This event is provided by the Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau , Horizons Counseling & Education Center; and Youth & Community Alliance; along with the National Guard Counter Drug Task Force.
Date: Saturday, October 1st
Time: 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Location: Long Beach Town Park
555 Long Beach Road St. James NY, 11780
Volunteers will receive 2 hours of Community Service Credit!
Registration is Required.
Smithtown Historical Society
Heritage Country Fair
Date: Sunday, September 18th

Session 1: 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Session 2: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Smithtown Historical Society
239 Middle Country Road, Smithtown

High School aged volunteers (ages 14- 18) are needed to assist the Smithtown Historical Society in running their annual event. There are two shift options (listed above). The actual event will run from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Volunteer Areas:
  • Kids craft and games (assisting in keeping craft supplies neat and organized, organizing games like sack races, corn hole, etc.)
  • Face painters (we won’t be applying paint to the kids’ faces this year, just hands/arms; anyone with an interest in art and kids usually does well here)
  • Hay ride operators (help guests off hay wagon as needed, lift stairs up and down at each stop)
A great way to earn community service credit!
On September 11th we pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 lives that were lost due to terrorist attacks in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. We also honor all the courageous efforts of those that responded to the attacks.

The Town of Smithtown continues to honor these individuals year round at the 9/11 Responders Remembered Park:
911 Smithtown Blvd, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Our Social Media Cutest Pet Pic Contest Results are In...
Did You Know September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month,
National Fruits & Veggies Month, AND National Whole Grains Month!

So, we'll be sharing popular, healthy recipes ALL month long across our social media pages.
Be sure to check them out!
September Programs
Will we be at YOUR school this month providing enrichment programs?

Keep an eye out on your school calendars to find out!
In-Person Events:
Free NARCAN Training
September 13th, 7:00pm
Click Here for more information

Heritage Country Fair
September 18th, 10:00Am to 4:00pm
See above for more information & how to register to volunteer!
Our Town of Smithtown Kindness Rock Garden
will have a NEW home at:

Schuberts Beach (Click to read all about this beach)

Stay Tuned we will be recruiting volunteers to help us "replant." the Garden!
Cards For A Cause
Making Patriotic Cards to Show Support For Veterans
Back in July approx. 45 students came together to assist us in showing our appreciation to those who have served our country.

We were lucky enough to have two very special guests attend as presenters: Tom Mooney, Past Commander/Service Officer, Smithtown American Legion Post 833, and George Hohenstein, Commander, Smithtown VFW.

They kindly shared their time and their stories with us about personal experiences serving in the U.S. Military. Our Veteran guests also gave out posters with American flags on the front and proper 'flag etiquette' on the back, compliments of Senator Mattera’s office. Watch the event video below!
Field of Heroes Was A Real Home Run
Youth Bureau Volunteers "Pitched In" At This Event


We’ll post some more pics of this very
special day on our social media pages!
Field of Heroes was a Baseball ( and Softball) Youth Clinic held at Daniel J. Flynn Memorial Park sponsored by Town of Smithtown Supervisor Edward Wehrheim and Senator Mario Mattera. Participants honed their skills with the assistance of local coaches and retired Major League Baseball Stars from the Mets, Yankees, Cubs, Red Sox, Tigers, Dodgers, Pirates, Blue Jays, and Phillies. The event was held to celebrate our heroes on a this field, named in honor of a Vietnam War Hero. The Smithtown Youth Bureau sent 25 student volunteers to this event to assist throughout the day.
Look Out For a National Coming Out Day event In October.

The Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau and Anti-Bias Task Force will be recognizing this special day. Full details & registration link will be sent out to all newsletter subscribers SOON!
Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau After-School Enrichment Programs
We provide programming at all our of our township school districts and local organizations (including scout programs). Programs are usually offered in person, but all can be provided virtually in some form. These programs are generally offered during after-school hours, but all can be scheduled during classroom time if desired.
 
There are many scheduling options, and all are flexible by design to best meet the needs of each school. All programs are fully funded and can be provided to schools by trained, professional Youth Bureau personnel at no cost. 
Programs are designed to be provided in a multi-session series to be most effective. Various sessions & topics can be broken down for a shorter series or one-time/one topic workshop.
“Babysitting/Child Care Skills” In this very popular program Middle School students learn by practicing skills on RealCare babies to hold, change, and feed life-like babies, and have opportunity to practice how to soothe a crying “baby”. Students also learn about age-appropriate activities and basic interview skills as it pertains to becoming a babysitter and speaking to parents.
“Study Skills” This program provides specific tips and advice for middle school students to improve their time management & organizational skills as it pertains to their study habits. This helps to improve their overall school performance by being better organized in completing tasks and preparing for exams and projects.
Check out this video to view one of the techniques discussed in this program: https://youtu.be/3FjIuPMQzxo
(the Pomodoro Technique)
“Leadership Skills Bootcamp” –  This jampacked, highly interactive program was developed to introduce students to specific skills and allows them opportunity to put them into practice immediately. This program will help to prepare them for taking leadership roles in their schools and communities.

