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"YOUR Youth and Family Resource "

Supporting Our Children & Strengthening Our Community

Volume 7- Issue 3 - Summer Registration Issue - June/July

News & Updates

**Attention: ALL Township School Districts**

PLEASE submit information regarding YOUR school's upcoming, town-wide programs for us to help promote.

Before you scroll down to register for Summer programs...
PLEASE Check Out our Official 2019 Global Youth Service Day Video!
Well Worth the Watch!! (only 4 minutes)
See Town of Smithtown Volunteer Corps Members In Action!!!
GYSD Event - Sweetbriar Nature Center, Smithtown, April 13, 2019

Global Youth Service Day 

Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau

Annual Summer Bash - Pool Party

Register NOW !

Warning: This Program Fills FAST !!!

The Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau's Annual

Summer Bash and Pool Party

Monday, July 15th

Smithtown Landing Pool, Smithtown

  Registration is now open!  

Join us for a FREE, fun filled evening!!!

Swimming - Pizza Dinner - Music - FREE Chinese Auction Prizes 

Register for this popular program NOW! Rain Date - July 22nd

We are asking all families to bring & donate 1 or 2 new backpacks

  Donations will be distributed to homeless children

PLEASE HELP...

Click for quick online registration

Click for Flyer

Decadently , Delicious Dessert Will Be Provided By
Duck Donuts in Hauppauge! Yummmmmmm....

We thank them in advance for their very generous donation!

**Attention Parents **
It's Going to Be a GREAT SUMMER!!!
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau SUMMER Programs!!!

Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten !

This ONE'S for Parents & Guardians!!!

This program is perfect for parents/guardians of children beginning Kindergarten in September!

Thursday, August 8th

5:30 PM-6:45 PM

Horizons Center

Community Room

161 East Main Street, Smithtown

Topics discussed will include:
Creating routines and following directions
Encouraging resilience and problem solving
Parent challenges and concerns

Click for Flyer

Registration link for Kindergarten Readiness

Let's Get Ready for

Middle School!!

Thursday August 15th

6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Smithtown Library - Main Branch

One North Country Road

Smithtown

Soon-to-be Middle Schoolers will enjoy this interactive program which includes games and activities teaching students strategies for organizing their belongings and effective time management.

Topics will include:
Time management strategies and how to incorporate them
Using lockers and student agendas efficiently
Organizing your work space

Click for Flyer

Registration link for Middle School Program

College Survival Guide!

For students heading to college in September.

Learn strategies to make the most of your upcoming college experience!

Thursday, August 1st

5:00-6:30 PM

Horizons Center Community Room

161 East Main Street, Smithtown

Topics will include:
Tips/suggestions to safely connect with NEW people
Campus safety and regulations
Campus departments & services to know about

Click for Flyer

Registration link for College Survival Guide

Understanding Feelings and Friendships
Program for children entering
grades 1-6 in September

Register your child for this popular summer program!

We are offering two different series - one for students entering grades 1-3, and one for students entering grades 4-6.
Participants will meet once a week for three weeks.

Through interactive games and activities - participants will: explore friendships; practice clear communication; discern good vs bad decisions, and practice coping skills.

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Session 1 - for students entering grades 1-3 in September :
-July 11th, 18th, and 25th -
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Register here for SESSION 1

Session 2 - for students entering grades 4-6 in September :
August 1st, 8th, and 15th
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Register here for SESSION 2

Town of Smithtown

Youth and Community Alliance

Upcoming Events

*Student Community Service Credit Provided For BOTH Activities!!!

Alliance projects coordinated by:

Town of Smithtown Horizons Counseling & Education Center And Smithtown Youth Bureau


Vaping Trends Training &

Community Alliance Meeting

Join us on June 13th

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Smithtown Library - Main Branch

One North Country Road

Smithtown

OPEN TO ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS

GREAT Family Education Program!!!

Learn about VAPING at an Alliance Training::

Trends

Statistics

Health effects beginning to emerge

Our Community Alliance Meeting will also cover upcoming Alliance projects, such as:

Substance abuse PSA production

Empathy/Communication workshop

*Community Service Credit Provided

Registration for Community Alliance Meeting 6/13

Student Community Education Initiative

An effective

Environmental Strategy:

Students place informative, awareness stickers on pizza box tops throughout the Township!

Returning this AUGUST!

Save The Date!!!

Our Very POPULAR

Pizza Box Tops Event!

Friday, August 16th

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Various Pizza Shop locations

throughout the Township!

Details and Registration Coming SOON!!!

*Community Service Credit Provided

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

*Student Community Service Credit Provided For ALL Activities!!!


Volunteers needed at

St. James Summer Nights!

