Our 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.


April 2011 

scholarship winner Benito

Scholarship winner Benito (center) From Fort Lee Education Ctr. with his dad and teacher Sharon Horton

 8th Annual

YCS Blossoms Art Exhibit


The art gallery at the Williams Center for the Arts in Rutherford, was a flurry of activity as nearly 100 guests viewed the iinspiring art work created by the students at YCS schools in Fort Lee, Hackensack and Jersey City. Guests spilled over onto the staircase and lobby to listen to musical performances before the start of the awards ceremony.



May Academy winner (center) with her mom and art teacher Gayle.Crouchelli.


Special guest speaker, F.I.T. professor Christene Selleck, praised the art and music teachers for their ability to help each student bring out their potential. "I had to wait till I was 18 before a teacher recognized my abilities and made me feel special. I am so glad that all these students don't have to wait as long as I did."



See all the art work
and more event  photos



casino table

  NRAC hosts

 2nd Annual YCS Casino Night


Whether guests were throwing down a pair of dice, testing their luck against the roulette wheel or bluffing at a poker table, it was all for fun to raise funds for special projects for YCS northern region programs.  


 Sabrett cart

Special thanks to Nikki and Mark Rosen for donating the Sabrett cart with hot dog and all the delicious fixings and all the Northern Region Advisory Council (NRAC) volunteers who secured raffle items and organized the event.     





What Sophia wants you to know...  


When Sophia Marie entered a YCS Aging In home she cried every day.  "I wouldn't eat or talk to anyone. The staff began to communicate to me through little notes." She has been writing down her personal history and feelings every since.  Here, Sophia writes about the most important person in her life -  her great grandfather.   What Sophia wants you to know...


My life started on September 18, 1990 at 11:01 pm. I weighed 11 pounds and 7 ounces.  My great grandpa Artie was there when my mother was giving birth. My mother didn't want me and she left me in the hospital  So, my grandpop took care of me. He was the person who gave me the name Sophia Marie .....Read more



New Day Charter High School in Newark

 is now accepting applications for admission


New Day Charter High School opens its doors this September with a commitment to provide an exceptional educational experience in small classroom settings for students in grades 9 - 12.  By infusing developmentally appropriate strategies to help students acquire healthy life-style skills, the New Day offers a safe, sober and substance-free environment in which students can flourish. New Day's rigorous 21st century skills curriculum is fully aligned with the NJ Core Curriculum Standards. As a founding member, YCS is committed to the success of this innovative approach to learning and well-being. Students will be selected by lottery in May.   


For an application, please contact Phil DeFalco, pdefalco@ycs.org,  

or call 973-482-8411.   


April is National Volunteers Month  

 Special thanks to all of our volunteers for everything that you do to make each day a little brighter for our children


Mentor Spotlight  


Since Jeff Kinsky has become a mentor at the YCS home in Cedarbrook, he has taught a young boy how to ride a two wheel bike and helped many children with their homework. They've played board games on rainy days and catch in the backyard. Being a mentor has added a whole new dimension to Jeff's life. "It makes me feel good to know I'm making the day a little brighter for a child."


Do you have one hour to spare each week? 

That's all it takes to be a mentor to a child or adolescent at a residence.

YCS has 5 therapeutic residences in the southern region, but only three mentors. Can you help?


For more information, contact kmongon@ycs.org 


Upcoming Events

Game Day Luncheon Benefit


Thursday, May 12th, 2011

11:30 am to 4 pm

Nisi Estiatorio Restaurant   



Bring your favorite board game and      your friends for a fun afternoon.             

 For all the details,  

please call Faye Samuels  




10th Annual 

Fore the Kids

Golf Invitational


Monday, June 6th


Cedar Hill Golf Club


For more details and  to register online  




 New Date!!!


Texas Hold 'Em

  Saturday, September 24th



Sponsored by the YCS Central Region Advisory Council.  Proceeds benefit YCS residential and community-based program in the Essex County area.


For more details and to register online



To learn more about YCS,

find out how you can volunteer or

make a donation please

visit our website