Selena’s Story

Selena first came to SCO’s Scattered Site Supportive Housing Program, in August 2017. This program provides housing and transitional services for young adults who have been in foster care and are at-risk of homelessness. Selena, who had been in foster care since age 9, was dealing with a lot of family and personal issues. She was feeling frustrated and depressed. The tipping point came when her biological father passed away.

As a way to help cope with her loss, Selena decided to write a book about her experience. She hoped sharing her experience might inspire others…turning her personal tragedy into something positive. Ever resourceful, Selena wrote her entire book on her cell phone and uploaded it onto Amazon where it is currently sold as a Kindle format e-book.

Selena’s entrepreneurial spirit had been unleashed. Following her book, Selena developed her own podcast where she talks about life issues and how she has dealt with them in the hopes of motivating others. Since establishing her podcast last year, she has attracted over 20,000 followers worldwide.

She didn’t stop there. Selena then decided that she wanted to sell merchandise with inspirational messages. She started her own online t-shirt company – printing, packaging and shipping orders out of her apartment.

Selena has found her calling. She has found healing through sharing her story and inspiring others and she has experienced personal growth in the process.

SCO staff are encouraging her to utilize her abilities and resilience to pursue her education. In doing so, Selena will be able to use her knowledge to promote and expand her budding enterprises and find other employment opportunities to help her as she transitions to independent living.

Holiday Giving 2018

 

Help make this holiday season merry and bright for the babies, children, youth and adults who need us most.

Here are 6 ways you can support:

1. Give to SCO – Your support helps us provide life-changing services year-round.

2. Donate toys and more to our Holiday Gift Drive – Visit our Target Holiday Registry

3. Adopt a Program – Find out how your business or community group can adopt one of our programs for the holidays
For more information about our Holiday Gift Drive or how you or your organization can adopt a program, please contact Marnie Katzman at 631.643.8800 x0155 or mkatzman@sco.org

4. Shop Amazon Smile – Amazon will donate to SCO every time you shop, at no cost to you. Choose SCO Foundation as your charity at https://smile.amazon.com/
Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support SCO every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that the more you shop the more you help the children and families we serve. Remember to sign up at smile.amazon.com and select SCO Foundation.

5. Like us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – Connect with on social media and see how we’re making a difference every day.

6. Remember SCO on #GivingTuesday – Follow us on social media and see why everyone loves being a part of the SCO Family in our #iamSCOFamily video series.  And help us move the bar on our Facebook fundraiser! We’re raising $5,000 to help New Yorkers who need us most.

Happy Holidays From Our Family To Yours!

Selena’s Story

Finding Independence

Selena has found her calling. She has found healing through sharing her story and inspiring others and she has experienced personal growth in the process. Learn More

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93%

of graduates at SCO's high school for over-age, under-credited students received a NYS Regent's diploma.

148

students in our transfer high schools who were at risk of dropping out graduated with a Regents diploma