CYO Pool House Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
On June 15 , 2021 the CYO officially
opened the new Yardville Pool House. Check out the attached video
from the ceremony with Bishop O'Connell, Mayor Jeff Martin, CYO
Board / Staff members, and many CYO friends.
Camp reopened after the 2020 pandemic closing. The campers are excited to
be back and they love the new facility!
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The CYO recently
celebrated the grand opening of the beautiful new pool house at
their Yardville camp.
Pictured here are Bishop David
O'Connell from the Diocese of Trenton, Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff
Martin, CYO Executive Director Tom Mladenetz and members of the CYO
Board of Trustees. This large, two story building replaces the
original structure from the 1950's. The CYO Camp kids were thrilled
with this new space when the camp reopened this week after last
summer's pandemic closing.
CYO Bromley Center receives $5,000 grant for
its Food Pantry
CYO Bromley Center receives $5,000 grant for its Food Pantry through
Acme's 130 days of Nourishing Neighbors Campaign. Pictured left to
right at the Yardville ACME are: Jennifer Kubicke from Acme,
Patrick Hardiman, CYO Bromley Director, Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin,
Tom Mladenetz, CYO Executive Director, and Jeff Miller from Acme.
FORMER CAMPER / COUNSELOR DONATES $10K TO
YARDVILLE CYO CAMP!
Pictured with CYO Executive Director, Tom
Mladenetz, is Mitchell Hennessey – a long time camper and counselor
at the Yardville CYO Camp. Mr. Hennessey recently made an
extraordinarily generous $10,000 donation to the CYO! These funds
have been earmarked toward the ongoing fundraising efforts for the
recently completed new pool house construction.
Mitchell speaks passionately about all the great memories he has of
the CYO Camp where he spent 13 summers (his sister, Holly
attended as well). The CYO also provided each of them with their
first jobs! As a young, successful businessman, Mr. Hennessey
recognizes the importance of giving back. The CYO is truly grateful
for his generosity.
To learn more about the CYO, visit their website at
CYO of Mercer Gets Grant from NJM Insurance
April 2021 – Trenton, NJ – Catholic
Youth Organization (CYO) of Mercer County recently received a grant
from NJM Insurance Group to support replacement/addition of several
automated external defibrillators (AED) at its childcare sites.
Sudden cardiac arrest (SAC) claims lives of 325,000 people each
year-- up to 9,000 youth-- & having automated external defibrillator
(AED) nearby with trained, educated staff can best ensure chances of
survival for victims.
With thousands of people involved in childcare, swimming programs &
athletics, CYO currently maintains AEDs at each center, Trenton's
Broad St. & East State St. sites & Yardville. With completion of new
pool house at Yardville, it was necessary to acquire additional
unit, & timing was such that existing units required replacement as
CYO Executive Director, Tom Mladenetz, said, “These units are
crucial for CYO to maintain highest level of safety at its sites. We
have long known of NJM’s commitment to non-profit sector in our
community & are grateful for the support.”
CYO offers new Remote learning Program at Yardville and South Broad
St. locations to meet the needs of working parents! Include are
pictures from the programs. (Click The
Photo For A Larger View)
Comcast’s free WiFi zones benefits
hundreds of low-income students at these N.J. nonprofits
Times of Trenton, NJ.com -
During a time in which the Internet has become more essential than
ever before, hundreds of youth across two nonprofit organizations in
Mercer County have recently gained unlimited access to it.
WiFi-connected Lift Zones were established at the facilities of the
Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County and the Catholic Youth
Organization (CYO) of Mercer County last year in alignment with
Comcast’s effort to launch more than 1,000 zones of free WiFi in
community centers nationwide by the end of 2021.
“The pandemic has put many low-income students at risk of being left
behind, and we’re proud to work with partners like the Boys & Girls
Clubs and Catholic Youth Organization of Mercer County to support
them with Internet adoption and digital equity programs like this
one,” Jim Samaha, senior vice president of Comcast’s Freedom Region,
said in a press release shared with NJ Advance Media. “We hope these
Lift Zones help Trenton students stay connected to vital educational
CYO of Mercer County provides affordable educational and
recreational services including preschools, before and after-school
programs, summer camps, swim lessons, and athletic leagues to youth
across Greater Mercer County. Free WiFi was installed at both the
South Broad Street and East State Street centers of CYO of Mercer
County last fall.
