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.”

Fadwa’s Story

To say Fadwa is driven is an understatement. She doesn’t dream of becoming a surgical nurse, she is actively taking steps to make it happen. And to make her mother proud.

Fadwa lost her mother to cancer when she was just 13 years old. Her father expected Fadwa to assume her mother’s responsibilities and moved the family often, keeping them distanced from any extended family. She was not allowed to have friends or participate in extracurricular activities. She attended five different high schools and managed to maintain excellent grades while she cooked, cleaned, and took care of her two brothers and father.

At 17, she was abandoned by her father and placed in SCO’s foster care program. SCO helped stabilize the teen, placed her with a foster family, and eventually was able to locate a maternal aunt who opened her heart and home to her long-lost niece through kinship foster care.

Despite her early challenges, Fadwa stays focused on the opportunities ahead of her. SCO’s foster care staff helped her prepare for college; guiding her through the application process and helping her achieve both a Dream USA Scholarship and a Youth in Foster Care Award.  Currently a student at Borough of Manhattan Community College, SCO helped her secure an internship with a surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Fadwa’s goal is to keep her GPA high enough to get into nursing school. And we have no doubt she will achieve this and so much more.

 

Click here for IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATES from SCO

SCO Council

The SCO Council is a diverse group of individuals and corporate partners committed to improving the lives of children and families living in communities of need. A primary objective of this group is to focus on engaging corporate supporters. This is an ideal leadership opportunity for those passionate about SCO’s mission and seeking an opportunity to engage in the important work we do.

Membership Benefits

  • Entrepreneurial opportunity to raise meaningful dollars in support of New York’s under-served children, families and individuals with special needs.
  • Ability to meet, mingle, and work with like-minded peers throughout the New York City metropolitan area.
  • Exclusive access to volunteer opportunities and fundraising events.
  • Networking and collaboration with SCO’s Board of Directors, and hands-on and experiential training for future Board membership.

What are a Council member’s characteristics and responsibilities?

Council members should have the capacity to expand SCO’s base of champions, help position SCO positively in their work and personal networks, and help leverage the following:

  • Passion for SCO’s mission and work in the community
  • A connection to resources in the business community/corporate realm
  • Has the capacity and willingness to make meaningful donations in support of our work
  • Internship/volunteer/mentorship opportunities for SCO young adults
  • A connection to individuals who may want to plan and/or support an SCO fundraising events/make a donation
  • Membership on a NYC or Long Island-based fundraising event committee
  • Host for cultivation events
  • Identify honorees for Special Events

How can I get involved?
Contact Janice Da Silva at (516) 953-1875 or jdasilva@sco.org to learn more about this opportunity.

Ryan’s Story

Launching Youth into Successful Careers

At 7 years old, Ryan was removed from his mother’s home and placed in SCO’s Foster Care program. Learn More

Fadwa’s Story

Foster Care and Education

“I’m going to be successful regardless of what I’ve been through." Learn More

99%

of at-risk families throughout Brooklyn & Queens remained together and stable with family support services

Last year, we placed

1,470

youth in employment, subsidized employment or internships

Stay in the loop

Subscribe to the SCO Newsletter to hear the latest on SCO’s programs, people, and happenings.