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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.


DCF awards YCS $944,000 grant

 for Mother baby residence in Monmouth County


On April 21, 2011, Department of Children and Families (DCF) commissioner Allison Blake, Ph.D., notified YCS that its proposal for a mother/baby home for teen moms had been selected for funding. In a letter to YCS President Richard Mingoia, Dr. Blake congratulates YCS on the quality of the proposal and the agency's commitment to New Jersey's children and families.


The $944,000 grant will provide 24/7 care for six adolescent moms and their new babies in a home-setting,to be determined, in Monmouth County. The young mothers, ages 12 to 18 who qualify for the program, will continue their high school education while participating in counseling sessions as well as mother and child relationship based therapies. The holistic approach to helping each new mom develop a healthy nurturing relationship with her baby includes massage therapy and instruction on the Brazelton approach to parenting. Mr. Mingoia anticipates the home will be up and running by September first.




Girl Scout Kellie Wise at Holley

Kellie Wise (l) with the 3 movable TV cabinets that she donated to the children at the Holley Center.


Our amazing volunteers find creative and heartfelt ways to bring joy to the children at our residences  

                                      Meet Girl Scout Kellie Wise (left) who came up with a wonderful idea for giving children at the Holley Center a chance to have special movie time with their friends, and earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.  "In my visits to the Holley Center, I  noticed that the children always do things in groups.There were no opportunities to do things individually," said Kellie.  Her fondest childhood memory was a  movie night she had with her friends in her bedroom.  She wanted the children at Holley to have that same opportunity. With the help of  family and friends, they designed and built  mobile television units that could be rolled into a child's room. Kellie reached out to Sony Electronics and they donated the television sets, others donated dozens of DVDs.  



FDU students

Leidy Paez, Jillian Di Maggio, and Michell Alarcon present Kathy Mongon with a check for $1,000

Students at FDU in Teaneck  were challenged by their teacher to come 

up with a business project for their "Managing self and Others" class.  "Our team decided to do a community service project, said Leidy  Paez.  They called their project Little Helping Hands.

They organized a candy sale fundraiser on campus, and passed out literature about YCS to raise public awareness.  In the end they hosted a pizza and game party at a residence and were able to make a sizeable donation to the YCS Foundation.  "This was an amazing experience.  Everyone was so happy to see the children smile and some of our friends asked if they could be part of this again," said Leidy.


Sony volunteers partnered with At your Service Landscaping  for their annual spring spruce-up of the grounds at the Holley Center.  The weather was perfect for the clean up and planting of new shrubs and flowers. With the help of landscapers Jesse Murray and Michael Sbarra the group was able to expand the grass area and give the children more room to play.  





Southern region residences receive hand-made quilts  


The National Quilters Association has awarded YCS a $500 grant to continue to provide resources for professional quilters to hand craft blankets for new admits to YCS residences. Volunteer, Ann Hearn, who has been coordinating the project for the past five years has also demonstrated the art of quilt making for the children. Ms. Hearns also reads to the children at the YCS Cedar Brook home every week.  



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May Academy student

A student explains a science project to a visitor at May Academy's science fair.


benito's painting


Beni's ArtLife

An exhibit of artwork by Benito a senior at  


Monday., May 16 2011

6 - 7 pm  

opening reception

Palisades Park Library 





check presentation


Bake sales at YCS residences raise money for Tsunami survivors in Japan


When the children at our residences learned about the 9.2 earthquake and tidal wave that devastated northern Japan, they wanted to help. The staff and children worked together to hold bake sales at two of our residences and raised $2,000 for the Red Cross relief effort. Children from Holley, Davis House and Kilbarchan helped YCS president Richard Mingoia present the check to Red Cross Board member and volunteer Marilyn Keyes (center).   

Della Fisher with boys

Della Fisher accompanied Franklin and Keyshawn on the college tour


Teens invited on  college tour trip


Keyshawn and Franklin, two teens at the KB 2 residence, were selected to attend a three-day college tour event sponsored by Paterson Councilman Anthony Davis, founder of Concerned Role Models & Omega Teens Mentoring Program. The all expense paid trip included introductions to six college campuses in North Carolina including Duke and and Wesleyan.    



united water logo


For the second straight year, United Water has become a $5,000 sponsor for the athletic games scheduled this June in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.  YCS will send junior and senior teams of adolescent boys from our residential and foster home programs.