John Soss, the program director of CYO of Mercer County, said the
organization had Internet access prior to the implementation of the
Lift Zones — but it was “more of an afterthought.”
“We plugged in a router and there was WiFi if we needed it. But part
of what we do with summer camp and after-school is, we try not to
have the kids on the Internet too much because we want them to play
with each other and with board games,” Soss told NJ Advance Media.
“So we were trying to get them away from screen time, and never
really thought WiFi was important.”
Now, nearly one year after the coronavirus outbreak swept across New
Jersey, Soss admitted he wasn’t certain “we would have made it this
far” without Comcast’s WiFi donation.
“Back in March and April when everything was shut down, there were a
lot of paper packets because the kids didn’t have their devices. But
coming into September, we all knew this is was going to be the plan:
that everyone is going to have a computer,” Soss said. “Everyone
knew this was going to be an issue, and there were just so many
concerns you had to worry about with safety and wearing masks and
washing your hands.
“Without that installation, I don’t want to think about how much
money we would have had to spend just in terms of the hardware,
increasing the amount of bandwidth that we would have to be paying
for with a loss in revenue because we’re not having as many kids in
the building — I mean this could have really set us back,” he added.
WiFi Lift Zones
Jamila Ramos, 7, works in the CYO center on South Broad Street in
Trenton.Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Technology experts from Comcast installed the WiFi at the
Trenton-based centers themselves, an action for which Soss expressed
his particular gratitude.
“Having the experts come in and install the access points and the
routers exactly where they need to go instead of me Googling it and
trying to figure it out myself — it’s just been a huge weight off my
back,” Soss said.
Tom Mladenetz, executive director of CYO of Mercer County, said he
felt “blessed” that CYO of Mercer County was one of the hundreds of
sites across the country chosen by Comcast to receive free WiFi.
“We’re obviously very, very appreciative of the Comcast Lift Zones.
They reached out to me months ago, and everyone on their team ...
has just been so helpful. And they realize that what they’re doing
just helps so many families in the city,” Mladenetz said.
WiFi Lift Zones
Tom Mladenetz, executive director of CYO of Mercer County, in the
gym, which has been partitioned to meet social distancing
requirements.Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Pre-pandemic, the number of youth served by the organization
amounted to roughly 200. This number has fallen to approximately 50
in CYO’s efforts to abide by COVID-19 protocols and regulations.
“With the additional divide and with the families we serve ..
everyone just had to pivot in this pandemic,” Mladenetz said.
“Everybody just worked together. Our staff has been great.”
According to Mladenetz, preschool teachers at CYO have been
educating students virtually, while school-age children continue to
come into the building and be serviced by the Lift Zones.
Reggie Coleman, the executive vice president of operations for the
Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County, expressed his gratitude for the
installation of the Lift Zones last year. Free WiFi was provided to
the organization’s two clubhouses in Trenton and Lawrence.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County
A student does his homework at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer
Prior to the pandemic, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County,
which provides social and recreational activities through programs
offered after school, on weekends and over the summer, was typically
open for three hours each day, Coleman said.
At the start of this fall, the organization expanded to ten-hour
days to accommodate families whose children were continuing their
“The Trenton school district is closed for in-person schooling, only
100% virtual. So we have just about 200 kids enrolled between the
two buildings,” Coleman said. “Prior to the Lift Zones, there’s no
way our Internet could accommodate so many kids at one time.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County enjoyed Internet access
prior to the epidemic, but there were never more than 25 to 30 youth
online at once, Coleman said.
“Now ... kids are for the full school day are online the whole time.
