LIVINGSTON, NJ – Registration for Livingston Youth and Community Services (LYCS) Leaders After-School Program is open until Dec. 31.

LYCS Leaders is a community-based program designed for students grades one through 12 with a different curriculum for each grade level. According to Program Supervisor of Community Services and Senior, Youth and Leisure Services Susan Ridley, the age-appropriate topics incorporated into the program provide leadership training, healthy life skills, social skills and substance abuse prevention education for students.

Ridley said the curriculum is based on national, state and community statistics.

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“Our job is to give the information to children and the support that they need. We give them strategies to resist peer pressure and provide lifelong skills,” said Ridley.

Creative activities are a large component of the curriculum, including the use of books for the younger grade levels. “Our topics reinforce what the schools are teaching, but in a fun way,” added Ridley.

Ridley also stressed that the educators in the program provide a support structure for children in each grade level.

In addition, LYCS offers opportunities for students to volunteer and participate in community service projects, including participation in bingo games and performing in talent shows for Livingston seniors.

“Kids can show who they are, and the seniors love being around the kids,” said Ridley.

Currently, students are involved in a Rain Barrel Project, in collaboration with Rutgers University and the Livingston Green Team, in which they paint and decorate rain barrels for water conservation.

LYCS also holds family socials such as the upcoming Halloween Night to be held on Oct. 31 at Monmouth Court Community Center, located at 26 Monmouth Court, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for registered members of LYCS and their siblings and parents.

For information on registration for the LYCS Leaders program, click HERE.