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9th-Annual-Golf-and-Tennis-Classic-Raises-Record-Breaking-Amount9th Annual Golf and Tennis Classic Raises Record Breaking AmountNew York
Friday, Oct 14, 2016

​​​Boys Town New York held their 9th Annual Golf and Tennis Classic on Monday, September 12, 2016 at Knollwood Country Club in Elmsford, New York. Headed by committee chairs Guy Cleveland and Alan Kensek, the event sold out for the second year in a row and was the most profitable event Boys Town New York has ever hosted. The total amount raised netted over $135,000 and will go to support Boys Town New York's programs and services throughout the community.

A large turnout of around 130 guests enjoyed the Golf and Tennis Classic's festivities. A total of 29 groups of four competed in the golf scramble while eight tennis players battled it out in the tennis tournament.

"We couldn't have asked for better weather and a better group of supporters!" Morgan Gorospe, Tennis Tournament Committee Representative said.

Guests were able to relax at the Knollwood Country Club house following the golf and tennis tournaments. Dinner was provided by the Country Club while the auction portion of the event was lead by retired NFL JETS Player, Ray Lucas. He auctioned off items ranging from tickets to a Broadway performance, to sports memorabilia and golf club packages for the country club, including other smaller prizes for golf and tennis enthusiasts.

Following the auction, a few Boys Town New York youth presented their personal stories to the audience. The boys explained their backgrounds and shared how coming to Boys Town has affected their lives in such a positive way and helped them learn to believe in themselves.

"We couldn't be more proud of our presenting youth," said Jessica Wiley, Boys Town New York Development Coordinator. "They shared a common path of misguidance directed from their peers who lead them down a road of crime and violence. Their determination in our Intervention and Assessments program and their willingness to accept that negative behaviors have consequences allowed them to mature as young men."

Boys Town New York is already planning and looking forward to their 10th Annual Golf and Tennis Classic in the fall of 2017.

Boys Town extends a thank you to this year's supporters:

  • Platinum Maintenance Services Corp Empire Sponsor $15,000​
  • Litespeed Electric, Inc. Empire Sponsor $15,000​
  • Premier Metal & Marble Empire Sponsor $15,000​
  • Modworxx Caddy Sponsor $5,000​
  • Gensler Caddy Sponsor $5,000​
  • Sound Air Conditioning Caddy Sponsor $5,000​
  • ARI Access Floors Caddy Sponsor $5,000​
  • Firecom, Inc. Dinner Sponsor $4,500​
  • Syska Hennesy Group, Inc. Dinner Sponsor $4,500​
  • Jonathan Metal & Glass Dinner Sponsor $4,500​
  • EuroTech Construction Dinner Sponsor $4,500​
  • Theodore Williams Construction Company, LLC Supporting ​Sponsor $4,000​
  • Enterprise Rebirth Advisory Jet Blue Challenge Sponsor $4,000​
boys-town-new-york-youth-tour-college-campusBoys Town New York Youth Tour College CampusNew York
Friday, Sep 9, 2016

​​Education is one of the most effective agents to ​transform lives and instill promise, motivation and hope. This is why Boys Town New York seeks to immerse our youth in programs and opportunities that help highlight how far a commitment to school - and themselves - can take them, as four special boys recently discovered on a trip to Washington DC.

For Boys Town New York youth, the trip was a rare chance to leave the confines of New York City. On their campus tour of storied Howard University, the experience was a chance for the boys to envision life as a college student and see the power of education as a means to better oneself. Boys Town youth, Henry, said he could picture himself at Howard University in a couple of years following the tour, while another youth, Andrew, began contemplating pledging an academic fraternity. More than just a vow, Boys Town sees these proclamations as obligations towards a better life and a personal promise that they will be the ones to break a cycle of poverty and displacement.

To further support these dreams, please consider making a donation to ​Boys Town New York today!

youth-profileYouth ProfileNew York
Victor holding his award
Friday, Sep 9, 2016

​​Vincent is a 15-year-old ​10th grader from Bronx, NY. He recently participated in a writing competition where students were asked to compare and contrast two preselected poems in an essay.  Vincent won the competition and shared his experience with a staff member, James Hill.

James: First off, how'd you come to Boys Town?

Vincent: The reason I was sent to Boys Town is because of my anger issue.  Someone had stolen my phone and I broke something, because I was mad, but I’m getting better at controlling my temper since I’ve been here.

James: What were the poems about?
Vincent: Poem one was about a mother and son’s relationship and poem two was about dreams; same writer, different poems. The Mother and Son poem talked about how the mother doesn’t want her son to give up on his life and follow her same path. She had a lot happen to her, but she didn’t want the same to happen to her son. The second poem talked about if you don’t have a dream, you won’t make it. You have to follow your dreams and they will come true.

James: How'd it feel to win?

Vincent: Winning the competition made me feel wonderful. I really liked winning something. People in the school like me. I don’t play around when it comes to school.

James: As the winner of the writing competition, I heard you received a ticket to see the Broadway show, Finding Neverland. How was that?   

