education.

“Thank you for investing in my future,” said Ryan. “There is so much I would not have been able to do without the care and support that I received from SCO Family of Services.”

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Resources for Families

Educational Resources

Dial-a-Teacher or call 212-777-3380
Supplemental Remote Learning Resources
Early Childhood Learning Resources
Grade Specific Activities for Students
The Math Learning Center 

Remote Learning Resources

12 Best Coding Tools & Resources for Kids While Learning From Home
Adobe – a resource hub for education with free templates, links to free software (including Adobe Acrobat, Sign, and tools for Google Drive), and videos with instructions for how to use the programs.
bartleby – a free digital self-tutoring and writing service available to college students. Students can ask homework questions, which subject-matter experts will answer, or post a paper to have grammar and spelling checked.
Blackboard offers the File Transformer, a free resource enabling students to convert digital course content into alternative formats, to meet their unique learning needs and preferences. Blackboard Ally, the new resource lets students personalize their learning experience and choose from several format types (PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, and HTML) to work better with mobile devices, assistive technologies, and study tools.
Canva for Education is offering teachers forever-free access to the pro edition of its online design platform. Students can create and co-create presentations, infographics, websites, reports, worksheets, posters, flyers, and signage.
Code with Google provides free lessons, to help students pick up computer science skills.
Good Calculators is providing a variety of free online calculators, to do math and statistics, engineering and conversions.
Hallo is offering a free app to help students practice English. Students can learn from native speakers through live videos 24/7 and practice speaking in seconds with people all around the world.

Educational and Online Activities

Parks@HomeDr. – Experts bringing all the secrets of the outdoors right to your doorstep.
Hogwarts Digital Escape Room
Explore Virtual NYC – recorded performances, digitized exhibitions, social media gatherings, and virtual tours – from museums, galleries, comedy clubs, theaters, and other venues all over the City.
The Junior Knicks Skills Academy will offer a FREE virtual basketball camp for young people ages 6-16 during MLK Day weekend. The session will be led by Jr. Knicks coaches and feature Knicks players or alumni. The workouts will be focused on a variety of skill-based drills, such as ball-handling, shooting, and offensive skills. Register at www.knicks.com/skillsacademy
Storyline Online – a fun website where professional actors read popular picture books aloud.
Storynory.com – Bible stories, King Arthur, Saints, Robin Hood – and stories that enhance vocabulary.
Education.com – First Grade Phonics Games
Bronx Zoo Virtual zoo – bringing the animals to you!
Garden of Dreams Enjoy virtual and interactive content from Garden of Dreams, New York Rangers, New York Knicks, the Rockettes, MSG Entertainment, MSG Networks, and more.
Digital Girl, Inc. STEM programming for young girls.
Watch the entire CNN/Sesame Street coronavirus town hall.
Arts & Culture Virtually visit 500+ museums and art galleries around the world.
At Home Art-Making Activities for Families – Drawing, collage, audio and movement activities inspired by artworks in the MOMA collection.
Children’s Museum of the Arts LIVE! Interactive sing-alongs, create your own artwork, creative movement, and more.
Community Conversations A facilitator, chosen by your group, leads a conversation for 8-20 participants using training and materials supplied by Humanities New York.
Cosmic Kids Zoga Yoga, mindfulness, and relationship for kids 3+.
Go Noodle Kid-friendly videos to get your kids up and moving around.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Virtual events for all audiences including storytelling, live performances, film screenings, art-making programs, and more!
Mets Amazin’ Activities  The NY Mets have created some fun puzzles and games for your kids including the Mets Activity Book and Goodbye, Germs!
Monterey Bay Aquarium Live stream of different aquarium exhibits.
Mystery Science Free, easy science for remote learning.
National Geographic Kids Interactive, engaging and colorful games, videos, and more.
New York Hall of Science Free, fun, at-home STEM activities including The Pack – STEM-based video game and DIY science tutorials
Road Trip from Home Explore different parts of the world, famous landmarks, beautiful works of art, historic marvels, science adventures and more!
Safari Tour Ride along on a live safari.
San Diego Zoo Tour the San Diego Zoo.
Scholastic Learn at Home Keep the learning going with four daily learning experiences, each built around a meaningful story or video.
Virtual Field Trips A list of virtual trips you can take to zoos, museums, and parks.
Yellowstone National Park Take a virtual tour of Yellowstone National Park.
Yankees Kids: At-Home Baseball Activities Pickleball and Home Run Derby, trivia and matching games, coloring pages, mazes, word scrambles, and more!

Recreational Activities

Queens Drive-in – Free films on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Space is limited.
Community Tennis Program – youth ages 5-18 receive free tennis instruction from trained coaches in schools and public parks in all 51 New York City council districts year-round.
Bike New York – Bike New York offers classes and programs designed to provide young people with the skills and experiences they’ll need to enjoy the benefits of biking. Every Youth class is free and open to the public with bikes provided.

