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February 2021

Rock Your LinkedIn Profile; Minecraft Coding; Black History Museum (Community service) (2/16; 2/17; 2/18)
Virtual L.I. Aquarium "Bug & Butterfly Encounter" (2/19)
Choosing YOUR College Webinar: How to do an Effective College Search" (2/25)
LAST CHANCE to Participate! "Heartfelt" Student Community Service Opportunities (Ends on 2/8)
Multi-School District Virtual Rotary Student Interact Club Meetings (2/9 and 2/23)
Youth Bureau Community Needs Assessment w/Monthly Raffle Prize (Feb. thru April)
Spreading Kindness
Town of Smithtown Student Volunteer Corps
Horizons Counseling & Education Center News
Helpful Resources
Spend February School Break with YOUR Town Youth Bureau!
Youth Bureau Partners with Microsoft to Offer
Three (3) GREAT Programs in February

Microsoft FREE virtual programs are taught LIVE by trained, experienced Microsoft Team associates
REGISTER ASAP - These workshops will fill quickly!

Participate with Friends in a Community Education Event!
Student Community Service Credit Provided

Join the Town of Smithtown's
Youth Bureau & Anti-Bias Task Force for Microsoft's...

"Black History Museum: Virtual Museum Experience"
Freedom Rides Museum

Thursday - 2/18/21; 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
(Student Community Service Credit Provided)
Appropriate for MS & HS students

In 1961, Freedom Riders, groups of volunteers, black and white, male and female, rode a Greyhound bus to Montgomery, Alabama in protest of segregation in public transportation. Students will visit this museum and learn about these courageous young people and the work they did to protest using non-violent methods.

Reserve your spot below for this special community education event and earn community service credit!

Middle school and high school students are invited to register below and participate in this LIVE special event!




*After the event, students can email the Youth Bureau and request a Town Certificate of Community Service Credit for participation. Include your full name as you would like it to appear on the certificate. After your participation is confirmed, you will be emailed your certificate. youthb@smithtownny.gov


"Minecraft Hour of Code Workshop"
One of Microsoft's MOST Popular Coding Programs!!!

Explore Minecraft Themed Worlds
Wednesday - 2/17/21; 11:00 AM - Noon
Appropriate for Students 8+ - Older Students & Adults New to Coding Welcome!

In this unique, creative, one-hour virtual workshop, students eight and older will have fun learning and being inspired by Minecraft, computer science and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Using the power of code and AI, students will actually learn to program the Agent character to prevent forest fires and regrow a forest!
 
By the end of the workshop, students will have: 
  • Instructed a computer to perform fundamental coding tasks. 
  • Understood basic AI concepts and coding concepts such as loops and events.
  • Experienced how AI is being used in the real-world to promote conservation and sustainability. 

First REGISTER for the program using the link below.

**In order to fully enjoy and get the most out of this workshop, students NEED to do a few simple things to organize their access to the "Minecraft Hour of Code" lesson, BEFORE the workshop starts**

(Please note that this demo is not supported for Chromebooks)
  • Then simply Accept the Terms, and select Play. This will bring up the Minecraft Hour of Code tutorial.*
  • Then select Start Lesson.
  • Finally select, Create World and you are all set for the workshop!
  •  You will receive an email confirmation containing a Microsoft Teams link to join the workshop.
  • Please check your spam folder as the confirmation email may end up there.  
  • Click that Microsoft Teams link on Wed, 2/17/21 at 11 AM to join the program!!!
To optimize the experience of this training, please use Edge or Chrome Internet browsers to join the Teams live event.


"Rock Your LinkedIn Profile Workshop"
Unlock YOUR LinkedIn Potential


Tuesday - 2/16/21; 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Primarily for HS students
(Also appropriate for MS students, as well as young adults interested in exploring LinkedIn's potential)

High school students, as well as middle school students and young adults, join us for a free, virtual 1 ½ hour workshop and discover how to rock your LinkedIn profileGet a hands-on start developing a stellar profile and learn how to grow important professional LinkedIn skills.

Get ready for college and entrance into the world of work! 
 
Participants will learn exactly how to:
  • Build their online brand.
  • Grow and engage a LinkedIn network.
  • Sharpen their basic resume


February's Microsoft workshops are brought to you through a partnership between the Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau and Microsoft-Huntington Station.


LIVE Virtual Bug & Butterfly Encounter
Beautiful Butterflies AND Weird & Wonderful BUGS!

Hosted by Our Very Own Long Island Aquarium
Friday - 2/19/21; 10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
**LIMITED Number of Participants for this Special Program - REGISTER NOW!!!**
Appropriate for Elementary Age Students

Don't miss the Youth Bureau's LIVE Virtual Visit to our local Long Island Aquarium for a Bug & Butterfly Encounter.

Did you know…
Bugs represent the largest group of animals on Earth! They account for at least 75% of all known animal species and without them, larger animals could not exist. While insects can destroy crops, spread disease, and be nuisance, they clean up environmental waste, pollinate many flowering plants and provide food necessary for larger animals to survive!

