RaShaan’s Story

RaShaan was a resilient young adult when he came into SCO’s Foster Care program over a year ago, unsure of the future and longing for stability. Though he initially stepped into our residential group home with apprehension, it soon became a haven where he formed bonds and found constant support. RaShaan was relieved he finally had a place to call home.

Rashaan was assigned a Forward Journey coach, Arzu, who works with him on his education, career, and life skill goals. As Rashaan puts it, “She’s the person I call for anything and everything.”

When he first came into care, he wasn’t enrolled in school, didn’t have a job, and was unsure of the paths he wanted to follow. Arzu encouraged him to go back to get his GED and connected him to SCO’s Mentored Internship Program (MIP).

In MIP, Rashaan was able to work on his resume, cover letter, interview skills, and network. After completing MIP, he continues to receive support through SCO’s Passages to Adulthood program, where he learns independent living skills and interns – gaining real world job experience.

Under a steadfast mentorship, RaShaan reignited his educational drive, pursuing his GED with an aspiration to excel in the performing arts. With skills sharpened through SCO’s programs to support youth in care, he stands at the threshold of a bright future, enriched by invaluable experiences and friendships.

Daniel’s Story

At 24, Daniel has overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges. Born with developmental disabilities, behavioral health issues, and addicted to drugs, Daniel entered foster care as an infant. He was adopted as a toddler by a loving mother who tragically passed away just a few years later. Daniel’s aunt cared for him until his needs eventually became too difficult for her to manage on her own. That’s when he was introduced to SCO.

When he was 15, Daniel came to SCO’s Extraordinary Needs group home, where specially-trained staff provide care, guidance, and a home-like experience for adolescents with developmental disabilities. At first, Daniel was reserved and had trouble communicating. But as time went on, Daniel gained confidence and found his voice – literally – while attending singing and performance workshops. Daniel

Since then, his progress has been nothing short of remarkable. Daniel is now able to talk and has become quite the social butterfly. He loves to bowl, watch Jeopardy, and engage in community activities. A budding diplomat (and Mets fan), he even attended a Yankees game with his housemates, although he refused to cheer.

Daniel is open and honest and has become a model resident. He’s a meticulous dresser who always puts his best foot forward. “That’s how we do it at SCO,” he says. Often referred to as the mayor of the house, Daniel keeps track of everything and everyone, advocating for himself and his peers.

As Daniel transitions to adulthood, SCO remains by his side with the supports he needs for a bright future. Last year, Daniel moved into a new SCO Individual Residential Alternative (IRA), a residence designed specifically for adults with challenges like his. Here Daniel continues to receive services, supports, and encouragement to live a full and independent life. New routines, new friends, and new adventures lay in store for Daniel, who is navigating his new surroundings like a pro.

First Step NYC

Early Childhood Education Center | Early Education Leadership Institute

Young girl holding up her painted hand from fingerpaintingFirstStepNYC is a new early childhood initiative that opened in the fall of 2013 in Brownsville, Brooklyn – a public-private partnership between the NYC Department of Education, the Administration for Children’s Services, SCO Family of Services and private philanthropy.  SCO operates the innovative new birth-5 early childhood center at P.S./I.S. 41.  In partnership with FirstStepNYC is The Early Education Leadership Institute to develop and support the work of current and future early childhood leaders.


The FirstStepNYC Early Childhood Center

Teacher kneeling while young students surround herOur FirstStepNYC Center offers:

Full day, year-round child care services

  • A welcoming classroom for children
  • Warm and highly qualified teachers
  • A place for children and families to grow and learn together to prepare for Kindergarten and beyond

To enroll, families must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Children must be 6-weeks to 4-years-old

  • Income guidelines must be met
  • Priority given to siblings of children already enrolled in PS/IS41 and children or siblings of children currently enrolled in an SCO program
  • Working and non-working families may be eligible

If you are interested in enrolling your child in FirstStepNYC , please contact us at 929-234-6870.

The Early Education Leadership InstituteTwo women talking about the book Corduroy

The Leadership Institute is designed to prepare and support current and future leaders to improve outcomes for all children and families by advancing quality and best practice in early education settings.

We believe that partnering with public and private entities to bring together and support leaders from across the five boroughs of New York City is the most effective way to increase quality in early education and lay the groundwork to strengthen the lives of our youngest children for future success.

For more information about the Leadership Institute, please email [email protected] with the subject Early Education Leadership Institute.

RaShaan’s Story

Reigniting educational drive through mentorship opportunities

“She’s the person I call for anything and everything.” Learn More

Daniel’s Story

Finding his voice - literally - at SCO's residence for adults with developmental disabilities

New routines, new friends, and new adventures lay in store for Daniel. Learn More

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