Vincent: I've never been to a Broadway show, but the ticket was $90, so I didn’t want to turn it down. It was awesome! The show was real. This guy came right up to me and said ‘HI,’ it scared me! I wasn’t expecting it; he was dressed up like a pirate. It was good though.  

James: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Vincent: When I grow up I want to play football for the Philadelphia Eagles as either a line-backer and wide receiver. But if I don’t get a contract with the NFL, I’ll probably go to the marines, or write a book.

James: How do you like living at Boys Town New York?

Vincent: I like it; it’s keeping me out of trouble, and the point system is very good. I love to read. The library is one of my favorite places.  I can’t go to sleep without reading. I don’t have a favorite book, but the books that interest me are ones that are about real life, like Malcolm X, but I also like comic books.

back-to-school-tips-and-tricks-to-start-the-year-rightBack to School: Tips and Tricks to Start the Year RightNew York
Friday, Sep 2, 2016

​​By Amanda Setlak, Ph.D., ​Boys Town

The end of summer vacation usually brings groans from children and parents alike, though for different reasons.

For kids, the end of summer means getting back into the swing of learning and sitting in the classroom. For parents, it’s getting kids back on a morning, bedtime and school routine, and juggling hectic schedules.

Boys Town is here to help get learning on track for families:

  • Grandma’s rule. Grandma’s rule refers to the general stance of eating your peas before receiving dessert. The rule doesn’t just apply to food; it can be widely applied to desired objects or activities. For example, access to any electronics should be withheld until the morning routine is complete.
  • Wake-times and bedtimes. Keep a consistent wake-time, even on weekends, and refrain from naps for school-age children. If your child is having a hard time falling asleep at the target bedtime, push back the time to within 30 minutes of when they’re likely to fall asleep and then gradually adjust it to be closer to the expected time.
  • Morning routine expectations. If your child struggles with organization or attention difficulties, mornings can be especially difficult. First go through a few dry runs and identify where struggles occur. Then put a system in place to help motivate your child during the morning routine, using techniques such as grandma’s rule, visual schedules and rewards. Always try to avoid rationales, such as an important meeting that you can’t miss, because this will often increase frustration or grumpiness. Give yourself enough time to get ready, bring out your positive vibes and keep your cool!
  • Homework routine. Your child may not have much homework at the beginning of the school year, but it is still important to establish a homework routine that fits with your family’s schedule. Generally, kids are more successful with homework completion shortly after school. The later homework is started, the more likelihood your child will demonstrate frustration, lack of motivation or behavior problems. Determine what time homework will be started, remove distractions and ensure a quiet work area with access to necessary study materials. Treat homework similar to a sporting event by cheering for accomplishments and offering support and encouragement when difficulties arise.
  • School participation. Researchers have consistently found that when parents are active participants in their child’s school activities, academic performance improves. The most effective approach to partnering with your child’s school and teacher(s) is to be involved from the beginning. If your work schedule does not allow for participation during school hours, there are other ways to be involved, such as e-mails to the teacher and a notebook for back-and-forth communication to ensure that schoolwork is completed and returned. Try to meet with the teacher at the beginning of the year so that the teacher knows who you are. Also try to have as many positive interactions as possible, as communicating only about concerns can hamper the parent-teacher relationship.
  • Learning concerns. If your child is struggling at school, don’t wait for the teacher to contact you. Taking the initiative to address concerns is another way to be actively involved in your child’s schooling. Notice what they are doing well and any areas where they seem to struggle. Learning difficulties are often embarrassing for kids, and they may act out to avoid tasks that are difficult. Whenever there is an increase in behavior surrounding schoolwork, be sure not to overlook learning problems. At the first sign of concerns, check in with your child’s teacher(s) and inquire about additional support or services available at school.
united-states-mint-unveils-designs-for-boys-town-centennial-commemorative-coinsUnited States Mint Unveils Designs for Boys Town Centennial Commemorative CoinsCalifornia, New York
Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016

​​​This press release was published on August 23, 2016.

Designs for coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Boys Town were unveiled today during a ceremony at Boys Town Music Hall in Boys Town, Neb.

"Each time a person looks at any one of these unique designs, it will spark an interest in learning about the history of Boys Town, acknowledging the extraordinary efforts made by this ​organization to give comfort and purpose to children in need, and recognizing the significant contributions of Father Flanagan," said United States Mint Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson.

Jeppson was joined by Boys Town​ representatives Cordell Cade and Kymani Bell, mayor and vice mayor, respectively; Dan Daly, Executive Vice President, Director of Youth Care; and Jerry Davis, Vice President of Advocacy.

Public Law 114-30 authorizes the Mint to mint and issue no more than 50,000 $5 gold, 350,000 $1 silver, and 300,000 half dollar clad coins with designs emblematic of the centennial of Boys Town. 

The gold coin obverse (heads) features a portrait of Father Flanagan.  Inscriptions include "BOYS TOWN CENTENNIAL," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "FR. EDWARD FLANAGAN," "LIBERTY," and "2017."  The obverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.

