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Festival of Flavors
Join us for an evening of delightful entertainment hosted by

In the Spotlight
 December 3rd
Bergen Academies
There will be two shows
 at 4:30 and 7:30
Tickets can be purchased for $20
by contacting

In The Spotlight

A new YCS publication aims to reach out to the family members
of children in our residences.



Shopping Night  at  Tapestrie

 A Great Success !
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More than 30 guests gathered at Tapestrie, in Englewood, for an evening of catching up and shopping, The women's clothing store raised over $1000 for YCS. Everyone enjoyed the clothes, the refreshments and the lively buzz of playing "Bergen Geography' with new friends and old.


 FLEC receives Verizon grant   
Customers' 'Check into Literacy' Donations Support new Career Pathways program

Doug Schoenberger, Verizon VP, Robin Peck and Livingston Mayor Rudy Fernandez  

to everyone who helped make
2011 Festival of Flavors a resounding success

Dear Friends,
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    I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all the volunteers who worked so hard to insure the success of the 12th Annual Festival of Flavors. We are extremely grateful that you have taken the needs of our children into your hearts and have given so generously of your time and talent to help raise critically needed funds.

    Over 700 guests - a Festival record - enjoyed the evening, and by all accounts the   assortment of food and wines was the best to date! I am also very grateful to report that with your support we raised nearly $150,000 - an increase of more than 25% over last year!  

    I extend my deep appreciation to every YCS Trustee and Festival committee member. We would not have been this successful were if it not for their persistence, passion, ingenuity and commitment to creating an evening that our guests will long remember.   


With warm regards and well wishes, 

Richard Mingoia
YCS President and CEO

A Tribute to Festival of Flavors honorees - The Todd Ouida Children's Foundation and Britcher, Leone, & Roth LLC  
Herb & Andrea Ouida
Richard Mingoia (c) presents award to Andrea & Herb Ouida.

At a special ceremony prior to Festival of Flavors, YCS President Richard Mingoia presented awards to Herb and Andrea Ouida
, founders of the Todd Ouida Children's Foundation, and Mindy Roth and Drew Britcher, on behalf of the law firm of Britcher, Leone & Roth.  Trustees, Ms. Roth and Mr. Ouida, have worked with their
Drew Britcher & Mindy Roth
Drew Britcher & Mindy Roth
address guests.
organizations to support YCS programs for nearly a decade. They have been great spokespersons and champions of the children.  Because of their efforts, YCS has a cadre of new supporters and community partners. 

YCS makes new strides in programming for the developmentally and intellectually disabled

The Department of Developmental Disabilities recently awarded YCS a contract to open up an emergency unit for 4 adolescents ages 6 - 17 in Somerset County. The ECS (Emergency Capacity System) program is designed to help children with developmental disabilities and severe challenging behaviors who exhausted all other options and are in crisis. At the ECS, children can re-establish their physical and emotional equilibrium as well as receive a comprehensive bio-psycho-social health assessment.  This program is modeled after the very successful Emergency Diagnostic Treatment Center that YCS has operated in Newark since 2007.

By year's end, YCS  hopes to open two new residential programs in the southern region of New Jersey.  The first is a permanent home for five medically fragile developmentally disabled young adults in Delran.  A second home has been approved in Sewell as a step down program for four adolescent girls currently receiving treatment at a YCS psychiatric treatment program in New Brunswick.  This transition will give the girls a chance to develop independent living skills.

Thea Bry Award
Tom and Liz Kelsey honored at the          YCS Institute Conference

YCS President Richard Mingoia presented the Thea Bry Award to Tom and Liz Kelsey, the founders of the Linden Foundation for their unwavering dedication to helping fragile families thrive through your support of programs that nurture, build, and strengthen family relationships.
  Mr. Kelsey noted that he and his wife have been personal supporters of YCS for more than 40 years.  The Linden Foundation has more recently been providing funding for the YCS Baby Steps program.  "Our real award and re-award is the outcome of the efforts and skills of the Institute's staff...To them we give our most heartfelt thanks," said Mr. Kelsey. 

Walkstock 2011Start of Walk
brings the campaign for a YCS  camp one step closer to fruition

Friends of YCS gathered at Dunkerhook Park in Paramus on a beautiful autumn Sunday morning for the fifth annual Walk for YCS-Big Camp Campaign.  This year's event, subtitled Walkstock, offered hours of great live entertainment. The weather was perfect and children from four residences joined in the festivities. View photo album


Pictorial Corporation invites you
to help them raise funds for YCS. 

Pictorial donation app
It's easy!  Download an app reader to your i phone or smart phone and scan this barcode off your computer screen.  You'll receive an acknowledgement on your phone from Pictorial and YCS will receive a donation.
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