"YOUR Youth and Family Resource "

Supporting Our Children
Strengthening Our Community

Volume 6 - Issue 2- February  2018

February News & Updates
In this issue...
-First Contest of 2018 - Complete A Brief Survey & Enter to Win a Student OR Family Prize!

-Register NOW to March with the Youth Bureau in the Kings Park St. Pats Parade

-Resident Community Needs Assessment...YOU Spoke & We Listened - NEW Programming!!!

-Save The Date! - Global Youth Service Day - Student Community Service 

-News from the Town of Smithtown Youth & Community Alliance

-Preventing Alcohol Overdose Deaths with  'Red Watch Band" -  Now available for Township Schools

-Smithtown Children's Foundation Hugs & Kisses Dinner Dance - For Adults AND Teens

-Study Skills Program Continues to GROW!

-News From Horizons Counseling & Education Center - Selecting Substance Abuse Speakers

-Collaborative Youth Bureau & Horizons Prevention Programs

-Tips From the Parenting Skills Group... Signs of Stress in Children & Teens

-Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau Volunteer Corps - Join NOW!

Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau
Community  Needs Surveying
Contests Continue...

Brand NEW  Chances to win the
Announcing 2018's First 
 Survey Contest...

You've Got Nothing to lose...
...And YOUR Input is SO Important!!!

Chance to Win the 
 1st Quarter 2018 Prize for Completing the
Parent Survey
**Five (5) Tickets for a Family Show at the...

A Very Special Thank you to the
 John W. Engeman Theater  for their  Donation!


Chance to Win the 
 1st Quarter 2018 Prize for Completing the
Student Survey
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A Very Special Thank you Staples  for their donation!

Be Sure to Complete the 2018 
Community Needs Survey ASAP
 Enter Our Contests

Chance to win a prizes...

For respondents who complete the
 very brief survey
Include their email address at the end!

Surveys Only Take 3 1/2 Minutes to Complete!
Click Links below to participate:

March With The Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau
in the Kings Park St. Pats Parade...
Saturday, March 3, 2018

"Show the Power of Youth!!!"


Register HERE

Please Register By Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Student Community Service Credit Provided for Marchers!!!!!

Marchers will meet at a designated spot in Kings Park (to be announced)
 at 11:00 AM that morning.

 We'll again be marching directly  
behind our
 partner organization, Kings Park in the kNOw.

Open to ALL Town of Smithtown Residents...
Marchers with the Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau
DO NOT have to reside in Kings Park!!!

All Town Residents Welcome!
"Show the Power of Youth!!!"

 Town Residents Told Us 
About Community Needs in 2017...  
And We Listened

Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau 
Town-Wide 2017 Community Needs Survey Result Highlights

Student Survey Highlights...
Students were most 
in the following types of Youth Bureau programming in the following descending order;
1) Academic Achievement, Time Management & Organizational Skills
2)  Leadership & Community Service
3) Wellness & Relationships
4) Stress & Coping
5) Peer Pressure and Social Media Safety
6) Opportunities for healthy social & family interaction

Parent Survey Highlights...
Adults were most interested in the following types of Youth Bureau programming in the following descending order;
1) Academic Achievement, Time Management & Organizational Skills
2) Stress Management & Coping
3) Leadership & Community Service
4) Relationships & Wellness
5) Opportunities for Healthy Social & Family Interaction
6) Drug & Alcohol use/abuse
... So i n addition to regularly requested programs & services, 
2018 Youth Bureau  Programming Will Highlight...

- Middle School AND High School Study Skills series offered in even  more Township schools.

- "Eight Dimensions of Wellness", "Positive Action", "Reconnecting Youth", and other research-based, highly effective prevention/intervention programs offered in even  more Township schools, in collaboration with Horizons Counseling & Education Center.

- Even more  Student Community Service opportunities featuring fun and empowering activities.

-Various types of  Effective Communication & Leadership Skills workshops throughout the year.

-Social Media Safety/Savvy presentations for students AND parents.

-Continued interactive  Fun Family events for the community

Expanded Student Planned & Implemented Environmental Strategies
for Substance Abuse Community Education, and Building Healthy Relationships.

Also, our Youth Bureau & Horizons Counseling & Education Center staff has had training on "Teen Intervene"-behavioral  risk assessment & intervention, as well as "Red Watch Band"-train the trainer alcohol abuse awareness (*See "Red Watch Band" program article in this issue!).

Since So Many Survey Respondents requested Leadership/ Community Service programs, and services to support much younger residents ....

*Starting in Summer 2018, the Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau will start
 offering programs to bolster personal resiliency & social skill development
for younger students in grades K-5.      

