Joyce vonKnoblauch, nominated by HUGS Inc., Joyce is not only an active member of HUGS, Inc.’s Board of Directors, she is an exemplary volunteer for the Long Island Teen Institute (LITI) where she selflessly serves as a Group Facilitator. Joyce is not only beloved by her peers at LITI but also by the youth participants. HUGS, Inc youth have nicknamed her “Mama V.”, and look up to her with love and admiration. She works hard to ensure the youth participants are making the most out of their weekend and have a safe space to share their thoughts and feelings as they are developing their leadership skills. LITI is a weekend long youth leadership conference for teenagers who have the potential to be agents of change in their communities and schools. Group Facilitators are primarily responsible for facilitating family group sessions, monitor dorms, attend Community Groups, and participate in and oversee free-time activities. They are called upon for many tasks throughout their 48 hours with us and in addition Joyce serves as our Camp Nurse.