Preparing Students for Tomorrows Challenges

Credits: Susan Ridley

It’s not too late to sign up for Livingston Youth and Community Services (LYCS) LEADERS after-school, educational programs that teach leadership, healthy life choices, and life skills to students Grades 1 - 12 in the Livingston Public School district. The Elementary program, Young Leaders (Gr 1 & Gr 2) and Leaders (Grs 3, 4, & 5) meet once a month at the school to discuss a variety of age-appropriate topics from making friends, self-esteem, to team-building, communication skills, bullying/cyber bullying, and resisting peer pressure.

As students move up through the grades, LYCS monthly evening programs at Monmouth Court Community Center (26 Monmouth Ct.) provides more involvement in decision-making and opportunities to practice leadership skills. Grade 5 Leaders Club is an opportunity for all Grade 5 students to meet and make friends prior to going into middle school next year. Students choose topics of interest, adopt-a-charity, and participate in community service. Peer Leaders Club (Grs 6, 7 & 8) and Community Leaders Club (Grs 9, 10, 11 & 12) members choose topics of interest and participate in cross-age teaching and mentoring.

Community service is an integral part of the LYCS programming. Helping those in need strengthens community bonds and provides an opportunity for students to gain appreciation for what they have, rather than taking everything for granted. Programs include socializing and playing Bingo with residents at CareOne in Livingston and/or sharing talents (i.e. singing, dancing, music, magic tricks etc…) to collection drives and fundraising for worthy causes.

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For more information about LYCS program activities and class schedules visit, email:, or call 973-535-7925 ext 703. Deadline for registration is December 31. Programs start in October and finish in May, with an end-of-year pool party in June. Registration forms are available at the Senior/Community Center (204 Hillside Ave) where you can register in person. Alternatively, there is online registration with CommunityPass.

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).

LEADERS is a community-based, after-school program that provides leadership training, healthy life choices, and social skills to students (Gr 1 - 12) in Livingston school district. For class schedules and program information, go to Leaders is a program of the Township of Livingston: Senior, Youth, & Leisure Services and is funded in part by the Livingston Municipal Alliance Committee (LMAC).

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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