Who we are
Our society today is far from perfect. Socio-economic inequality is now at its highest level ever recorded, creating communities with giant disparities between people of different social and economic statuses. Those at the bottom of the so-called “societal ladder” are hit hardest by the world’s biggest issues, such as poverty, climate change, disease, and more. Thus, the primary mission of the LYOHS is to assist the countless citizens that have been left behind by society – those in need of greater opportunities for a bright future. We hope that with one project at a time, we can transform our community into a better place to live for all.
the lyohs story
The Livingston Youth Organization for Human Services was founded on the firm belief that anyone, even youths, can make a difference in the community. We specifically want to empower youths by inspiring them to take initiative and create positive change. Although it’s based in the township of Livingston, the LYOHS is open for anyone from anywhere to get involved and participate. Because we uphold the philosophy that there is strength in numbers, the more people that join our organization, the stronger our initiative for providing human services becomes.
— Our Origin
In January of 2020, a few extremely driven high school students took their passion for community service to new heights. With a bit of courage and support, these students banded together to form an organization with one goal: improving the lives of those in need.
— Our Vision
The LYOHS envisions a community where various resources are readily available to those who need it. We hope to move our county one step closer towards a brighter future, where everyone has access to equal opportunities.
— Our Progress
Thus far, the LYOHS has completed various community service projects. These have included township volunteer works and creative fundraisers for COVID-19 patients. We look to expand our organization and implement a plethora of new service events in the future.
Meet our board
FOUNDER - MATTHEW ZHANG
Matthew Zhang is the founder and president of LYOHS. He is a sophomore at Livingston High School. There, he is a captain of the Speech and Debate team, a sophomore class representative in the Student Government, and a member of the Future Business Leaders of America. Matthew avidly participates in community service, consistently volunteering for his Church and School, independent service events, and large non-profit organizations. He is also a volunteer instructor at multiple debate camps that teach underprivileged kids public speaking and debate skills. Matthew’s favorite hobbies include playing basketball, reading, and doing creative writing.
Harris Rosenthal is the chairman of LYOHS. He is an enthusiastic student with a love for learning and technology. Harris serves as the president of the Friendship Circle, an organization that helps kids with disabilities or special needs. Additionally, he is a passionate investor since age 8, who regularly attends the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting. In spare time, Harris enjoys world travel and playing basketball. Harris believes in the philosophy, “The harder you work the luckier you get.”
Anuvik Das is the service coordination executive of LYOHS. He is a sophomore at Livingston High School, and does many extracurricular activities such as basketball, Lincoln-Douglas debate, chorus, mock trial, and community service at various events and organizations. He has lots of experience volunteering for the West Essex YMCA, The Wounded Warrior Project, and the Livingston Public Library. Some of Anuvik’s favorite activities include playing sports and exercising. His favorite subject in school is any course that involves math. Anuvik is extremely optimistic about making a difference for the community with the LYOHS!