Lodestar Children's Services

Lodestar Children's Services

Children's mental health provider. on LI & NYC. Check out www.lodestarcs.org


Here are six ways for children to stay safe and healthy during Halloween, especially while trick-or-treating:

๐ŸŽƒPlan a Well-Lit Route: Choose well-lit streets and neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. Avoid dark or unfamiliar areas.

๐ŸŽƒUse Reflective Gear: Wear reflective clothing, carry a flashlight, or use glow sticks to ensure visibility to motorists.

๐ŸŽƒInspect Treats: Check all candy and treats before consuming them. Avoid eating anything that looks suspicious or unwrapped.

๐ŸŽƒBuddy System: Go trick-or-treating with a group of friends or family members. Stay together and establish a designated meeting point in case you get separated.

๐ŸŽƒRespect Traffic Rules: Cross streets at crosswalks, obey traffic signals, and look both ways before crossing. Be cautious of moving vehicles.

๐ŸŽƒStay on Sidewalks: Walk on sidewalks whenever possible. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing oncoming traffic and as far to the side as safely possible.

Remember, Halloween should be a fun and safe experience for everyone. Enjoy the festivities while taking necessary precautions!

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Photos from Lodestar Children's Services's post 10/24/2023

Join SAMHSA in honoring those in recovery, their families, caregivers, and peer workers supporting mental health and substance use recovery.

Resources mentioned:
National Family Support Technical Assistance Center https://smpl.is/809un
YouthMOVE Peer Center https://smpl.is/809uo
The Family Cafe https://smpl.is/809uh
Doors To Wellbeing https://smpl.is/809uk
Peer Recovery Center of Excellence https://smpl.is/809ul
National Federation of Families (NFF) https://smpl.is/809um


Lodestar's World Mental Health Day brought together advocates and leaders.

A big thanks to our staff, performers, speakers, and guests.

This event wouldn't have happened without Heatherwood's support. ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’™



Today is World Mental Health Day, and Lodestar is hosting our inaugural NYC event!

It's not too late to join us tonight on the 46th floor of the Heritage 28 Tower in Long Island City, generously donated by Heatherwood.

RSVP for stunning NYC views, networking good food and drinks. https://smpl.is/7xudn

Lodestar Childrenโ€™s Services: Providing unique mental health care in Long Island, Queens, and Brooklyn since 2016. ๐ŸŒ†

Photos from Lodestar Children's Services's post 10/04/2023

Navigating National Model Standards for Peer Workers.

๐ŸคPeer Workers: Essential mental health providers using personal experience to support others.

HHS & SAMHSA: Promoting mental health, preventing misuse, and enhancing access to care.

๐Ÿ’ผDo you have "lived experience" as a recipient or as a caregiver of a recipient?

Peers make the biggest difference!

If so, you may be an excellent candidate to do peer support work with Lodestar. Inquire by emailing your resume to our Program Director: [email protected]!!


Do you know anyone in Queens or Brooklyn that might be interested in Lodestar services, employment, or supporting our mission??

For many Lodestar supporters, Long Island City is too far to join us on a weeknight. We get it!!! We do hope that you might pass the info along though, for what promises to be a special night.

Enjoy Manhattan skyline views from the 46th floor of the Heritage 28 Tower, generously donated by Heatherwood

Mingle, eat, drink and support mental health with us as we celebrate with our World Mental Health Day networking event on 10/10/23! RSVP at: https://smpl.is/7vi01


Insperity's generous donation has enabled us to expand our reach, provide essential services, and make a significant impact on hundreds of families in our community.

Thank you for your support, Insperity!


At the Long Island Families Together Legislative Breakfast, community members met with legislators to discuss the needs of families and youth.

Lodestar was proud to be well represented (see Danny, James, Danielle, Dorothy and Kyle pictured). We engaged in discussions about developments and challenges in children's mental health services in Long Island and New York State.

We were also honored to have had one of the speakers reflect positively on their experience receiving services from Lodestar.

