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The Jefferson Awards, founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard, is America’s top honor for public service. Widely considered the Nobel Prize for public service, the Jefferson Awards recognize people and groups that make a difference in their local communities. In NJ, Jefferson Awards are administered by the NJ Governor’s Office of Volunteerism. 

LYOHS received the 2021 New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards 9/12 during a ceremony held at the Grounds for Sculpture museum in Hamilton Township. In addition, the founder Matthew Zhang received the Youth in Service Award.

9/27/2021 Livingston Town Council Meeting

The Livingston mayor and council publicly recognized LYOHS and Zhang for the recent accomplishments during 9/27/2021 Livingston Township Council meeting.

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Livingston Students Earn Prestigious Award for Extraordinary Public Service

HAMILTON, NJ — Two Livingston students—including Livingston High School (LHS) junior Matthew Zhang and recent Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School graduate Maurice Korish—recently received New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards during a ceremony held at the Grounds for Sculpture museum in Hamilton Township.

Livingston Youth Organization for Human Services Ramps Up Volunteer Efforts in Summer 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After a successful school year of assisting countless New Jersey citizens in need, the Livingston Youth Organization for Human Services (LYOHS) carried forward its momentum and proliferated its efforts over the summer of 2021.

Kiwanis Club of Livingston Names 2021 Youth Citizens of the Year

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Kiwanis Club of Livingston has named Shane Samuels, a recent graduate of Livingston High School (LHS), and Matthew Zhang, a rising junior, as its Youth Citizens of the Year for their outstanding contributions to the community in recent years.

Livingston Youth Organization for Human Services Reaches New Heights in 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After multiple successful service projects beginning in the fall of 2020, the student-run nonprofit Livingston Youth Organization for Human Services (LYOHS) has continued its momentum with local humanitarian initiatives and hopes to progress with larger projects and greater community outreach in 2021.

Livingston Student Philanthropists Share Details of Fall Service Projects

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After hosting several successful community service projects over the last few months, the Livingston Youth Organization for Human Services (LYOHS)—a local nonprofit organization led by Livingston High School students and aimed at improving the lives of as many people as possible—has accelerated its operations for the fall and is already recruiting participants for two upcoming events.

Livingston Teens Lead Eclectic Series of Community Service Projects

LIVINGSTON, NJ — A group of Livingston High School students who share a common goal of improving the lives of as many people as possible through social outreach are currently carrying out multiple community service projects to benefit a variety of local causes.