**Please register using a personal, NOT a school email address, in order to receive Community Service Certificate for 1.5 hours.**  
Our emails will not reach school email addresses.
In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, this virtual program for MS & HS students and adults will discuss the period of the forced ghettos and the extraordinarily tragic circumstances millions of Jewish men, women and children faced.

The program will highlight the remarkable lengths people went to in order to preserve their humanity as they struggled to survive. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Please sign on by 7:55 PM)

Clips from the first 30 minutes of the movie “The Pianist” will be shown and discussed. The movie depicts the horrific reality of the forced Jewish ghettos in the time of the Holocaust.
This program will be presented by: Jill Santiago, Director
Center for Social Justice & Human Understanding, SCCC
Blankets & Baskets Collection Drive
To benefit Smithtown Children's Foundation (SCF)
Date: Saturday, February 4th
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Horizons Center at 161 E. Main Street, Smithtown
Let's Come together to collect BRAND NEW cozy blankets/throws to give to our community in need in these cold days of winter. BASKETS are also needed (new/used) to use for SCF fundraising.

Students that donate can receive up to 3 hours of community service credit:
  • 1 hour per blanket donated
  • 0.5 hours per Basket donated
This event is being led by Youth Advisory Board Members Ryan and Jake Speed, Students of Kings Park High School.
The Town of Smithtown Anti-Bias Task ForceYouth Bureau, and Smithtown Township Arts Council/Mills Pond Art Gallery are hosting the Second Annual Bias- Awareness Virtual Art Gallery.

Middle & High School students can submit up to TWO art images that explore the topic of "Bias Awareness."

Every piece of art submitted earns 3 community service hours! (With a max of 6 hours ).

Submissions must include the artwork image(es) AND a brief student statement(s) about what the art piece means to them.

For further information; art requirements; and
how to submit your art:
All entries are
Due by Friday, February 3, 2023
Calling all High School Students & Parents Class is in Session for College 101
Date: Wednesday, February 8th
Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: Online Through Zoom
Join us for an informational session about the college application process with chat box Q&A to answer any questions you may have related to the college process !

Topics covered include:
  • Getting organized
  • Telling your story
  • Building a college list
  • Application deadlines
  • Essays and supplements
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Paying for college
Learn about Health Literacy
with Stony Brook Cancer Center !
Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the ability to find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others.

Topics covered in our discussion will include:
  • How to find credible health sources on social media and the internet
  • Tips on how to prepare for doctor appointments
  • Going to your doctor on your own

Students will earn 1 hour of community service just for attending- with the chance to earn an extra hour by completing a service learning activity!
Keep Scrolling to See Our Community Partner Agency Volunteer Opportunities!
January Events
Don't forget to start working on your submission to the Anti-Bias Art Gallery!
Upcoming Virtual Events:

Remembrance and Resilience
Date: January 24
Time: 7pm to 8 pm
See above for more details.
Did You Know... Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is January 16th ? Observed each year on the third Monday in January, MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service, encouraging Americans young and old to volunteer to improve their communities.
Looking for more ways to volunteer? In addition to keeping up with our newsletter opportunities, you can reach out to some of these local organizations:
Smithtown Childrens Foundation
Call: 516-835-1219
Smithtown Emergency Food Pantry
Call: 631-265-7676
Email: info@smithtownfoodpantry.org
The Smithtown Youth Bureau is working to increase youth participation in helping to better the community, not just on January 16th, but everyday. In July we signed the Youth Service America Declaration of Participation as part of their 50 by 250 campaign. This campaign aims for 50% Youth Participation by America 250 (July 2026).Special thanks to our very active and constantly growing Town Student Volunteer Corps, who are constantly donating their time to help out!
Sweetbriar Nature Preserve
Call: 631-979-6344
Smithtown Historical Society
Call: 631-979-4694
Is the content of this email relevant to you?

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: effective communication techniques; group decision making & the planning process; dealing with different personalities & conflict resolution; and how to engage and motivate others.
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!
Spreading Holiday Cheer!
Smithtown Youth Bureau Volunteers Make the "Nice" List.
Smithtown Youth Bureau volunteers embraced the holiday spirit and assisted at the Town of Smithtown Tree Lighting, The Tender Years Treasury hosted by The Town of Smithtown Recreation Department and Senior Center, and at the St. James Community Holiday Toy and Gift Drive.

Pictured right are a few of our volunteers that helped escort children around the Tender Years Treasury to make their Holiday Purchases for their friends and family!
Congratulations to Youth Advisory Board Member, Jase Heffernan, and his team, for coming in 4th place (out of 60 teams) in the Smithtown Schools Business Olympics!

They were challenged with creating a product for children 11 years old and under and came up with the design of a customizable model car.

In addition to 4th place, they were the Student Choice for Best Commercial and 3rd Place Overall for Student Choice Award.
Community Partner Agency Opportunities:
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.
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 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
Participants who complete the survey and provide their email addresses
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!
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 the following EXCELLENT sources for local, 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