And not only are they online, they’re on Zoom platforms, which pulls
more Internet usage,” Coleman said. “We had Internet prior, but it
was somewhat choppy. Kids would drop off and have to get back on. So
we’re in a good place now where they pretty much go through their
whole day without interruption.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County
Students take advantage of the Lift Zones at the Boys & Girls Clubs
of Mercer County.
“There’s so many kids in the city who don’t have Internet access at
their homes. Some don’t have computers, although the districts have
done a great job in ensuring that ... every kid got a Chromebook,”
he added. “So we’re kind of the back-up if they forget the
Chromebook at home or their laptop.”
Like CYO of Mercer County, the Boys & Girls Clubs are serving less
youth than average to comply with health and safety guidelines.
However, Coleman said the organization has the opportunity to
provide services to more students through Lexia, an online learning
management platform purchased by the Boys & Girls Clubs over the
summer that reaped the benefits of the Lift Zones.
“We’ve been able to push our literacy,” Coleman said. “Now with the
learning management system (Lexia), we can serve kids from home —
not that everyone’s jumping on the computer right now in their
social time. But if the kids couldn’t get into the building because
we’re at capacity, they can do our programming online from home.”
Nayeli Garcia, a 10-year-old girl that has participated in CYO’s
after-school and summer programs for over five years, said the WiFi
makes it easier for her to complete her homework at the
organization, as well as communicate with her friends.
WiFi Lift Zones
Nayeli Garcia, 10, works at the CYO center on South Broad Street in
Trenton.Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
“I like to use it for my homework. When I’m done with school, I
don’t really use (WiFi),” Garcia said. “I miss how it used to be,
because I don’t really see most of my friends. I can only see them
online. I miss giving them a hug.”
Autumn Robinson, also a 10 year-old girl, said she spends all day
long at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Mercer County, where one of her
favorite things to do is use her computer — which she’s been using
“a lot more than usual” because of the epidemic.
“I like to just play on my computer,” Robinson said. “I talk to my
friends and do homework, and just classwork most of the time.”
Soss emphasized that the younger kids at the organization “require
so much extra help” from the staff members on site, which have
become limited in number due to the pandemic. In light of this, CYO
of Mercer County is especially appreciative of the Lift Zones for
enabling older children like Nayeli to be “self-sufficient.”
“It’s great that we have kids like Nayeli who can ... sit in a
corner, and they do what they’re supposed to do and they’re great
students,” Soss said. “But without the WiFi, we wouldn’t be able to
“The fact that the kids are self-motivated and want to learn, and
they don’t want to stay behind and waste a year of not learning —
it’s great because we’re giving them the space and the Internet to
do it, but they’re doing it themselves,” he added.
WiFi Lift Zones
Students use their laptops at CYO of Mercer County.Michael Mancuso |
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
In reflecting upon the last year, both Coleman and Soss recognized
that the pandemic has shined a spotlight on the importance of the
services they provide — and hence why efforts like those of Comcast
that make these services possible are so profoundly vital.
“In the spring, a lot of businesses shut down and a lot of people
were working from home. A lot of parents lost their jobs. Now, the
economy is trying to build itself back up. A lot of parents are
going to work,” Coleman said. “And the ones who aren’t going to
work, they’re looking for work or just aren’t equipped to help their
son or daughter throughout the school day. So this is just a break
“Now more than ever, people understand the importance of childcare,”
Soss said. “When you have parents who are working double jobs or
long shifts, when the school day ends they still need somewhere for
their kids to go ... and you can’t have a community if you don’t
“So I’ve always loved working here, and I think that’s the most
important part that we provide — that childcare, that comfort that
families can have,” he added.
CYO of Mercer Gets Grant from Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation
June 2020 – Trenton, NJ – Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) of
Mercer County recently received a 2020 Project Innovation grant from
NBC10, Telemundo62 & Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, along with 6
other organizations in the greater Philadelphia market & 62
non-profit entities in 10 other markets across the Country.
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CYO Bromley Summer Food Service Program. Free grab and go lunch
for 5-14 year olds Monday through Friday from 12pm – 2pm from June 1
to August 21.