Volunteer for one or more of the following evenings:

June 26th

July 24th

August 7th

Help with coordinating

games and activities

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Register for St. James Summer Nights

High School Students Needed!

Volunteers will work along side teachers assisting with

fun STEM activities

Choice of 2 Programs Sites...

The Pines Elementary School

Hauppauge

July 15th - 19th

OR

Park View Elementary School

Kings Park

July 8th - 12th

Each camp day is 8 AM - 4 PM

Volunteers need to be available for

ALL 5 days!

For more information - see:

Leadership Intern Role Description

40 hours of Community Service Credit will be provided

* To register to be a Leadership Intern for Camp Invention- email your name; grade; current school; and preferred program site (The Pines or Park View) to:

Cynthia Grimley

Recommended by Town of Smithtown

Youth Advisory Board Member,

Ben Nichols

The 5th Annual

Breathe for Britt

5 K Run/Walk

Saturday, June 29th

9:00 AM

Smithtown Elementary School

51 Lawrence Avenue - Smithtown

All proceeds go to Breathe for Britt Foundation Ltd. a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization helping those living with cystic fibrosis, a genetic life threatening illness.

Register online!

See here for more information

Volunteers Needed at

Sweetbriar Nature Center

High School Student Volunteers are needed!!!

Sweetbriar Nature Center Wildlife Festival!

Butterflies & Birds Galore!!!

June 8th

from 8 AM - 6 PM

Various Volunteer Shifts Available

(See online registration link below)

Volunteers will help with set up/clean up & other event activities

*Community Service Credit will be provided

Three shifts are available

8AM - 11:30AM; 11AM - 2:30PM; 2PM-6PM

Heavy rain will cancel this event

Register to volunteer at Sweetbriar on June 8th!

Community Service Highlights...


Congratulations to Kings Park HS Senior and Volunteer Corps member -

Jace DeMarco

The Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau nominated Jace for recognition and he was recently presented with two awards at the Suffolk County Youth Awards Presentation

Jace received BOTH a..
Suffolk County
Youth Achievement Award
and a
P.A.L. Award for Community Service
Congratulations, Jace!

Healing Garden Project

The Smithtown Youth Bureau was on hand to support the Kings Park High School Interact Club with their recent clean-up at the Commack/KP Rotary Healing Garden.

"A Healing Garden provide psychological, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits to humans. A large part of this is because of the positive reactions humans have to nature, so it is important for healing gardens to have lots of green vegetation, flowers, and water elements" 

Smithtown Youth Bureau

Memorial Day Parade Marchers

Appointed members of the Town of Smithtown Youth Advisory Board marched in this year's Smithtown

Memorial Day Parade

A Special THANKS to

Youth Advisory Board Members!!!

Pictured:

Shannon Alptekin; William Alptekin;

Ben Nichols; and Alexa Rand

Plus, adult Youth Advisory Board member, Patricia Thomas

Bike Rodeo at Wood Park:
Safe Routes To School (SRTS)

Last month, the Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau Safe Routes to School Program hosted its Bicycle Rodeos for the 4 th consecutive year at Wood Park, North Ridge and Indian Hollow Primary Schools in the Commack School District. The program is a collaborative effort with EAC, Inc., Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department and the Physical Education teachers at the participating schools. 

The program focuses on bike safety education, including how to properly wear a helmet, bicycle care and hand signals. 

All second graders participating in the bicycle rodeo received a brand new bicycle helmet through the Town of Smithtown SRTS program – that’s over 300 heads now protected while biking!

News from Town of Smithtown
Horizons Counseling and Education Center

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NY OASAS) has launched a new campaign for parents and teens. The focus is to keep teens and young people safe and to develop a plan to resist peer pressure.

The Develop a Plan campaign encourages adults to listen to young people and develop a plan to help them be more prepared to get out of a sticky social situation.

It is important to have conversations with children about drugs and alcohol and the importance of staying clear of them.. Check out the tips on how you can support your teen during the prom and summer season.

Horizons Counseling & Education Center is an OASAS licensed not- for - profit agency funded to provide adolescent and adult prevention, treatment, and educational services for drug and alcohol related programs.

Issues with Substance Use/Abuse?

There is Help Available...

The Town of Smithtown

Horizons Counseling and Education Center

Individual & Family Support Services

The first step is an assessment.  

The assessment process consists of a series of 2-3 appointments, geared toward the collection off information which will identify the individual's issues, needs, strengths and service recommendations, if applicable.

If the assessment shows that treatment is appropriate, an individualized service schedule will be developed and the process of healing and recovery can begin.