*Starting this Winter the Youth Bureau's official Town Web Site's "Volunteer Corner"  page will have a bulletin Board featuring  local volunteer youth & family Community Service Opportunities .   

Student Community Service Opportunity:

Town of Smithtown's Annual...

Registration Starting SOON!!!

Saturday,April 21,2018
Town of Smithtown Celebrates...

Global Youth Service Day
It Will  Be Here Before We know It!!!

"A Day of GLOBAL Student Community Service"

Town-wide Community Service project to be announced...
Registration Starting SOON!

About GYSD:
Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service.

GYSD is the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that children and youth make 365 days of the year.

GYSD is celebrated each year in more than 135 countries, with young people working together-and with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, national service programs, government agencies, and  adult mentors- to address the world's most critical issues and change their communities.

...And Did You Know?...
The Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau is an official GYSD Partner and our annual community service initiative in included in the WORLDWIDE Map of GYSD activities.

Help Put OUR Town of Smithtown Youth On the Map!!!

Saturday,April 21,2018

Town of Smithtown 
Youth & Community Alliance 

The Aliance's Bullying/Cyberbullying Committee will be producing Public Service Announcements (PSA's) to spread their awareness and prevention messages.

PSA volunteers will be working directly with the Town of Smithtown Public Safety Office, Youth & Community Alliance-Bullying/Cyberbullying Commitee, Youth Bureau and Horizons Counseling & Education Center on this Alliance initiative.  

Once the bullying/cyberbullying PSA is developed it will be shown on the Verizon and Optimum public access channels and on the Smithtown government channel: www.smithtowngtv.org 


The Alliance's Substance Abuse Committee will be working on Town-wide Community Education projects, implemented by alliance adult and student volunteers.  These environmental strategies to reduce substance abuse include,  "N.O.Y.L. activities (Not On Your Life), Open House event for Substance Abuse and youth development services and future PSA production.  

Past committee community education projects included "Pizza Box Tops"  and
"Sticker Shock," in which Substance Abuse Committee volunteers placed educational message stickers on pizza boxes and alcoholic beverage containers.

Actual Community Education Sticker

It's a GREAT Time to Get Involved in the 
Town of Smithtown
Youth & Community Alliance!!!

Volunteers Are Needed NOW!

*Student Community Service Credit provided* 

Adults and High School Students from
Commack, Kings Park, Smithtown & Hauppauge School Districts
 are Always Needed to Participate!!!   

NEW Adult & H.S. Students Always welcome....
Plus...School District Personnel - Community & Faith-Based Organizations, etc.

Upcoming Meetings...
 ** Healthy Relationships Committee Meeting**
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Town of Smithtown Horizons Center Community Room
161 E. Main Street, Smithtown

Committee participants plan & implement the 
"Family Talk..Effective Communication in the Home" 
community workshops and other interactive family programs


 ** Alliance General Membership Meeting**
Tues., March 20, 2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Smithtown Library-Main Branch
 1 N. Country Road, Smithtown

Current alliance members and guests meet 
 to discuss all Committee  
projects and initiatives.


For more information about the Town of Smithtown
Youth & Community Alliance and/or to register for meetings...

Email Stacey Sanders, Youth Bureau Executive Director:


**Be sure to check this out**

Town of Smithtown
Youth & Community Alliance
Web Site  
Look for Site Updates!!!

Visit the regularly updated Alliance  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.

What is the "Red Watch Band" program all about?

Bring the Red Watch Band to Your School!

Red Watch Band (RWB) 
is a national movement that was founded at Stony Brook University, after the college-aged son of a doctor employed at the medical center died as a result of alcohol poisoning just before completing his freshman year.  The program is designed to 
end alcohol overdose deaths by teaching students how to handle alcohol emergencies and call professional help if needed.
The mission of the Red Watch Band is to provide students of the college/high school community with the knowledge, awareness, and skills to prevent toxic drinking deaths, and to promote a student culture of kindness, responsibility, compassion and respect.
Why the Red Watch?
The Red Watch symbolizes the "band" of students who are trained to "watch" over one another when "every second counts."

RWB is a training program focused on knowledge, skill, and confidence-building regarding the prevention of death from alcohol overdose. While it is believed that over time, a program such as this will help to change drinking culture on campuses, as students are better able to link the impact that alcohol has on the body, this is not a primary prevention program. Students are taught the knowledge and skills to "make the call," and using role plays, given opportunities to build confidence to intervene on behalf of another.

Staff from the Smithtown Youth Bureau and Horizons Counseling and Education Center - along with Stony Brook University's Center for Prevention and Outreach are able to provide this nationally recognized bystander intervention program to High School Students in Smithtown Township.

