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"YOUR Youth and Family Resource "

Supporting Our Children
Strengthening Our Community

Volume 6 - Issue 5- May  2018

May News & Updates

Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau's...
 9th Annual Global Youth Service Day!

 - Community Service - Healthy Family Interaction -
-  Environmental Education -

Butterflies & Bees Matter!!!
Check out Global Youth Service Day!!!
A Sneak Peek!!!
Check out Town of Smithtown
Global Youth Service Day
At Hoyt Farm Park

*See Article & Photos in this Issue!!!

Full Official Town Video Coming SOON!!!

Great Class or Scout Troop Project!

Student Empowerment Initiative...
Smoke-Free Movies
Town of Smithtown Certificates of Participation Provided

Empower Students & Scout Troop Members!!!
Student Education & Empowerment

Deadline May 15th 
* See Article and Details in this Issue!!!


Al so In this issue...

Town of Smithtown Global Youth Service Day  
Congrats Volunteers!  We're On the GYSD Worldwide Map!

Bullying/Cyber-Bullying Town-Wide Project
Successful ALL Student Public Service Announcement!

Youth Empowerment - Student Community Service...
Not On Your Life (N.O.Y.L.) -   REGISTER NOW !

Smoke-Free Letter Writing Campaign -  Community Service Credit
Great Family OR Class Project!

Smithtown Historical Society Spring Farm Festival
Volunteer Corps Members in Action!

Visit Youth Bureau Web Site - Volunteer Corner
Need Volunteers?  -  Need Community Service Credit?

Middle School Babysitting Skills Program
RealCare Baby Dolls...Are So Real!

Town of Smithtown Youth & Community Alliance 
What Are They Up To?

Please Complete A Brief Opinion Survey
 Parent & Student Input Needed

News From Horizons Counseling & Education Center 
Prom Season Tips!

Safe Routes to School in Commack
SADD Summit at CHS

Collaborative Youth Bureau & Horizons  
Prevention Programs

Youth Bureau Volunteer Corps
Join NOW!


- Town of Smithtown Family Summer Bash!!! -
FREE Pizza & Pool Night (July 23rd)
**EARLY Registration - Open NOW!!!**

Details On Other Summer Programs....
MS & HS Study Skills - Understanding Feelings & Friendships


I mportant Links...

Town of Smithtown
Global Youth Service Day 

Thank You!!!
Global Youth Service Day Volunteers!

Local Youth & Families Put Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau...
On the World-Wide Map 
of GYSD Events!!!

Approx. 85 Students and Parents volunteered on Saturday, April 21, 20 18
at the Town of Smithtown annual Global Youth Service Day event at Hoyt Farm Park in Commack.

Our Project Goals...
   Promote Student & Family Community Service
Prepping Bee Pollinator & Butterfly Gardens
(including construction of Bee Homes!!!) 
 Cleaning up the pasture and stalls for Hoyt's resident animals
Student & Family Environmental Education

Did You Know...

GYSD is the largest service event in the world!

   GYSD is celebrated each year in more than 135 countries!!!

The Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau is an official GYSD Partner and our  community service initiative in now included on the WORLDWIDE Map of GYSD activities.

GYSD 2018 Was Presented By:
Town of Smithtown...
Youth Bureau
Parks Department - Hoyt Farm
Public Safety Office
Office of the Supervisor - Public Information

Pollinator Bee Home

Butterfly Garden
Pasture Clearing!!!

Some of Our
Super Stars!

Smithtown HS West JV Baseball Team

Global Youth Service Day 2018

Our Friends from  Town of Smithtown 
Animal Shelter!

- Official Town of Smithtown GYSD Video Coming Soon!!! -

Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau's
 Global Youth Service Day...

**See GYSD News Articles AND Photos**
(Links Below)

Town of Smithtown 
Youth & Community Alliance

Bullying/Cyber-Bullying Project...
 Successful Public Service Announcement production!!!

*PSA Written By and Starring Alliance Student Members
From ALL Town of Smithtown School Districts

PSA Created By:
Town of Smithtown
Youth & Community Alliance Members
Horizons Counseling & Education Center
Youth Bureau
Public Safety Office

*A Special Thanks to the Smithtown Central School District for  welcoming
PSA Taping at  Smithtown High School West

Official Town of Smithtown Public Service Announcement
Rolling out SOON!!!

**Sneak Peak**

Town-Wide Youth Empowerment Initiative

Alcohol Distributor Pledge Drive:
"We Don't Serve Alcohol To Minors!"

Student Volunteers Sought...
A Few Spots Still Open!