  For details, click here

Adolescent, young adult & adult prevention, treatment, and educational services for drug and alcohol related problems

Horizons Counseling and

Education Center

For further information about these services email:

t levine@smithtownny.gov

631-360-7578

Visit the Horizons Web Site to see program details:

Horizons Counseling and Education Center Web Site

Smithtown Youth Bureau
Volunteer Corps!

Join the hundreds of Other Local Youth and Families as registered...

Town of Smithtown Volunteer Corps Members

Apply here to become a Smithtown Youth Bureau
Volunteer Corps member!

Get Early Notification about
Community Service Opportunities
&
Fun Family Programs

Continue reading here for more information.

Does your group/agency

Need Volunteers? 

The Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau

promotes volunteerism and fosters

positive social and leadership opportunities for youth and families

throughout the township.

The Youth Bureau is interested in partnering with local groups and organizations to promote volunteer opportunities for youth and families in the community.

Partner Agency Program Application

For more information - click here

Town of Smithtown

Youth Bureau | 631-360-7595

Town of Smithtown Horizons Center

161 E. Main Street, Smithtown NY 11787

The Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau offers ongoing town-wide

youth development, prevention and intervention programs

for youth and families

Study Skills - Time Management - Organizational Skills - Anger/Emotional Management

Positive Action - Second Step -Why Try, etc. (Research-based Prevention Programs)

Parent Skills Group (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) - Guiding Good Choices (Parenting young children)

Upstander Revolution: A Bullying/Cyber Bullying presentation - Eight Dimensions of Wellness (SAMHSA)

Healthy Family Communication - Leadership/Youth Empowerment and Community Service Opportunities

Bicycle Safety Rodeos/Road & Biking Safety Programs - Babysitting Skills/Basic Employment Readiness

Mentoring - Inter-generational Programs - Opportunities for Healthy Family Interaction, etc.

Inspire - Learn - Grow  

Email:  youthb@tosgov.com

Visit our Web Site:  www.smithtownny.gov/youthbureau 

Friend us on Facebook: Smithtown Youth Bureau Facebook Page  Page  

Important Links...

Contact the Youth Bureau

*List of Youth Bureau Programs & Services*

*List of Horizons/Youth Bureau Research-Based Prevention Programs*


Babysitting Skills & Basic Employment Readiness Available at ALL Township Middle Schools

BabysittersMiddle School students town-wide have the opportunity to participate in this fun, educational Youth Bureau four (4) session workshop series. Completed and upcoming program sites includ e Accompsett M.S., Great Hollow MS and Hauppauge MS.

Program topics include:

  • Hands on experience w/ RealCare Babies
  • New Babysitter Skills
  • How to connect with children through play
  • Babysitting safety
  • Finding a Babysitting Job, etc..

For information about bringing this program to your school, please
Email Karen Aldrich

Middle School Study Skills Program Update

Middle School KidsMiddle School students throughout the Town of Smithtown have been learning valuable Study Skills through the Youth Bureau's three week interactive program!

This school year, the program has been successfully completed at William T. Rogers Middle School, Nesaquake Middle School, Great Hollow Middle School, and Accompsett Middle School.

Recently, we received a parent email praising the program and the Youth Bureau program presenter.

"The teacher really understood my son, and was so good! He came home and did everything the teacher told him to do and felt good about it."

Topics include:

  • Note Taking * Time Management
  • Stress Reduction*Test Taking Tips, etc

For information about bringing this program to your school, please Email Cynthia Grimley

Kids Holding RocksHauppauge HS Youth Summit

On February 1, the Hauppauge Youth and Community Alliance; along with the S mithtown Youth Bureau; Horizons Counseling and Education Center; Thrive; and Prevention Resource Center held their first Youth Leadership Summit .

The topic of the day was " Empowering Change Agents .'

The Smithtown Youth Bureau and the Prevention Resource Center facilitated a workshop on "Empathy and Healthy Relationships."

Horizons Counseling & Education Cente r, Prevention Resource Center, and Youth Enrichment Services facilitated a workshop on "Making Healthy Choices."

Over 50 students participated in the workshops through role playing, group activities, and discussion. The Youth Bureau provided smooth, river rocks and acrylic paint pens for the event.

Students were fully engaged and enjoyed painting the polished rocks with inspirational words. Student feedback was very positive.

As student participants shared...

  • "It was useful to learn about how to be empathetic and connect with a person and actively listen."
  • "We learned new ways to help others solve their own problems"
  • "Opens up your mind as how to thoughtfully respond to other's problems."

Safe Routes To School Program

In Case You Didn't know...Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School Went Town-Wide!!!

The Smithtown Youth Bureau is pleased to announce the launching of our Safe Routes to School Program activities..... NOW Offered Township wide!

Kids Wearing BackpacksThe Safe Routes to School Program is a New York State Department of Transportation Grant Program which promotes walking and biking to school, being active and helps to provide safe opportunities to do so.

