Second Chance Last Opportunity Inc
P.O. Box 1027
Sarasota FL 34230
Mission
The mission of Second Chance-Last Opportunity is to empower individuals in crisis by providing them with essential skills and tools so they can manage their lives more productively.
 
Our vision is to serve as a gateway to hope for individuals who want to change their lives for the better.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director April Glasco
Board Chair Mr. David Goldman
Board Chair Affiliation Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1998
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Aug 2016
State Registration Yes Dec 2019
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $121,000.00
Projected Expenses $121,000.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement

Our outreach and life skills focus saw us serving over 1000 individuals, including youth and their parents, responding to the needs of those in crisis. We assisted those at risk of homelessness with utilities and other services that helped them to find permanent homes, maintain them, and live a healthier life style.

Under the umbrella of our prevention focus, over 325 youth attended the ‘Out of the Box’ after school or summer program. 150 children graduated from the summer program and gained skills including how to better communicate, decrease anger, and improve personal relationships.

We assisted an additional 250 ladies through our ‘Sisters Circle’ Life Skill Program, focusing on health and fitness, working towards attaining GEDs, and enrolling in local colleges to establish careers, not just jobs.

At the completion of the ‘Sisters Circle’ Program, 13 participants found employment, 10 were referred for additional training and received State Certificates in unarmed security.

Five ladies were reunited with their children who had been removed by DFCS.

95% of the ladies who attended the ‘Sisters Circle’ Program are now living stable lives and maintaining a better life for their families.

The Life Skills program has helped both men and women to become better parents for their children. At the end of each class, we offered a graduation and a special recognition program.

We collaborate with other community organizations, and attend community events such as job fairs, health and fitness seminars and youth events and celebrations. We also celebrate community accomplishments through our ‘Men of Purpose’ and ‘Women of Purpose’ events.

Participants in all our programs have increased their college readiness, financial literacy, understanding of how to seek and keep a job, and how to maintain healthy personal relationships.


Needs Statement

1.  Our first and most important need for the upcoming year is to hire a Development Coordinator to focus solely on fundraising.

2.  Ensure sufficient funds for the continuation of existing programs and services.

3.  Volunteers or businesses to be actively involved through fundraisers, in-kind donations, volunteerism, and partnerships.

4.  A professional broad view developer to research grant opportunities and increase organization's visibility to reach potential donors and volunteers. 
 
5.  Expand and increase programs and services to reach additional people in need and adapt to community change.  

 

 

Background Statement

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 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 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 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. 




 
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Mental Health & Crisis Intervention
Keywords
life skills education, counseling, street outreach, families, youth
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 21 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.

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, Suncoast Technical College, Habitat For Humanity, 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.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

SCLO remains, after 21 years, dedicated to its guiding philosophy of making it possible for those less fortunate to have a second chance in life, through life skills training, counseling, and practical assistance.  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.

Also, as with the people we help, we can’t do it alone.  But together we can achieve great things.

 

Programs
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. This program further aims to develop communication skills and increase confidence which in turn leads to change 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 eight 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 Monitoring
  • Surveys
  • Six month follow up
  • Reunions and Achievement Celebrations
Program Success Examples
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.”
Description

Lifeskills 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 $60,000
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 Monitoring
  • Pre and Post Tests
  • 6 month follow up
Program Success Examples

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."
Comments
Program Comments by Organization

Before April started Second Chance, she had to doggedly search out opportunities to gain skills and experiences that enabled her to pull herself and her children out of an unstable environment of abuse, financial insecurity, and subsequent homelessness. It made her 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 and since day one, a comprehensive life skills program formed the heart of Second Chance-Last Opportunity, providing a second chance for an invisible population.

Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director April Glasco
CEO Term Start Apr 1995
CEO/Executive Director Email aglasco63@gmail.com
Experience

April Glasco, Founder and CEO of Second Chance Last Opportunity Inc., has empowered individuals from all walks of life to gain a sense of self-worth, self-esteem, and confidence through her teaching, counseling, interpersonal workshops, and speaking engagements. 