Youth volunteers CAN make a difference  in their communities!
**Student Community Service Credit Provided**

*Open to Students in 9th-12th Grade*

May 18, 2018
Various Program Sites

2 :45 PM - 3:30 PM (45 minute training)
Provided at various school sites

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Visit local stores -Empowerment Activity

4:30 PM
De-brief & Pizza Dinner
At Horizons Center/Youth Bureau
161 E. Main Street, Smithtown

What is Not On Your Life (N.O.Y.L.)? 
A community-based initiative aimed at reducing underage drinking.

This youth empowerment activity involves students visiting and encouraging  neighborhood alcohol distributors to join with their local coalitions by signing  a pledge to check ID cards and never sell alcohol to minors.

N.O.Y.L. Goals:
-Create awareness about the dangers of underage drinking.

-Curb the availability of alcohol & tobacco products, and the promotion/sale of alcohol and tobacco products to underage persons.

**Parent Participation is Required...
*Volunteers must have their own transportation to  travel to activity sites*

Students From All School Districts Invited To Participate!
Space Limited - Register Early!
Register by email NOW!

Kelly DeVito
Smithtown Horizons Counseling & Education Center

Initiative Coordinated By: 
Commack Coalition of Caring
 Hauppauge Youth & Community Alliance
 Kings Park In The kNOw 
Long Island Prevention Resource Center
Town of Smithtown: 
Youth & Community Alliance
 Horizons Counseling & Education Center 
Youth Bureau 

Letter Writing Campaign...

GREAT Family, Scout Troop OR Class Project!!!

The Smithtown Youth Bureau is partnering with the
 Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island!

Smoke-Free Movies for Young People -
Keep Smoking References/Images in "R" Rated Movies!

Did you know that...
  • Smoking in movies recruits  187,000 new teen smokers every year. 60,000 of them will die prematurely due to tobacco related illnesses.
  • The Surgeon General concluded that there is a relationship between depictions of smoking in the movies and smoking initiation among young people.
  • R-rating movies with smoking would avert  1 million smoking deaths among today's children and teens.
 For all  ages

Parents, Teachers, Scout Troops...

Here's how to get involved...
Students write a one page letter addressed to the; Major Motion Picture Association - they may include personal stories.
*Email all letters by MAY 15th!


For more information about Smoke Free Movies click here


Volunteer Corps Members in Action...

Smithtown Historical Society Spring Farm Festival

The  Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau supported the  Smithtown Historical Society  by providing volunteers for their annual  Spring Farm Festival on Saturday, April 28th.

Town of Smithtown Volunteer Corps members did a wonderful job assisting and educating participating families on how to dye wool that was newly sheered from the farm's sheep!

Town volunteers also assisted at the family crafts table; provided information on adopting a farm animal, and helped the main gate with admission tickets sales.

Our Volunteer Corps members did a wonderful job supporting this local family friendly community event!!!

Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau:
Partner Agency Volunteer Opportunities

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 

Once an application is submitted, the Youth Bureau will assist in recruiting volunteers for your programs by promoting  your group's volunteer positions to our thousands of newsletter subscribers, on social media and on our official Youth Bureau Web Site's Volunteer Corner page.

If your organization is interested in partnering with the Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau complete our online Partner Agency Program Application at the link below:

You can also access the form on our web site's  Volunteer Corner page.  It   is our hope to combine efforts in order to best promote student & family volunteerism.  


Partner Agency Volunteer Opportunity Bulletin Board

Looking For More Community Service Opportunities?
Check This Out...

We have started to list community volunteer opportunities on our Youth Bureau Web Site's  Partner Agency Volunteer Opportunities Bulletin Board. 

This will serve as a resource for students and families in our Township who are looking for Community Service activities.   
  Visit this resource Now to See More Student Volunteer Opportunties

Babysitting & Basic Employment Skills Program...
Using RealCare Babies

RealCare Babies...
Are SO Real!

Babysitting Skills Program
 Nesaquake Middle School in St. James

The Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau provides the Babysitting Skills/Basic Employment Skills program at Middle Schools throughout the Township. 

Parents can inquire at their child's school for availability.

Schools can contact 
at the Youth Bureau for program scheduling.

Town of Smithtown 
Youth & Community Alliance 

*Student  Community Service Credit Provided*

The Alliance's  Substance Abuse Projects include...
Town-wide Community Education projects, implemented by alliance adult and student volunteers. 
" N.O.Y.L.  (Not On Your Life)  -   "Pizza Box Tops" -   "Sticker Shock" 


The Alliance's  Healthy Relationships Projects include... 
Interactive student & parent programs where there is community education and opportunity for healthy family interaction. 
"Family Talk...Effective Communication in the Home"


The Alliance's  Bullying/Cyber-Bullying Projects include...
Town-wide Community Education projects, implemented by alliance adult and student volunteers.  
Public Service Announcement production


It's a GREAT Time to Get Involved in the 
Town of Smithtown
Youth & Community Alliance!!!

