Positivity - Stress Reduction - Coping Skills - Resilience

Date: May 17th
Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Smithtown Library
Smithtown Building, 1 North Country Road, Smithtown
MS & HS Students are invited to join us for FUN, Hands-On activities:
  • Tactile techniques for Stress Reduction
  • Coping Skills & Resiliency
  • Mental Health Awareness & Expression
  • Awareness & Positivity
  • Self-Esteem Building
One Hour of Community Service Credit is available to students who attend!
We Will Be Joined By a Special Guest, Vivian the Therapy Dog!
Meet Our SPECIAL Guests...

Louise Adler and her four year old standard poodle, Vivian, are members of the Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD).
Stigma is when someone, or even you yourself, views a person in a negative way just because they have mental health challenges.

Some people describe stigma as a feeling of shame or judgement from someone else. Stigma can even come from an internal place, confusing feeling bad with being bad. (NAMI, 2023).
Students and Adults PLEASE submit your
"Stop the Stigma Stories"
and share YOUR Views

Click the button below
(Just 3 Quick Anonymous Questions)
All shared stories will be anonymous and shared across our social media pages to help build community awareness.
Learn How we can...
Create Our Own Happiness
WellLife Network Presents
This Thought-Provoking program is intended for parents/guardians and their children to participate in TOGETHER.

A GREAT Conversation Starter!!!
Date: May 10th
Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Virtual Webinar
One Hour of Community Service Credit is available for students who attend.

PLUS One Additional Hour for participating in the personal expression activity, after the program.
Scientific evidence suggests that being happy has major benefits for your health.
  • Promoting a healthy lifestyle.
  • Combating stress
  • Boosting your immune system
  • Protecting your heart and reducing pain

What's more, it may even increase your life expectancy!
In this webinar, together we will:

  • Define happiness, explore why it is a vital part of well-being, and specific ways to achieve it.

  • Discuss techniques to create "happiness" in ourselves and in our loved ones.
Date: May 13th
Time: (AM Shift) 9:00 am to 12:00 pm AND 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm (PM Shift)
Location: Smithtown Historical Society 239 E Main St, Smithtown
The Smithtown Historical Society is looking for high school student volunteers for their Annual Spring Farm festival. Volunteers are needed to help set up, assist with activities, and then help break down displays and tables after the event. Community Service Credit provided.
Students will earn 2 hours of community service
 for every date they volunteer.
Volunteers are still needed on the following 
Saturdays from 3:00 PM to 4:45 PM: 
  • May 6th
  • May 13th
  • May 20th
  • May 27th
  • June 3rd
Q: I don't play soccer, can I still volunteer?

No prior soccer experience is necessary, just a desire to help participants have a fun time while learning the basics of the game.
Q: How do I receive my community service certificate?
The Smithtown Kickers, in partnership with the Smithtown Youth Bureau, will provide community service certificates to all participating volunteers.
Q: What exactly will I be doing as a volunteer?

Student volunteer Soccer Buddies are needed to help guide participants through the activities. The young members of the Smithtown Kickers Special Soccer Team are boys and girls ages 3-4 years and up, who want to have fun playing soccer. Players are physically and / or mentally challenged with a wide range of experience and skill. Activities will help teach them to dribble, learn some basic moves, how to pass and how to shoot.
Keep Scrolling to See Our Community Partner Agency Volunteer Opportunities!
May Events
Follow along with us on Social Media as Smithtown looks to Stop the Stigma of
Mental Illness!
In-Person Programs:

Smithtown Kickers Soccer Buddies - Pick your dates to volunteer.
May 6th, May 13th, May 20th, May 27th from 3:00 PM to 4:45 PM
See above for more details and volunteer registration. Sign up to multiple dates if possible.

Welcoming Wellness
May 17th at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
See above for more details and how to register.

Chinese Calligraphy Sponsored by Smithtown Anti-Bias Task Force
May 25th at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
See below for more details.

Smithtown Historical Society's Spring Farm Festival
May 13th at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
See above for more details about how to volunteer.

Virtual Programs:

Wellness & Happiness, Which Came First?
May 10th at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
See above for more details and how to register.
There is a FREE resource that people can reach out to if they, or someone they know, is experiencing any kind of emotional distress (including, but not limited to: substance abuse, suicidal ideations, a mental health crisis).

You can CALL or TEXT 988 and be connected with a trained counselor (with the ability to translate over 250 languages). Or you can chat in English online with a counselor on their website, 988lifeline.org/chat.

