Rob & Ryan Legacy Summer Project

We wish to thank all those affiliated with the Legacy, and those who donated to, the Summer Project. Hope For Youth was fortunate to be the recipient of the donation and for that we are grateful!! Male youth in our care received tees, shorts and slides, and there were boxers and briefs too. Not shown in the pic below are the beach chairs and beach towels received. Thank you Michelle Colvin for coordinating the Summer Drive! R&R Legacy’s continual support of our male youth is amazing and greatly appreciated. Cheers to our awesome supporter, R&R Legacy! #hopeforyouthli #robandryanlegacy #summertimefuntime

HFY Announces Appointment of New Board Member

We are excited to share that Elizabeth Sy has joined Hope For Youth’s Board of Directors.

Elizabeth Sy became involved with Hope For Youth in 2018 as a volunteer and a member of the Young Professionals Committee. Elizabeth is passionate about child welfare and development and looks forward to the opportunity to contribute as a member of the Board.

Elizabeth is an Associate at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C., where she is a member of the firm’s litigation department. Her practice focuses primarily on complex commercial litigation, including matters involving franchisor/franchisee disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, unfair business practices, trademark and copyright infringement, real estate disputes, breach of contract, and Article 78 proceedings. A portion of Elizabeth’s practice also involves insurance-related matters, with an emphasis on defending professional liability claims against attorneys.

Elizabeth received her Juris Doctor from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 2017, graduating Summa Cum Laude. While in attendance at Touro, Elizabeth served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Touro Law Review.

Welcome, Elizabeth. We look forward to your insight and contributions as our newest board member!

Summer Fun @ Farmingdale Residence

HFY donor Jeannette Bisono recently provided the youth in care, in our Farmingdale residence, with games and toys for summer vacation. Jeannette and her network of family and friends and their continued support of our agency is greatly appreciated! Check at the fun things below the kids will have, thanks to Jeannette. Awesome!!

Need love? Send love!

What a beautiful concept to remind someone that they are being thought of by a loved one. Throughout the month of February 2021, Caitlin Tehan and Valentina Pannullo created a project donation called “Need Love, Send Love” – the idea being a simple reminder to show someone that you are thinking about them and that you love them, even if it’s from a distance. They made string bracelets with a beaded heart on them, attached a note including the campaign description and signed off the person’s name who has sent the love. In doing so, they have raised and donated $900 to Hope For Youth!

“Just because mental health awareness month is over doesn’t mean we should stop checking in on our friends and family. And just because the world is opening back up, post-pandemic, it shouldn’t stop us from reminding our loved ones we love and care about them. We encourage everyone to continue spreading the love!”

Caitlin Tehan and Valentina Pannullo have both been involved with educating youth in Southeast Asia. Caitlin has been an elementary grade school teacher for 4 years in Thailand where she has grown to love and cherish teaching. Valentina has volunteered in Bali, Indonesia teaching English to kindergartners. They both agreed that Hope for Youth was a meaningful organization in which they both connected with and wished to support. #hopeforyouthli #ittakesavillage #teachersdoinggood

Summertime Fun

Thank you to a recent donor, Robyn Baechtle, whom we received two dozen beach towels from. Hot weather is here and our youth have begun to enjoy outings to the beach and community pools. Towels are always needed. Shown is a sampling of some of the cheery towels donated. Thank you Robyn!! #summerfun #ittakesavillage #hopeforyouthli

Register Now! Run For Hope 5K

Saturday October 2, 2021 Rain or Shine – Heckscher State Park, Field One

Start Time 9:00 AM

Check-In Beginning at 8:00 AM

Tee Shirt included if Registered prior to September 10th

Register Here: 2021 Run for  Hope 5K Heckscher State Park (

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Have any questions, wish to volunteer, contact Tenaya at or call


Scholarship Winner Announced

The Cultural Diversity Scholarship recipient has been selected and we are happy to share that Lilinette Herrera was selected as our awardee! Lilinette interned with HFY and upon graduation, accepted a Case Manager position within the Adjustment Services Program (ASP). Way to go, Lilinette! We look forward to following your Master’s Degree journey. Congratulations!!

Happy Juneteenth

Celebrated annually on June 19, the day is now recognized as a federal holiday. Juneteenth’s commemoration is on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865, announcement by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming and enforcing freedom of enslaved people in Texas, which was the last state of the Confederacy with institutional slavery.

Celebrations date to 1866, at first involving church-centered community gatherings in Texas. It spread across the South and became more commercialized in the 1920s and 1930s, often centering on a food festival. Participants in the Great Migration out of the South carried their celebrations to other parts of the country. During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, these celebrations were eclipsed by the nonviolent determination to achieve civil rights, but grew in popularity again in the 1970s with a focus on African American freedom and African-American arts. Celebratory traditions often include public readings of the Emancipation Proclamation, singing traditional songs such as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, and the reading of works by noted African-American writers, such as Ralph Ellison and Maya Angelou.

On June 15, 2021 Juneteenth became a federal holiday with the passage of the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act. This the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King.

Have You ever Thought of Fostering?

There is such a need for foster parents. Our new initiative, Project 21, is focused on addressing our foster family shortage, and the recruitment of foster parents. The decline in foster bed capacity was only accelerated by the pandemic as many potential foster families feared the enormous changes ahead and potential dangers occurring in our society. Orientations are regularly scheduled and by attending you can learn more about the process to becoming a foster parent.

HFY offers digital orientations the last Thursday of every month for those interested. For more information, contact Tina Basile, Project 21 Coordinator, at (631)782-6516. We look forward to hearing from you!

Register Now!

Our annual 5K is on for Saturday, October 2nd. Support Hope For Youth and come out to run, walk or volunteer. 9:00AM start time, rain or shine. Heckscher State Park. Field One. Register Here. We hope to see you!

5K proceeds will benefit youth educational services, recreational services, emergency clothing closet supplies and outreach activities. Please contact 631-782-6574 with any questions you might have.