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 May 2017  Newsletter

 

Town of Smithtown 
YOUTH BUREAU

 

"YOUR Youth and Family Resource "

Supporting Our Children
&
Strengthening Our Community

Volume 5- Issue 5- May 2017
May 2017 News & Updates
Town of Smithtown
Global Youth Service Day
A HUGE success!

On Saturday, April 22, 2017 approximately 160 youth and families from the Smithtown township attended the Town of Smithtown's Global Youth Service Day celebration at the beautiful Smithtown Landing Country Club, Merrywood Cottage.

Present were, honored guests, including firefighters, police officers, and EMT's.  Eleven Town-wide Letter Writing Contest winners were recognized, and were given the opportunity to read their letters of thanks to the local Emergency Responders.  
Outstanding Volunteers from throughout the township were recognized for their community service.

Global Youth Service Day is a worldwide event of activism that empowers youth to take action in their world.  Smithtown Youth Bureau is proud to be recognized as a Global Youth Service Day Partner, joining groups from over 136 countries celebrating youth volunteerism. 

 
Emergency Responder Honored Guests leading the Pledge of Allegiance



 
 Letter Writing Contest Winner reading her letter and
Stacey Sanders, Youth Bureau Exec. Director
 
 

Police Officer Andrew Buck and his daughter - a letter contest winner
 


All Letter Writing Contest Winners with Honored Guests - Local Emergency Responders

 

A  standing ovation for our Honored Guests.  Thank you for your service!




Town of Smithtown Outstanding Volunteer Award winners


 
We wish to thank the Town of Smithtown Youth Advisory Board and all of the other volunteers who worked so hard to make this a special day.

A very special note of THANKS to  the  Rick Holmes and Hunter Edmundson of King Park Central School District's Kings Park Productions group.   They volunteer their time at our events, providing the sound system, AND capturing every special moment with their professional photography.

Thank you all for your dedication and support!!!
 
Youth & Community Alliance of Smithtown


Parents and High School Students from
Commack, Kings Park, Smithtown & Hauppauge School Districts
 are Needed!!!
  
Let Your Voices Be Heard!!! 

 
For information and/or registration, please feel free to contact Stacey Sanders at the Smithtown Youth Bureau or Kelly DeVito at Horizons Counseling & Education Center.  Please register by May 19, 2017.
  

Youth and Community Alliance of Smithtown...

Our Next General Membership meeting:

Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 4:30-6:00 pm 
At the Smithtown Library Main Branch
1 North Country Road, Smithtown

PLEASE feel free to join the Youth and Community Alliance at the next General Membership meeting to be held on  May 25, 2017 from 4:30-6: 00 pm at the
Smithtown Library Main Branch.  New members welcome. 

It's not too late to get involved!

Coalitions are a great way to integrate and align resources in the community and engage multiple sectors in effective prevention efforts.

This Smithtown Township Alliance focuses on  Substance Abuse, Healthy Relationships and Bullying/ Cyberbullying. 

Members include; schools, law enforcement, local/county government, youth agencies, parents, youth, businesses, and others.
  
For further Town of Smithtown Alliance information:  





**A new website for the  Youth and Community Alliance of Smithtown is currently U nder Construction. 

Visit the 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 !

Babysitting Skills/Basic Child Care Training at
Nessaquake Middle School

  

  

The Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau just completed their four week Babysitting Skills Program at Nessaquake Middle School.  


Throughout the program, students learned basic child care skills and the responsibilities required to be a successful babysitter or mother's helper.  Basic first aid information and safety were also explored by the participants.
 
Students enjoyed the hands-on experience with our "RealCare Babies."  These realistic baby dolls simulate the needs of a "real" baby... crying and needing to be held and changed.  

During the last session, many participants expressed how comfortable they feel with the possibility of babysitting this summer.   
Save the Date!

Community Service Event
 and
 Pool Party!
 
Where: 
Smithtown Landing Country Club
 
When:
Monday, July 17th from 6pm-8pm
 
Join us!  Earn Community Service Credit by helping to assemble school supply packs for struggling students and families throughout the Township. 

Enjoy an evening of family community service, pizza and a swim (weather permitting) in the Smithtown Landing Pool.  
 
More information and registration instructions to follow!
 
Town of Smithown
 "Getting Ready For School Program"


Congratulations Horizons Counseling & Education Center!

