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                   Thank you
YCS logo          for bringing so much joy
                                  to our children

Jan Breslin and Brian

How important are our new Sawtelle Homes for children with disabilities? 
See what one parent and our staff have to say.

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HAPI Foundation  Congratulations     Team YCS

Jesse Roth, 16, organized a team of ace shooters for the HAPI annual fundraiser and raised over $1,000.

HAPI has earmrked all the funds raised for YCS to send children from a residential  program
to sleep away camp.

     "Covers for a Cause"
     Rocked the House!

Covers4aCause benefit
MDI and Friends for YCS hosted a musical benefit for the Big Camp Project at Zebu Forno Cafe in Freehold.  Over 100  guests were introduced to YCS while they enjoyed live performances of classic hit tunes from the 60's on up to today.

Event organizer, Frank Tritini hopes to organize more events and establish a corps of volunteers for YCS - South programs.

The funds raised from the first Covers for a Cause  held this fall in Englewood resulted in the purchase of 10 guitars and additional percussion instruments for a music program at the Holley Center. 

Special thanks to Sam Ash in Paramus for providing the  instruments at cost.

Richard Mingoia
 The YCS Foundation was transformed into a holiday wonderland as gifts poured in from hundreds of generous donors - each eager to fulfill our children's Secret Santa wishes. This year was especially exciting for us as we met many new donors, who learned about YCS for the first time from their friends or the web. Their eagerness to learn more about our services and how they could help was inspiring.

With the support of helping agencies, religious organizations, school drives, and corporate support we were able to make this holiday season special for every child and family we serve throughout the entire state.

 On behalf of all our children, we extend our sincerest thanks and best wishes for a fulfilling new year.


A Crowning Moment for Young Women at YCS

Mrs. New jersey crowns young woman

It all began at a benefit for YCS in Park Ridge where Trustee Vanessa Tyler and Mrs. New Jersey Otise Iman Shuck (Bogota) met for the first time and discovered their similar passion to help struggling young women. Tyler, an Emmy Award winning TV journalist, wanted to organize a self-esteem workshop for the girls at YCS therapeutic residences.  Shuck, with a degree in social work and a commitment to use her reign to empower at-risk young women, was eager to get involved. The meeting sparked a collaboration and the birth of the "Crowning the Queen Within" project.

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YCS awarded three-year CARF Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities(CARF) International announced that YCS has been accredited for a period of three years for its residential treatment programs for children and adolescents adults with developmental disabilities/mental health challenges. In a 12 point survey summary YCS was noted for its "flexibility in the development of programming to meet the ever-changing needs of the community, its leadership and the [staff's] overarching belief in the organization's mission, vision and values..."  

"CARF is the gold standard for organizations that provide rehabilitative services to developmentally and intellectually disabled children and adults.  We are honored to have met their high standards and receive their seal of accreditation," said Richard Mingoia, YCS President and CEO.

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The YCS Mission
  To partner with at-risk and special needs children, youth and young adults to build happier, healthier, more hopeful lives within families and communities.

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