Thirty-five years ago, a group of six people created the with the goal of helping those in need of
individual and family counseling in the Massapequa community.
Three and a half decades later, the goal has not changed but the movement has expanded to an outreach program with a staff of 40 dedicated individuals. They're still dedicated to positively impacting the lives of each person the organization touche. Recently, YES celebrated its 35th Anniversary in style at and Jamie Bogenshutz couldn’t be happier about the momentous success.
“This is an absolute milestone,” said Bogenshutz, the
current Executive Director of YES. “This agency has done everything it possibly could to contribute to the community and tonight is just validation that we are a very, very important part of the community and we work really hard to respond to the needs of kids and families and we will continue to keep doing what we need to do to make the community better and healthier.”
To celebrate the success and growth of YES, the organization
honored community members who displayed leadership and dedication over the years .
Joy Jorgensen, the current YES resident and a retired school teacher, has been volunteering with the organization over 28 years. Mark Marrazzo, who's served the Massapequa community since 1983, is also a member of the YES Board of Directors and is the current President of the Massapequa Kiwanis club.
The Baird Family have lived in Massapequa over 32 years and raised money for YES through an annual
The Haunted House was voted No. 1 in the tri-state area and all of the proceeds not only benefit those in the Massapequa area, but an organization that helps the children of sick firefighters.
Nancy and Frank Baird, along with their two adult children,
Heather and Kevin, have been leaders in the community with a passion to help
those who are less fortunate and strive to make a positive difference to society.
YES offers services to individuals and families with young people ages 10-21 with issues such as family relationships, divorce, domestic violence, depression, child abuse, suicide, eating disorders and socialization.
The group also offers community based outreach programs such as social work
that are partnered with the various elementary schools in the district.