SCAN (Supportive Children’s Advocacy Network) was founded in 1977 to prevent child abuse and maltreatment. In response to the myriad of needs of the population it serves, the organization’s mission and programs have evolved over its 35 year history. However, its commitment to strengthening families and helping young people realize their potential remains unwavering.
Today, SCAN is the largest provider of youth services in East Harlem and the South Bronx, reaching over 7,000 children and 200 families each year through an array of academic enrichment and social service programming. SCAN’s services can be grouped into seven categories: educational programming; early childhood education; after-school programming; youth employment; youth counseling (development and leadership); family counseling and support; and community partnerships.
Several factors distinguish SCAN from other organizations serving “at risk” children and families. While the connection between most social service agencies and their “clients” begins and ends around the resolution of a crisis, SCAN sees addressing a problem as the opportunity for a lifelong relationship. Our extensive history of serving families from two of our city’s most impoverished neighborhoods has taught us that poor academic performance, delinquency, unemployment, domestic violence and substance abuse are often interrelated. These issues require a comprehensive approach and the individuals experiencing them require on-going and consistent support. Many of the children in SCAN’s programs come from profoundly damaged families. By employing staff with whom young people can identify and by creating a positive and supportive peer culture reinforced through group activities, SCAN recreates a healthy family structure that engenders trust and a lasting connection.
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