After experiences as a Corrections Officer at the Manatee County Sheriff Department, as a Juvenile Detention Case Worker at the Department of Juvenile Justice, and as a Tech at Manatee Glens Hospital, April Glasco opened a convenience store in the heart of Sarasota’s Newtown, a historically black community which continually struggles with big-city issues like crime, drugs, domestic violence, and unemployment. From her vantage point, April watched young people make bad choices and ruin their lives. She decided to do something about this and closed her storefront, giving away its contents, and in 1995 re-opened it as Second Chance-Last Opportunity, a hands-on intervention center.

April’s commitment to her clients is unwavering. She saw a tremendous need in her community, and devised a plan to meet that need. Instead of handing out charity, April is on the streets, looking for, finding, and then helping people who need what she, her small staff and volunteers can offer – respect, counseling, training, and high expectations to help individuals meet their potential.

In 2008 she graduated with a BA in Human Development and  received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling in December 2011.  She created and developed a curriculum entitled Life Management. In this training program, participants find a place of refuge where they can share and conquer their fears, learn self-expression, and discover new things about themselves.  April’s passion for others has also helped empower individuals to dream bigger, think outside the box, and reach their goals by way of self-employment, continuing their education, career discovery, and advancement.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 2
Volunteers 30
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
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, Suncoast Technical Institute,  West Coast Black Theatre Troupe, First Step, SNN6, North Sarasota Redevelopment Office, Every Child Inc,  Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida Studio Theatre, etc.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
'She Know Where She Is Going' AwardGirls' Inc.1996
'Freedom Award' for Community ServiceNAACP2004
Rosa Parks Trailblazer AwardRainbow PUSH Coalition2010
Woman of LightWestcoast Center For Human Development2014
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 1
Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2015
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Comments
Management Comments by Organization
Management Comments by Foundation
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Planning & Policies Comments by Foundation
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. David Goldman
Company Affiliation Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh
Board Term Aug 2016 to July 2019
Board Chair Email dgoldman@getmejustice.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Rev. Jerome Dupree Retired
Mr. David Goldman Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh
Mrs. Renee Hamad Community Volunteer and Philanthropist
Mrs. Alice-Mary Kleber Community Volunteer
Ms. Shaquess Mapps Community Volunteer
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization

Although SCLO is most closely associated with the efforts of April Glasco who founded and manages the organization, there is a longstanding volunteer Board of Directors that oversees the operation of SCLO. We are proud of the continuity and commitment of the board.  The composition of the Executive Board includes myself, David Goldman, a local attorney who has lived and worked in Sarasota for over two decades and has been on the board for 9 years.  Our other co-chairman, Rev. Jerome Dupree, is a well-known local educator and minister who has been closely involved in Second Chance for over 17 years. Other board members have served for a number of years as well and include Renee Hamad, a local Sarasota community volunteer and philanthropist.  We have recently welcomed Ali Kleber who has a wealth of experience working with the homeless and local, social service non-profits. We also benefit from the involvement of our Advisory Board, comprised of businesswoman Kim Cornetet, School Counselor Paula Beard, government employee Ingrid Herring, ABC7 Reporter Bobeth Yates, tireless community volunteers Mary Christian, Carol Poteat-Buchanan, Rhonda Calahan, Vicki Chelf and Troy Nichols.

Our ability to work together as a committed team leads to greater stability and efficacy for the organization as a whole.

 

Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $121,000.00
Projected Expenses $121,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years?
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$77,219$66,153$16,476
Administration Expense$49,965$40,042$133,917
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.061.021.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses61%62%11%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$51,655$54,990$51,831
Current Assets$45,100$7,636$2,224
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$731$11,163$10,185
Total Net Assets$50,924$43,827$41,646
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $122,993Contributions, gifts, grants $73,325Contributions, gifts, grants $134,621
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $11,289Fundraising $35,051Fundraising $22,306
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities61.700.680.22
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
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
Phone 941 360-8660

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