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Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine Visits Madonna Heights

September 25, 2023 / Madonna Heights News

Our Madonna Heights programs were proud to welcome the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine to the campus recently. The visit was to educate adolescents and young mothers about the importance of dental hygiene. Led by Dr. Sherwin, Dr. Cronan, and Dr. Inzero, the workshop explained the proper techniques of…

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Starting School in Style

September 22, 2023 / Independent Youth News

The Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated Nu Beta Sigma Alumnae Chapter helped our youth in foster care begin school on the right foot thanks to their Back to School Giveaway. One hundred forty children, youth and their families took part, joining Sigma members and SCO staff for games, activities, giveaways…

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SCO Family of Services and Garden of Dreams Foundation Celebrate Early Childhood Center Gardening Initiative with Ribbon Cutting

September 13, 2023 / SCO News

East Elmhurst, NY – SCO Family of Services and the Garden of Dreams Foundation hosted a special ribbon cutting to unveil the new garden at SCO’s Jerome Hardeman Early Childhood Education Center in East Elmhurst, Queens. Students, teachers, and SCO staff were on hand as well as representatives from the…

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Bringing the Heat with a Summer BBQ!

August 7, 2023 / Independent Youth News

Over 70 SCO youth in foster care and staff from our Brooklyn and Queens offices took a trip to Hempstead Lake State Park in West Hempstead for a summer BBQ. It was a beautiful day packed with food and fun… music, team building events, a bounce house slide, water balloon…

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Suzette Gordon named new President and CEO of SCO Family of Services

August 2, 2023 / Independent Youth News

(Garden City, New York, August 2, 2023) – Today, the Board of Directors of SCO Family of Services, a leading provider of essential human services in New York, announced the appointment of Suzette Gordon as the new President and CEO. Ms. Gordon, who served as Interim President since December 2022,…

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SCO Celebrates COA Reaccreditation!

July 19, 2023 / Independent Youth News

We did it! SCO Family of Services has been officially reaccredited by The Council on Accreditation (COA), an international, independent human service accrediting organization that promotes best practice standards. In January, a team of eight COA reviewers interviewed hundreds of SCO staff, clients, leadership, and Board, reviewed thousands of pages…

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Interactive Training Supports Direct Service Professionals

July 18, 2023 / SCO News

In June, SCO’s Behavioral Health Services Department held a 3-day staff development event intended to support our Direct Support Professionals who work with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD.) The training, The Humanitarian Project Act II, featured interactive workshops where participants learned while having fun through scavenger hunts, escape-the-room…

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Lots to Celebrate at the Theresa Paplin School

July 18, 2023 / Independent Youth News

SCO’s Theresa Paplin School (TPS) celebrated the end of the year with traditional culmination activities with a twist: an End of Year Dance (PROM), Field Day, and Moving Up Ceremony (Graduation.) This year’s Prom was held in the Theresa Paplin School auditorium. Students enjoyed an afternoon of dancing and delights…

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Oyster Bay Youth Donates Health Kits to Morning Star Program

July 18, 2023 / Madonna Heights News

William Bodian, a sophomore from Oyster Bay, donated over 50 Health Kits for residents at our Morning Star program for women in recovery. Each kit included a first-aid kit, face mask, hand sanitizer, hand soap, hand cream and more. He also donated diaper bags that included diapers, bottles, blankets, baby…

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SCO Youth Dabble in Graffiti Art

July 11, 2023 / Independent Youth News

SCO welcomed Bronx-based graffiti artist KayLove to lead a beginner workshop about the history, culture, and importance of graffiti to our youth. Each participant created their own name tag written in graffiti form and colored it in. KayLove, who is also a screen printer (, shared some of her works…

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Discovering the World of Sculpture

July 7, 2023 / Independent Youth News

Twenty SCO youth attended a sculpting class recently on our Ottilie campus in Briarwood, Queens. Renowned local artist Sherwin Banfield led the class, teaching the basics of clay sculpting. The students were tasked with creating masks. They carefully followed along as Sherwin demonstrated how to shape and sculpt with clay…

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Juneteenth: A Celebration of Resilience

June 29, 2023 / SCO News

Led by CARE, SCO’s Committee Advocating Racial Equity, SCO staff participated in different Juneteenth activities throughout the month of June honoring the resilience of the Black community, SCO’s employees, and the people and communities we serve. CARE Book Club Recommendation The CARE Book Club recommendation was a way…

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June 29, 2023 / Independent Youth News

June is PRIDE Month and youth and staff throughout SCO Family of Services celebrated. 4th Annual Pride at the Heights On June 22nd, Madonna Heights held their “4th Annual PRIDE Event at the Heights.” All programs on the Madonna Heights campus were invited as well as our Westbrook Preparatory…

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Congratulations, Graduates!

June 28, 2023 / Independent Youth News

From early childhood moving up ceremonies to high school graduations, we celebrated children and youth throughout SCO for reaching these important milestones. Congratulations to all of our graduates!…

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Central Business Systems Honors SCO Family of Services in Special Subway Series Presentation

June 20, 2023 / SCO News

Garden City, NY, June 15, 2023 – Central Business Systems honored SCO Family of Services with a special donation check presentation of $20,000 during an on-field ceremony prior to the Mets-Yankees game at Citi Field on June 14th. The presentation was part of Central Business Systems’ 75th Anniversary celebration at…

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