5th Annual Walk for YCS takes a step towards the goal of creating a year-round camp for childr

The Walk for YCS is organized by the Friends of YCS to raise funds for the purchase and maintenance of a camp/retreat in the countryside for children in YCS safe havens, healing homes and foster care throughout New Jersey
 
Oct. 7, 2010 - PRLog -- 5th Annual Walk for YCS takes another step
towards the goal of creating a year-round camp for children in safe havens
   
WHO:      Friends of YCS and walkers of all ages

WHAT:   The Walk for YCS has something for everyone in the family.  Participants will gather outside of Outback Steak House in Edgewater to register and then walk along a 1.5 mile scenic path beside the Hudson River. Activities include a silent auction, a health and wellness station with a massage therapist and chiropractor, live music and treats for children. Refreshments will be available.  This fundraiser is hosted by the Friends of YCS to establish a year-round camp/retreat for children in YCS’ care.  

WHEN:   Sunday, October 10, 2010

TIME:   10 am to 2 pm

WHERE:   Outback Steak House parking lot
      539 River Road, Edgewater

Cost:     $15 per person, $25 for a family. Registration fee includes a Walk for YCS T-shirt

RE:   The Walk for YCS is organized by the Friends of YCS to raise funds for the purchase and maintenance of a camp/retreat in the countryside for children in YCS safe havens, healing homes and foster care throughout the Garden State.  100% of the proceeds benefit the YCS The Big Camp campaign.  For more information call the YCS Foundation at 201-678-1312.  To register: please visit www.walkforycs.org  

WHAT IS THE BIG CAMP FOR YCS?
The Big Camp for YCS is a project created by a group of volunteers called the Friends of YCS.  “We believe that all children deserve to enjoy the outdoors in a safe and fun environment. Our ultimate goal is to raise $2,000,000 to create a camp that YCS can use year-round to provide recreational, educational and social opportunities for the children in their care,” says Guy Prandstatter, the group’s founder.  Through various fundraising efforts, the Friends are committed to the purchase and construction of the camp, as well as the funds necessary to run the camp on an ongoing basis.  Thus far the group has raised nearly $500,000.

About YCS
YCS is one of New Jersey’s leading private, non-profit, providers of behavioral health, education and social services for children, ages birth to 25, and their families.  The agency’s mission is to partner with each child to build a healthy, happy, productive life within families and communities. YCS has nearly 90 programs throughout the state – ranging from foster care and therapeutic residences, to special education/autism schools, to family preservation, mentoring and a host of in-home and in-community services.  

YCS- South began helping children in-need in 1999, when it opened four specialized foster homes for children with intensive needs.  Today, YCS helps more than 40 children in their specialized foster care program, and 150 children, adolescents and young adults in nine comprehensive therapeutic residences.  Additional services include: Sawtelle Learning Center for children within the spectrum of autism; OPTIONS – in home support, counseling and resources for youthful offenders; Gloucester County Mentoring Program – individual, group and family intervention therapies and a therapeutic weekend program for troubled adolescents and teens.

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