Adults and High School Students from
Commack, Kings Park, Smithtown & Hauppauge School Districts
 are Always Needed to Participate!!!   

NEW Adult & H.S. Students Always welcome....
Plus...School District Personnel - Community & Faith-Based Organizations, etc.

For more information about the 
Town of Smithtown
Youth & Community Alliance 

Email Stacey Sanders, Youth Bureau Executive Director:

**Be sure to check this out**

Town of Smithtown
Youth & Community Alliance
Web Site
Look for Site Updates!!!

Visit the regularly updated Alliance  website  from time to time and see where you'll find the most current information on our Alliance, and how you and your family can be more involved in your community.

Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau
Community Surveying Continues...
PLEASE Help by 
Completing the Brief Community Needs Survey 

YOUR Opinions Help Us to Plan Youth & Family Programs!

Surveys Only Take 3 1/2 Minute
s to Complete!
Click Links below to participate:

YOUR Input Helps the Youth Bureau Plan School & Community Programs!!!

 Horizons  Counseling & Education Center
Prom Season Almost Here!

High School prom season is quickly approaching us here on Long Island!

As we are preparing and making the all-important decisions with students about what to wear, who to go with, where to celebrate pre-prom, and how to get there; we often forget to talk about making good decisions after the party gets started.

Destructive decision making is one of the leading causes of prom night disasters. For far too many years, prom night has been synonymous with teen alcohol-related car fatalities and serious injuries. Even some parents get caught up in all the fanfare and host after-prom parties where under-age kids are served alcohol.

During prom weekend teen traffic deaths are higher than at any other time of the year!

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over recent years, during prom weekend, approximately 300 teens died in car related accidents. The percentage of 11th and 12th grade students in Suffolk County that binge drink (having 5 or more drinks at a time) is a staggering 26.1% ,which is higher than the state average at 23.9%.

Prom is one of those events that most Americans will remember as they grow older. 
The best way to keep such a precious memory pure is to remember it to begin with!  
Binge drinking can cause memory loss, injury and illness.

Let's make a promise to keep the memory one worth having. Have fun, be safe, and most of all keep it memorable. Enjoy this year at prom celebrating you and all of your good decisions!


Substance Abuse is a FAMILY Issue...

For individuals and families who are struggling to face and take control over substance abuse issues-       There is help available...

The Town of Smithtown Horizons Counseling & Education Center offers many support services.

The first step is an assessment .   The assessment process consists of a series of 2-3 appointments, geared toward the collection of 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.

Initial screenings/phone consultations are free of charge.  Moving forward, the cost of each assessment appointment is $25, and insurance will be billed wherever possible in accordance with the terms of coverage.  Counseling services are often covered by insurance, and sliding scale fees are also available.  Every effort is made to make treatment services affordable for everyone.

Horizons Counseling & Education Center is an OASAS licensed
 not-for-profit agency funded to provide...

 A dolescent, young adult & adult prevention treatment and
 E ducational services  for drug and alcohol related programs.  

-Horizons Counseling & Education Center-
 For further information about these services email:  


Visit the Horizons Web site:

 1st Annual SADD Summit at Commack High School

Impact Teen Drivers -
"What Do You C onsider Lethal"

The  Youth Bureau teamed up with the SADD Club at Commack High School to host the First Annual SADD Summit.

Local SADD chapters were invited to become trained on the Impact Teen Drivers program
"What Do You Consider Lethal?"  The program focuses on the importance of making smart choices each and every time one is behind the wheel.

As a result of the training, these SADD Clubs will now be able to offer this program in their own school and communities, sharing the message that reckless and distracted driving is the number one killer of teens in America and is 100% preventable!

Summit attendees includes students from Commack High School, Smithtown High School West, Half Hollow Hills West High School and Brentwood High School.

ore more info about the Impact Teen Drivers program check out the video below!

Impact Teen Driving
Impact Teen Driving

Town of Smithtown
Horizons Counseling & Education Center 
Youth Bureau: 

Collaborative Prevention Programs

"School-based, supplemental support programs  strengthen  students' ability to 
avoid destructive decision-making  
build resiliency/protective factors
for  improved well-being & mental health" 

P revention programming is currently being provided at:
 Hauppauge High School
 Kings Park High School
 Commack High School  
Smithtown High School West
Smithtown School District Prosper Program (Alternative H.S.)  