Nationally, over 10,000 students have been trained in Red Watch Band. 

For information about scheduling the Red Watch Band program
 for your school contact:

Gina Shalhoub, Smithtown Youth Bureau


Kelly DeVito, Horizons Counseling & Education Center

Smithtown Children's Foundation
10th Annual Hugs & Kisses for Kids Dinner Dance

Youth Bureau Partner Organization, Smithtown Children's Foundation
Announcing their  Annual Dinner Dance...

Valentine's Day
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
6:30 -10:30pm @ The Watermill, Smithtown

Dinner, Dancing, Open Bar, Raffles & More For Adults!!!

$135pp/$160pp day of/Private Table for 12 $1550

*Exclusive Teens Only Party Honoring Patrick Kinane

$35pp for Teen Room - middle/high schoolers includes:
Adult supervision, food/drink/dessert, DJ, photo booth, foosball,
 air hockey,  pop-a-dot basketball & other games
Teen inspired raffles & prize wheel extra $$

The 10 th Annual Hugs & Kisses for Kids Dinner/Dance is a fundraiser to support the Smithtown Children's Foundation's efforts to assist Township families in crisis.

Join them at either the Adult Party or the separate Teen Party for middle/high schoolers in honor and support of Smithtown HS West junior, Patrick Kinane, who is battling cancer.

For more event info., including sponsorship & raffle donations contact: 
Christine Fitzgerald

Smithtown Youth Bureau's Study Skills Program 
For Township Middle & High Schools

The Youth Bureau recently provided the Study Skills program for Great Hollow Middle School and Hauppauge High School's entire 10th Grade.  We will be running the program for Commack Middle School & Accompsett Middle School in February; and Nesaquake Middle school & Kings Park High School during March.

We look forward to seeing all of the new participants get ready to  Study Smarter...not Harder!
The Middle School Study Skills Program topics include:
  • Effective, realistic studying approaches
  • Elements of successful time management and organizational skills
  • Personal goal setting
  • Valuable test-taking strategies
  • How to deal with classroom and test anxiety, as well as other distractions
  • Overcoming procrastination
  • Learning how to use SmartPhone/Tablet apps to supplement studying techniques
The High School Study Skills Program includes all of the above topics, delving further into effective note-taking, use of apps, growth mindset,  increased personal responsibility and internal motivation.

The Middle School Study Skills Program is offered as a three session, one hour weekly after-school enrichment activity.  The High School Study Skills Boot Camp program is a one-time, 1 1/2 hour program   
This program is provided FREE of charge.  For further information and/or to inquire about scheduling a School Study Skills program for your school, email:

Karen Aldrich:
Cynthia Grimley:

**To see a full list of Youth Bureau programs & Services Click below:

Study Skills Program Available to Middle & High Schools Town-Wide

News From Horizons 
Counseling & Education Center
Arranging For a Substance Abuse Presentation Speaker

School districts and community organizations have many factors to think of when deciding what type of guest speaker, program, or partner to collaborate with. Their goal is to educate our young people and community members about various topics such as opiates, vaping, bullying, diversity, etc.  Filling this need can be a daunting task!

Recently, there have been many discussions in Suffolk County about streamlining this process. Many speakers have been promoting their business to schools and coalitions but might not be the most qualified. One network, Communities of Solutions (COS) has developed a palm card for schools and coalitions to avoid the confusion of finding the right fit.

COS is a network of substance abuse agencies that promote access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services in Suffolk County. The goal of the palm card is to help people make informed decisions when having guests in their buildings.   It is imperative when bringing in someone from the outside to check their qualifications.  It would be beneficial for these questions to be answered before moving forward.

Some things to be considered include: 

What goal would you like to achieve when bringing in a guest speaker? 

Is there a monetary cost for this service?

Is this something your school/community would benefit from (is it relevant to the audience)?

What are the credentials of the person offering the service?

What type of presentation are you looking for?

For more information on how to choose the best substance abuse resources for your school or community group, please take a look at the Communities of Solutions website at:

The palm card is currently being printed and will help individuals navigate the channels when bringing in a guest speaker or program. 


Do you know an individual or a family
 struggling  with substance abuse?

There is an opportunity for individuals and families who are struggling to face and take control over substance abuse issues.  There is help available...

The Town of Smithtown Horizons Counseling & Education Center offers many support services.

The first step is an assessment .   The assessment process consists of a series of 2-3 appointments, geared toward the collection of 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.

Initial screenings/phone consultations are free of charge.  Moving forward, the cost of each assessment appointment is $25, and insurance will be billed wherever possible in accordance with the terms of coverage.  Counseling services are often covered by insurance, and sliding scale fees are also available.  Every effort is made to make treatment services affordable for everyone.