Students will learn AND practice important skills such as: effective communication techniques; group decision making & the planning process; dealing with different personalities & conflict resolution; public speaking & motivating others.
“The Many Faces of Bullying & Cyber Bullying” –  An introspective and relevant program dealing with the roots of bullying & cyberbullying behavior and what students can easily do to take on the Upstander role and not the role of Bully or Bystander. Some of the thought-provoking topics introduced will include: Bullying versus Conflict; Bullying versus Cyberbullying; Online Etiquette; Upstander versus Bystander Roles; and the GREAT Importance of Empathy.
“Be Your Best Self” -
*Based on the "Eight Dimensions of Wellness" framework
This program gives students opportunity to recognize the meaning & importance of overall wellness by providing students with information and activities which focus on each of the 'eight dimensions of wellness', incorporating coping skills such as deep breathing, mindfulness AND finding balance in life.
*The 8 Dimensions of Wellness: are: Social, Environmental, Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Occupational, Intellectual, & Financial.
"Be Your Best Self” utilizes the SAMHSA – Eight Dimensions of Wellness framework. 

Each dimension of wellness is interrelated with another and equally vital in the pursuit of optimum health.
Email Janine Marc-Anthony, our Youth Services Coordinator to request
further information and discuss scheduling one or several of these
FREE student enrichment programs for your school or youth group!
Families... Learn About & Appreciate
Special September Dates
Check This Out:
Hispanic Heritage Month
Learn why we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
every year from Sep. 15 to Oct. 15.
Celebrate the month with a fun (and healthy) recipe:
Check This Out:
Rosh Hashanah
The two-day holiday marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days. It's followed by Yom Kippur ten days later.
Celebrate the holiday with a fun (and healthy) recipe:
September is National Suicide Prevention Month
Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health is an important way to take part in suicide prevention, help others in crisis, and change the conversation around suicide.
What is 988?

988 is a suicide & crisis lifeline. It offers FREE 24/7 call, text, and chat access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing suicidal, substance use, and/or mental health crisis, or any other kinds of emotional distress.

People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.
More Resources & Information can be found Here:
Emergency Preparedness Month
Being prepared for an emergency isn't just about staying safe during a storm or a disaster. It's also about how to stay comfortable, clean, fed, and healthy afterwards—when a storm or disaster may have knocked out electricity.

Do you have an Emergency
Supply Kit prepared?
National Wildlife Day
National Wildlife Day serves to bring awareness of endangered animals, but also to acknowledge outstanding animal sanctuaries globally for everything they do to help preserve this planet's animals and educate the public about conservation. 

Check out one of Smithtown's own Wildlife Rehabilitative Center:

Sweetbriar Nature Center
Labor Day
Labor Day is a holiday in the U.S. that celebrates the hard work and accomplishments of workers in America!

It also marks the end of summer vacation and the start of school.


Do you know how Labor Day became a holiday?
Community Partner Agency Volunteer Opportunities:
The Smithtown Historical Society
Sixteenth Annual Mildred Smith Historical essay Contest
This Year’s Topic:
 "Leadership and Legacy in Smithtown "
Tell the story of a person or group of people with a Smithtown connection who have made a difference or had a significant impact on our town, state or country.

You are not limited to government leaders but can also look at those who have made contributions in the areas of the arts, architecture, literature, science, health, education and/or social movements.

  • The author of the winning essay will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship
  • Contest is open to any current High School Junior attending any of the eligible schools*
  • Final entries are due October 15th, 2022 at our main office.
  • The winner will be awarded the scholarship at the Society’s Heritage Ball in November.
Creative Connections Campaign

HALI’s Creative Connections campaign connects with our
community experiencing loneliness through letters, pictures,
drawings, poetry, and art that can be delivered to and
kept by people living in these lonely places.
Please email Jessica Peretz  with any questions at:
To reach every person residing at Pilgrim State Hospital and keep the Creative Connections campaign going they will need 275 letters/art/cards each month!

Participant's can earn a max. of 5 hours of community service.
To participate, please mail your creations to:

Hands Across Long Island
Attn: Jessica Peretz 
159 Brightside Avenue
Central Islip, NY, 11722

4 cards = 1 hour of community service
8 cards = 2 hours of community service
12 cards = 3 hours of community service
16 cards = 4 hours of community service
20 cards = 5 hours of community service

Cards must be worded to reflect sentiment and/or
demonstrate artistic effort to be counted.

