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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Family Dynamics at PS/IS 41

After School

Co-located in the same building as our FirstStepNYC Early Education Center, SCO provides After School programming for elementary and middle school students at PS/IS 41 in Brownsville. Activities include academic enrichment, homework assistance, and weekly instruction in creative/visual arts, performing arts, STEM, literacy, and recreation. Our school-based program is an essential resource for working families, providing a safe and enriching environment during out-of-school hours.

Who Can Benefit from this Program

Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade at PS/IS 41 and neighborhood schools

Age Criteria or Other Eligibility Requirements

Kindergarten-8th grade PS 41

How to Access this Program or Service

Contact the program director. PS 41: 347-525-5986.  IS 41: 347-525-5647

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A Vibrant Brownsville

Brownsville, Brooklyn is a vibrant, evolving, and unique neighborhood; and SCO is proud of our partnership with the community for over three decades.  Read More

Success Stories

Jewelle

Madonna Heights Residential School

"I'm not going to give up because I know they're not going to give up on me." Learn More

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

We help

1,400

children and young adults through foster care programs

96%

of 12th graders in SCO's Family Foster Care program graduated high school, with 65% enrolled in post-secondary education