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Volume 5- Issue 9- September 2017

September  News & Updates:

Read all about Youth Bureau/Horizons 
Eight Dimensions of Wellness program in this issue...

Also in this issue...

-Middle & High School Study Skills Program-

-SAMHSA's Eight Dimensions of Wellness-

-Good Decisions - Positive Choices - Peer Pressure - Problem Solving-

-Town of Smithtown Youth & Community Alliance-

-Community Service with Smithtown Historical Society-

-News from Horizons Counseling & Education Center-

-Online Parent & Student Surveys-

-Smithtown Youth Bureau Volunteer Corps-

-Highlighted Youth Bureau Programs - Community Partners - Contact Us-

Summer Study Skills Program...
A HUGE Success!!!

Available to Smithtown Township Schools in the Fall

This summer the Youth Bureau provided four (4) Middle School Study Skills programs  (each program included three weekly sessions), plus a single,
one-time High School Study Skills Boot Camp program.  
Approximately  80 students participated in Summer Study Skills programming.

Students, representing all local school districts, were given opportunity to practice and reinforce these new skills during fun interactive activities.  These programs were extremely popular, with each new scheduled program filling almost immediately.

Students were introduced to:
  • 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 topics.
The High School Study Schools Boot Camp included all of the above topics, delving further into effective note-taking, use of apps,  increased personal responsibility and internal motivation.

Pre and post-tests documented a significant increase in study skills knowledge in 85% of participants.   These programs were very well-received with student and parent feedback being extremely positive.

As per Kristine B., a parent of one M.S. student participant, "The instructors were so nice and the lessons were well planned. My son did not want to attend at first, but ended up having a great time and looking forward to the next class.  The apps were something I have never seen before, so that was great to for us to learn about."

Kings Park student, Grace H., who will be entering 7th grade this month said, "I learned different ways to take notes and that the best way to succeed in school is to have a study plan."

Students and parents may inquire at their school regarding the availability of this program on-site.   School district personnel can email below to schedule the program for interested students.

The Middle School Study Skills Program is offered free of charge to local Middle Schools 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 

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:

Middle School Study Skills Program participants

Ever hear of SAMHSA's 
Eight Dimensions of Wellness?

Learning about the Eight Dimensions of Wellness can help you choose how to make wellness a part of your everyday life.   Wellness strategies  are practical ways to start developing healthy habits that can have a positive impact on the  physical and mental health of students and adults.

The Eight Dimensions of Wellness are...


Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships 


Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being 


Creating satisfaction with current and future financial situations 


Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills 


Finding personal satisfaction and enrichment from one's work 


Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep 


Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system 


Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life 


**Learn more about the basics of SAMHSA's Eight Dimensions of Wellness in this brief three-minute animated video. Click link below.


Eight Dimensions video


Summer Wellness...

Smithtown Youth Bureau  Summer Eight Dimensions programming included a "Mindfulness" workshop for youth residents living in temporary housing located in Commack. 

The workshop introduced wellness strategies, including  Eight Dimensions ; Emotional & Spiritual dimensional topics and activities such as:

Affirmations:  "It is important for us to say positive things to ourselves and about ourselves...  It is our opinion of ourselves that really matters, more than the opinions
others have of us."

Basic Yoga poses:  Standing and seated yoga poses and breathing.

Mobile Apps:   Introduction to Apple and Android mobile apps to try out and practice a variety of mindfulness and coping strategies & practices; playlists for relaxation; guided meditation; preventing negative thoughts; motivational quotes

Guided Progressive Muscle Relaxation: Activities to demonstrate that b y tightening a muscle and then releasing, you can feel the difference between tense and relaxed. Actively engaging in progressive muscle relaxation exercises effectively loosens and relaxes the muscles.

Mindfulness activities:
Practice at incorporating mindfulness into everyday activities and teaching how to utilize all five senses.

Students enjoyed these and other activities and the opportunity to take a "Take a break and Cool Down" with Youth Bureau staff on a hot summer day.

Other  SAMHSA Eight Dimensions of Wellness program topics are explored in Prevention services provided in local school districts and for community groups by the Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau and Horizons Counseling & Education Center, free of charge.