Assembled by the entomologists at the LI Exhibition Center: Bug Exhibit, the Insect Preservatory contains several hundred preserved insect specimens. It showcases some of the largest, most beautiful and most biologically interesting bugs in the world.
Trained specialists offer opportunity to see and learn more about bugs like the Large Devil’s Walking Sticks, Orchid Mantis, Leaf Insects, Giant Beetles and more! You won’t see this amazing collection of bugs from all over the world, anywhere else! 
Also, thousands of butterflies from all over the world now live at the L.I. Aquarium. Some flutter and flit from flower to flower, sipping nectar. While others enjoy feeding on fruit at several secluded feeding stations. Still others hide in the many trees and vines, resting up for their next flight.

Because most butterflies only live for a couple of weeks, new butterflies arrive directly from Africa, Central America, South America, Asia, and North America constantly! The entomologists at the Butterflies, Bugs & Birds Exhibit receive 800-1,200 butterfly pupae each week! At any one time, there are 40-50 different species of butterflies flying in the habitat. The Exhibition Center receives 150 different species, so each time you visit, you will see new and exciting butterfly species!
This free program requires a very small group, so registration is limited to only 30 participants. Register NOW!

*Since participation must be limited, we ask that you PLEASE ONLY register your child if you KNOW you will be available to sign them on that day/time, Please do not register and fill a spot if you're unsure of your and/or your child's availability to attend. Thank you for your consideration!






"Choosing YOUR College...
How to do an Effective College Search"
Explore College Options Together
Informative Webinar - For HS Students & Parents


Thursday- 2/25/21; 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

In this Webinar, we will be discussing the ins and outs of the often-overwhelming task of choosing colleges that fit your individual needs. A question and answer session will be hosted at the end, so come with your general questions on the process!

Topics covered include:
  • When to begin thinking about your college list and what is really important (and not!)
  • Making important decisions such as choosing a major and what type of college you will fit in
  • Do’s and Don’ts for choosing schools
  • College characteristics to consider
  • Effective college search engines and how to use them



STILL Time to Participate!! - Project Ends 2/8/21

Seeking "Heartfelt Messages" For Elderly Residents
Student Community Service Project

"#HeartfeltMessages Project"

NOW through 2/8/21


Students of any age, township-wide are sought to participate in this heartfelt town-wide project to spread their own heartfelt "thinking of you" messages with frail, elderly residents at St. Catherine of Siena Nursing And Rehabilitation Care Center. Participation can provide up to Two Hours of Community Service Credit!

  • Students are asked to use the heart template provided below to make decorated heartfelt cards to cheer up these senior residents for Valentine's Day with messages of encouragement; thinking of you; and other uplifting, positive sentiments.

  • Participants in this town-wide project are asked to take a photo of themselves holding & dropping off their personalized cards at the Town Hall Collection Site, and sending this photo to the Youth Bureau at the email below. Include the student's full name as they would like it to appear on the Town Certificate of Community Service. Their certificate will then be mailed to them.

The Drop-Off Collection Box is located right inside the front entrance of Smithtown Town Hall, 99 West Main Street, Smithown.

  • ONE hour of Community Service Credit will be provided for each THREE personalized cards made & dropped off.

  • Students can earn up to a Maximum of TWO hours of Community Service Credit by making & dropping off SIX Cards.



Click to email the Youth Bureau with your photo & certificate request, including volunteer's full name:



Email the Youth Bureau to arrange for Class/Club/Scouts Group Participation

Cards are POURING IN!!!
Students can participate independently or in groups

Groups participating so far include:
Girl Scout Troops #1995; #270; #1335
Hauppauge H.S. Interact Club
Classes from W.T. Rogers Middle School
Smithtown H.S. West Leadership Classes
& Others!

New VIRTUAL, Multi-Community Rotary Student Interact Club
Forming NOW!

Community Service & Leadership Opportunity for H.S. Students
NO Former Interact Experience Needed!
Newcomers to Interact WELCOME!!!


Upcoming...
"District 7255 Virtual Student Interact Meetings"

Tuesday, February 9th: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

AND

Tuesday, February 23rd: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Find out how student leadership can be seriously fun!
Discover the benefits of Interact Club participation?
Project Breakout Rooms Forming NOW - Perfect Time to JOIN!


The Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau would like to announce the formation of a virtual International Rotary - District 7255 Student Interact Club, which encompasses all local townships and beyond!
Interact is an official program of Rotary International, in which students of high school age are encouraged to engage in Community Service activities similar to those done by Rotary Club members themselves. Rotarians provide guidance to the the student Interact Club members.

Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:
  • Take action to make a difference in your school and community
  • Discover new cultures and promote international understanding
  • Become a leader in your school and community
  • Have fun and make new friends from other school districts AND around the world
What’s involved?
Interact clubs organize at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Rotary club adult sponsors mentor and guide Interactors as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills.

Celebrate the global impact of Interact by getting involved in:
  • World Interact Week
  • Interact Video Awards
  • Rotary Youth Day at the United Nations
  • Global Youth Service Day
Email the Youth Bureau to receive participation links to one or both meetings:



Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau
Community Needs Assessment Survey
February 2021 - April 2021


Please complete the VERY Brief survey by clicking the link below to assist the Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau in determining the programming needs of your community.
 