Use the PDF below to VIEW & SHARE the entire Creative Connections
Invitation Letter with your group

Smithtown Library Teen Volunteer Opportunities:
Registration requirements for all programs are listed in the description of each program.
Contact the Library by phone (631) 360-2480, chat (www.smithlib.org) or email (teens@smithlib.org) for more information.
Library teen volunteer opportunities are open to those in grades 6-12 (up to age 18), unless otherwise noted.
EXPLORE Your Neighborhood Library!
Beyond the volunteer opportunities, check out some of the great programs the Smithtown Library has to offer:
Commack Building
Kings Park Building
Nesconset Building
Smithtown Building
Virtual Programs
"The Do's & Don'ts of
Internet Safety"

A great quick & easy way middle and high school students can earn community service credit!
Step 1: Read the Digital Citizenship Safety Tips to start.

Step 2: Complete all Four levels of the Interland Game to “Be Internet Awesome” https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us
Step 3: At the end of each level, choose the option to Create a certificate and save it to your computer. 

Step 4: Send ALL four certificates to: youthbureau@smithtownny.gov with the participants Full Name as you would like it to appear on the certificate.

Participants will earn 1 hour of community service.

Have a Minute to Take our Survey?
Please complete the survey below to assist the Youth Bureau in determining the programming needs of your community.
Your feedback will allow the bureau to effectively schedule programs for 2022!
Youth Bureau Community Needs Assessment Survey- First Quarter 2022
Participants who complete the survey and provide their email addresses during June
will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 Uber Eats Gift Card!
The survey only takes a few minutes to complete
Please contact us if you would like to
arrange a free workshop for your troop
to help scouts earn their badges!
Girl Scout Leaders can email Girl Scouts of Suffolk County Manager of Programs, Hanorah Gholam.
Boy Scout Troop Leaders can email Roseann Conforti. Youth Educator/Community Relations Assistant.
Let us help you earn your next scout badge!

Our "Babysitting Skills" Course satisfies the Babysitting Badge requirements by covering topics such as: Interviewing for your first babysitting job; First Aid/Emergencies; and Developmental stages of children. We also offer “College Knowledge” , another great way to earn ANOTHER badge .

Other training topics we offer can be tailored to meet scouting badge requirements, include:
  • Leadership Skills;
  • Public Speaking;
  • Time Management & Organizational Skills;
  • Communication Skills & Empathy;
  • College & Career Exploration;
  • Life Skills;
  • Exploring Art;
  • Healthy Living; etc.
Community Service Starts Here!
Students... Join the Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau 
Volunteer Corps 
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 Youth Bureau
Volunteer Corps Members

Registered volunteers will receive notification of all volunteer opportunities with the Youth Bureau, other Town Departments, as well as for all of our local community partners.
Registered Volunteer Corps members will get priority in registering for community service.
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 About the Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau and our Programs & Services...
Town of Smithtown Horizons Counseling & Education Center
Horizons Counseling and Education Center is an OASAS-licensed not-for-profit agency funded to provide adolescent & adult treatment, prevention and education services for drug and alcohol related problems.
Full Assessment Services:
Appointments Are Available
 
If there is any concern that you, your child, or another family member may be experiencing a substance abuse issue, PLEASE reach out for information and support.
 
This has been an extremely challenging time for individuals and families. There is absolutely no shame in seeking assistance in helping yourself and/or loved ones to deal with this situation together.
 
You don't have to go through this alone...
There is HELP available.
 
Details can be requested, as well as an appointment for an assuring, professional assessment of the situation you are experiencing.
The full Assessment & Intake Procedure consists of:
·       Phone screening
·       In-Person or Virtual Appointment with a Clinical Staff Member to Discuss Potential Need for Treatment
·       Consultation with a Member of Our Nursing Staff
·       Evaluation with Our Psychiatric Practitioner (provided if needed)
·       Drug/Alcohol Testing
·       Sessions and with Family and any Person Involved in Your Life

Medication-assisted treatment can be provided
Telehealth Services Available
631-360-7578
To get further information and/or to schedule an assessment:
Research-Based Prevention Programming:
Horizons Counseling and Education Center's Prevention Program works with local schools and community groups to develop and offer drug and alcohol presentations virtually and/or in-person.. If you are interested in a presentation or in having your students take part in an evidence-based preventive, resiliency building program please contact Kelly Devito for more information:
Resources
Visit both of the following EXCELLENT sources for quality family activities:
Smithtown Children's Foundation (SCF): Provide financial and emotional support to children & families within our Smithtown community by bridging family, friends, neighbors & local business to act as ONE in times of crisis: 
Mental Health Resources:

NYS Office of Mental Health Emotional Support Line:
1-844-863-9314, Additional information: 
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Smithtown, NY 11787
Phone: (631) 360-7595
Fax: (631) 360-7687