For further information and/or to schedule a SAMHSA Eight Dimensions of Wellness program series or a one-time specific presentation contact:

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

Smithtown Recreation Department  Playground Program:
 Prevention Presentations:

"Making Good Decisions and Positive Choices"

Horizons Counseling & Education Center & Smithtown Youth Bureau provided fun, educational presentations at six (6) Smithtown Recreation Playground Program sites. Participants ages 4 through 11 played interactive games meant to teach the all important life skills of "Making Good Decisions and Positive Choices"

Presentation content was from a lesson in the highly effective, research-based prevention program; " Too Good For Drugs."    The objective of the presentation was to demonstrate the importance of making good personal decisions and positive choices. 

Students were given the opportunity to participate in interactive activities while learning helpful strategies to deal with negative peer pressure, which affects decisions and choices made.   The older students engaged in problem-solving activities, encouraging them to think about how good and bad decisions have varying consequences.

Researchers in child development agree that young people's lives are growing increasingly complex. As parents and educators struggle to find safe places in which their children can grow, they bemoan the fact that their children seem to be getting "older" so quickly - at least superficially.

Children as young as 5 or 6 years of age may look and sound sophisticated to us, but they remain children regarding the ability to figure  out how to do things and feel successful; curiosity about how their friendships, families and community work; seeking the love and approval of their parents, and trying to define their place in the world.

Teaching children how to make sound, age-appropriate choices in a world that sends mixed, complicated messages about who they are supposed to be, is one of our biggest and most important challenges.

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

Town of Smithtown
Youth & Community Alliance 

September is a GREAT Time to Get Involved!!!

Volunteers Needed...
Be a Community Leader

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

NEW Adult & H.S. Students Invited to join.....
Plus...School District Personnel - Community & Faith-Based Organizations, etc.

**Four (4) Upcoming Alliance Meetings...

1. **Healthy Relationships Committee Meeting**
Monday, October 16, 2017
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Horizons Center Community Room
161 E. Main Street, Smithtown

Click link to see summary of last committee meeting: 

2. **Substance Abuse Committee Meeting**
Monday, October 30, 2017
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Horizons Center Community Room
161 E. Main Street, Smithtown

Click link to see summary of last committee meeting: 

3. **Bullying/Cyberbullying Committee Meeting**
Monday, November 6, 2017
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Horizons Center Community Room
161 E. Main Street, Smithtown

Click link to see summary of last committee meeting: 

4. **Alliance General Membership Meeting**
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Smithtown Library, Main Branch

C lick link to see summary of last General Membership meeting: 

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
Newly Updated!!!

Visit the newly 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.

Town of Smit htown  Youth Bureau
Smithtown Historical Society Partnered to...

Create a Beautiful Butterfly Garden
for the Public to Enjoy
Teach the Value of Community Service!

Volunteers Created A Beautiful Butterfly Garden
Earned Community Service Credit this Summer

The Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau partnered with the Smithtown Historical Society to offer a fun student & family volunteer opportunity

On Saturday, August 19th at the Smithtown Historical Society grounds 20 student volunteers spent quality time outdoors, creating a beautiful, flowering  Butterfly Garden  for the public to enjoy.

As local butterflies, such as the Monarch, face the threats posed by pesticides, the creation of nurturing, safeguarded environments is critical to the preservation of the natural character of the Town of Smithtown.

Student volunteers in grades 7 - 12   planted a Butterfly Garden on the Smithtown Historical Society grounds.  Participants earned community service credit, while enjoying the great outdoors, beautifying their community and developing gardening skills. 

By the way.....The butterfly garden is still need of some Shepard hooks for hanging plants.  If you would like to donate these materials call the Smithtown Historical society at 631-265-6768.

GREAT JOB by our Youth Bureau Volunteer Corps members!!!!!
To register as a volunteer see article & link below on Volunteer Corps registration

 ** Upcoming Community Service Opportunities**
at the 
Smithtown Historical Society....

High School Students are Needed to help provide the annual...

"Heritage Country Fair"

The Heritage Country Fair is Smithtown's leading Fall Festival!!!

On  September 16th
 join the Smithtown Historical Society for a full day of activities. 

