Leading Advocate for At-Risk Youth
To Speak at MCCC Feb. 17

1/27/10


West Windsor, N.J. -- Mary Inzana, C.E.O./Founder of LifeTies, Inc., a leading Trenton area nonprofit organization serving youth in crisis, will share her personal voyage to empowering abused and neglected youngsters in her talk, "The Unseen Path," on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Mercer County Community College. Presented free and open to the public as part of the college's Spring 2010 Distinguished Lecture Series, Inzana's talk will take place at noon in the Communications Building, CM 109, on the West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

A visionary with a can-do spirit, Inzana is a former caseworker and supervisor at the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services who took her first step to making a difference on a grand scale when she founded the Mercer County Adolescent Coalition in 1980. This comprehensive referral service for adolescents throughout the county was renamed LifeTies in 1991 to prevent confusion with county-operated programs.

Mary Inzana

Under LifeTies' umbrella, Inzana established Triad House, a group home for adolescents who are physically, sexually or emotionally abused and no longer living with their families, as well as a program called T.I.L.T. (Teenage Independent Living Training).

Additionally, she founded Rainbow House, the first group home in the nation geared for adolescents with HIV/AIDS and their children. Rainbow House has also made its mark for providing quality care and services to youth who are struggling due to sexual orientation, neglect, homelessness and health-related issues such as diabetes and lupus. In yet another related project, Inzana established Mary's Place in 2005, a supportive housing program in Trenton for young adults, ages 18-21, who do not have a stable home base. More about LifeTies and its services is available here.

To learn more about upcoming lectures at Mercer County Community College, click here or call 609-570-3324.

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