Please see the Safe Routes to School Program Brochure for more information. and arranging for these FREE programs at YOUR SCHOOL!!!

8 Dimensions of Wellness

Did You Know There Are... Eight Dimensions of Wellness!!!

Overall wellness is being in good physical and mental health. There are eight aspects or dimensions of ourselves that we can work on to improve our wellness. Each component is interrelated so that by improving one area, in turn the other areas of our lives improve as well. For example developing our physical health impacts our emotional and social health.

Currently, the Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau and Horizons Counseling & Education Center are providing the Eight Dimensions of Wellness Program to the students at Kings Park High Schoo l after school. The program has also been provided at H auppauge High School, Commack High School, Accompsett Middle School and Smithtown High School West.

The program focuses on how to develop each dimension, with the goal being to improve ourselves, one dimension at a time... to develop wellness of our whole self.

Each week, we focus on one area of wellness and teach ways for the students to improve themselves, practice new skills and foster further exploration.

Look for next month’s issue where we will start exploring the Emotional Dimension of Wellness.

For information about possibly bringing this program to your school, please contact:

Email Janine Marc-Anthony in the Youth Bureau

Kelly DeVito in Horizons Counseling & Education Center


News from Town of Smithtown Horizons Counseling and Education Center

Horizons Logo

Happy New Year from the staff at Horizons Counseling and Education Center! We hope you have a wonderful and healthy 2019.

For people in recovery, the holiday, end of the year and stressful start to the new year can be a difficult time. Many times people make resolutions, but many of them will be broken.

It is important to set a goal that is realistic so that it can be achieved. Seeking professional help; finding a supportive network; and reaching out to loved ones are great ways to stay connected.

For 2019, make healthy changes; take responsibility for your actions, and stay positive. These are healthy and meaningful gifts that we can give to ourselves.

We look forward to providing more programs and events for the community in 2019!!!

Horizons Counseling & Education Center is an OASAS licensed not-for-profit agency funded to provide adolescent and adult prevention, treatment, and educational services for drug and alcohol related programs.

2019 Goals

Need Help

Issues with Substance Use/Abuse? There is Help Available...

The Town of Smithtown Horizons Counseling and Education Center

Individual & Family Support Services

The first step is an assessment.

The assessment process consists of a series of 2 to 3 appointments, geared toward the collection off information which will identify the individual's issues, needs, strengths and service recommendations, if applicable.

If the assessment shows that treatment is appropriate, an individualized service schedule will be developed and the process of healing and recovery can begin.

View details

Adolescent, young adult & adult prevention, treatment, and educational services for drug and alcohol related problems

Horizons Counseling and Education Center

Email for More Information

631-360-7578

Visit the Horizons Web Site to see program details:

Horizons Counseling and Education Center Web Site

Volunteers - A Gift to the Community

Smithtown Youth Bureau Volunteer Corps!

Join the hundreds of Other Local Youth and Families as registered...

Town of Smithtown Volunteer Corps Members

Apply to become a Smithtown Youth Bureau Volunteer Corps member! Get Early Notification about Community Service Opportunities & Fun Family Programs

Continue reading for more information

Community Partners Hands

Does your group/agency Need Volunteers?

The Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau promotes volunteerism and fosters positive social and leadership opportunities for youth and families...

....throughout the township.

The Youth Bureau is interested in partnering with local groups and organizations to promote volunteer opportunities for youth and families in the community.

Partner Agency Program Application

View more information

Women and Children

Town of Smithtown

Youth Bureau | 631-360-7595

Town of Smithtown Horizons Center
161 E. Main Street, Smithtown NY 11787

The Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau offers ongoing town-wide youth development, prevention and intervention programs for youth and families
Study Skills - Time Management - Organizational Skills - Anger/Emotional Management
Positive Action - Second Step -Why Try, etc. (Research-based Prevention Programs)
Parent Skills Group (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) - Guiding Good Choices (Parenting young children)
Upstander Revolution: A Bullying/Cyber Bullying presentation - Eight Dimensions of Wellness (SAMHSA)
Healthy Family Communication - Leadership/Youth Empowerment and Community Service Opportunities
Bicycle Safety Rodeos/Road & Biking Safety Programs - Babysitting Skills/Basic Employment Readiness
Mentoring - Intergenerational Programs - Opportunities for Healthy Family Interaction, etc.

Inspire - Learn - Grow

Email the Youth Bureau

Visit our Website

Smithtown Youth Bureau Facebook Page Page

Important Links...

Contact the Youth Bureau

*List of Youth Bureau Programs & Services*

*List of Horizons/Youth Bureau Research-Based Prevention Programs*