Annual Meetingfilled with appreciation and thanks In the state of the agency address, President Richard Mingoia thanked the 200 guests for sticking with YCS during a time of economic decline and assured eveyone that better times were ahead. "This year, we were able to stabilize the financial health
of our organization and embarked on a number of new community
projects and programs, because of your generous support and our committed staff." .Trustee Ellen Jacobs received a standing ovation as she was honored with the Virginia Harkness Sawtelle Award for Outstanding
Volunteer. "Ellen has worked tirelessly
both behind the scenes and on the front lines - enlisting anyone who might help
the children in some way...She is an advocate without equal," said Mingoia.After viewing a News 12 clip featuring Darnell's H'Olympic record breaking high jump of 6' 5," Darnell stepped to the podium. He thanked YCS for the opportunity to participate in the games and then introduced his foster mom, Miriam
a long time, I have wished for a family. On September 16th, that wish came true and it feels better than any Olympic medal,"
Eighteen year old Guido told the guests that he had a lot to be thankful for this past year. "I was valedictorian of my high school graduating class at YCS Fort Lee Education Center and winner of Blossoms Art scholarship for my poetry."
Guido has used the funds to enroll in a writing course at Passaic County Community College. He is also one of the first teens from a YCS residence to be selected for a work mentorship program, and now works at the Holley Center. Guido expressed thanks to all those at YCS who have helped him and gave him hope for his future ambition to become a minister.
The meeting concluded with new board appointments. Dominick D' Agosta was named chair of YCS Systems. Inc. and Joan Hickey chair of the Foundation Board. Sharon Rosen, Nancy Dweck, Bernie Koster and Fran Einiger were named trustees of the Foundation Board.
Mary Jo Codey honored at Institute Conference|
The YCS Institute honored the former acting first lady of New Jersey
Mary Jo Cody with the Thea Bry Award for her commitment to the emotional development/well being of young
children and their families, at the 7th Annual YCS
Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health Conference in Eatontown.
Special guest Senator
Loretta Weinberg (right) then presented Ms. Codey with a Congressional Proclamation that cited her work on behalf of new
mothers with postpartum depression (PPD). The Senator praised Ms. Codey for her efforts to secure passage of the groundbreaking
legislation: Postpartum Depression
Screening and Education Law and her work on behalf of breast cancer survivors.
At the day-long conference, Dr. Roseanne Clark addressed more than 200 health professionals on the subject of infant mental health and PPD.
Dr. Gerard Costa presented
Science is Telling Us about the Treatment of
at MSU Early Childhood Autism Institute Conference.
Dr. Costa, director of
the YCS Institute of Infant and Preschool Mental Health, reviewed the growing body of scientific findings about
the brains of children with autism compared to those without the disorder, as
well as the emerging body of literature about the sensory and movement problems
that underlay the difficulties in social relationships and communication for
those with autism. Speaking before 200 professionals at Montclair State University, Dr. Costa stated that the future of therapeutic and
educational interventions must respond to scientific findings about the brain
and nervous system core differences that underlay the behavioral and
developmental manifestation of the autism spectrum disorder.