A growing number of Suffolk County`s youth are in danger of falling prey to criminal and gang activity. Young teens especially face peer pressures that often make them act in ways that help them become “accepted” by a group, but they have no idea about the consequences of their behavior. As a result, many young people at an early age begin what may become a painful life of criminal behavior. The goal of the YES Program is to educate youth about the potential consequences of poor choices.
"Our YES Program stresses education and reality", said Sheriff Toulon. "By giving kids a realistic view of what lies ahead if they cross the line, we hope that it will leave a strong impact in their minds to stop them from engaging in criminal acts." The program stresses education, communication, and accountability.
Youth Enlightenment Seminar (YES) Tour
Who May Participate:
Public and private schools throughout Suffolk County must apply on a lottery basis for the tours in the beginning of the school year.
How To Register:
Registration dates will post during the summer and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Schools are allowed to book no more than four (4) tours of forty (40) students per academic school year. Students must be twelve (12) years or older and accompanied by a school faculty member. Information must be filled out in full. Please select your 4 dates, with an alternative date should one of your requested dates be booked already. You will receive an email confirmation with your dates once they have been approved and scheduled.
The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office reserves the right to decline any requests for tours. All tours will receive a confirmation from our staff prior to your trip.
Note: Monday through Thursday Tours are offered at our Riverhead Correctional Facility ONLY. Friday tours are offered at our Yaphank Correctional Facility ONLY. Tours are scheduled during the academic calendar year only.