Eight Dimensions of Wellness
Reconnecting Youth
Positive Action
Anger Management
Why Try

Other available school-based programs include:
Too Good For Drugs
Life Skills
Teen Intervene
Safe Dates
And Others!

Town of Smithtown Horizons Counseling & Education Center and
 the Youth Bureau   offer an array of evidence-based programs 
for   school districts  at no cost.

These programs are tailored to the individual schools and can be facilitated in various ways depending on the student body and   needs of the population. 

A variety of research-based K - 12 prevention programs are available to local school districts and community organizations free of charge.

**For information on all  available Horizons/Youth Bureau Prevention Programs
 click the link below.

To inquire about scheduling prevention programming contact:

Stacey Sanders, Youth Bureau
Kelly Devito, Horizons Counseling & Education Center

Smithtown Youth Bureau Volunteer Corps


See Link Below
It's Quick & Easy!

Apply to become a volunteer with the Smithtown Youth Bureau Volunteer Corps.

Complete and submit the online volunteer application by clicking
on the link below:

Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau Volunteer Corps Membership...

Don't Delay....Register NOW!

The Smithtown Youth Bureau maintains a  Volunteer Program Database for tracking volunteer information and your volunteer activities.  If you would like to be included in this database, please complete the Online Volunteer Corps Application. 

Registered volunteers will receive early notification of volunteer opportunities with the Youth Bureau, other Town Departments, as well as opportunities with our local partners.

Please be sure to include any previous volunteer service(s) on your application.

*Adults and students  are invited to register.*

Adults are needed to assist with program supervision and serve on the
Smithtown Youth Advisory Board  and the
 Youth & Community Alliance of Smithtown
(details on our web site)

Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau...
Summer Bash-
Family Pizza & Pool Night
(Plus Giveaways & Chances For PRIZES!)

EARLY Registration is Now Open!!!
(Don't Wait...Register NOW)

Quick Easy Online Program Registration at Link Below...


Also Coming this Summer...
Early Registration Starting SOON!

- Study Skills...Summer Boot Camp -
Learn Important Skills Over the Summer Break!
Middle School High School Levels


-  "Understanding Feelings & Friendships" -
Exploring  Emotions ; Understanding Interactions; Developing Friendships
Students Entering 1st-3rd Grade  &  Students Entering 4th & 5th Grade


The Smithtown Youth Bureau offers ongoing youth development, prevention and intervention programs for youth and families in the Commack, Kings Park, Hauppauge and Smithtown school districts.  Our popular programs include:
  • Study Skills - Time Management - Organizational Skills
  • Anger/Emotional Management
  • Positive Action -
    Reconnecting Youth -Why Try, etc. (Research-based Prevention Programs)
  • Parent Study 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
NEW...Check it Out!!!
Local Volunteer Opportunity Bulletin Board -
On the Town of Smithtown Web Site,

Inspire - Learn - Grow
Visit our web site for information on all available programs.

Please contact us for more information, 
 or to schedule a program for your 
school   or  community group.

Town of Smithtown Horizons/Youth Bureau Department

Horizons Counseling and Education Center 
is the Town of Smithtown's program for the prevention and treatment of drug and alcohol related problems.  Services include counseling, specialized adolescent and adult treatment groups, and referrals for additional services.  Smithown Horizons and Smithtown Youth Bureau work in collaboration to provide prevention education to school districts and community organizations. 

For information about Horizons services visit their web site:


Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau Partners:
NYS Office of Children & Family Services, NYS Department of Transportation,
  Suffolk County Police Department - 4th Precinct, Suffolk County Youth Bureau, 
NYS Association of Youth Bureaus, Suffolk County Youth Board Coordinating Council, Smithtown Animal Shelter, Smithtown Recreation Department, Smithtown Parks Department, Long Island Prevention Resource Center,  NY National Guard Counterdrug Task Force,  Long Island Volunteer Center, Smithtown Historical Society,  National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA),Verizon in Smithtown, Target in Commack, Huntington Learning Center in Smithtown, Smithtown Industry Advisory Board,  Commack Coalition of Caring,  Smithtown Library System,  Hauppauge Youth & Community Coalition,  Kings Park in the k NO w, Smithtown Children's Foundation, Kings Park Council of Schools, Communities of Solution, League of Women, Voters, Smithtown Food Pantry,   Partners in Prevention, Community Housing Innovations,  Sunshine Prevention Center, Project9line,  Lessings at Smithtown Landing Country Club,   John W. Engeman Theater,
 and many others .

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Stacey Sanders
Executive Director

161 E. Main St.
Smithtown, NY 11787
Ph: (631) 360-7595
Fax (631) 360-7687

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm and occasional evening hours

Summer Hours
(July 1 - August 31)
Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
9:00 am - 4:00 pm