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Flier And Registration form. For more info. contact CYO
Bromley Center at 609-587-8100.
Push for Capital Campaign for New Yardville CYO Pool House!
CYO has announced their next major facility improvement project - to
build a new pool house at our Yardville Branch!
download a fundraising form
click here, or to make a donation
here to go to our donations page on
the web. If you have any questions contact Patrick Hardiman at
YARDVILLE CYO POOL HOUSE GRANTS
The CYO recently received two $5,000 grants to kick start the
fundraising of the New Pool House Project! Pictured from left to
right at the check presentation is Cecilee Abney from the Roma Bank
Community Foundation, Tom Mladenetz, CYO Executive Director holding
a rendering of the Pool House, and Linda Martin employees of Investor Bank.
The 22nd CYO Golf Classic will be held Thursday, October. 10, 2019
at Mountainview Golf Course. This year , we are honoring Dr.
Katherine Soss Prihoda as CYO Woman of the Year!
read the Trentonian News paper article on the CYO Woman of the Year
Dr. Katherine Soss Prihoda
to follow. For questions contact Patrick Hardiman at
Investors Grant Presentation
from left, Cecilee Abney from
Investors presents a check to CYO Executive Director, Tom
Mladenetz for $2,500
Rutgers University‒Camden Nursing Students Learn While Teaching
Preschool Children About Healthy Living :
Rutgers-Camden Campus News
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Pictured above are some of the volunteers from
Lake Catholic High School in the Cleveland (Mentor), Ohio area along
with Lake staff member Marty Gibbons and CYO Executive Director Tom
Mladenetz.These students performed two days of community service at
the CYO Yardville facility-helping to prepare the grounds for the
upcoming camp season.Another Catholic Lake staff member, Jillian
Zaczyk brought a different group of students to the CYO this week as
well. These students and staff spent their Easter Break on this Mew
Jersey Immersion Trip sponsored / coordinated by the Center for
Faith Justice. Besides the CYO Yardville, students also worked at
TASK and the Visitation Home. The CYO was grateful for two very
productive days performed by this group of stellar high school
CYO RECEIVESD GRANT FROM CHRISTINE’S HOPE FOR KIDS - CYO
recently received a $5,000 grant from Christine’s Hope For Kids to
support CYO’s pre-school, after school, and summer programming.
Pictured above is John Gianacaci (second from left) from Christine’s
Hope For Kids, CYO Executive Director, Tom Mladenetz (second from
right), Program Director, John Soss, and Grant Writer Nancy Podeszwa,
all surrounded by the CYO South Broad St. preschoolers.
GRANT FROM BERKSHIRE BANK The CYO South Broad St. recently
received a grant from Berkshire Bank for the After School's Tutoring
Program. Pictured from left to right at the check presentation is
John Soss, After School Program Director, Christine Spinelli and
Bambina Szarka from Berkshire Bank, and Tom Mladenetz, CYO Executive
CYO YARDVILLE PRE-SCHOOL GAINS NAEYC RE-ACCREDIATION
The CYO Yardville Pre-School recently achieved
the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
re-accreditation in August, therefore keeping the Pre-School
accredited with NAEYC through August, 2023.
NAEYC accredited programs have demonstrated a
commitment to providing a high quality program for young children
and their families. Scoring categories include health and safety,
staffing, staff qualifications, physical environment,
administration, and the nature of the child experience.
Pictured left to right is Patrick Hardiman, CYO
Yardville Director, four Pre-School students, Kate Monroe,
Pre-School Supervisor, and Tom Mladenetz, CYO Executive Director.
The CYO continues its commitment serving the City
of Trenton as it has for the past 66 years! We are tackling
enhancements projects this Summer! Photo with heavy equipment and
stacked materials is ready to install a new roof at our East State
St. Center. The other photo shows the clearing of a dilapidated
garage the CYO recently purchased at a City auction. This location
is directly behind our South Broad St. Center. It will be a fenced,
secure parking area for CYO bus and van.
