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August 2018 Newsletter


"YOUR Youth and Family Resource "

Supporting Our Children
Strengthening Our Community

Volume 6 - Issue 8- August  2018

August  News & Updates

*See the Youth & Community Alliance...
Bullying/Cyberbullying Public Service Announcement Below!!!

Town of Smithtown FREE Summer Programs

But 1st...
It is our Pleasure to Present the... 
Town of Smithtown Youth & Community Alliance's 
Student-Created Bullying Public Service Announcement!!!!

You  Gotta Check this Out!!!!
 (Only 3 Minutes)
Written By & Starring Student Alliance Members
A Powerful Message!
Town Alliance Bullying Public Service Announcement
 Public Service Announcement

PSA Created By:
Town of Smithtown
Youth & Community Alliance Student 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

In This Issue

*Upcoming Alliance Community Leadership Training 8/15/18
Cultivating Community Leaders...
 Register NOW!
"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 Hours 
Completion of Professional Development
 Certificates Provided!!!

Town of Smithtown's Annual...
"Summer Bash - Family Pizza & Pool Night 2018"
200 Residents Turn Out for a GREAT Family Night!
A HUGE Success!- Check Out the Great Pics!!!

August Summer Enrichment Program: Last Chance To Register!
* Summer Study Skills Boot Camp*
(Limited Openings!!!)
"Second Step"... Understanding Feelings & Friendships
(Sorry, this program is now FULL!)

Students... Looking for Stuff to Do?
 Town of Smithtown & Partner Agency Volunteer Opportunities!
(NEW Community Partners Always Being Added!!!)
Horizons Counseling & Education Center News
"Are You Ready, Feet"  Walking Portal!!!
Be Physically Active....Log Your Minutes/Miles of Activity...
YOU Can Win Prizes!!!!!!!

...And Much, Much More...
Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau Programs are FREE
for  Smithtown Township Residents

FREE Community Leadership Training!!!
Leadership And Public Speaking...
Lose Your Fear - "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
ommunity Leadership Training **

PLEASE Register & Attend!
"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."

 See What the Alliance is All About
 Find Out How YOU Can Help Make a Difference!

FREE Community Leadership Training
Don't Miss It!!!

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

"Overcoming Fear
Becoming a Better Public Speaker"

Wednesday, 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*
Presented By: 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 & Professional Development Certificates Provided

Please Register for Alliance Meeting/Community Training 
by Email Below:
*Provide Full Name & Email Address for Each Participant 

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
******See the actual PSA at the Top of this Newsletter Issue!!!

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, 
Social & Civic Groups...ALL Concerned Residents!
For more information about the 
Town of Smithtown 
Youth & Community Alliance 

Email Stacey Sanders, Youth Bureau Executive Director:

Summer Bash 2018 - A GREAT Way to Spend Precious Family Time!!!

Town of Smithtow
Youth Bureau 
Recreation Department's ...

Town of Smithtown Summer Bash!
Family Pizza & Pool Night...
Was A HUGE Success!!!!

200 Family Members Had a BLAST!!!!!
There was....
Pizza, Snacks, Swimming, Music AND Free Chances For PRIZES!
This Program was FREE for Town of Smithtown Residents!!!
Held at Smithtown Landing Country Club Pool on 7/30/18
Check Out the COOL Pics!!!

Forty (40) FREE Raffle Prizes!!!                                                           Youth Board Member picks Winners!

Dinner & Swimming!


Volunteers from People's Bank
came to lend a hand!

Watching Prize Drawing


Lucky Winners

A GREAT Night Out
with Family!

By Far...The BEST Dancer at the Party!

Look out for our Summer Bash 2019 next year!
This Program Fills VERY Quickly..
SO Register Fast When the Date is Announced!
Hope to See YOU & YOUR Family at the Party Next Year!!!

