Farmingville, NY - The weekly The Town of Brookhaven Youth Bureau will sponsor two timely and meaningful events during Red Ribbon Week, held annually from October 23 through October 31. Red Ribbon Week was established by angered parents and youth from communities across the country in response to the 1985 murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena. They began wearing red ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. In 1988, the National Family Sponsorship presented the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, Red Ribbon Week serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Both of the following events will be held at Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill in Farmingville.Vaping WorkshopIn recognition of Red Ribbon Week, the Town of Brookhaven Youth Bureau will hold a Vaping Workshop, open to parents and professionals, on Monday, October 28 from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Second Floor Media Room at Brookhaven Town Hall. Light Refreshments will be served. Topics will include:● Understanding Recent Concerns About Vaping● Recognizing the Various Devices and Products● Talking with Your Teens About the Dangers of Vaping● Learning Myths and Facts About VapingAnxiety, Depression and Substance Abuse WorkshopThe Youth Bureau will also be hosting an Anxiety, Depression and Substance Abuse Workshop for Parents and Professionals on Tuesday, October 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room at Brookhaven Town Hall. The guest speaker will be Steve Chassman, executive director of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Tacos will be served. Topics will include:● Adolescent Behavior and Drug Development● Why Do Adolescents Use Drugs?● What Drugs Are Adolescents Using?● How to Talk to Adolescents About DrugsTo reserve your seat for the Vaping Workshop and/or the Substance Abuse Workshop for Parents and Professionals, please call the Town of Brookhaven Youth Bureau at 631-5451-8011. Please RSVP for the Vaping Workshop by Thursday, October 23 and the Substance Abuse Workshop for Parents and Professional by Friday, October 25.
Division of Public Information * Office of the SupervisorOne Independence Hill • Farmingville • NY 11738 • Phone 631-451-6595