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The Sunshine Philosophy

Brightening the future – One family at a time


S   - Safe environment

U  - Understanding

N  - Nurturing Social Skills

S  - Solutions

H  - HOPE for a Brighter Future

I - Inspiration

N – Non-judgmental

E - Enrich Creative Expression  & Enhance Self-esteem 


Oval: Text Box: Today Sunshine is:

An Approved Provisional Charter through NYS Education Department and the Board of Regents
An Education Corporation - not for profit organization
An approved Town of Brookhaven Youth Agency
An approved Suffolk County Youth Agency
A BOCES-Arts-in-Education Member
A New York State licensed day camp
Prevention Professionals (CPP) recognized through OASAS (NYS Office of Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services)
Certified as an OASAS Education and Training Provider (see Text Box:  About Sunshine

The thought that our children were being faced with so many more challenges (Violence, Substance Abuse, Peer Pressures, Divorce, Bullying & Teasing….) was the motivation behind the founding of Sunshine in 1992. 

(Co-founders:  Carol Carter, Tamara Pelosi, Patti Kelly/Barker)



Today Sunshine is a respected leader in the field of prevention (substance abuse and violence prevention) and is concerned about the social/emotional needs of all children and families. 


 Sunshine provides a Family-centered approach to prevention.  All programs are designed to build on healthy social skills each with the focus on specific needs.


Support Groups normalize our struggles, helping us see that we are NOT alone, that others have gone through the same or similar things and that others DO understand.  






Reaching over 1000 children, teens and adults each year