A Special Thanks to...
Town of Smithtown Recreation Department and Town Pool Staff

 Plus ALL of our Raffle Prize Donors!!!
Pet Supply Plus - Smithtown 
Smithtown Appliance -Smithtown
D'Ore Jewelry - Commack 
Elements Massage -Smithtown
The Little Gym - Smithtown
Gold Medal Gymnastic Center - Smithtown 
Corner Café - Nesconset
AMF Bowling Lanes - Smithtown
Hotoke - Smithtown
Splish Splash - Calverton 
Adventureland -   Farmingdale 
John W Engeman Theater -  Northport 
American Road Side Burger - Smithtown
Domino's - Smithtown 
La Famigilia Restaurant - Smithtown
LaVida Massage -Smithtown
Bagel Chalet - Commack
Empire Karate - Smithtown
Smithtown Children's Foundation - Smithtown 
People's Bank -  Smithtown
The Schuette Family - Smithtown
Uncle Guiseppe's Marketplace - Smithtown
Duck Donuts - Hauppauge

Back By Popular Demand!!!
Some Programs are now FULL

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!!!  
Register  NOW

-Sorry!!!  ALL 
Middle School Programs are Now FULL!!!

- Just a FEW spots left!!! -
 High School Program on 
August 9th - 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Town of Smithtown Horizons Center 
Community Room
161 E. Main Street, Smithtown

See Flyer for Details

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

Call Cynthia Grimely or Karen Aldrich in the Youth Bureau
for further information:   631-360-7595

Youth Bureau And    Horizons Counseling & Education Center

**Sorry! Both Programs are Now FULL!**

Brand NEW 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!

Two Programs...
* One for students entering grades 1st-3rd 
*One for studen ts 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

**Look Out for Our Future "Second Step" Programs!! **

So Sorry if you missed these programs!!!
To be placed on a Waiting List for future programs
email:   Janine Marc-Anthony in the Youth Bureau

Adults and H.S. Students 
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.  


Partner Agency Volunteer Opportunity Bulletin Board

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

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

NEW Partner Agency Listings!!!
Association for Mental Health & Wellness
Sweetbriar Nature Center
Celebrate St. James
And Others!!!!
Rocco Campanelli (Second from left)
& Smithtown Boys Who Care members
Volunteering to Check in Participants at"Summer Bash 2018"
Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau
Volunteer Corps Member News

Rocco Campanelli

Member of :
Town of Smithtown's
Youth Advisory Board
Youth Bureau Volunteer Corps
Youth & Community Alliance
Plus, Rocco is a Founding Member of...
"Smithtown Boys Who Care"- SBWC

SBWC Ask that you...
Save the Date!
Friday, September 14, 2018

"Walk For A Wish" 
Smithtown High School East
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Collaborative Program:
Smithtown Boys Who Care
Make A Wish - Suffolk County
Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau
Smithtown High School East

Fun Community Service!
(2 Hours of Student Community Service Credit Provided!)

Registration Starting Soon!!!
Watch Your Emails For Flyer & Registration Link!

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

"Are You Ready, Feet?"
 Long Island Health Collaborative

Did you know that there is a collaborative effort on Long Island to get people to move around more and be more physically fit?

The Long Island Health Collaborative is a coalition that includes Nassau and Suffolk county health departments, every hospital on Long Island, health and social service community-based organizations, insurance plans, academic institutions, local governments, and other groups.

We are all working together toward a healthier Long Island community!

One of the initiatives, that is very user friendly is the "Are You Ready, Feet" walking portal. If you are trying to kick bad habits and be a healthier you, then take a look at this portal at their web site....

Once you sign up you can track your minutes moved and miles traveled.
It is a great summer activity and a positive way to stay healthy in today's stressful world.

Start your journey across Long Island today with the  Are You Ready, Feet?™  physical activity  portal!!!

*G et rewarded for your healthy habits by creating an account, and logging your minutes  moved, miles traveled, or steps walked. 

Track your activity progress,and be entered to...
 W in exciting prizes!

For assistance or questions, contact:


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:

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)


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