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.  

-Horizons Counseling & Education Center-
 For further information about these services email:  


Visit the Horizons Web site:

Town of Smithtown
Horizons Counseling & Education Center 
Youth Bureau: 
Collaborative Prevention Programs

"School-based, supplemental support programs  strengthen  students' ability to 
avoid destructive decision-making  and build resiliency/protective factors
for  improved well-being & mental health" 

*Prevention programming is currently being provided at:

 Hauppauge High School
 Kings Park High School
 Commack High School  
Smithtown School District Prosper Program (Alternative H.S.)  
 Currently being scheduled at Smithtown High School West 

Eight Dimensions of Wellness
Reconnecting Youth
Positive Action
Anger Management
Why Try

Other available school-based programs include:
Too Good For Drugs
Life Skills
Teen Intervene
Safe Dates
And Others!

Town of Smithtown Horizons Counseling & Education Center and
 the Youth Bureau   offer an array of evidence-based programs 
for   school districts  at no cost.

These programs are tailored to the individual schools and can be facilitated in various ways depending on the student body and   needs of the population. 

A variety of research-based K - 12 prevention programs are available to local school districts and community organizations free of charge.

**For information on all  available Horizons/Youth Bureau Prevention Programs click the link below.

To inquire about scheduling prevention programming contact:

Stacey Sanders, Youth Bureau
Kelly Devito, Horizons Counseling & Education Center

Tips from the Town of Smithtown Parenting Skills Program (PSG)...
Signs of Stress in Children and Teens

Young people experience stress too... from pressure to do well in school, making and sustaining friendships, or managing perceived expectations from their parents, teachers or coaches. 

Some stress can be positive in that it provides the energy to tackle a big test, presentation or sports event. Too much stress, however, can create unnecessary hardship and challenge. Here are some tips from the American Psychological Association on ways to recognize possible signs of stress in young people:

Watch for negative changes in behavior:

-With younger children: Acting irritable or moody; withdrawing from activities that used to give them pleasure; routinely expressing worries; complaining more than usual about school; crying; displaying surprising fearful reactions; clinging to a parent or teacher; sleeping too much or too little; or eating too much or too little.


-Behavior changes in teens:  significantly avoiding parents; abandoning long-time friendships for a new set of peers; expressing excessive hostility toward family members.

Young children and teens may express feelings of distress through words such as "worried," "confused," "annoyed" and "angry." Be aware of your child or teen acting out in unusual ways in other settings or expressing feelings of stress by saying negative things about themselves, others, or the world around them (e.g. "No one likes me," "I'm stupid," "Nothing is fun.").

Understand that "feeling sick" such as stomach aches and headaches may be caused by stress. If a child makes excessive trips to the school nurse or complains of frequent stomachaches or headaches (with a clean bill of health by their physician), or if these complaints increase in certain situations (e.g., before a big test) that child may be experiencing significant stress.

Lastly, seek support.  Parents, children and teens do not need to tackle overwhelming stress on their own.

Ref: American Pyschological Association
Visit their site for more information: 

Smithtown Youth Bureau Volunteer Corps


See Link Below
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:

Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau Volunteer Corps Membership...

Don't Delay....Register NOW!

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.

*Adults and students  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)

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:
  • Study Skills - Time Management - Organizational Skills
  • Anger/Emotional Management
  • Positive Action -
    Reconnecting Youth -Why Try, etc. (Research-based Prevention Programs)
  • Parent Study 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
Coming Summer 2018...
Socialization & Personal Resilience Building
For students in Grades K-6

Coming Winter 2018...
Local Volunteer Opportunity Bulletin Board -
On the Town of Smithtown Web Site, "Volunteer Corner" page

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.  

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world" - Harriet Tubman

"Obstacles don't have to stop you.  If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.  Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it."  Michael Jordan 

 "If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do keep moving forward."-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"You're either part of the solution or part of the problem." - Eldridge Cleaver
Youth Bureau Staff Corner

Have a FABULOUS February!!!   
From the Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau 
We're looking forward to seeing you at our
 upcoming,  fun winter programs!

February Greetings From...
Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau 

Our Partners at...
Town of Smithtown Horizons Counseling  Education  Center
*See more information regarding Horizons below


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. 

For information about Horizons services visit their web site:


Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau 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 Prevention Resource Center,  NY National Guard Counterdrug Task Force,
 Long Island Volunteer Center, Smithtown Historical Society,  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, Community Housing Innovations,  Project9line,
Lessings at Smithtown Landing Country Club,   John W. Engeman Theater, and many others .

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