Category Archives for "Youth Consultation Service (YCS)"

Spreading Joy & Kindness At YCS’s George Washington Carver School

Ms. Deanna Craig at George Washington Carver School fosters kindness and cooperation through her therapy canine visits and more.

For years, Ms. Deanna Craig has been visiting George Washington Carver school with her therapy canines, establishing herself as a beloved and integral member of the GW Family. Her dedication and impact on the community have been truly remarkable.

Fostering Kindness & Cooperation 

Recently, Ms. Craig delighted the teachers by gifting an electronic copy of the book “The Jelly Donut Difference.” This heartwarming gesture introduced the students to the powerful messages of kindness and the importance of cooperation. 

To further reinforce these valuable lessons, Ms. Craig went the extra mile by personally requesting each student’s favorite doughnut flavor and surprising them with these sweet treats, thoughtfully provided by Dunkin’ Donuts, during a recent visit.

The Role of Youth Consultation Service

The Youth Consultation Service Educational Division plays a pivotal role in nurturing and educating students, grades K–8, with diverse behavioral issues at the YCS G.W. School. Classified students are referred to the YCS schools through Child Study Team referrals or residential placements, where they benefit from a structured program tailored to their needs.

More about YCS: YCS School Supply Drive: Empowering Children Through Community Support

Impacting George Washington Carver School & Beyond

The contributions of the Youth Consultation Service have been instrumental in fostering a supportive environment for both the students and the staff at the G.W. School. Through their dedicated efforts, they continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the students they serve.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund: Supporting YCS

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund stands as a strong supporter of the Youth Consultation Service, recognizing the vital role it plays in the community. By contributing to the Holiday Fund, you can help support the impactful work of organizations like the YCS, ensuring that they continue to provide essential services and create a positive impact in the lives of those they serve.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund is dedicated to changing lives and building stronger New Jersey communities. Your support will make a significant impact. Consider donating today at

Don’t forget to honor the dedication of Ms. Deanna Craig by spreading kindness and generosity. How will you spread joy today?✨

YCS School Supply Drive: Empowering Children Through Community Support

Fellow organizations rally for a school supply drive supporting Youth Consultation Service programs.

The power of community shines brightest when we come together to support those in need. This was evident in September, when The Learning Experience and BELA Day Care in Hackensack rallied their resources for a noble cause.

A Generous Gesture

In an incredible display of generosity, these institutions collected school supplies for the Youth Consultation Service (YCS) programs. The dedication of staff and families who donated ensured that every child within YCS services received essential tools for their studies. From pencils to backpacks, no item was too small in this collective effort to support children’s education.

The Role of Youth Consultation Service

Youth Consultation Service plays a crucial role in our community. They provide necessary services to children and families, offering support in the form of mental health services, crisis intervention, and educational programs. Their work is vital in ensuring that every child has the opportunity to succeed, and the recent school supply drive only underscores their commitment to this mission.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund

As we step into a season of heightened need for our 11 partner agencies, the support of the Greater Newark Holiday Fund becomes even more significant. This organization is a steadfast supporter of YCS, continually providing much-needed resources to help those in need.

Join Us in Making a Difference

We extend our deepest gratitude to YCS for their tireless work in our communities. However, the need for support remains high. Will you join us in making a difference?

You can contribute to the continued success of Youth Consultation Service and ten other critical agencies in New Jersey by donating to the Holiday Fund

Your generous contribution will go a long way in changing lives and building stronger communities. Together, we can make a significant impact. Donate today at

Youth Consultation Service: Impacting Lives, One Child and Family at a Time

Hats off to the Youth Consultation Service (YCS) in New Jersey for serving a remarkable 2,675 children and families! 🎈

The breakdown of their service is inspiring:

  • 63% Community Based Program
  • 23% Children’s Residential Care
  • 6% Adults’ Residential Care
  • 8% Schools

Each figure represents a dedicated effort towards creating a safer, healthier, and more supportive environment for our children and families.

Beyond the numbers, it’s about real people and real changes. Each person served represents a story of resilience, growth, and potential.

Thank you, YCS. We appreciate your significant contribution and its positive impact on our community. 🎉 It’s proof that when we band together, we can make meaningful strides towards a brighter future for everyone.

Keep shining, Youth Consultation Service! Your work is making a difference. Here’s to reaching even more milestones and continuing to uplift our community. 🌟

To join the movement, support the Holiday Fund and its partners with a donation. Together, we can uplift more individuals and families in New Jersey!

