Livingston Youth and Community Services (LYCS) News

by: Robert Allen Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Livingston Youth and Community Services program provides community-based, after-school programming on leadership, healthy life choices and substance abuse prevention. In addition, we provide community service opportunities for students in our Leaders, Peer Leaders and Peer to Peer program as well as co-sponsoring programs that serve the whole community. LYCS is funded by the Township of Livingston and the Livingston Municipal Alliance Committee (LMAC).

Upcoming events include:
Talent Show at CareOne at Livingston (68 Passaic Ave., 2nd building in back) on December 2, 2009 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Share your talents with a senior! Sing, dance, play music, juggle or do magic tricks – any talent is appreciated. RSVP name, age and talent to to participate.

Holiday Party and Family Social on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at Monmouth Court Community Center (26 Monmouth Ct.) at 2:00 p.m. Leaders may invite siblings. Join us for an afternoon of music, games and fun. Food and refreshments provided. Parent/guardians have the option of staying and socializing, volunteering or dropping off their children for pick-up at 4:00 p.m. RSVP attendance with name of Leader, # of siblings and/or parents to

For more information about our programs and community service opportunities, please contact Susan Ridley, Director LYCS, at 973-535-2646, email: or visit our website:

In Real Life by George Street Playhouse comes to Livingston.
A parent performance and workshop on cyber-bullying will take place on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at Heritage Middle School at 7:30 p.m. In Real Life by R.N. Sandberg and performed by George Street Playhouse is a compelling performance about the complex world of cyber-bullying and its “real-life” consequences when social-networking circumstances spiral out of control.

In the play, students will be faced with the choice to stand-up for a friend, find the power to confront a bad situation and walk away and begin the discussion on how to take an active role in ending cyber-bullying. The performance ends with an open forum for questions and answers between the audience, performers, school administrators and D.A.R.E. officers.

This presentation is a collaborative program by D.A.R.E., LYCS, LMAC and the HSAs of Mount Pleasant Middle & Heritage Middle Schools. For further information, please contact Susan Ridley, Director LYCS, or visit the LYCS website.

Toys 4 Tots                Toys for Tots

In the season of good will to all, LYCS would like to invite you to join our leaders in collecting gifts for children in need. Please donate a gift, wrapped or unwrapped, with a label – boy, girl or unisex and the age range of the gifts – and bring a smile to a child’s face!

Collection baskets are located in all of Livingston Public Schools, Livingston Library, West Essex YMCA, Hillside Avenue Community Center (level 1 and 2), Monmouth Court Community Center, CareOne at Livingston, Sobel & Co and the offices of the West Essex Tribune.

Deadline for pick up is Monday, December 21, 2009 for distribution in time for the holidays. For more information, or to request a collection basket at your location, please contact Susan Ridley.

“Hugs from Home – Thanksgiving Holiday” Gift Drive Report

Leaders from the LYCS program spearheaded a campaign to collect Thanksgivings holiday gifts for soldiers in Afghanistan. In total, more than 1,000 goodie bags filled with Halloween candy,  assorted grooming/beauty products and other items were collected into 28 boxes. In addition, students from Livingston Public Schools wrote Thanksgiving greetings that were enclosed with the boxes.

The “Hugs from Home – Thanksgiving Holiday” Gift Drive was truly a community event, with students, residents, local businesses and community organizations all supporting the troops who are far from home and family during the Thanksgiving season. With the help of the Livingston Fire Department, the boxes were transported to the Livingston Main Post Office, where staff joined in the effort to ship the boxes so they would arrive before the Thanksgiving Holiday. May we take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank all for their outstanding contributions to this community-wide drive.

Leaders is an after-school program that teaches leadership skills, healthy life choices and substance abuse prevention to Grades 3-12. In addition, students are taught skills that are needed to cope with peer pressure, bullying and the value of friendship. If you are interested in the Leaders program or other community events, please call us at 973-535-2646, email: or visit our website: for more information.


Photo: Peer to Peer Board members Markiana Julceus and Tiffany Ho surrounded by Peer to Peer members as they package the Halloween candy.

Livingston Chinese Community will be celebrating Chinese New Year 2010, the Year of the Tiger, on February 6, 2009 at Livingston High School from 4:00-9:30 p.m. Join us for Chinese cultural performances, exhibits, Chinese Arts workshops, children’s games and fun activities for seniors. There will also be a food court. Details on pre-orders for performances and/or food court will be forthcoming. This program is brought to you by the Livingston Chinese Association (LCA), Livingston Huaxia Chinese School (LHXCS), Livingston Chinese School (LCS), Living Stone Christian Church (LSCC) and Livingston High School (LHS), and co-sponsored by the Livingston Youth and Community Services Program (LYCS).

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