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TRANSITIONS RISC: (Reentry into Schools and Community)  Port Jefferson Station, NY

Is a collaborative effort with Sunshine and local school districts  that targets high school age youth who have not been successful in the traditional school setting, are in danger of or have been placed on long term suspension, or are re-entering the community after incarceration or substance abuse treatment.                         Referrals from schools, agencies, parents

                       Sunshine Alternative Education Center BEDS Code:  580203996106


If you have any questions or would like more information, Please contact Dr. Carol Carter, Administrator at 476-3099 or

2012 had been a very tough year for Sunshine.  We lost a lot of funding, over $50,000 from just the town and county funding alone.  Winter is always a tough time, however this was probably the hardest year yet.  We made cutbacks in hours and as many changes as we could to make it an easier time for us.


If so many good things were not happening at the same time, I would not have had as much hope that Sunshine was meant to keep going.  Each day we would answer many phone calls from desperate parents, agencies referring a family, and adults looking for support.  Schools lined us up for outreach on topics like diversity and tolerance and cyberbullying (due to the DASA legislation) and several agencies asked for our training on “Current Trends of Adolescent Risky Behavior” due to the epidemic with designer drugs and other behaviors facing teens. 


2013 is looking up and the “sunshine is finally coming out from behind the clouds”.  Funding has come in from several supporters to get us through 2012 and the beginning of 2013 including, Frank J. Antun Foundation, Knapp/Swezey Foundation, Roanoke Sand and Gravel and The Bank of American Matching Grants.  Besides the funding, great things our happening:  Our Alternative Program started April 1st, we are partnering with ES BOCES and the Suffolk County Sheriff's Re-entry Task Force on several grants; we hired a financial and grant management team to build up our strength in this area and we are also looking at becoming a host agency for another alternative program. 


Perseverance was our theme for 2012.  This year will be Faith-Hope-Believe!

I want to personally thank those who have continued to believe in Sunshine, never gave up hope and had the faith that Sunshine needed to get through the storm!  I want to acknowledge my amazing staff who have been wonderful.  They have cut hours, volunteered time and worn many hats just to keep us going.  Thank you to:  Nancy Forestiero, Holly Colomba,  Amber Carter, Diane Arrick and Donny Forestiero.  




















Sunshine’s Outreach to the Riverhead Correctional Facility

We took a group of teens and their parents who were participants in our Teen Anger Management and Teen Support Groups on the YES Tour at the Riverhead Correctional Facility.  This tour is somewhat like a “scared straight” program.  Officer John Roche started by giving us a tour of the facility to get a first hand look at how these inmates live and then we ended by meeting with several inmates who shared their personal stories with the group.  This was a very eye opening program and I think it had a huge    impact on the kids.  Maybe they will think twice now before making some               decisions. 

      Nancy and I have been busy at the Riverhead Correctional Facility, running substance abuse and violence prevention groups for the males on the Youth Tier and participating on the Sheriff's Re-entry Task Force. We also reunited four of the original members who had been released and took them to a special luncheon.  It was wonderful to see the special bond they had for each other.

I also ran a few support groups for the Women’s Empowerment Program.  Victoria Ruvolo aka The Turkey Lady came in to share her story of hope and forgiveness with the women in March.  Victoria also will be the Key Note Speaker at the NYSAIEP Conference in May. 

We were so happy to be present for a guest appearance by Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s who recalled the devastating years that shaped her childhood as a holocaust survivor.  The participants in the Youth Tier and the Women’s Empowerment Program had been reading her book, “Four Perfect Pebbles” and had the opportunity to meet her first hand.  Her story was truly amazing and such an inspiration to everyone.  It was such an honor to be there and to meet such an amazing woman. 


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TRANSITIONS - A Positive Alternative for High Risk Youth



PNS was recognized as a Model Program through the

National Dropout Prevention Network (click on Prevention)

Text Box: Academic Instruction - Individual & Small Group Learning provided by ES BOCES  

P.E.A.C.E. Component:  (Prevention Education and Cultural Enrichment)
(PEACE utilizes various prevention strategies that are designed to build positive social/life skills while teaching alternatives to substance use/abuse and violence)

Monthly Themes with a Social-Emotional/Life Skills Focus
(Focusing on adolescent issues inclu substance use/abuse, violence and other challenges facing youth.  e.g. Building trust, healthy relationships, decision making, anger management, etc)

Guest Speakers/Workshops
(Reinforcing the topics, offering various perspectives while providing positive role modeling and mentoring; Includes NA & AA, 12-Step support groups)

Community Service Projects
(Providing the opportunity to utilize skills learned, give back, make restitution for their mistakes, take responsibility for their part and make a positive impact on the community)

Field Trips and Conferences
(Providing hands on experiences relating to the topics) 

Parent Support/Family Events
(Providing support groups and skill building activities for parents/guardians designed around the monthly themes)

Work Readiness Skills   Suffolk County Department of Labor Worksite

Collaborating with Schools/Agencies for additional services

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Alternative Education Center