The Incredible Progress of Tyler: A Story of Triumph

Tyler is a 13-year-old boy with autism who had become uncontrollable and was at risk of harming himself and his family.

After being placed in a Youth Consultation Service home, Tyler has made incredible progress. He is now toilet trained, able to speak in short sentences, and was even named student of the month at his school.

By donating to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund, you can make a difference in the lives of children like Tyler!

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The Power of Supporting Young Mothers: Veronica’s Story

When Veronica Artis-Bryant was a 20-year-old sophomore at Stevens Institute of Technology, she discovered she was pregnant. Scared and unsure of her future, she found support and guidance through the Essex YCS Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) program. 

Her NFP nurse, Karen Burton, provided support and care for Veronica and her baby for two years. YCS offers this free program, connecting first-time, inner-city mothers with compassionate registered nurses.

Not only did Burton help with medical concerns but also provided emotional support, enabling Veronica to get a paid internship at a hardware production business. This opportunity boosted Veronica’s confidence and motivated her to pursue a major in mechanical engineering and design.

In the end, Veronica is proof that with a little support and encouragement, young mothers can make it.

When you donate to the Holiday Fund, you help organizations like YCS provide support and services to families in New Jersey.

Will you donate today? Visit and select ‘donate’ (or link in bio👉 @holidayfundnj)

Every contribution makes an impact!

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Youth Consultation Service

Each day, Youth Consultation Service (YCS) provides services to thousands of New Jersey families who have children with special needs. 

Some of the children at YCS’s group homes are separated from their loved ones and have been affected by trauma, others are affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities that adversely affect their behavior. 

Many families receive the intensive in-home and community support that enables their families to stay together. 

Whatever the need, the caring YCS staff is prepared to offer individualized educational, mental health and/or behavioral health programming to families and children, birth – adulthood, with special needs. 

How YCS Services Changed A Life

When Bruce was a child, his life was wrought with struggles. He suffered abuse, displacement, and extreme disappointment. As a result, his anger had turned into rage, and he struggled to manage his emotions. 

Through YCS services, Bruce connected with a special home administrator who has become a life-long friend. Eventually, Bruce was placed with YCS foster parents — the same parents who were found beaming at Bruce’s recent wedding. 

Read more about Bruce’s story on the Youth Consultation Services website

Youth Consultation Services Programs


Services to children with autism are provided through the YCS Sawtelle Services. Resources include the Learning Center, preschool, and residential care, all provided with a unique approach that focuses on each individual’s strengths, abilities and needs.

Watch an interview with Sawtell staff.


Foster parents may all look very different, yet they all share a heart that is prepared to give a child understanding, patience, compassion, empathy, guidance, a strong arm to lean on and a warm embrace when times are tough.


The YCS Educational Division serves students, grades K–8, with diverse behavioral issues at the YCS George Washington School in Bergen County. Classified students come to the YCS schools through Child Study Team referrals or residential placements when a structured program is needed. The YCS-Sawtelle Learning Center in Montclair offers outstanding educational and related services for students with autistic spectrum disorder, ages 3-21. 


The YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health, established in 2000, provides training, consultation and clinical services related to infants, toddlers, preschool-age children and their families. 


YCS offers an array of nurturing therapeutic, and life skills teaching residences

for children, teens and young adults with emotional/behavioral health challenges,

developmental and intellectual disabilities. 

  • Psychiatric Children’s Homes
  • Residential Treatment Centers
  • Intensive Residential Treatment Centers
  • Emergency Diagnostic / Crisis Stabilization Center
  • Sawtelle Residential Program
  • Sawtelle Homes for children with developmental/intellectual disabilities and Behavioral challenges.
  • Specialized Treatment Centers


YCS’s services span the vast needs represented in New Jersey, including:

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How It All Began

In 1918, YCS originated from the church mission of help of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark for abandoned women and children. By ‘32, the emphasis shifted to counseling young people through provision of a broad range of services.

In 2021, YCS served 2,675 children and families through their 57 programs. 

Volunteer With YCS

There are several ways to volunteer at YCS, including serving as a mentor, joining the advisory council, organizing a fundraising drive, just to name a few. 

Check out the detailed volunteer opportunities page for more information. 

After more than 100 years of service, YCS continues to find new ways to support, empower, and uplift New Jersey families.

Learn more about the impact YCS is having on the Greater Newark Area when you visit the Youth Consultation Services website.