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Have you heard about our FREE rooftop event overlooking Manhattan? It's filling up fast, but there's still time to join us!

Go to https://smpl.is/7u0zw to reserve your spot today!

Photos from Lodestar Children's Services's post 09/19/2023

Curious about Corey's journey at Lodestar?

Discover how his time as a field staff member shaped his career, what his Lodestar superlative would be, and the highlights of his academic projects.

Stay tuned for more success stories! ๐ŸŒŸ


Join us on 10/10 for "Rooftop Conversations" featuring jazz pianist and composer Yayoi Ikawa.

This is a free event.

We welcome past, present, and future Lodestar supporters to join us for food, networking and live music to celebrate World Mental Health Day!

Secure your spot at the link in our bio or visit https://www.lodestarcs.org/world-mental-health-day/.


We are sad to announce that today's Zumbathon will be cancelled until further notice due to the current heat wave.

We are working hard to reschedule this event for the fall season. If you have any questions or would like to refund your ticket, please reach out to Noelle: [email protected].

We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience, especially on such short notice. Thank you.


Get ready!

Lodestar hopes to see everyone dancing at our FIRST Zumbathon on September 9th from 11-2.

Get ready to groove and have a blast with us! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ•บ

Walk-ins are welcome.




๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ Back to School Staffs' Discount Alert! Dance away that back-to-school stress with an energizing workout.

Join our Zumbathon and let loose! Teachers, it's only $15 to join us on Saturday, 9/9 from 11-2.

AJ Venezia
Astrid Hermida
Dara Valdez
Sylvia Jagz
Travis MakeAme Madison

Photos from Lodestar Children's Services's post 08/22/2023

The Biden-Harris Administration recently granted over $88 million to improve youth mental health and substance use treatment.

Led by HHS and SAMHSA, the funding supports school-based mental health programs and substance use treatment, aligning with the HHS Overdose Prevention Strategy and President Bidenโ€™s Unity Agenda. ๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒŸ


Here is some more information about our upcoming ! We're so excited to get together and the day away with all of our amazing instructors!

Whether you want to get your on, win some prizes at our , or just mingle with in a fun and casual space, there will be something for everyone, so don't miss out!

Buy tickets today at: https://smpl.is/7mdv4


This September, join us for Lodestar's first ever ZUMBATHON!

Hosted by experienced coaches Astrid Hermida, Dara Valdez, Travis MakeAme Madison, and Sylvia Jagz (with more to come), and with over one hour of Zumba training, this event is perfect for all levels of Zumba enthusiasts. Whether you're learning the ropes or testing your skills, you won't want to miss it!

Not only will you be improving your own health, but you can feel good knowing that you're supporting the mental health of the children we serve. All ticket proceeds and donations will go towards Lodestar's continuous efforts to provide high-quality care and mental health support to youth and families in need.

Tickets are only $20 per person if you buy now! 50/50 Raffle tickets and Raffle Basket tickets will be available at the event. Refreshments (protein bars, water) will be provided.

Don't wait! Save money and your spot at this limited space event now! You can learn more and buy tickets here!: https://www.lodestarcs.org/2023-zumbathon/


Thanks to everyone who joined our raffle! Together, we raised $5000 for Lodestar Children's Services. Congrats to all our winners! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ™Œ

1st prize: Shuk Wak C.
6 luxury box Mets' tickets courtesy of Haugland Energy LLC

2nd prize: Tom P.
4 Billy Joel tickets at MSG

3rd prize: Joan H.
Painting by and donated by Evan Campanella


๐ŸŽ‰ Don't miss your LAST CHANCE! We are down to our LAST 100 TICKETS! ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ

Get yours now at https://www.lodestarcs.org/2023-raffle/ before they're gone! ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

New York Mets
Billy Joel
Evan Campanella


Dorothy & Noelle represented Lodestar Children's Services at the Kick Off To Kindergarten event for Mulligan Elementary school in Central Islip last Friday. It was so much fun meeting all the little kiddos who are heading off to kindergarten this September! If you have an event you would like us to be a part of, direct message us or email @ [email protected]


Check out these great prizes.

