Ottiss Andersonviolin students
Expo Electronics/Sony event

school-based program at Eastside High
Thank you for your continued generosity and concern for our children!


"Athletes Making a Difference" honors YCS supervisor  


Great Falls Rotary paid tribute to YCS Kilbarchan child care supervisor, Rashawn "Rocky" Ricks, at the club's 3rd annual Athletes Make a Difference event in Paterson. Bergen Record reporter Keith Idec recounts Ricks inspirational story.  


Read the full story

in the Bergen Record 

Emmanuel at YCS School-based program
Congratulations to 
scholarship winner

When Eastside High student Emmanuel Kolawole was asked by his art teacher to work with Halls that Inspire to create uplifting murals for the Paterson school, he jumped at the opportunity.  


"Art gives hope to the hopeless and keeps me inspired," says Emmanuel. The college bound senior participates in the YCS School Based Youth Services Program and helped paint the murals for the program. Halls that Inspire, a non profit organization, rewarded Emmanuel with a $1000 college scholarship.


  What our children would like  you to know 


Waiting for the One


Once was a girl

Who put everyone first

Thinking they'd treat her better

Instead it got worse

Trying to survive

Breaking down and crying

Was the only thing keeping her alive

Waiting for the day

For someone to come along

Hold her in their arms

And say, "I'won't do you wrong

Enough is enough

Time for you to be happy and live

I'm not here to take

I'm here to give."


AF, 16

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Young men snow shoe their way to Special Olympics victory  


This winter over 2000 Special Olympic athletes competed in the winter games in Vernon NJ - Among them were three young men from our Kilbarchan residence. They competed in snow shoe racing events and won a gold and two silver medals. Despite donning snow shoes for the first time, the boys excelled on the slopes.


"The boys were amazing...they had to adjust to walking in the snow shoes on grass and then readjust to walking on snow once we got to the games," said their coach and YCS residential assistant Sheryll Franklin.


Seventeen year old Khari, who won a silver medal in the 100 meter race, enjoyed everything about the trip.  As for snow shoeing, Khari said, "it was awkward but I'm glad I challenged myself to do something new."


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YCS has been caring for at risk families and children with special needs for more than  94 years.  To learn more about our behavioral health services, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, please visit ourwebsite.

Expo Electronics  and Sony celebrate their support

for YCS summer camp program 

check presentation

The excitement of meeting NFL legend Ottis Anderson and the chance to win valuable Sony items raffled off by WPLJ disc jockey Race Taylor drew a large crowd to Expo Electronics store in Wayne on March 24th.  The two-hour in-store event was capped off with the presentations of a $30,000 check to YCS' President Richard Mingoia by Paul Spitale, Sony Sr. VP  and Jim O'Neil, Expo Electronics director, for the YCS summer camp program for children in residential care.

2nd Annual Komedy For Kids: A night of shared laughter and the gift of "mini grants" for YCS  

 Komedy Night committee

Congratulations to the members of the Northern Region Advisory Council (pictured above) on the success of their 2nd Annual Komedy for Kids benefit at Temple Sinai in Tenafly. One hundred and fifty guests turned out to enjoy an evening of shared laughter provided by four rising New York comedians: Robyn Schall, Rick Knight, Tony Lagune, and Nancy Forman. The event raised over $12,000 for min-grants for YCS schools and residences in the northern region.                                       See Photo Album 

Violin Program Debuts at school's  "Spring Sing"

violin students
Ten violin students at YCS George Washington School played Somewhere over the Rainbow and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star at the school's annual Spring Sing. Joan Hickey, YCS Foundation Chair, donated the new violins in memory of her parents in January. The novice violin students' performance  was inspiring.

GW school chorus

The show included hip hop dancers, a bell choir and a very animated chorus that got the whole gymnasium rocking!

Volunteers in Action

Verizon volunteers at Davis House
Twelve volunteers from the Hispanic Support Organization of Verizon Wireless had an ice cream party for the children at Davis House in Newark.

HAPI event at YCS school

Volunteers from Hoop-a Paluza, Inc. (HAPI) organized a basketball game and luncheon for  young men from a YCS residence and HAPI volunteers. The game took place on the new gym floor donated by HAPI at the YCS George Washington School in Hackensack.

Upcoming Events

May 10:  Autism the Musical at the Sawtelle Learning Center in Collingswood. This uplifting documentary will be shown at 12:30 and 6:30 pm.  Admission is free

May 19:  Blossoms Art Exhibit opening & awards presentation at bergenPAC 11 am - 1 pmAdmission is free

June 4:  Fore the Kids Golf Invitational at Cedar Hill Golf & Country Club

June 23:  Beer Tasting benefit hosted by Eneractive, LLC at Triumph Brewery in Princeton. Tour the brew house and sample 7 Triumph Beers on tap; light fare, from 1 - 4 pm.  Admission $60

For more information, please visit our website
  YCS 2011 Year in Review newsletter is now online