March 2011


Orange Orphan Society committed to the success of NFP mother and baby program

mom at massage class


Since the inception of the YCS Nurse Family Partnership three years ago, the Orange Orphan Society has provided the Essex County program with a $5,000 grant each year. This year's recent grant will continue to fund infant massage instruction for new moms and dads as well as toiletries needed to care for their newborn babies.  

 "We are so grateful that the Orange Orphan Society recognizes the importance of the NFP in their community and want to contribute to the program's success," said Rebekah Baskerville, RN, and NFP director. The program has helped more than 300 at-risk new parents build positive, rewarding relationships with their babies.   


YCS welcomes  

new Foundation Board Trustees 


     YCS Foundation Trustees recently approved the nomination of Bruce Egert and Charles Adornetto, Jr. to the Foundation Board.   

     Mr. Egert is the principal of his law firm that concentrates on personal injury, real estate investment and general business matters. He serves on the boards of Jewish Family Service of Bergen County, Temple Emanu-el of Closter, NJ Division of the Anti-Defamation League and the Melton Advisory Council.    

      Mr. Adornetto has worked in the field of finance and banking for nearly 30 years and has a wealth of experience working with non profits. He is currently Senior VP, Commercial Lending at Capital One Bank in Edison, NJ.



Larry Holmes, Gerry Cooney and boys


Arch foes in the ring forge a life long bond and demonstrate the power

of friendship   


A group of boys who take boxing lessons with Gerry Cooney at a YCS residence in Paterson had the opportunity to meet the legendary heavy weight champion Larry Holmes at Bergen County PAL Boxing Center in Hackensack. Cooney, a former NY Golden Glove  Champion, was knocked out in a title match with Holmes. The two men have since become the best of friends. "The boys can learn a lot about respect and friendship from these two great contenders,"  said Don Somerville, PAL boxing director. 


Bobby 's Mitzah Project


Jewish tradition teaches the gift of sharing joy


Twelve year-old Bobby Baliey chose the children in YCS residences as the recipient of his humanitarian project in preparation for his Bar Mitzvah. The Franklin Lakes resident reached out to family and friends and collected more than $600 in gifts for young children at three therapeutic residences - items included sporting  equipment, arts and craft supplies, games and other sundry items.  

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

NJ Kids Count Report Card Shows Children Losing Ground in 7 Key Areas

March 23:  Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) released its first-ever New Jersey Kids Count Report Card, The report card is part of New Jersey Kids Count 2011 annual review that measures 15 key areas of NJ children's well being -  including poverty, health, child protection and education.  


"All four areas in which gains were made have been the focus of sustained, collective efforts to address a problem," said Cecilia Zalkind, executive director of Advocates for Children of New Jersey. "This shows that when we invest in children, we get results."


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Upcoming Events

No. Region Advisory Council 

invites you to

Casino Night

Saturday, April 9th

7:30 PM



For more details and to register online click here 



 8th Annual  

YCS Blossoms Art Exhibit & Awards Presentation


Sunday, April 10th

3 - 5 pm

   Williams Center for the Arts

One Williams Plaza

Rutherford, NJ 07070



Central Region Advisory Council

invites you to  

Texas Hold 'Em

Friday, April 15th 

7 - 11 pm



For more details and    to register online click here