About UsKinship Care...It’s our purpose!

Introduction

Introduction

A Second Chance, Inc. (ASCI) is a non-profit corporation established in 1994. Its mission is to provide a safe, secure, and nurturing environment to children who are being cared for by their relatives or a close family friend - formally called "kinship care". ASCI became a subcontracting agency of Allegheny County Children and Youth Services (now called Allegheny County Children, Youth and Families [CYF]) in July, 1994.

 
Our Mission

Our Mission

To strengthen and preserve healthy kinship families for children.

Our Vision

Our Vision

A world where all youth are given an equal opportunity to grow into responsible adults; where abuse and addiction cycles are broken

Our Mantra

Our Mantra

Every Child Touched by A Second Chance, Inc. Has a Right to Be Safe and Must Thrive.

 
Brace Lowe, BSW

Brace Lowe
BSW

Sr.Executive Vice President 

Child and Family Services
Training, and Systems Improvement

Pittsburgh Corporate Office

(412) 342-0600
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   Brace Lowe Sr. currently serves as the Sr.Executive Vice President of Child and Family Services, Training and Systems Improvement for A Second Chance Inc. In this role, he has the responsibility of ensuring permanence, safety, well-being and compliance both internal and external to the organization. He and his staff are also responsible for connecting with the external public around issues germane to the growth and development of the kinship triad.

   Mr. Lowe has been employed in the child welfare arena for over 24 years. His prior work experience includes positions as caseworker, supervisor, Director of TECD, Program Master Director for Vision Quest, as well as Youth Counselor for Allegheny County Shuman Detention Center. Mr. Lowe’s wealth of experience and leadership has propelled him into one of the organization’s most charismatic and influential leaders.

   Over 9 years ago, Mr. Lowe developed an initiative called Camp C.O.P.E.S. (Children Optimizing Personal Experience through Sports) which is designed to give youth in kinship care the opportunity to develop team work, relationships, work ethic and competitive awareness skills. The camp serves as positive distraction for children who face real life challenges every day. Camp C.O.P.E.S. works with the agency Transitional Living program which serves as positive redirection for youth who are seeking the opportunity to further their education, work ethic and overall knowledge of independence.

   Presently, Mr. Lowe serves as President and CEO of Upscale Enterprises, which is an organization designed to help children in care and the community. Upscale’s vision for the future is to counsel and provide mentoring services for all student athletes both high-school and college.

   Mr. Lowe also serves as a board member for BACW (The Black Administrators in Child Welfare). BACW is an advocacy, membership, research, training and technical assistance organization. Registered as a 501C3, BACW was founded in 1971 and incorporated in 1975 in New York to respond to the need for culturally appropriate services to the overrepresented African American children and families, and to provide a support network for individuals serving as executives managing child welfare and other human service agencies.

   As a passionate, compassionate and skillful advocate for children and community improvement, Mr. Lowe continues to share his vision of a brighter future for children and families...through the promotion of leadership development, speaking engagements, conferences, trainings, publications and coalition building.