This feedback will allow the bureau to effectively plan programs for the remainder of 2021.
 
As a sign of our appreciation, all survey participants (students and adults) will be entered into our gift certificate raffle for the month! February’s raffle prize is a $30 Grubhub Gift Certificate!!!
 
The raffle winner for February’s survey respondents will be announced in March.

Thank you in advance for your valuable feedback!





Kindness Can Be Spread In MANY Different Ways!
Ongoing Ways YOU & Your Family Can HELP...

Help Feed Struggling Families-
Food Donation Campaign


Now more than ever food donations are critical to help many families through these unimaginably difficult times!

PLEASE consider donating to one or more of these important community resources. Don't let anyone in YOUR community go hungry!!!

1.Long Island Cares has always been a great advocate and friend to the people of Smithtown and beyond. During the coronavirus, LI Cares has been working around the clock despite the obstacles. Residents can help by making monetary donations: Donate Funds Here
OR by donating via setting up and doing your own:  Virtual food drive

2.Island Harvest relies on the kindness of the public year-round to feed those who are most in need. Residents can help during the COVID-19 pandemic by clicking here and:  donating online
Each $25 donation will go towards supplying a family meal kit, which provides food for three to four days.

3.Smithtown Food Pantry:
Residents wishing to help the food pantry during the coronavirus can mail monetary donations or gift cards to Smithtown Emergency Food Pantry: Post Office Box 1663, Smithtown, NY 11787.
Plus.... Don't forget about possibly
Helping a Furry Friend!!!

Foster a Dog or Cat: Due to COVID-19, the Smithtown Animal Shelter has had to restrict public access to confirmed adoption appointments and animal/wildlife rescue. Residents with no other pets or young children at home can apply to foster a rescue dog. Families looking to serve the community can sign up to foster cats as well. The shelter staff is limited at this time, so Town officials ask that the only serious foster applicants apply.

  • ONLY Approved Adoption Appointments will be permitted to enter the Shelter.
  • Call to discuss what you are looking for in a pet and we can help you decide if we have a pet that suits your lifestyle.
  • Schedule a FaceTime interaction with the pet that you are interested in.
  • We will help you get a feel for the animal’s personality and typical interaction with its caretakers.
  • Fill out an application- They are available on our website, or we can email/fax one to you.
  • Once you have an approved application, you may meet the pet that you are interested in at the shelter, weather permitting we will hold all dog interactions outside.

We assure you that the animals are getting plenty of love, attention and medical care despite the limited access to the public. On behalf of the Town of Smithtown and the Animal Shelter team, we wish you all health and positive thinking during this troubling time. As a united community, we will get through this!

CONTACT US:
P (631) 360-7575 F: (631) 360-7973 
Students... Join the Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau
Volunteer Corps

AND

Local Community Groups/Agencies...
Become a Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau
Volunteer Program Partner

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.

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
Click link to view & share brochure:


Town of Smithtown Horizons Counseling & Education Center

Horizons Counseling and Education Center is an OASAS-licensed not-for-profit agency funded to provide adolescent and adult treatment, prevention and education services for drug and alcohol related problems.
Click for MORE INFORMATION

We want our community members to know that we are available to help. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or are interested in services. Some self-care ideas to help during this unstable time are to: find a supportive network, attend 12 step programs, utilize positive coping skills, and reach out to loved ones (even virtually if needed). These are healthy and meaningful supports that we can give to ourselves. We look forward to providing more programs and events to the community in 2021!

Horizons Counseling and Education Center's Prevention Program has been working with local schools to develop and offer drug and alcohol presentations virtually.
If you are interested in a presentation or in having your students take part in a evidenced based program please feel free to reach out to them.
You can contact Kelly Devito for more information:


*Keep a lookout on Horizons Counseling & Education Center and Youth Bureau social media pages for an upcoming Suffolk County Medicine Cabinet event at the Horizons Center!


Suffolk County Police Department
Medicine Cabinet Event

Monday, February 8th, 10:00 AM - Noon

Horizons Center
161 E. Main Street, Smithtown (back parking lot)

Dispose of unused prescriptions - keep families & our environment safe!


**Helpful Resources**
Looking for Family Activities to keep you ALL Busy and Productive!!!

Visit both of the following EXCELLENT sources of quality activities:

-NY Metro Parents-Suffolk (Sanity saving ideas & activities):


-Macaroni Kid (Articles; events; guides):
See the following list of important resources available during this challenging time:

Helpful information and COVID-19 specific resources can be found at:

NYS Office of Mental Health Emotional Support Line:
1-844-863-9314,
Additional information: https://omh.ny.gov/

Suffolk County Behavioral Health & Other Resources:

News from St. Catherine of Sienna Medical Center:
Click link below for PDF file of this Winter 2021 Virtual Adult Bereavement Support Groups to access email links and to share information with others:

161 E. Main Street 
Smithtown, NY 11787

Phone: (631) 360-7595
Fax: (631) 360-7687