Support our fundraising efforts by going to
www.cyomercer.org or calling the CYO Executive Director, Tom
Mladenetz at 609-396-8383 ext. 15. Help us help the community!
Executive Director, Tom Mladenetz, was recently named
"Professional of the Year" by the New Jersey Recreation
and Park Association. Pictured above is Mladenetz
holding the award along with members of the CYO staff
and Board of Trustees.
presentation was at the annual NJRPA State -wide
conference at Harrah's in Atlantic City
From left to right, Ed Petranto, CYO
Board Member, Tom Mladenetz,
CYO Executive Director, Brenda
Rascher, CYO Board Member,
and Art Caolo, CYO9 Board Member pose
for a picture at the NJRPA Awards Dinner.
Hamilton Township Economic Development Advisory Commission honors
the CYO. Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede and the Hamilton
Township Economic Development Advisory Commission recently honored
the CYO with a Community Service Award at their 42nd Annual Hamilton
Township Economic Development Distinguished Achievement Awards
Celebration on October 27.
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From left to right, CYO Board Members Ed Petranto, Kathy Prihoda,
Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede, CYO Executive Director Tom
Mladenetz, Hamilton Township Economic Development Director, Marty
Flynn, CYO Board member Scott Krasny and his wife Michelle, CYO
Grant Writer Nancy Podeszwa, and CYO Board member Tom Griffith and
his wife Danielle.
Basketball League 2017-2018
Opening Day Mass Saturday November 4 at 9:00 AM at the CYO Yardville
located at 453 Yardville-Allentown Rd. All basketball players,
cheerleaders, coaches, family members, school faculty, clergy, and
friends are strongly encouraged to attend.
Ewing CYO Pre-School is Back!
will re-open Monday, September 11 and our building has been totally
renovated. All classrooms are air conditioned!
The CYO of Mercer County has
announced a new partnership with Jazzercise! This popular exercise
program will now be offered four times per week at the Yardville CYO
location. For more information contact Eileen Garretson at (609)
658-8473 or via e-mail at
"Sister Joanne Dress, D.C and Tom
Mladenetz, CYO Executive Director pose for a picture at the Hamilton
Township Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute. Tom was presented with
the Hamilton Township Dr. King Spirit of the Community Service
To view the photo gallery of the
Monitor Newspaper pictures of the Hamilton Township Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. Tribute
To read the Monitors Opening Day Mass story, and view the
photo gallery of the Mass, and Opening Day Games,
Harry Wright 2014-2015 CYO Volunteer Coach of the Year.
Harry. From OLS – St. Anthony’s was soccer coach and Parish
Chad Nelson, 2014-2015 CYO Male Athlete of the Year, from
Gianna Lucchesi, 2014-2015 CYO Female Athlete of the Year,
from St. Greg’s.
To read the Monitor Newspaper
article about the CYO Day Camp Talent Show
students and staff pose for a picture in front of the new 2015, 29
passenger school bus. Thank you to the major bus donors that made
this purchase possible: James Kerney Foundation, Mercer Fund of the
Community Fund of NJ, and Mary Owen Borden Foundation. In addition,
we appreciate the numerous individuals and organizations who
supported this fund-raining effort!
$15,000 Grant to
the CYO from Investors Bank.
The CYO received
a $15,000 grant from Investor Bank for the Monsignor Toomey Annex in
for your generous support!
New Playground Ribbon
Cutting Ceremony and the Bromley Center.
Left to right, Kurt Simmons-Bromley
Center Staff, Tom Mladenetz-CYO
Executive Director, Sister Joanne
Dress-Executive Director for Catholic
Social Services/CYO Board Member, Donna
Marie Clancy-Bromley Center Assistant
Director, John Kilcoyne, Bromley Center
Volunteer, Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly
Yaede, Patrick Hardiman-Bromley Center
Director, and Marty Flynn-Hamilton
Township Director of Health, Recreation,
Senior and Veteran Services all pose for
a picture of the ribbon cutting with
Bromley Center members at the top.
