LIVINGSTON, NJ — Nearly 50 Livingston students participating in the Livingston Youth and Community Services (LYCS) Leaders program, a community-based after-school program that teaches leadership, healthy life choices and life skills to Livingston students in grades 1-12, received Excellence in Community Service Awards at the Livingston Township Council meeting on Monday.

According to LYCS Program Supervisor Susan Ridley and LYCS Leaders teacher Patty Arnold, LYCS provides community service opportunities, expressive arts programs, environmental initiatives and more. Monday marked the fifth-annual LYCS awards ceremony.

“As a township program, LYCS is growing in membership and proudly increasing in the number of outstanding young individuals who, in addition to regular meetings, spend hours outside of their busy school schedules to volunteer in community service projects,” said Arnold. “The students being recognized this evening have shown dedication by developing and implementing new ways to engage youth and other residents in living healthy, safe and productive lifestyles.”

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Arnold said some of these activities include cross-age teaching sessions, like playing Bingo and performing in talent shows at CareOne; creating detailed exhibits; participating in Earth Day activities at the YMCA’s Peanut Shell nursery school; and, in addition to regular yearly service projects, participating in Livingston’s first town-wide cleanup day last month.

“We should all be very proud of the students being awarded the Excellence in Community Service,” said Arnold. “These are not only the individuals who are young leaders in our town, but leaders for our future world and helping to define Livingston as a leading community.”

Arnold and Ridley congratulated all of the participating students and thanked them for their commitment.  

The 44 Excellence in Community Service Award recipients this year include:

Aqeel Akbari

Rehana Akbari

Sana Akbari

Sohail Akbari

Melanie Alpert

Skyler Alpert

Shlok Baijal

Vedant Baijal

Shaam Beed

Meghan Burke

Laurenz Canent

Zacharie Canent

Kara Chai

Jocelyn Chen

Leah Dolin

Collin Eagen

Bella Ferrante

Emily Gaffney

Joshua Gill

Wesley Gill

Nicole Gingerelli

Anita Joshi

Rhea Joshi

Risa Kanefsky

Benjamin Lam

Macen Lantzman

Zane Lantzman

Benjamin Laskov

Emma Laskov

Gloria Liu

Joanna Liu

Phoebe Liu

Christopher Ma

Leah Margolis

Sean McDermott

Emma Michaels

Sabrina Reba

Vanessa Reba

Dominic Ricci

Emily Shahar

Will Taylor

Rosa Xia

Margaret Zhuang


To learn more about the LYCS program, click HERE