Second Chance Last Opportunity Inc
P.O. Box 1027
Sarasota FL 34230
The mission of Second Chance-Last Opportunity is to break the cycle of poverty through strategies that educate and empower the economically and socially disadvantaged.
Through a range of programs and services that includes basic life skills educational training and counseling, clients are assisted in taking a step toward self-sufficiency and independence, thus breaking through their own cycle of poverty and powerlessness.
CEO/Executive Director April Glasco
Board Chair Mr. David Goldman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh
History and Background
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
Incorporation Year 1998
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $170,000.00
Projected Expenses $170,000.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
SCLO Letter of Determin (501c3)
State Info
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Aug 2015
State Registration Yes Dec 2014
Background Second Chance-Last Opportunity has served low-income individuals and families throughout its 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 Northport.  Geographical and ethic 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 abject poverty.  April Glasco, former Corrections Officer with Manatee County Sheriff’s Department and Case Worker for the 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, it 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 the strategies and skills for success, we offer counseling, health and life skills education, tough love, and shelter and financial assistance referrals. Most importantly, we give back the responsibility for turning their lives around to the individuals we serve, remaining a constant community-based support for those making changes in their lives.  
  • Sufficient funds for the continuation of existing programs and services, and for the expansion of the programs to benefit more people.
  • Promotional materials (banner, tablecloth, tabletop stand, etc.) to increase our effectiveness at info fairs, Farmers' Market, presentations, etc.
  • Volunteers or businesses to be actively involved through fundraisers, in-kind donations, volunteerism, and partnerships.
  • A video illustrating SCLO’s work to use for educational, marketing and fundraising purposes, giving viewers a comprehensive understanding of the work we do and the target population we serve.
  • A graphic designer to update our promotional materials.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director SCLO remains, after 19 years, dedicated to its guiding philosophy of making it possible, through life skills training, counseling, and practical assistance, for those less fortunate to have a second chance in life.  We provide the tools, strategies,  empowerment, and follow up, but it is our clients who are expected to do the work required to turn their lives around.

Historically, SCLO clients were primarily people who were low income and at risk of becoming homeless, with a variety of social and economic problems.  In these particularly hard economic times, we increasingly find ourselves approached by people from all walks of life.  Many are isolated and confused, but through our programs they gain the skills, confidence, and direction they need to move forward towards a stable life. 

Like so many we work with, securing long-term financial security is one of our biggest challenges.  Without it, our services and programs are limited and the huge need in our community left unmet.

As with the people we help, we can’t do it alone.  But together we can achieve great things.
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Second Chance-Last Opportunity has been taking its message of self-help and tough love to the streets of Sarasota for the past 19 years where we tirelessly work to reach those who are otherwise unreachable.  Second Chance is a uniquely local grass-roots charitable organization, in that 100% of all contributions and donations to the agency stays right here in the Sarasota-Bradenton area.  There is no national organization with travel budgets, expense accounts, and expensive advertising campaigns.  It is April Glasco, a small staff, and dozens of local volunteers with passion and persistence who provide life-skills training, counseling, youth programs, and assistance to a population that has fallen through the cracks.

The success of our efforts is remarkable, given our shoestring budget.  We rely on individual contributions to literally keep the lights on, as grant money can rarely be  used to pay for operating expenses.
Second Chance-Last Opportunity helps those who successfully complete the life skills training to transition into the mainstream.  With that preparation, they are ready to benefit from what other agencies such as Women's Resource Center, SCTI, etc. can offer, having developed the ability to be self-sufficient, maintain a job, and pay bills.
There is no other local organization that fills this niche like Second Chance.  As you can see, there are many reasons why you should support Second Chance-Last Opportunity in whatever way you can, ensuring that those who are ready to commit and work hard to change their lives can get a second chance.  Your help will go directly to those who need it, and we are grateful for that support.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Mental Health & Crisis Intervention
Description The Sisters Circle is a peer led, skill-building intervention program designed to educate and empower women to move to the next level of education or job readiness.

Using peer facilitators who deliver the sessions in a community setting, participants gain knowledge of positive lifestyles through behavioral skills practice, group discussions, lectures, role-playing, videos, and take-home exercises. The program further aims to develop communication skills and increase confidence which in turn leads to changes in behavior, attitude, and expectations.  The Sisters Circle succeeds in giving women the social and behavioral skills they need to adopt and live a healthier and more fulfilled life, impacting their whole family.

In addition to the five weekly, two hour sessions, solidarity and enrichment opportunities are provided to the participants.  These activities include cooking contests, field trips, fashion shows, theater performances, etc. 
Budget $50,000
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Females
Short Term Success This program was established as 'SISTA' in July 2009 and, since that time, more than 168 women aged 16-71 have graduated from the program.  Many have stayed involved with the program as mentors to the new participants.  The program was adapted and re-named The Sisters Circle in August 2012.
Long Term Success Evidence of success includes:
  • the actual number of people reached by the project both as participants and in the wider community,
  • the large number of participants who have gone on to gain their GED, study at college level, re-establish their families, and/or find jobs,
  • the recommendations made by former participants that encourage others to sign up, and
  • the number of former participants who remain involved in the organization as volunteers.
But it is the anecdotal evidence that the women reached have changed their lifestyles and attitudes, and shared their knowledge and strength with others in the community that is the most meaningful accomplishment and indicator of success.
Program Success Monitored By
  • Surveys
  • Six month follow up
  • Reunions and Achievement Celebrations
Examples of Program Success
Tracy came to the program with no high school diploma, no job, low self-esteem, three children, and relationship problems. 
“I found SCLO just when I was looking to gain stability and structure in my life, desperately needing a support system and more self confidence.  Since completing the Sisters Circle program, I have a more positive attitude, found a part-time job, signed up for GED classes, and am more confident about my and my children’s future.”