They'll have...
Music  -  hay ride  -  live music - the Island Long Riders mounted shooting show  - 
  vintage baseball game  -   farm stand with fresh produce  -  
 food trucks  -  
 petting zoo  -   pony rides  -  
Historical Society farm animals  -   crafts 
- classic cars AND all of the Historic Buildings will be open to tour.

Adults are $5/p.p. and children are FREE!
Please call (631) 265-6768 for more information on attending as a participant.

**High School VOLUNTEERS are needed to assist with; activities in the children's area; crafts; temporary tattoos; running games (potato sack, tug of war, etc); setting up; breakdown & closing; admission gate; petting zoo; selling soda & water, etc.

Community Service Credit is provided for the amount of time each volunteer donates.   The volunteer shifts include:

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (volunteers most needed)

Town of Smithtown Certificate of Community Service is provided.

To register as a volunteer for the Heritage Fair, email with the specific shift or shifts you would like to donate your time and assistance for:

Click  Here 
or listing of all Smithtown Historical Society events.

See pics below of the Smithtown Historical Society's 2016 Heritage Country Fair.


News From Horizons Counseling & Education Center

Comprehensive (K-12) substance abuse prevention programs are vital to deterring underage substance use.  These programs meet the needs of adolescents, schools, and the community as a whole. 

The goal of prevention programming is to prevent or delay drug and alcohol use by all individuals and to develop the knowledge and skills needed to make both healthy and low risk choices.

Can you believe? ...
In Suffolk County, the average age of first use of alcohol is 11.4 years old
( 2014-2015 Youth Development Survey ). 

The earlier we can educate our young people about substance abuse the less likely they are to use/abuse substance later in life.  
Age appropriate evidenced-based prevention programs have been proven more effective when completed continuously from elementary through secondary schools.

Important to know...
Skills are built upon throughout the years and it encourages the norm of the school community to be that drug use is not acceptable.  Having these programs within the school community also reinforces the message to young people that not everyone experiments with drugs. 

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. 

For more information on prevention and what you can do (as a parent, community member, school representative, or coalition) download the Suffolk County Partners in Prevention:

Additionally, take a look at the following websites to find out ways to become educated and involved:
Talk 2 Prevent

Long Island Prevention Resource Center

Don't forget the Town of Smithtown Youth & Community Alliance...
(See info. & meeting dates in article above)

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.  

Email Kelly DeVito, Horizons Counseling & Education Center
 for further information about this important community resource:  

Visit the Horizons Web site:

Chance to Win Prizes for Respondents!!!

Complete the Survey and Submit with Your Email Today!

You & Your Family have a chance to Win....
A $25 Target Gift Card!!!
(Great for school supplies!)

Parent and Student Surveys
 NOW online!
Assist with our Town-wide  Needs Assessment

Only Takes a Few Moments
 Complete the  Brief Survey....

We are looking for YOUR input!  There are two brief surveys - one for parents and one for students. 

As town residents, your opinions regarding the needs you see in your community are of utmost importance to us!

Please take a few moments to complete the brief survey...
Your input helps us to improve upon our existing programs, and to develop new ones to meet community needs.  
We depend on community input.... PLEASE click on the links below to participate.  The survey only takes a few moments.    Thank you!!!

You have to be
In It...To Win it!!!

Chance to win a prize for your family...
For respondents who complete the very brief survey and
include their email address at the end!

Click Links below to participate:

Smithtown Youth Bureau Volunteer Corps

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)
  • Mindfulness
  • Leadership/Youth Empowerment and Community Service Opportunities
  • Bicycle Safety Rodeos
  • Babysitting Skills/Basic Employment Readiness
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.  

Youth Bureau Staff Corner
The Smithtown Youth Bureau 
Horizons Counseling & Education  Center 
 wish everyone 
Wonderful September Fresh Start!
We're looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming,
 fun Fall programs!

September Greetings From...
Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau Staff:
Stacey Sanders, Janine Marc-Anthony, Cynthia Grimley, 
Karen Aldrich,  Gina Shalhoub and Crystal Belli

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:


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 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, Project9line, Lessings at Smithtown Landing Country Club,
 and many others.

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