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July 2018 Newsletter



Town of Smithtown 
YOUTH BUREAU

"YOUR Youth and Family Resource "

Supporting Our Children
&
Strengthening Our Community

Volume 6 - Issue 7- July  2018

July News & Updates


School's Out...What to Do?

Town of Smithtown FREE Summer Programs
Still Openings... Register NOW!

Summer Enrichment Program Registration:
* Summer Study Skills Boot Camp*
AND
"Second Step"... Understanding Feelings & Friendships
*

*Town Alliance Community Training 8/15/18*   
Cultivating Community Leaders...
"Overcoming Fear
 &
   
Becoming a Better Public Speaker"

This FREE Training is  GREAT For...
Students - Teachers (*possible CTLE credit) - Administrators -
Business Owners - Parents - 
Church Groups - 
  
Seniors - 
Civic & Social Groups...    ALL Welcome!

 Build Important  Public Speaking Skills this Summer!!!

(*Student Community Service Credit Provided*)
PLUS...
Students... Looking for Stuff to Do?
 Town of Smithtown & Partner Agency Volunteer Opportunities!
(NEW Partners Coming Soon)
*
It's Back!!! FUN Student Community Education  Initiative 
 Community Service Opportunity
*"Pizza Box Top Project"*
*
...And Much, Much More...

Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau Programs are FREE.
Open to all parents & students town-wide...


Back By Popular Demand!!!
Both Programs Almost FULL- Register NOW!

Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau's


*MS & HS Study Skills*

-Time Management 
 -Note Taking Tips 
 -Test Taking Strategies
-Useful Mobile Apps

 Still A Few Openings!!!
Don't Wait and Miss out... Register  NOW

Register & Choose From:
-Two Available Dates for M.S. Program-
July 12th and August 2nd
&
-Two Available Dates for H.S. Program-
July 19th and August 9th
(see flyer below for details)

FREE For Town Residents
Quick & Easy
 Online Program Registration Link...




Download the PDF of this flyer to share with other students & parents

Youth Bureau
Horizons Counseling & Education Center

Brand NEW Summer Program for Elementary Age Students...

"Understanding Feelings & Friendships"
(Based on the research-based  "Second Step"  Curriculum)



Appropriate for ALL Students!!!

Give your child a STEP UP by...
Learning Important Social-Emotional Skills this Summer!

Two Programs...
*One for students entering grades 1st-3rd
&
*One for students entering grades 4th & 5th

Respect - Acceptance  - Active Listening - Conflict Resolution

Offers Students Opportunities to...
-Explore Emotions
-Better Understand Interactions with Others
-Learn How to Develop Healthy Friendships


Registration for this FREE  Program is Almost FULL
Don't Wait and Miss out...Register  NOW

Register by email link to:
Janine Marc-Anthony





Download the PDF of this flyer to share with other parents.
 Click link below:


FREE Community Training!!!
Leadership And Public Speaking...
"You have to be Heard to Lead"








Town of Smithtown Youth & Community Alliance...
"Cultivating Community Leaders"


Town of Smithtown 
Youth & Community Alliance  Update

** Alliance Open House 
 & 
Community Training**

"To promote the health and wellness of our young people; mobilize schools and communities;
 and utilize resources to create and sustain an environment 
where destructive decisions and substance abuse are reduced."

 
Please Attend... 
Open House & FREE Community Training
 
 See What the Alliance is All About
 Find Out How YOU Can Help Make a Difference!

Students - Parents - Community Leaders - Clergy
School Personnel - Law Enforcement - Veterans
Senior Citizens - Civic & Social Groups 
ALL Concerned Residents Invited!

Informational Meeting 
 & 
Community Leadership Training
Don't Miss It!!!

**Special Training By...
Toastmasters International
EZ Speakers Club 7497 - Hauppauge

"Overcoming Fear
 &
   
Becoming a Better Public Speaker"

August 15, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Smithtown Library Main Branch
1 N. Country Road, Smithtown

Want to Make A Difference in Your Community?...
You have to be Heard to Lead!!!