We'd like to congratulate our partner,  Horizons Counseling and Education Center on being named  "Social Work Agency of the Year" by the National Association of Social Workers, New York State Chapter, Suffolk Division. 

This award acknowledges the  exceptional social work services provided by Horizons Center to address the chronic and often tragic causes and consequences of substance abuse in the community.

Horizons regularly works with the Smithtown Youth Bureau, various other community partners, and local school districts to address substance use-related problems and provides prevention, education, and treatment programming. 

Horizons Counseling & Education Center and the Smithtown Youth Bureau recently revitalized the Youth and Community Alliance of Smithtown  for the purpose of engaging and mobilizing residents and other stakeholders to work toward positive changes in Town of Smithtown communities. The Alliance areas of focus include; substance abuse, bullying/cyberbullying, and maintaining healthy relationships. 

To find out more about the services offered by  Horizons Counseling and Education Center , contact Matthew Neebe , agency Director.

 

 

 

May is Bicycle Safety Month!

 

By law, all bicyclists under the age of 14 are required to wear approved bicycle helmets when bicycling or riding as passengers on bicycles in New York State.  The maximum penalty for an offense is a $50 fine.  Regardless of the age and fine, you only have one head! Wearing a helmet the correct way can cut your risk of a head injury in half!

 

 

In order to assure you and your children's helmets fit properly, follow these simple guidelines:

 

  • Your helmet should fit level on your forehead (not too far forward or not too far back)
  • Your helmet should be snug.  One finger should fit between the chin and chin strap.
  • Shake your head, if the fit is right, your helmet will stay on tight.

 

   


Smithtown Youth Bureau Volunteer Corps

NOW APPLY ONLINE!!!  
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:

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.

* S tudents
, as well as 
adults 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)

Kings Park In The kNOw -
Community Call to Action



On Tuesday, May 23rd at William T. Rogers Middle School, our community partners, Kings Park In The kNOw is hosting a program called; "Heroin:  It's in our Backyard ." 

All  Kings Park, and neighboring community residents are invited to engage in a conversation concerning the reality of substance use/abuse in society today. 

Click  here for more information about this important community event.

Heroin is in our communities........Be informed!!!








 Highlighted Youth Bureau Programs

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:
  • Babysitting Skills/Basic Child Care 
  • Anger Management
  • Positive Action
  • Reconnecting Youth
  • Middle School Employment Readiness
  • Parent Study Group (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) 
  • Guiding Good Choices
  • Upstander Revolution - Bullying/Cyber Bullying presentation
  • Eight Dimensions of Wellness (SAMHSA)
  • Community Service Opportunities
 
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.  



 
 
STUDENT VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT!
 
Congratulations to Jessica Lavenda from Commack High School! Jessica is the recipient of a $1,000 Allstate Safe Driving Activist Award through her work with SADD and the Smithtown Youth Bureau Safe Routes to School Program.  

Jessica, a senior at Commack High School and SADD Executive Board Member, was trained by the Smithtown Youth Bureau and Stony Brook Hospital staff to present a Peer-to-Peer program on reckless and distracted driving. The program, called "What Do You Consider Lethal",  was presented to over 300 sophomores during their health classes over a 2-day period.

Jessica, along with other members of SADD, did an outstanding job sharing the message as to the dangers of reckless and distracted driving during April's National Teen Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  Congratulations, Jessica!!!



Pictured Below from Left to Right:   Commack High School SADD Advisor, Sara Decker, Jessica's Mother - Allyson Lavenda, Jessica Lavenda, Jessica's Father - David Lavenda and Commack High School Principal Leslie Boritz, at the Suffolk County Principals Association Senior Leadership Luncheon on April 26, 2017 at Chateau at Coindre Hall in Huntington.  


Youth Bureau Staff Corner
   
        
Wishing you a happy month of May filled with beautiful weather and spring blossoms! 
 Happy Mother's Day to all of our Town of Smithtown moms!

 
Please stay tuned for notices of our exciting upcoming 
Spring and Summer events and programs!
 
May Greetings From...

Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau Staff:
Stacey Sanders, Janine Marc-Anthony, Cynthia Grimley, 
Karen Aldrich,  Gina Shalhoub and Crystal Belli

&
Town of Smithtown Horizons Counseling & Education Center
             
   
                 
              
 
 
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. 

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 Volunteer Center,  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, Project9line, Lessings at Smithtown Landing Country Club, 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