see photos from the Cross Country Meet
To see the photo gallery
from Opening Day Mass and opening day games
To view the photo gallery
of the CYO Basketball Hall of Fame Dine and Awards Banquet
To read about the
2014-2015 CYO opening day mass and games stories from the monitor
To read the Monitor Newspaper article about the CYO Yardville
Monsignor Toomey Grand Opening
YARDVILLE MONSIGNOR TOOMEY ANNEX NOW OPEN
The 4,600 square foot air
conditioned indoor play space in now complete and the children are
enjoying it! Camp, Pre-School, After School and basketball programs
will be enhanced by it. New programming will be formed, staff
training sessions, parent nights, and so much more to take advantage
of in this great space!
"Tom Mladenetz, CYO Executive Director stands ready to
address the crowd at the opening of
the Monsignor Toomey Annex."
Dennis Apoldite, Pastor of Sacred Heart Church and
Secretary of the CYO Board of trustees
the Monsignor Toomey Annex."
"Left, Scott Pirozzi, General Contractor for the
Monsignor Toomey Annex receives a plaque from Tom
Mladenetz, right, CYO Executive Director for all of his
hard in coordinating the project."
"CYO Executive Director Tom Mladenetz address the
at the Monsignor Toomey Grand Opening."
"Campers sit patiently ready to get first crack at the
Monsignor Toomey Annex."
"The crowd takes in the Monsignor Toomey Annex at the
"Mr. Pat address the campers at the opening of the
Monsignor Toomey Annex."
To read the Trenton Times
article from 3/28/14 about the High School All Star Game
To view photos
and read the story about the 2013-2014 CYO basketball Championships
To learn more
about the CYO South Broad St. computer lab upgrade and grant
To read the
Hamilton Pulse article about the Venom softball team putting on a
Winter Holiday Carnival for the students at CYO East State Street
To read a story from the
Monitor Newspaper on the Monsignor Toomey Annex addition
Monsignor Toomey Annex Construction has
The CYO has begun construction on a 4600
square foot addition at the Yardville Branch being named the
Monsignor Toomey Annex after our late, great, Founder, and first
Director, Monsignor Leonard Toomey. The addition will include a
large open space with a divider, sections of bleachers, portable
baskets, and bathroom facilities. It will provide space for play on
hot and/or inclement weather days, performances, graduation
ceremonies, staff development workshops, community gatherings, as
well as indoor venues for physical education. To find out more
about this project and to help support the CYO and make a donation
visit our website at
www.cyomercer.org and go to our donations page.
CYO Yardville Pre-School gains NAEYC
CYO Pleased to Announce East State Street Center!
Starting in the September the CYO will operate the East State Street
Center (formerly Martin House) at 794 East
State Street. Programs will include a Pre-School and After School
find out more about the CYO East State Street Center
click here to read a recent Monitor Newspaper article.
East State Street Center ribbon cutting ceremony
The CYO of Mercer
proud to announce the celebration of our organizations 60th
Since 1952 we have been serving the youth of Mercer County!
To view a recent Monitor story on the Prihoda Siblings click here
CYO Partners With Hamilton Township Schools for Before and After
CYO is proud to announce the partnership with Greenwood and Klockner Schools in Hamilton Township the on site Before and
After School Program providers for the 2011-2012 school year.
The Before and After School Program begins at 7:30AM and runs
until 8:45AM and the After School Program is from 3:35PM until
6:00PM. The CYO previously provided service, and will continue
to do so at Wilson and Lalor Schools. For more information
contact Patrick Hardiman at (609) 585-4280 x 102 or via
School Before and After School Program staff member pose for a
From left to
right, Katie Stevenson, Wilson School Before School staff
member, Tom Mladenetz, CYO Executive Director, Barbara Panfilli,
Principal, Wilson School, Patrick Hardiman, CYO Yardville
Director, and Beverly Taylor, "
CYO expands services to Ewing Township!
The Mercer County CYO recently began operating a Pre-School and Day Camp at the Hollowbrook Community Center in Ewing! For more information on the Programs contact the CYO in Ewing at (609) 883-1560.