Dellin Betances gives back! Former YSL standout and current NY Yankees All-Star 

"Hello to everyone out there in YSL land....As a single parent, this was the best youth program I could have had my son a part of. The challenges were stupendous, staff involvement with him was excellent, as well as keeping a "heads up" with the family. We all had such wonderful times. Thanks to all your hard work and keeping on top of things. 

-Marie Aponte-Rodriguez, mother of Frank Rodriguez, graduated 1991"

I think Youth Service is the best organization I've ever been a part of. It has shown me the significance of succeeding.

-Wagnel Meran, current YSL youth member

I take time out from my so busy life to thank the Zitters for everything that they have done for me and for the rest of the gang that came thru the YSL program. I send my condolences to Mel and his family for the passing of Mr. and Mrs. Zitter. Mel, has always been hard on us and expected perfection at all times. Because of that, a lot of former players don't know how to express their gratitude towards him. I know that the Manny Ramirez, Alex Arias, and Shawon Dunstons of the world go every day thinking how those long hours in Ditmas JHS helped them become the citizens that they are today. Like the late Jim Valvano always said," don't give up, don't ever give up!" Thank you, Mel, for teaching me not to give up when I could have easily done so.

- Benny Castillo, graduated 1987

I can honestly say that Youth Service is so far the best thing that has happened to me. It has giving me a chance to succeed in life, not only in sports, but in the real world. So if you want to attempt to be somebody, and you are part of YSL, I would say you are in the right program.

Randy Guzman, current YSL youth member