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October 2011 

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Honoring our children's relationships
with birth families

Walk for YCS  

(aka Walkstock 2011)

Sunday, October 9th  

10 am - 5 pm 

Saddle River County Park 

(Dunkerhook Park)


 Enjoy a scenic walk; free health and wellness stations & fun activities for the kids!  

Sponsored by

The Friends of  YCS 



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12th annual YCS


Join us for a culinary tour of New Jersey's most celebrated restaurants and sample fine wines from around the world


Monday , November 7th

Park Ridge Marriott 


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 There is still time to register! 

9th Annual   

YCS Institute for Infant & Preschool Mental Health Conference: 


 Mother/Infant Communication Disturbances

 by Beatrice Beebe, Ph.D.


Friday, October 14, 2011 


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 boxtops for education
You can help YCS George Washington School collect Box Tops for Education coupons on selected General Mills food products. Please mail to
YCS-GW School
386 Hudson Street,
Hackensack, NJ  07601

YCS Mission:  

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



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Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued interest in the progress of our agency as we strive to provide the best care and services to children and their families throughout New Jersey.  With your continued support, we will be able to reach more families in need.
Richard Mingoia Annual Meeting Address

Theme for 2011 Annual Meeting:   

Keeping Families Close


At this year's annual meeting, President Richard Mingoia expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the YCS Board of Trustees and all the supporters, volunteers, mentors and staff for attending the meeting and celebrating the agency's accomplishments over the past year. "[These] accomplishments have only been possible thanks to your tremendous dedication," said Mr. Mingoia.  


In keeping with the meeting's theme: "Keeping Families Close," everyone received a wristband with the same tagline and YCS web address. Mr. Mingoia recounted the many existing and new in-home, residential and community-based programs that are helping families remain in tact by fulfilling the needs of children with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.


Mr. Mingoia then shared with guests his vision for the future of YCS including two new residential programs, employment programs for older youth and the creation of federally qualified health centers to integrate physical and behavioral health care.

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                                   Gerry Cooney and Vanessa Tyler wield

their celebrity power on the trading floors

                     to raise money for YCS at BGC Charity Day event  

Ben Stiller at BGCEvent  

Every year, BGC Partners, Inc., a leading global
brokerage company, and Cantor Fitzgerald host BGC Charity Day to raise funds for charitable organizations and commemorate the lives of their 658 employees who perished in the World Trade Center.  


This year's event raised $12 million (100% of their global revenues on the day) for more than 75 charities around the world. YCS, a New Jersey private non profit social services agency, was one of 19 charities chosen from the tri-state area.  

 vanessa tyler

Boxing icon Gerry Cooney and TV news reporter Vanessa Tyler were guest celebrities representing YCS. Together with two young men from the program and Jerry Henderson, YCS employee, the YCS delegation introduced many guests to YCS.  


The young men were awe struck as they got to meet many celebrities including Ben Stiller, Jon Voight, Rex Ryan, Mark Sanchez, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Simmons, John McEnroe and Former Governor David Paterson.

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Texas Hold'em tournament
supports children's birthday project
Top two winners congratulate each other at the end of the game


 tournament winnersProceeds from the event, sponsored by the Central Region Advisory Council (CRAC), ensures that every child in a YCS residence will receive a special gift on his/her birthday. 

NCJW present mini grant


Members of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) - Bergen Section presented YCS President Richard Mingoia and Ruthie Harper, co-executive director of the YCS Foundation, with a check for two grants that help fund athletic uniforms for young men at the Kilbarchan residence and the annual summer camp campaign.