Date: Tuesday, September 21st, 2021
Time: Check-in 5:15, Dinner 6:00
Cost: $26 (Door) / $27 (PayPal or Visa) Guests must pay online prior to the meeting
Registration Deadline: Sunday, September 19, 2021 - 5 p.m.
Speaker: April Glasco, former Corrections Officer with Manatee County Sheriff’s Department and Case Worker for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
“Give a person a fishing pole to go fishing, instead of feeding them a fish” is the motto of Second Chance Last Opportunity (SCLO). SCLO has served low-income individuals and families throughout its 25-year history, responding to the needs of those in crisis. Although it began with a focus on Newtown, clients served come from areas of Sarasota County as far south as Englewood and Northport. Geographical and ethnic barriers do not exist. The organization was birthed from the heartbreak of watching residents of the community make choices that ultimately resulted in limited opportunities and the hopelessness of poverty. Youth and their parents who seem disengaged from the educational process motivate SCLO to reach out to them and offer the skills and tools which will encourage transformational thoughts and changed behaviors. Our mission inspires our participants to own it with a high expectation and a supportive system.
April Glasco, former Corrections Officer with Manatee County Sheriff’s Department and Case Worker for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, watched for years as the local community struggled with big city issues such as violence, narcotics sales, addictions and generational cycles of government dependence. In response, Ms. Glasco was compelled to do something to help the community. With the establishment of SCLO in 1995, at-risk teens and their families were provided with crisis prevention, intervention, referral and life skills training. Today SCLO continues as the only agency that is working from within the community to address the problems inherent in an isolated, underserved, and depressed population. SCLO's holistic approach reflects the multiple economic, social, and health challenges our clients face. Along with strategies and skills for success, we offer counseling, health and life skills education, tough love, and shelter and financial assistance referrals. Most importantly, SCLO gives back the responsibility for turning lives around, remaining a constant, community-based support for those making changes in their lives.
Location: Plantation Golf & Country Club, Venice
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