Ross’ Story

Ross, a former student at SCO’s Westbrook Preparatory School, is a motivated and engaging young man who has Asperger syndrome. “I’m actually different from many people with Asperger’s in that I’m a very social guy,” says Ross. “On the other hand, sometimes I am unaware of other people’s feelings. I can be impulsive, and I do get overwhelmed. ”

Ross had difficulty adapting at his previous public school due to these challenges. However, Westbrook’s residential school setting gave Ross the opportunity to work on his social skills and develop strategies to help him avoid feeling overwhelmed.

One key element of life at Westbrook is the internship program. While students find comfort and build confidence living and learning with other teens who have similar challenges, they know that they need to prepare themselves to communicate and work well with all kinds of people. Ross’s first internship was at Sports Authority, and he held another at St. Brigid’s Elementary School Camp where he found talking with children about sports very rewarding.

His interest in sports led Ross to his next internship at WCWP 88.1 FM, the college radio station at CW Post. He ran the audio control sound board at sporting events, made guest appearances on a college sports talk show and researched sports information for use on air. He enjoyed his experience so much that he decided to study communications in college.

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Corporate Partners

SCO has a distinct leadership position among our peers. Philanthropic and corporate leaders, foundations and government agencies turn to SCO as a trusted partner. We welcome corporate partners who are committed to working with us to make a visible, measurable and positive impact in the lives.  See how corporate partners are enhancing our programs»

Event Sponsor 
SCO has many events throughout the year. Support us by financially contributing a leadership gift. Support our next event»

Product Donation
Donate products to support our programs and/or the daily operations of SCO Family of Services.

One Day Volunteer Project 
Make an impact by supporting, managing and carrying out a specialized project to enhance our programs. See our corporate partner volunteer projects»

Directed Drives

  • Book Drive: Support our Literacy Programs. Collect new books for children, youth and adults
  • School Supplies: Collect school supplies for our children and youth
  • College Packs: Help our young adults get off to a good start! Collect the essentials for our youth to go away to college
  • Holiday Giving Program: Make holiday wishes come true for the children, youth, adults and families we help

Highlights of Successful Partnerships

GAP Inc.
Through the hard work and dedication of their employees, GAP Inc. and The Gap Foundation has supported SCO Family of Services in many ways. Their commitment to SCO has provided life-changing results for the children, youth, adults and families we help.

Gap Inc. and employees from their apparel brands (Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy) have participated in countless service-based volunteer projects, coordinated many in-kind donation drives and worked one-one-one with our clients and staff providing skills-based volunteering in support of our programs and the people we help.

Deloitte
As part of Deloitte Impact Day, 150 Deloitte employees spent the day volunteering on our Madonna Heights Campus. The Deloitte team cleaned, painted, cleared and organized underutilized space—creating SCO’s new Program Support Center, which will house in-kind donations that will be distributed to our programs throughout New York City and Long Island.

Scholastic
Scholastic Inc. is supporting our initiative to embed literacy development into our work with individuals of all ages.

Supporting SCO with the crucial tools needed, Scholastic has donated nearly 10,000 books over the past two years which will help develop literacy rich environments where children live, learn and play; they are helping accelerate literacy development among adolescents reading significantly below grade level at our transfer high school in Queens with Read 180; helping kids in elementary and middle school spark an interest in reading with the R.E.A.L. Mentoring program at our Beacon Program in Brooklyn; and empowering parents in high-need communities to read with their children with the Read and Rise program.

We are proud to recognize several other partners including:

  • Autonomous Research
  • Bronx River Media Group
  • Garden of Dreams
  • Henry Schein
  • Milliman
  • Nassau County Fire Riders
  • Supply House

Ross’ Story

Westbrook Preparatory School

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John Brown

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Last year, we placed

2,007

youth in employment, subsidized employment or internships

Last year,

97%

of children in our early education centers met or exceeded national literacy performance standards