Suffer from stage fright?
Fear of speaking in front of others leave you feeling paralyzed?
Too afraid to share your thoughts with others?

Join Us on August 15th...

*Special Presentation Topics*
 Toastmasters International 

* Common Public Speaking Fears/Anxieties & How to Control Them

* Effective Public Speaking Tips

* Demonstration & Practice of Basic Public Speaking Skills

* Explore Further: Toastmasters International Clubs


 Toastmasters International can help you...
 Learn how to control
 the manifestations  of fear & anxiety 
and 
develop effective communication skills, 
resulting in  greater self-confidence and personal growth.


You Are Not Alone!!!

Did you know?...
Of all the phobias, public speaking is the MOST common!!!

*Student Community Service Credit Provided*

Please Register for Alliance Meeting/Community Training 
by Email Below:  

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Attend this Special Alliance Open House
Community Training!

 Learn All About...
Town Youth & Community Alliance Activities

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"

Pizza Box Tops Program

________________________________

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"

Family Talk...Effective Communication in the Home Workshop

________________________________

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

Bullying/Cyber-Bullying PSA 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:

Yessssss...It's Back!!!
Pizza Box Top Project
**Student Empowerment Initiative**  
Youth Bureau
Horizons Counseling & Education Center

HS & MS Student Volunteers Sought...

"Pizza Box Top Project"
 

The Pizza Box Top Project is a public awareness campaign where student volunteers
place stickers with  prevention messages about underage drinking on
HUNDREDS of pizza boxes for community members to see!

*Town Community Service Certificates Provided*
 
MANDATORY Planning Meeting
Friday, August 10, 2018
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (Pizza Provided...yummy!)
Horizons Center 161 E. Main Street in Smithtown

*Various Project Dates & Locations Available*
Indicate preference for activity site(s) when registering.
Can volunteer for multiple days/sites.
Commack -  Monday, 8/13/18
  Hauppauge - Tuesday, 8/14/18
 Smithtown - Wednesday, 8/15/18
 Kings Park -  Friday, 8/17/18
All dates/locations: Project Activities are 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Limited Number of Volunteer Openings..Register NOW!
Click link below to Register:


For Further Information Contact: 
 Kelly DeVito  at Horizons Counseling & Education Center
631-360-7578
 

Pizza Box Top Project
Community Education Sticker





Program Fills  Quickly!

Register  NOW!!!



Download PDF of the Pizza Box Top Project Flyer
to share with other parents and students.
Click link below:





Adults and H.S. Students 
 
Apply NOW!!!!


Town of Smithtown
Youth Adviso ry Board...
Seeking S tudent & Adult  Board Members

What is it?  The Youth Advisory Board is comprised of Town residents who are appointed by the Town Supervisor and Town Council to advise the Youth Bureau on the best ways to approach students and families, and help promote Bureau programs Town-wide. Youth Advisory Board members keep the Youth Bureau on track by serving as the  "voice of youth and families" throughout the Township. The average Youth Board member volunteers once or twice each month.
  
Who serves on the Youth Advisory Board?   The Youth Advisory Board needs c ommunity-minded adults and High School student volunteers  who are  committed to bringing ideas and supporting community programs and events.

Why get involved?    The Youth Advisory Board especially needs students to bring their youthful perspective to create beneficial,  relevant programs. Board Members 
gain valuable leadership experience, 
while having the opportunity to help  the community. Letters of recommendation and college/work references are supplied.
 
Requirements:   The  two year Town appointment to the Board  requires members to attend a monthly Youth  Advisory Board  meeting;  some Town of Smithtown Youth & Community Alliance meetings & Committee activities, and two Youth Bureau  events each year. Town community programs and initiatives include: Global Youth Service Day; Annual Family  Pool Night; Community Outreach and  Community Education.
  
