SCO Family of Services held its inaugural career readiness fair for youth in foster care at SCO’s Ottilie campus in Briarwood Friday, Oct. 21. The fair was organized in partnership with the New York City Administration for Children’s Services and hosted by SCO’s Fair Futures program, which prepares young adults in foster care for a successful transition to adulthood.
Teens and adults between the ages of 16 and 26 were provided with the opportunity to select professional clothing to wear as they networked with businesses and organizations at the event. The clothing was donated by the CBS series “Bull” and Hulu series “Wu-Tang: An American Saga,” in partnership with Materials for the Arts and the Administration for Children’s Services.
“SCO is committed to ensuring that the young people we serve are well prepared for the journey to adulthood,” SCO Family of Services President and CEO Keith Little said. “We know that with the right blend of supports and services we can change the trajectory for children in care. We are grateful to Materials for the Arts and our event partners for their continued support.”
Among the businesses and organizations represented at the event were Amazon, the New York City Police Department, Queens Public Library, the HOPE Program, District 79 alternative schools and programs including Bridges From School to Work, Helping U Home Care, NYC Workforce 1 Career Center, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow and Sigma Gamma Rho’s Nu Beta Sigma chapter.
SCO Family of Services dedicates itself to providing access to care that helps those facing significant changes in life. Some of the organization’s main focuses include education, family support, housing, youth justice services, support for people with developmental disabilities and wellness.
For over 125 years, SCO Family of Services has played a vital role delivering human services in communities throughout New York City and Long Island. The mission of SCO Family of Services is to help New Yorkers build a strong foundation for the future. It works to get young children off to a good start, launch youths into adulthood, attempt to stabilize and strengthen families and unlock the potentials for kids and adults with special needs.