Enter for just $15, support Lodestar, and take a chance to win!



Check out Alyssa, from our Human Resources team, who has her kids wearing Lodestar company swag!


๐ŸŽ‰Take a chance to win 1 of 3 amazing prizes this summer!
Every ticket you purchase helps Lodestar Childrenโ€™s Services provide in-home mental health care to children and families in need.

Purchase your chances to win at: https://www.lodestarcs.org/2023-raffle/

1st Prize: 6 Luxury Suite tickets to see the this season, including food, beverages, beer & wine. Valued at over $1,500. (Donated by )
2nd Prize: 4 Tickets to see in concert at Madison Square Garden on August 29, 2023. Valued at $600.
3rd Prize: Original Painting by Evan Campanella (), inspired by Lodestar Childrenโ€™s Services. Valued at $500.

Ticket Pricing:

1 for $15 (0.5% chance of winning)
3 for $30 (1.5% chance of winning)
6 for $50 (3% chance of winning)

Don't miss this opportunity to support Lodestar Children's Services and increase your chances of winning! Visit the website to get your tickets now. Good luck! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ


Happy birthday to all of our amazing staff members born in the month of June!

Thank you for all of the dedication and compassion that you bring with you to Lodestar and to the children and families that we serve!

Lodestar is grateful for such an amazing team! We couldnโ€™t do it without difference makers like you!

We hope that your year is filled with joy and success, and that the light you bring to Lodestar shines back on you!

Happy birthday! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ

Photos from Lodestar Children's Services's post 06/27/2023

Itโ€™s finally summer time and schoolโ€™s out, which means more time to relax and have fun! Here are some AFFORDABLE Long Island activities happening all summer long!

Did we miss your favorite Long Island summer activity? Drop it in the comments below!

Photos from Lodestar Children's Services's post 06/23/2023

Weโ€™ve compiled a list of various different resources for LGBT individuals in New York! Whether youโ€™re recently discovering your identity and looking for community, trying to find ways to support your gay or trans child, needing help securing housing, wanting to find inclusive doctors and trans-affirming healthcare, or anything in between, these New York-based and national resources can help you find what youโ€™re looking for!

Have any questions or want us to highlight your favorite New York-based or national LGBT resources? Comment below or DM us! ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

Pride for Youth - PFY LGBT Network The Transgender Resource Center of Long Island Brooklyn Community Pride Center Ali Forney center New Alternatives Callen-Lorde Community Health Center Center for Transgender Care at Northwell Health Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center NYU Langone Health Mental Health America Child Welfare Information Gateway Family Acceptance Project The Trevor Project Trans Lifeline

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Photos from Lodestar Children's Services's post 06/20/2023

Executive Director James Regan Jr. and Program Manager Danielle Beck attended New Yorkโ€™s first ever Youth Mental Health Summit at ! This summit was organized in direct response to Governor Kathy Hochulโ€™s action plan to support mental health in the wake of isolation and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The summit aims to โ€œbring together youth, parents, and subject experts from the mental health, education, technology, and law enforcement to discuss challenges and opportunities impacting the well-being of our youthโ€. Some of the informative talks and panels included โ€œThe State of Our Youth: Growing Up in the Social Media Era,โ€ โ€œClassroom Well-Being: A Discussion on Student and Educator Mental Health,โ€ and โ€œThe Power of Families and Communities.โ€

It is incredible seeing so many different people come together to support one important cause, and we are so grateful to be a part of this monumental experience!

Photos from Lodestar Children's Services's post 06/19/2023

Today is Juneteenth!

While Juneteenth has been celebrated by the black community in America for over 150 years, it has only recently begun to receive recognition as the important holiday that it is.

In the midst of government attempts to ban or censor the real histories and stories of the African American community, it is important to take time to do your own research and educate yourself.