Skills For Life is a 6 week basic skills training program that promotes a path to self sufficiency through instruction, coaching and group work. Topics include

  • self-evaluation
  • communication skills
  • time management
  • anger management
  • financial literacy
  • goal setting
  • parenting skills
This program focuses on both male and female adults, and all participants have access to a dedicated caseworker, counseling, referrals for financial and shelter assistance, and enrichment activities.
Program participants develop a sense of pride and self worth, learning to set achievable goals which is the first step to actively and positively controlling their future.  Once our clients are exposed to strategies to manage their finances, time, and negative emotions as well as develop communication, employment, and parenting skills, they become better equipped and more motivated to move forward, making the most of their ‘second chance’.


Budget $45,000
Category Education, General/Other Guidance & Counseling
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Short Term Success
  • Realization that individual can make a change
  • Improved self confidence and communication skills positively impact relationships and job prospects
  • Financial and personal stability enhanced
Long Term Success

SCLO believes that a way to ending generational cycles of poverty and government program dependence is by fostering personal skill development and a pathway to employment.

Program Success Monitored By
  • Pre and Post Tests
  • 6 month follow up
Examples of Program Success

Tyrone had a history of alcohol dependency and broken relationships but was working towards a healthier lifestyle in hopes of finding stable housing and a job.

“The classes helped me to be calmer, learn how to communicate better, and gave me strategies to keep me on track. SCLO helped me get my ID so I could apply for housing, and taught me how to work out a household budget." 
 Glenda’s 3 grandchildren came to live with her recently and she was having trouble managing the extra strain.

"I came to Second Chance when I needed help to pay my electricity bill. Along with practical advice to solve my immediate problem, I learned budgeting tips, household management, self-control, and parenting skills that helped me manage the additional responsibilities and pressures."
Program Comments by Organization

Before I started Second Chance, I had to look outside myself to gain skills that enabled me to pull myself and my children out of an unstable environment of abuse, financial insecurity, and subsequent homelessness. It made me realize that so many people are trapped in a negative, unproductive life due to lack of basic skills, hope, and positive role models. As a result, this comprehensive life skills program formed the heart of Second Chance-Last Opportunity, providing a second chance for an invisible population, since day one.

CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director April Glasco
CEO Term Start Apr 1995
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 25
Contractors 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Management Reports to Board Yes
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 1
Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2015
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
We depend on many people to ensure that the mission of SCLO is realized.  Collaborating with other organizations, businesses, and media outlets makes it possible to extend the effect of our outreach, strengthening both our client base and holistic approach to their challenges.  Collaborations with other organizations include SPARCC, Selby Goodwill, North Sarasota Library, Spanish Community Church, Genesis, Women’s Resource Center, West Coast Black Theatre Troupe, Healthy Start, North Sarasota Redevelopment Office, JFCS, Salvation Army, Ringling College of Art and Design, etc.
'She Know Where She Is Going' AwardGirls' Inc.1996
'Freedom Award' for Community ServiceNAACP2004
Rosa Parks Trailblazer AwardRainbow PUSH Coalition2010
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. David Goldman
Company Affiliation Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh
Board Term Aug 2013 to July 2016
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Faye Adkins American Momentum Bank
Rev. Jerome Dupree Retired
Mr. David Goldman Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh
Mrs. Renee Hamad Community Volunteer and Philanthropist
Mrs. Lori Sutton Northern Trust
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Board Meeting Attendance % 95
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions 60
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 40
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Financial Info
Fiscal Year 2013
Projected Revenue $170,000.00
Projected Expenses $170,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$16,476$104,285$35,360
Administration Expense$133,917$45,795$162,789
Fundraising Expense$0$14,237$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.041.020.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses11%69%18%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%9%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$51,831$55,162$69,857
Current Assets$2,224$9,923$16,942
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$10,185$20,050$17,279
Total Net Assets$41,646$35,112$52,578
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $134,621Contributions, gifts, grants $124,717Contributions, gifts, grants $180,366
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $22,306Fundraising $28,177Fundraising $12,181
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $0Investment income $2
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.220.490.98
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the Federal tax returns.  Financial figures are taken from IRS Form 990s and audited financial statements, when available. Financial statement and tax return for 2012 reconcile.
Nonprofit Second Chance Last Opportunity Inc
Address P.O. Box 1027
Sarasota, FL 34230
Primary Phone 941 360-8660
CEO/Executive Director April Glasco
Board Chair Mr. David Goldman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh
Year of Incorporation 1998