When is it?   The Youth Advisory Board meets once each month, on the  2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM at  the Horizons Center Community Room, 161 E. Main Street in Smithtown. The Board does not meet during the  months of July or August. Interested residents are welcome to attend a Youth Advisory Board meeting as a  guest, prior to application for appointment/ membership.
 
Next Step:   If you choose to apply, submit to the Youth Bureau, a  brief letter addressed to Town Supervisor Wehrheim  (students only) stating the reasons you would like to serve on the Youth Advisory Board, along with a completed Youth  Advisory Board Application.
  If selected, the Youth Bureau will give a recommendation to the Town Supervisor  for your two year appointment to the Board.  

Download the PDF of Youth Advisory Information to share 
 with other students & adults 
click link below:


**To Apply for Board membership, click link below**

Adults Complete Application Only
Students Mail or Email Letter & Application to:
Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau
161 E. Main Street. Smithtown NY 11787


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.  


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Partner Agency Volunteer Opportunity Bulletin Board

**See Highlighted Partner Agency
Volunteer Opportunity (Next Article below)

Students:
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 Opportunities
                                                             



Coming Soon
...
NEW Partner Agency Listings!!!


Association for Mental Health & Wellness
Sweetbriar Nature Center
Celebrate St. James
Featured
Partner Agency Volunteer Opportunity

St. James Civic Association "Summer Nights" 
Seeking H.S. Student Volunteers!!!

 
Ten (10) H.S. Student Volunteers are needed  Each Night for the  St. James Civic Association "Summer Nights" program:

Wednesdays from 5pm to 9pm, on the following dates:
 
 July 11th
 July 25th
 August 8th
 August 22nd 


VOLUNTEER POSITIONS:
*Assisting children activities - Children's "Paint Night"

*Supervising the area of backyard games on the lawn of the school

*Checking in with vendors throughout the night 

*Set-up (3:00PM-5:00PM) - Help with unloading & setting up tables, supplies, etc.

*Break-down (8:30PM-9:30PM) - Help pickup the backyard games, paint night supplies, breakdown tables
 
VOLUNTEER HOURS:
They can use help at any point of the night, 
set-up is probably most helpful
 
PROOF OF HOURS:
Volunteers should check in with a committee member and they can provide proof of community service hours on civic association letterhead. 


 Please email Karen Aldrich at the Youth Bureau to 
register as a volunteer   at the link below:



Summer is Here & School's Out!!!
"Now,what Do I Do With the Kids?"


Summer is here and I think everyone was looking forward to it. Your kids are so
excited, you are excited... lazy mornings, sleeping in, days at the pool and lots of fun!

After a week of that, you may start thinking - now what? 
Here are some tips to keep  your kids active and engaged over the summer.

Figure out what they love.  Take what you already know they like and expand on it. Maybe there is somewhere close you can explore or a topic they can
research and you can discuss together. Delving deeper into something is exciting. 

Explore beautiful Town of Smithtown! Get out there and go somewhere. There
are so many cool places to explore...parks....beaches...historic sights.
Feeling ambitious? Go to the city.  Take a ride out to the eastern part of L.I.  

Read a book (or five!)  . Reading is a great summer activity. If your child loves to
read, that's wonderful. If not, it's still something they should do. Offer to read a
book together and then discuss each chapter to help keep them interested. Discover audio books and listen together.

Volunteer with them!  Do they love animals?  Sports? Gardening? Look into opportunities with local organizations for your child to volunteer.  Helping others creates a giving  spirit and makes us feel good. It's also great to put on that future college
application. 

Check out our Town of Smithtown Volunteer Corner for community service youth & family opportunities.

Limit screen time. This is so hard in today's highly digital age, but it is necessary.
Kids (and adults) have a hard time turning off screens and staying present.  This keeps
kids more engaged in family life and it helps curb relational and social problems.

