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Calling All Community Based Organizations: Learn More About the NYC Worker Cooperative Development Initiative

September 22, 2014 / SCO News

SCO Family of Services’ Center for Family Life (CFL) has been incubating worker cooperatives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn for the past eight years. We have seen how our work has helped empower our community by supporting cooperative members in their quest for fair wages and dignified employment…

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Nourishing body & soul at Madonna Heights’ Café Believe

September 18, 2014 / Independent Youth News

Homemade breakfast burritos, chocolate chip pancakes and strawberry smoothies served at a five-star table setting…Thursday morning breakfasts haven’t been the same since Café Believe opened at our Madonna Heights Residence in December 2012. What began as a challenge for the overnight staff to create an incentive for residents to complete their morning routines, has turned into a wonderful weekly homemade breakfast prepared and served to the residents by the overnight staff in a cozy campus kitchen.

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SCO celebrates “Dads Take Your Child to School Day”

September 16, 2014 / SCO News

Fathers were the focus at our early childhood centers today during “Dads Take Your Child to School Day” – highlighting the important role fathers play in their children’s lives and education. “I took time off this morning to come here with my daughter,” said one dad named Steven. “It’s important for us to spend quality time together.”

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SCO Celebrates 25th Annual Treiber Memorial Golf Open

September 9, 2014 / SCO News

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the SCO Family of Services' Howard F. Treiber Memorial Golf Outing, hundreds of SCO supporters turned out Monday to golf, socialize with old friends and dine beach-side at The Creek. The event took place September 8, 2014, beginning with brunch and shotgun tee offs at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho, NY and The Creek Club in Locust Valley, NY.

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CFL & Golden Steps meet with City Council Speaker’s office

September 5, 2014 / SCO News

SCO's Center for Family Life and members of the "Golden Steps" worker cooperative met Thursday with staff from City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito's office to discuss CFL's implementation of initiatives funded by the Council for FY15 to incubate worker cooperatives in low-income NYC neighborhoods and develop new cooperatives in Brooklyn's immigrant communities.

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SCO Goes Back to School

September 4, 2014 / Independent Youth News

There was laughter, a few tears and a lot of excitement this week across SCO Family of Services’ schools in New York City and on Long Island as some 1,300 children began a new academic year at SCO’s four Early Childhood Education Centers, three transfer high schools in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, and five residential and special education schools in Queens, the Bronx and on Long Island.

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Congratulations Andrei Williams-Hanna!

September 2, 2014 / Independent Youth News

For Andrei Williams-Hanna, an 18-year-old living in one of SCO’s LGBTQ group homes, there was never any question that he would go to college; his goal is to become a cardiologist. But Andrei, a native of Jamaica, needed help to pay for tuition. He was understandably devastated by the news that he had not been awarded any of the college scholarships for which he applied. He asked if he could give up his clothing allowance to offset the cost of tuition. “In all these disappointments, he never lost his cool, never made a scene and never got angry,” said SCO Transitional Specialist Zuleika Almanzar. Instead, Andrei remained focused, going on every possible program outing in hopes of meeting someone who could direct him toward a potential funding source. With the help of Almanzar and SCO LGBTQ Program Therapist Lili Glauber, he pursued every available lead.

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CFL’s “Life Lines” Visual Arts Troupe “Capturing Memories” in New Mural

August 27, 2014 / Independent Youth News

Center for Family Life's “Life Lines” Visual Arts Troupe had the opportunity to present a piece of artwork at the Dedalus Foundation Gallery in Sunset Park’s Industry City on August 14th. High school students worked collaboratively to research ideas, draft images and ultimately create the 8' x 4' canvas mural, which depicts a family looking out over Sunset from the vantage point of the park. The mural, titled “Capturing Memories,” depicts students, their families and images along the horizon, representing the Sunset Park community. “The park symbolizes family, togetherness and memories,” said Stephanie Yu, one of the students. “Sunset Park is a tight-knit community and the mural was created to represent that closeness.”

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OPWDD Field Day/BBQ

August 21, 2014 / SCO News

It was Field Day in Jamaica, Queens yesterday for the residents and staff of our homes for adults with developmental disabilities in Brooklyn and Queens. Tug-of-war, relay races, water fights and even few pies in a few faces made for a fun, festive atmosphere on a picture-perfect day. “We wanted to get everyone together out in the community to enjoy themselves outside of their normal routines,” said Program Manager Michael Spivey, who helped organize this first ever event. “This is like our extended SCO family.”

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SCO Employee and Self-Advocate Shawn Nitz Honors NYS Assemblymember Harvey Weisenberg

August 18, 2014 / SCO News

The Alliance of Long Island Agencies, Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, Cerebral Palsy Associations of NYS and NYSARC hosted an event August 12, 2014 in Melville, NY, honoring NYS Assemblymember Harvey Weisenberg for his years of advocacy for people with developmental disabilities.  Shawn Nitz – who is both an SCO employee and an individual who receives services from SCO, as well as a strong self-advocate – made the first presentation on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities.   "Shawn did an outstanding job and presented like a pro!" said Susan Moran, Assistant Executive Director of Program Services for SCO. Here is his statement:

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SCO’s Center for Family Life Celebrates a Summer of Service

August 12, 2014 / SCO News

On August 7, the 64th Street Community Garden welcomed elementary school students from PS 503 and 506 to celebrate the conclusion of Center for Family Life’s 2014 DYCD Summer of Service program. For the past four years, the Summer of Service program has engaged youth and parents by creating opportunities for family members to get involved by harvesting crops and participating in learning activities that promote healthy nutrition and support a vibrant outdoor life.

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Madonna Heights Ladies Golf & Dinner Classic A Big Success!

August 12, 2014 / Independent Youth News

More than 100 supporters hit the greens this week for the 34th Annual Madonna Heights Ladies Golf & Dinner Classic at Huntington Crescent Country Club. The event, which honored Kathy Sullivan, former Director of Development at Madonna Heights, raises funds to support our Madonna Heights programs for teens, women, children…

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Governor Cuomo Awards SCO Grant for After-School Programs

July 18, 2014 / Independent Youth News

We're thrilled to be among the organizations awarded funding by Governor Cuomo for after-school programming in the 2014/2015 school year. The grant will help SCO continue to provide quality after-school programming for youth as part of our community school programs in Brooklyn. Read the full press release from the Governor Cuomo's Office below:

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Fun in the Sun at SCO — Summer 2014

July 14, 2014 / Independent Youth News

Summer is in full swing across SCO. Check out highlights from a few of our programs below. Children at the Jerome Hardeman Early Childhood Education Center in East Elmhurst, Queens ham it up for the camera while playing on the center's rooftop playground.

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SCO Family of Services Elects Four New Board Members

June 26, 2014 / SCO News

(June 26, 2014 - Brooklyn, NY)  SCO Family of Services, one of the oldest and largest human service nonprofits in New York, elected four distinguished New York City business and civic leaders to the SCO Board of Directors at its June 24th meeting. The new Board members are: Timothy L. Fulton, President T&T Scrap, LLC Peter J. Madonia, Chief Operating Officer, The Rockefeller Foundation Maulin P. Shah, Portfolio Manager, Balyasny Asset Management Mitali V. Sohoni, Managing Director, Structured Credit, Citibank, N.A.

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