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Five SCO Youth Receive FPWA Educational Opportunity Scholarships

September 6, 2022 / Independent Youth News

We’re happy to share that SCO youth Marvin, Oumwatie, Lamar, Rayhona, and Kervin will be receiving FPWA Educational Opportunity Scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year! FPWA announced that they will be awarding $40,000 in college scholarships to sixteen low-income junior and senior college students to support them through graduation.

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A Place to Call “Home”

August 26, 2022 / Independent Youth News

Jayla, a former youth in SCO’s Foster Care program, recently moved into her first apartment. Hearts to Homes provided home goods to help make her transition easier. Hearts to Homes provides home furnishings and essentials to newly independent young adults who have just aged out of foster care. Jayla wrote…

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Magalie’s Story

August 26, 2022 / SCO News

(This story originally posted on Nurse-Family Partnership’s Newslink September 2022 edition.) In June, the National Service Office (NSO) for Nurse-Family Partnership ® and Child First participated in our first Policy and Advocacy Summit in Washington D.C. to advocate for the timely reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant, and…

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SCO’s Jennifer Outlaw Appointed to Nassau County Advisory Council on People with Disabilities

August 18, 2022 / SCO News

SCO Chief Program Officer Jennifer Outlaw has been appointed to the Nassau County Advisory Council on People with Disabilities. The Council reviews county policies, procedures, practices and programs, and recommends legislation. It advises the County Executive and the Legislature about funding priorities and capital projects that address the needs of…

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SCO’s Jail-Based Program Prepares Justice-Impacted People for Future Success

July 14, 2022 / Independent Youth News

SCO Family of Services recently began a new Jail-Based Program that provides intensive programming services for justice-impacted people who are currently in New York City Department of Corrections custody. The goal of the program is to reduce challenging behavior and recidivism by providing skill development, transition planning referrals, and…

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Turning an Apartment into a “Home”

July 14, 2022 / Independent Youth News

Hearts to Homes provides home furnishings and essentials to newly independent young adults who have just aged out of foster care. Hearts to Homes has helped many of our SCO youth, including Zanaya, who sent them a Thank You letter in appreciation. Dear Heart to Homes, I am so grateful…

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Keith Little to Chair Coalition for Behavioral Health Executive Committee

July 13, 2022 / SCO News

SCO President & CEO Keith Little has been elected Chair of the Executive Committee of the Coalition for Behavioral Health’s Board of Directors. The Coalition for Behavioral Health serves New York’s behavioral health community by providing policy, advocacy, training and technical assistance to more than 100 community-based behavioral health providers.

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SCO Resident Strikes Gold at the Special Olympics!

July 13, 2022 / SCO News

Hooray for our Gold Medalist! We’re proud to announce that Robert, a resident of one of our Individualized Residential Alternatives, won a gold medal in hockey with his team, the Manhattan Flames, in the recent 2022 Special Olympics tournament held in Syracuse, NY. In addition to the team…

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Webster Bank Grant to Provide Financial Literacy Workshops for Youth in Care

July 13, 2022 / Independent Youth News

SCO Family of Services received a grant from Webster Bank that will allow the expansion of our Mentored Internship Program (MIP) and provide financial literacy workshops to youth in foster care. SCO’s Mentored Internship Program provides work experience and career development opportunities for transition age youth in foster care.

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Close to Home Youth Earn College Credits

July 12, 2022 / Independent Youth News

Youth from our Queens Close to Home program recently attended CUNY Freedom Prep, an English Literacy program designed for court-involved young people ages 16-24. The 6-week initiative was sponsored by CUNY’s College Now Program at LaGuardia College. Youth in SCO’s Close to Home program attend Belmont Passages Academy. Those who…

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SCO Family of Services Speakeasy-Casino Night Raises $195,000 to Strengthen New York Families

July 12, 2022 / SCO News

New York, NY, July 11, 2022 – SCO Family of Services supporters and staff gathered for SCO’s Speakeasy – Casino Night at the Mutual of America Building in New York City, raising $195,000 to support New York youth and families. The focus of the Speakeasy-themed event was “Unlocking Potential for…

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It’s Graduation Season at SCO!

June 29, 2022 / SCO News

We’re so proud of all of our graduates, big and small, for achieving another milestone in their journeys. CONGRATULATIONS, GRADS! Video: Long Island City Early Childhood Center Stepping Up Ceremony…

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SCO Family of Services Raises Record $200,000 at Madonna Heights Golf Classic

June 24, 2022 / Madonna Heights News

DIX HILLS, NY – Over 170 supporters came out for SCO Family of Services’ Madonna Heights Golf Classic at the Woodside Club in Muttontown, Long Island. This year’s event raised a record $200,000 to support the vital work of Madonna Heights to teach, strengthen, and empower young and adult women…

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Revolution in Progress – Finding Peace through Writing

June 21, 2022 / Independent Youth News

Maurice, a youth in SCO’s Close to Home program, loves to express himself through his writing. Close to Home is a network of residences for 13-17 year-olds involved in the juvenile justice system that provide counseling, structure, education, skill-building and connection to family. Maurice recently entered a contest through the Prison…

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Madonna Heights Holds 3rd Annual Pride Parade

June 16, 2022 / Madonna Heights News

SCO Family of Services’ Madonna Heights programs held their 3rd annual on-campus Pride Parade on June 9th, hosted and organized by Madonna Heights Residential Treatment Facility Family Peer Advocate Denise Delio. Youth and staff from Westbrook Preparatory School and Deer Park Community Residence participated this year as well as guests…

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85%

of residents in our group homes for adults with developmental disabilities attended Day Habilitation and receive vocational services

99%

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

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