To help with this, weโ€™ve compiled a list of books by black authors from a variety of genres- from historical nonfiction, to critical race theory, to YA romance! We recognize the importance of different perspectives in understanding the rich and diverse experiences of the African American community, and also recognize that even the variety that exists on this list is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the endless stories that have been told!

To help us expand this list and our own understanding, we encourage you to drop YOUR favorite books in the comments below! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š

Photos from Lodestar Children's Services's post 06/15/2023

We had a blast at our Staff Appreciation Day! From tasty wraps from Gio's Pizza to exciting games like co****le and kickball, it was a day filled with laughter, teamwork, and great memories.


It's important to take a break and be kind to yourself.

Don't continue to criticize yourself over mistakes, setbacks, or failures because they're a natural part of life.

Remember, there's no guidebook on how to always get everything right.

Photos from Lodestar Children's Services's post 06/12/2023

This June, Lodestar wishes everyone a Happy Pride Month! ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

Q***r people fight every day for the right to not only be their most authentic selves, but to pave the road for EVERYONE to do the same. In the midst of anti-trans and anti-LGBT legislation nationwide, take some time to return the favor and use your voice to support your LGBT community members. Learn about the history of pride, read stories about the lives of q***r people, show up to support LGBT events and businesses, and most importantly, remember that love will always prevail!

Happy Pride!!! โค๏ธ ๐Ÿงก ๐Ÿ’› ๐Ÿ’š ๐Ÿ’™ ๐Ÿ’œ

Thank you to The Trevor Project for the research and statistics used!

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Photos from Lodestar Children's Services's post 06/05/2023

๐ŸŽ“๐ŸŽ‰ Lodestar congratulates our exceptional staff members who have recently earned their degrees!

Cyla C - MS Forensic Psychology at Southern New Hampshire University
Danielle I - Master of Social Work (MSW) at Hunter College
Dorothy W - Master of Social Work (MSW) at Stony Brook University
Corey E - MS Forensic Psychology at University of North Dakota
Annaliese B - BBA in Entrepreneurship at Baruch College
Kadin N - BA in Liberal Arts: animation and psychology at Sarah Lawrence College
Deirdre P - MA Mental Health Counseling at Adelphi University
Erin E - Master of Social Work (MSW) at Stony Brook University
AnnMarie L - Master of Social Work (MSW) at Stony Brook University

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽ“ We commend their dedication, hard work, and commitment to personal and professional growth. The skills and connections they have gained through their studies are invaluable in contributing to Lodestar's continued success.

Together, we are making a positive impact on children's well-being. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’™


A huge shoutout and thanks to the incredible organizations and individuals who made Then and Now an unforgettable event! ๐Ÿ™Œโœจ We are grateful for the support and contributions from:

Haugland Group LLC
Heatherwood Luxury Rentals LI
Riverhead Building Supply
Main Street Screenprinting & Embroidery
CM Performing Arts Center
SEA of Visibility
Evan Campanella
Pete Lotus Arevalo
The Muse Exchange
Jessica Moloney
Mike Paldino
Alicia Lanaro
Danny Darress
Deanna Hudson Music
Kyla Carter
Gio's Pizza
Pure Sugar Inc.
Gradys Liquors
Families Together in New York State

Photos from Lodestar Children's Services's post 05/25/2023

Part 1 of Then and Now photos.

Celebrating a successful evening at Lodestar's annual charity event, Then and Now! ๐ŸŽ‰โœจ

Our mission to advance mental health initiatives for children in New York has been catapulted by the incredible support we received.

It was an honor to meet and collaborate with talented and hardworking public figures who share our dedication.

Together, we are making a difference in the lives of children and fostering a brighter future. ๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒŸ





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Lodestar provides Home and Community Based (HCBS) and Children & Family Treatment & Support Services (CFTSS) for youth between the ages of 5-21 who are dealing with mental health challenges.

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Lodestar's First ZUMBATHON!
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