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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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.

Ross’ Story

Westbrook Preparatory School

“I’m actually different from many people with Asperger’s in that I’m a very social guy” Learn More

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RJMCC & Tyree Learning Center

“His progress has been exponential. In barely a year, he’s surpassed everyone’s expectations. It’s been transformative.” Learn More

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