We provide programming at all our of our township school districts and local organizations . 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:
Middle school students gain valuable experience by practicing skills on RealCarelifelike baby dolls, such as holding, diaper/clothing changing & bottle feeding. Students also learn about the different developmental behaviors of children at various ages. A tool box of age-appropriate activities is introduced, as well as basic interview skills as it pertains speaking with parents.
Study Skills:
This useful program provides advice and specific strategies 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.
Game Time:
Fun, four-week social afterschool program. Students will have an opportunity to mingle in groups and play a variety of board games. They can socially interact with other students in a relaxed setting, have friendly competition and possibly learn to play new games and meet new friends.
Leadership Skills Bootcamp:
This jam-packed, highly interactive program introduces students to specific leadership skills and allows them opportunity to put them into practice immediately. Focus is on preparing them for taking leadership roles in their schools and communities. Students will learn and practice important skills such as: empathy & social skills; effective communication techniques; group decision making & the planning process; and conflict resolution strategies.
The Many Faces of Bullying & Cyber Bullying:
An introspective and relevant program dealing with the roots of bullying & cyberbullying behavior. Students learn what they can intentionally do to take on the Upstander role rather than role of Bully or Bystander. Some of the thought-provoking topics include: bullying versus other forms of conflict; immediately recognizing bullying & cyberbullying; By-standing vs Up-standing; considerate online etiquette; and the great importance of EMPATHY.
Be Your Best Self:
*Based on the SAMHSA "Eight Dimensions of Wellness" framework
This program gives students opportunity to recognize the meaning & importance of overall wellness. Program content and activities focus on each of the eight dimensions of wellness, incorporating coping skills such as deep breathing, mindfulness AND finding ‘balance in life’ by providing students with information and activities which focus on each of the 'eight dimensions of wellness'.
*The 8 Dimensions of Wellness: Social, Environmental, Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Occupational, Intellectual, & Financial.
Have another relevant program topic in mind? Reach out and let us know what topics your class might be interested in!
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!
Community Partner Agency Opportunities:
Smithtown Anti-Bias Task Force
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month
Smithtown Anti-Bias Taskforce will be sponsoring the following event with the Smithtown Library:

Chinese Calligraphy
Date: May 25th
Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Smithtown Library, Smithtown Building
1 North Country Road, Smithtown

For Children Ages 5 to 10 years old, Parents & Caregivers are VERY welcome to stay.
A Library Card is REQUIRED for Registration.
Explore and create a Chinese brush landscape painting and Chinese calligraphy with artist and art educator, Wan Ling Fahrer. In this workshop, we will learn traditional Chinese calligraphy and painting techniques with a bamboo brush, Sumi-e ink and rice paper to create your own unique nature landscape scroll paintings. We will also engage and look at traditional Chinese “shanshui hua” landscape paintings in an interactive group discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

Smithtown Children's Foundation
The SCF provides 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: 

Since it's establishment in 2008, the SCF has been assisting local families with their health & financial struggles and when a devastating event occurs in their lives. Smithtown Township residents are invited to participate in their innovative and fun community fundraisers to help support other local families.

This Foundation is independent of the Smithtown School District or any other organization having similar objectives.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island is looking for Mentors!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island is a non-profit organization that specializes in providing 1 to1 mentorship for children between the ages of 7 and 16. The mentors are volunteers from the community. They are not compensated in any way by Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Both the mentor’s and the mentee’s go through an enrollment process. The process includes:
  • An orientation and interview for the Parent/ Volunteer and Child.
  • After the interview, we run a background check for the volunteers and go through their references.
  • Once the mentee or the mentor have been accepted, they will receive a letter in the mail.
Once accepted into the program, it is a little bit of a waiting game. The enrollment team is trying to find the best suited volunteer for the Child.
Become a Suffolk County Youth Council Leader of Tomorrow!

Seeking new members (ages 14-21) , jr. mentors (ages 21-25) , and mentors ( adult professionals) who reside in Suffolk County.
Students meet every other Wednesday from 6:00 PM 7:00 PM via zoom .

Some in- person meetings will be held in Hauppauge at the H. Lee Dennison Building, and students will be given more than 2 weeks notice of when these will be scheduled.
Student Members
Looking for any student who:
  • resides in Suffolk County
  • is between the ages of 14-21
  • is passionate about issues in their community
  • posses leadership qualities
  • has adequate free time to be a committed member of the council
Jr. Mentors
Looking for any student who:
  • resides in Suffolk county
  • is between the ages of 21- 25
  • is passionate about mentoring  youth
  • posses leadership qualities
  • able to commit time to youth council 
Adult Mentors
Look for any adult professional who:
  • is passionate about serving, leading and mentoring youth
  • Has the adequate free time to devote to youth council students.
Smithtown Library Teen Volunteer Opportunities:
Can't fit their volunteer opportunities into your schedule? The library offers one-hour volunteer sessions by appointment! Teens can spend time at the Library working on a variety of projects to help make a difference in our community. Teens may schedule up to two time slots per month. For more information or to schedule a session, contact any Reference Desk.
EXPLORE Your Neighborhood Library!
Beyond the volunteer opportunities, check out some of the great programs the Smithtown Library has to offer:
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.
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 credit.
Community Service Starts Here!
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...

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 2023!
Youth Bureau Community Needs Assessment Survey- 2023
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!
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.
Boy Scout Troop Leaders can email Roseann Conforti. Youth Educator/Community Relations Assistant.
Girl Scout Leaders can email Girl Scouts of Suffolk County Manager of Programs, Hanorah Gholam.
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
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:
Visit both of these EXCELLENT sources for local, quality family activities:
Workforce Development Institute -
Child Care Subsidy Program

YOUR Family May be Eligible...
Mental Health Resources:

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