Excellence in Community Service and Presidential Awards

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With the school year coming to a close and the summer months of fun and activities beckon, we would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the wonderful work and achievements of students in the LYCS Leaders after-school programs this school year.  On May 22, Town Council members presented the Excellence in Community Service Award for their volunteerism in the community.  It is an honor to recognize those who devote their time to helping others.

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This year’s recipients included Aqeel, Rehana, Sana, and Sohail Akbari; Melanie and Skyler Alpert; Sydney Arnold; Shlok and Vedant Baijal; Shaam Beed; Meghan Burke; Laurenz and Zacharie Canent; Kara Chai; Jocelyn Chen; Leah Dolin; Collin Eagen; Bella Ferrante; Emily Gaffney; Joshua and Wesley Gill; Nicole Gingerelli; Anita and Rhea Joshi; Risa Kanefsky; Benjamin Lam; Macen and Zane Lantzman; Benjamin and Emma Laskov; Gloria and Joanna Liu; Phoebe Liu; Christopher Ma; Leah Margolis; Sean McDermott; Emma Michaels; Sabrina and Vanessa Reba; Dominic Ricci; Emily Shahar; Will Taylor; and Rosa Xia.

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Livingston Youth and Community Services (LYCS) is a community-based, educational program that provides leadership, healthy life choices, and life skills to students’ Grades 1 through 12 in Livingston school district.  As well as educational programs, LYCS also has a mission which is to prepare students for tomorrow’s challenges and to provide opportunities to practice leadership skills by participating in community service activities.  LYCS instituted an Excellence in Community Service Award five years ago to recognize students who volunteer for their community, and for the third year, we are also presenting the 2017 Presidential Volunteer Service Awards.  The Gold Award requires specific volunteer hours that range between 100 hours a year to 4,000 hours over a lifetime.  In addition, LYCS also provides family socials (Halloween party in October and End-of-Year Pool Party in June), expressive arts projects, and co-sponsors community programs.

LYCS Leaders Elementary programs meet once a month at the school (2:40 – 3:40 pm) from October through to May, with snow-make up days in June.  Each grade has a curriculum of topics that are age and developmentally appropriate.  Programs include Young Leaders (Gr 1 and 2) which teaches students how to make friends, increase self-esteem, team-building, and improve communication and listening skills. LYCS Leaders (Gr 3, 4, & 5) emphasizes leadership, responsibility, respect, and teamwork.  Topics include bullying/cyber bullying, internet safety, healthy life choices, positive self-identity, and dealing with peer pressure.

Evening programs (5:30-7:00 pm) include Grade 5 Leaders Club which provides an opportunity for all grade 5 students to meet and make new friends before going into middle school next year. Students have a core curriculum as well as choose four topics of interest and adopt-a-charity. Peer Leaders Club members (Gr. 6, 7, &-8) choose topics of interest and participate in community service activities, cross-age teaching, and an opportunity to attend the weekend leadership camp.  Community Leaders Club members (Gr. 9, 10, 11, & 12) is a student-led leadership program.  Students choose to participate in a wide-range of activities which have included the “Leaders in Action” TV show, blogging, teen conferences, panel discussions, cross-age teaching, weekend leadership camp, and the opportunity to participate in the development of environmental strategies to effect long-term changes in the community.

Registration is now open for the 2017-2018 LYCS Leaders after-school programs. Registration is through the Township of Livingston: Senior, Youth and Leisure Services (SYLS) department (204 Hillside Ave) or online through CommunityPass.  For more information about LYCS Leaders after-school programs, schedules and events, go to www.lycsleaders.org, email: lycs@livingston.org, or call 973-535-7925 x 703. LYCS is a program of the Township of Livingston: Senior, Youth and Leisure Services, and is funded in part by the Livingston Municipal Alliance Committee (LMAC).

(Photos by Danielle Santola)