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Youth Gambling Awareness Presentation

The Town of Smithtown Youth and Community Alliance, Horizons Counseling and Education Center, and Smithtown Youth Bureau will be holding a presentation for adults and middle school/high school teens in the community to explore new trends in gambling. The presentation, “What are the Odds – Emerging Trends in Youth Gambling”, will be held at the Smithtown Library Meeting Room on March 20th, 2023, from 6:30PM to 7:30PM. This event will be held in recognition of Problem Gambling Month.

“There are many new trends in gambling that make it fast-paced and easily accessible. We want to bring awareness to the adults and youth in our community about the changing landscape of gambling, and to give them the tools and resources to make responsible decisions.” – Kelly DeVito, Horizons Youth Services Coordinator

Parents will take part in a presentation that will include information on gambling vs. gaming, e-sports, social casinos, mobile sports betting and additional resources. Teens will engage with hands-on activities and will create social media posts related to underage gambling prevention. These posts will be used on Youth Bureau and Horizons social media platforms. Students will receive one hour of community service credit for participating in this event.

March is Problem Gambling Month. The goals of this national campaign are to increase public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment and recovery services, and to encourage healthcare providers to screen clients for problem gambling.

Register for this event here.

The Smithtown Library is located at 1 N. Country Road in Smithtown.

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