Home Activity Ideas

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Housing

Home Energy Assistance (HEAP) – the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced funding to eligible New Yorkers facing home heating emergencies. Households can now apply for a third emergency HEAP benefit, even if they have already received a HEAP benefit this season. The deadline for HEAP applications has been extended from April 30 until August 21, 2021, or until funds allocated to this program have been exhausted. The State announcement can be found here. Additional information can be found here.

Federal Eviction Moratorium For Most Tenants Effective Through June 30, 2021 – under a federal order by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a moratorium on residential evictions was extended through June 30, 2021, which protects tenants facing eviction for nonpayment of rent who provide their landlord with a declaration (which can be found here) that they meet one or more of the following conditions:

  • They received a stimulus check (Economics Impact Payment) in 2021 or 2021; or
  • They were not required to report any income to the IRS in 2020; or
  • In 2020 or 2021, they earned less than $198,000 as a joint tax filer.

Financial Resources

Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund – Through the Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund, $26.6 million is available to support essential workers and first responders in New York by providing reimbursement for out-of-pocket childcare, transportation, lodging, and other qualifying expenses that enabled workers to perform their duties during the COVID crisis. Qualifying applicants include first responders, health care, and many multi-industry workers, and up to $1,000 is available per household. Families who earn up to 500 percent of the federal poverty level – or $125,470 for a family of four –- are eligible to apply for the funds to cover expenses.

 Applications are open from April 16 through June 15, 2021. Learn more and access the application here.

SNAP, Cash Assistance, Medicaid, and Fair Fares Online
Unemployment Insurance
File a New Unemployment Claim
HelpNowNYC
MOPD COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities
During this crisis, HRA will take no negative case actions on any current benefits case
NYS Department of Labor is waiving the seven-day wait period for unemployment insurance benefits.
Free legal advice to unemployed low-wage workers trying to access UI benefits.
NYC is updating a list of resources for those who are unemployed.
All NYS debt collection has been suspended per the order of the Governor. This is debt owed to New York State only. New Yorkers with student debt, medical debt & other state-referred debt will have payments frozen for at least 30 days.

Food

Summer Meals NY – kids and teens ages 18 and under can get free, healthy meals at nearby places like parks, community centers, and libraries. Meals vary, but all include healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, grains and protein. Many sites offer fun activities, too. There is no need to sign up. Just show up!
Health Bucks – New Yorkers who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can get free locally-grown fruits and vegetables through the Health Bucks program. Health Bucks are $2 coupons redeemable for fresh fruits and vegetables at all NYC farmers markets. The New SNAP incentive level for 2021 is: For every $2 spent in SNAP benefits at NYC farmers markets, shoppers get $2 in Health Bucks up to $10 per day all year round. To find an NYC farmers market by zip code, text “sogood” to 877-877.

Get the Good Stuff – New Yorkers who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can get free fruits, vegetables and beans through Get the Good Stuff, at certain supermarkets in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. For every $1 spent in SNAP benefits on eligible fruits, vegetables and beans, shoppers get $1 added to a pink Get the Good Stuff card (up to $10 per day) to spend on their next purchase of eligible foods including:

  • Fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs
  • Frozen and canned fruits, vegetables, and beans without added sugar, salt, or fat
  • Dried beans and lentils

Customers with SNAP can enroll in the program by visiting the customer service desk at a participating supermarket. See here for a list of participating supermarkets.

Temporary Expansion of SNAP Eligibility for College Students 
Brooklyn Nets Resource Hub – provides food, educational resources, health and wellness, and volunteer opportunities in one place.
NYC.gov/getfood – food assistance programs and resources
NYC is delivering food for those who are home-bound and have no other alternatives
Food resources tracked around the city
Available food resources by many neighborhoods, updated every couple of days
Apply for SNAP online
NYPL compiled a list of food resources outside and inside the home
Plentiful – A website and app that lists many of the pantries in NYC and lets people make appointments for food pick-ups with those pantries that participate
Food Hub NYC – Food resources for children
NYC DOE – Food resources for students
Access NYC – Get Emergency Food Now
Invisible Hands Deliver – A group of healthy volunteers from communities at the least risk for severe COVID-19 reactions working to bring groceries and supplies to those in high-risk demographics
LemonTree – Website to help match volunteers to food organizations
Food Bank NYC – Updated map of pantries operating right now

Help Running Errands/Mutual Aid

Mutual Aid NYC
Mutual Aid Groups (national)

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Hotline

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Applications begin on April 12, 2021.

Help for Small Businesses

Financial assistance from the city
Start Small Think Big

Additional Resources

“Coping through COVID” – NYC Administration for Children Services listing of resources available to families – including information about food pantries, free WiFi, housing assistance, and more.
Bereavement Counseling – American Red Cross program to support those who have lost a loved one due to COVID-19.

New York State of Health – Health Insurance Enrollment 

Uninsured individuals can still sign up for health insurance through the New York State of Health website. There are new subsidies included in the American Rescue Plan that make Obamacare more affordable than ever. More information, fact sheets, and the FAQ in various languages can be found on the New York State of Health website.

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of young adults in foster care (18+) are enrolled in school or working

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