Sign them up for summer enrichment programs.....like the * Town of Smithtown Study Skills Bootcamp or Understanding Feelings & Friendships , for the little ones!

*Details in this newsletter.  There are still limited openings in these FREE summer programs.  Register NOW!



Adults and H.S. Students 
  
Apply NOW!!!!
 


Town of Smithtown
Youth Adviso ry Board...
Seeking S tudent & Adult  Board Members

What is it?  The Youth Advisory Board is comprised of Town residents who are appointed by the Town Supervisor and Town Council to advise the Youth Bureau on the best ways to approach students and families, and help promote Bureau programs Town-wide. Youth Advisory Board members keep the Youth Bureau on track by serving as the  "voice of youth and families"throughout the Township. The average Youth Board member volunteers once or twice each month.
  
Who serves on the Youth Advisory Board?   The Youth Advisory Board needs  c ommunity-minded adults and High School student volunteers  who are  committed to bringing ideas and supporting community programs and events.

Why get involved?    The Youth Advisory Board especially needs students to bring their youthful perspective to create beneficial,  relevant programs. Board Members   
gain valuable leadership experience, 
 
while having the opportunity to help  the community. Letters of recommendation and college/work references are supplied.
 
Requirements:   The  two year Town appointment to the Board  requires members to attend a monthly Youth  Advisory Board  meeting;  some Town of Smithtown Youth & Community Alliance meetings & Committee activities, and two Youth Bureau  events each year. Town community programs and initiatives include: Global Youth Service Day; Annual Family  Pool Night; Community Outreach and  Community Education.
  
When is it?   The Youth Advisory Board meets once each month, on the  2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM at  the Horizons Center Community Room, 161 E. Main Street in Smithtown. The Board does not meet during the  months of July or August. Interested residents are welcome to attend a Youth Advisory Board meeting as a  guest, prior to application for appointment/ membership.
 
Next Step:   If you choose to apply, submit to the Youth Bureau, a  brief letter addressed to Town Supervisor Wehrheim  (students only) stating the reasons you would like to serve on the Youth Advisory Board, along with a completed Youth  Advisory Board Application.
  If selected, the Youth Bureau will give a recommendation to the Town Supervisor  for your two year appointment to the Board.  

Download the PDF of Youth Advisory Information to share 
 with other students & adults 
click link below:


**To Apply for Board membership, click link below**

Adults Complete Application Only.
Students Mail or Email Brief Letter & Application to:
Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau
161 E. Main Street. Smithtown NY 11787



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

YOUR Opinions Help Us to Plan Youth & Family Programs!


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




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



 Horizons  Counseling & Education Center
Update

Did you know that Suffolk County has a
 24 hour Substance Abuse Hotline?

If you or a loved one is having a problem with substance abuse or addiction there is a place you can call for help, at any time of day or night. 

The Suffolk County Department of Health has partnered with Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and Communities of Solution to provide a linkage between community members and the services they need....  Help  Around the Clock!
  • Suffolk County Substance Abuse Hotline #: (631) 979-1700
  • Operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Provides access to quality substance abuse care
From 2016 through the present time, Suffolk County had 362 deaths related to opiates .
This number is far too high! With treatment, education, and prevention efforts we can help combat these numbers. Help is available to all.



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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:  


631-360-7578

Visit the Horizons Web site:



Town of Smithtown
Horizons Counseling & Education Center 
AND
Youth Bureau: 

Collaborative Prevention Programs


"School-based, supplemental support programs  strengthen  students' ability to 
avoid destructive decision-making  
and 
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.)  


 P OPULAR SCHOOL-BASED PREVENTION PROGRAMS INCLUDE:
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
or
Kelly Devito, Horizons Counseling & Education Center



Smithtown Youth Bureau Volunteer Corps

NOW APPLY ONLINE!!!

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.

Note: 
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)

HighlightedYBPrograms


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:


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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
Email

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

Hours
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 
Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm