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"YOUR Youth and Family Resource "
Supporting Our Children & Strengthening Our Community
Volume 6 - Issue 12 - December 2018
December News & Updates
**Attention: ALL Township School Districts**
PLEASE submit information regarding YOUR school's upcoming, town-wide programs for us to help promote.
** Attention: Smithtown Youth Bureau Partner Agencies**
Submit Your Requests for Volunteers - We can share the information and do registration
See Info. on Becoming a Partner Agency for Volunteer Opportunities
Click for further information: Information for Partner Agencies
Empty shelves before...
FULL shelves after!
Thank You ALL for Helping to Make our 3rd Annual
Food Drive for the Smithtown Emergency Food Pantry
A HUGE Success!
On November 10th , the Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau and our Smithtown Youth Advisory Board sponsored a Food Drive at the Stop and Shop in Smithtown. Thanks to the community - this was a HUGE success! The Pantry's shelves are FULL!!

Student and adult volunteers were at the entrances to the store taking donations - AND at the Food Pantry helping to sort and organize all of the donated items.

Numerous volunteers also organized their very own Food Drives and delivered the items to the pantry that day.

Thank you ALL for helping to fill the shelves at our Town's
Emergency Food Pantry!
(See Before & After Pics...WOW!!!)

UPDATE! Ryan's Wish Came TRUE!

On September 14th, The Smithtown Boys Who Care, Make-A-Wish ® Suffolk County, the Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau and Smithtown High School East Leadership Students collaborated on Walk-For- A Wish at Smithtown High School East.

Money raised went to Ryan, a 5 year old boy from Hauppauge's wish to go to Disney. Ryan and his family recently enjoyed their magical Disney vacation and made wonderful memories.  Thank you ALL for supporting this amazing young boy and his dream!
Student Volunteer Leaders...
Partner With Us

This Walk For A Wish community Event was initiated by student, Town of Smithtown Volunteer Corps and Youth Advisory Board member, Rocco Campanelli.

The Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau was thrilled to support Rocco, his fellow student volunteers and community partners in this wonderful event.

*Any student(s) or groups who wish to organize and run a beneficial community project or event, can reach out to the Youth Bureau for support
Want to organize Your Own...
Community Event/Project?
We can Help!
Contact us for support and assistance with planning, registration, promotion and volunteer staffing. We'd love to partner with you and your group.

Smithtown Students 24th Annual
Business Olympics Competition !

This Smithtown School of Business in conjunction with Smithtown's Industry Advisory Board (IAB) held their 24th annual Business Olympics Competition on November 15th at Smithtown High School West. 

See pic of adult IAB judges/mentors at a recent NYS Office of Children & Family Services Mentor Training arranged by the Smithtown Youth Bureau and a pic of the Business Olympics student participants .

The Youth Bureau has arranged for NYS Office of Children & Family Services to do Peer Mentor Training for Business Honor Society students at Smithtown HS West and at SHS East in December.

It was an honor for the Youth Bureau to help judge so many talented students and congrats to "Team Default" for winning this year's competition! 

Families That Learn Together...
Win Together!!!
Two $50 "Dinner & Movie" Gift Cards (Applebees & AMC Theatres)
ALL January Alliance Training Participants
Have a Chance To WIN!!!
January 10, 2019
Alliance Community Leadership Training
Informational Meeting
* Community Service Opportunity-Students in Grades 8-12 *

REGISTER NOW !!! Program Will Fill QUICKLY !

Thursday, January 10, 2019
Smithtown Library Main Branch
1 N. Country Road, Smithtown

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Registration Required (online registration link below)

Community members invited! Parents & students grades 8 - 12 please register and attend the January Alliance Community Leadership Training and Informational Meeting.

MADD Mothers Against Drunk Driving will be providing a DUAL training - One especially for concerned parents and one for students. Parents & their children will start off together and then split up into two different specialized, interactive programs informing them about such things as...

  • The actual science behind drinking
  • How to comfortably discuss drinking; media and peer pressure
  • Binge Drinking & other important topics
  • PLUS... Adult & Youth Empowerment!
Come learn how informed parents & young people can tackle these sensitive and often dangerous issues together!

**Students will receive 1.5 Hours of Community Service Credit for participating.


** ALL Participants Will Have A Chance To WIN...
$50 " Dinner & Movie" Gift Cards
(Two $50 prizes available)

Don't Just Drop Off your child for the community service activity &
Have to Come Back to Pick Them up!

STAY Warm With Us & Participate in the Adult Training!!!
It's gonna be COLD... Stay and Enjoy the Training, Refreshments AND
Have a Chance To WIN $50 "Dinner & Movie" Gift Cards !!!

Program Fills Fast!!!
Register Students & Adults through Link Below:

Babysitting Skills
Basic Employment

Nesaquake and W.T. Rogers Middle School students participated in the Babysitting program during the month of November and finish up in December.
The Babysitting Program will be offered in Accompsett Middle School in January 2019.
Hands on experience with 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 contact:

Middle School Study Skills
Program Update

Middle School students throughout the Town of Smithtown have been learning valuable Study Skills through the Youth Bureau's three week interactive program! This popular programs covers the following topics each week:

Week 1: Notetaking Skills

Week 2: Time Management and Organization
Useful Apps for Studying

Week 3: Test Taking Strategies

In November, the program was held at  Great Hollow and Accompsett Middle Schools. During the month of January, the program will be held at Nesaquake and Accompsett Middle Schools please contact the main office if interested for your child.

For information about bringing this program to your school, please contact:    Cynthia Grimley
Safe Routes To School Program

In Case You Didn't know...
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!

The 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!!!
News from Town of Smithtown
Horizons Counseling and Education Center

With the Holidays Comes Drinking...
And Potential Dangers!

With the holidays fast approaching, it's a good time to reflect on the healthy and unhealthy ways that we celebrate the special occasions in our lives. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations (NHTSA) between Christmas and New Year's an average of 300 people die each year from drunk driving crashes. People celebrate with alcohol for a number of reasons.  It is important to understand the dangers of drinking and driving and to come up with a plan before going out to celebrate .

Other ways to celebrate the holiday season without alcohol: Host a dry party, find an alcohol free event, or set limits with family members. For more information about alcohol and drinking during the holidays visit the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism here .

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:
Visit the Horizons Web Site to see program details:

Furry Friends Available For Adoption..
They Are Waiting For You!

The Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter has many adorable pets waiting for forever homes!

Click below for full bios of highlighted furry friends available for adoption today!

PLEASE don't overlook "Golden Age" cuties with A LOT of Life & Love in them!
Click link Below to view the shelter's more "Seasoned" Furry Friends:

For information on adopting these and other pets, please visit the shelter website Here !  

If you can't adopt...
PLEASE spread the word about these Super Sweet animals needing homes!

They need your HELP...
Let's find them a family to spend the Holiday Season & the rest of their lives with!


Help by Volunteering at the Shelter
*Adults & Students 16 and Older:
Dog Walking - Enrichment Activities
Cat Socialization - Bottle Feeding Kittens -
Feral Cat Colony Care
Animal Foster Care
Shelter Beautification
Community Outreach - Promotion - Social Media

Students Under 16 Can Help Also...
Junior Buddies Club

See Volunteer Requirements at link below:

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.

Recent Volunteer Corps Activities included...
  • Town of Smithtown Tender Years Treasury
  • Town of Smithtown Parents' Night Out
  • KPHS End Hunger
  • Smithtown Senior Living Inter-generational Day
  • Partner Agency - Commack-KP Rotary Art Auction
  • Food Drive
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.

For more information - click here
Upcoming Community Service Opportunities.. .
Keep a Look-Out for Email Announcements for Registration

  • Town of Smithtown Parents' Night Out
  • January Youth & Community Alliance Training
  • Partner Agency Commack-KP Rotary Holiday Party
  • Plus others!
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
Opportunities for Healthy Family Interaction

Inspire - Learn - Grow  

Friend us on Facebook: Smithtown Youth Bureau Facebook Page  Page  

Important Links...

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