The gold coin reverse (tails) features an outstretched hand holding a young oak tree growing from an acorn.  As ​stated in the idiom "Mighty oaks from little acorns grow," this design represents the potential of each child helped by Boys Town to grow into a productive, complete adult.  Inscriptions include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "THE WORK WILL CONTINUE," "FIVE DOLLARS," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."  The reverse was also designed by Weaver and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz.

The silver $1 coin obverse features a young girl sitting alone and gazing upward into the branches of an oak tree looking for help.  The empty space around the girl is deliberate and meant to show the child's sense of loneliness, isolation, and helplessness.  Inscriptions include "BOYS TOWN," "When you help a child today...," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "LIBERTY," and "1917-2017."

The obverse was designed by AIP Designer Emily Damstra and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna. 

The coin's reverse features an oak tree offering shelter and a sense of belonging to the family holding hands below it, which includes the girl from the obverse.  Inscriptions include " write the history of tomorrow," "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "ONE DOLLAR," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."  The reverse was also designed by Damstra and sculpted by Menna.

The clad half dollar obverse features an older brother holding the hand of his younger brother in 1917.  They walk toward Father Flanagan's Boys Home and the 1940s pylon representing what would become Boys Town.  Inscriptions include "BOYS TOWN," "1917," "2017," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "LIBERTY," and "Saving Children."  The obverse was designed by AIP Designer Chris Costello and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Renata Gordon.

The coin's reverse features a present-day Boys Town neighborhood of homes where children are schooled and nurtured by caring families.  Out of these homes come young adults who graduate from high school and the Boys Town program.  Inscriptions include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," "Healing Families," and "HALF DOLLAR."  The reverse was also designed by Costello and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.

Pricing for the Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coins will include surcharges-$35 for each $5 gold coin, $10 for each $1 silver coin, and $5 for each half dollar clad coin-which are authorized to be paid to Boys Town to carry out its cause of caring for and assisting children and families in underserved communities across America.

The Mint will announce the release date and additional pricing information for the Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coins prior to their release in 2017.

new-york-ironman-golf-a-thon-raises-28000New York Ironman Golf-A-Thon Raises $28,000New York
Tuesday, Jun 28, 2016

​​On June 13, 2016, Boys Town New York hosted their first Ironman Golf-A-Thon at Ramsey Golf and Country Club. A total of ten golfers kicked off the morning at 7 a.m. with the determination of golfing 100 holes in a single day. Members of the community were encouraged to sponsor a golfer for each hole in the hopes of raising $2500 per participant. By the end of the event, the Ironman Golf-A-Thon raised over $28,000, with half the golfers completing an unprecedented 120 holes!

Ironman participants helped support the mission and raise awareness of Boys Town New York’s programs and services by motivating family, friends and coworkers to donate. Through personally reaching out and by using social media platforms, golfers were able to spread the word about the Golf-A-Thon and get as many sponsors per hole as possible.

The Ironman Golf-A-Thon is a unique event, and while the participants were considered regular golfers, the 100-hole goal proved to be a tough task. Halfway through, golfers were offered a massage from a licensed massage therapist to keep the game going and reward their hard work.

The event wouldn’t have been such a success without the Golf-A-Thon’s “Ironman” Michael Campana. A member of the Board of Directors at Boys Town New York, Michael Campana earned the title of Ironman due to his outstanding fundraising abilities. His dedication to Boys Town showed through his efforts to recruit golfers to play and through his encouragement to donate which resulted in him being the top fundraiser, earning him the coveted Green Jacket.

Boys Town New York plans to hold this event next year for the second time due to its success. The golfers from this year are already planning on preparing and training for the 2017 Ironman Golf-A-Thon.

boys-town-alum-reaches-back-to-reach-out-as-advocate-for-troubled-youthBoys Town Alum Reaches Back to Reach Out as Advocate for Troubled YouthNew York
Jim St. Germain was a speaker on the school-to-prison pipeline at the White House.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

​​​​From a booking cell to ​writing a book, Jim St. Germain is a man who has gone far beyond turning his life around.

Today, the 27-year-old community leader draws on his personal journey and experiences at Boys Town to advocate, locally and nationally, for services troubled children and families need.

For Jim, it still seems like a lifetime ago when he spent his days running the streets and running afoul with the law in his native Haiti. Born with the deck stacked against him, Jim eventually moved to the United States with his family, hoping for a life like the one he had seen in the movie “Home Alone.”

But while there was a home, he was never alone. Sixteen other family members living in a three-bedroom apartment in Crown Heights awaited Jim when he arrived in New York. It wasn’t long before old habits kicked in and he soon found himself in handcuffs more than a dozen times.

A turning point came as Jim awaited sentencing on a felony drug charge. His lawyers, recognizing the teen’s potential, asked that he be placed in a Boys Town New York Family Home where he could receive the structure he so desperately needed.

It was here that he started on his path to success, though Jim admits that at the time, he did everything possible to resist.

“It was like a sick person rejecting vital medication,” he said. “I was coming from an environment where I was used to doing whatever I wanted. Now, I came to a program with rules. That was a big struggle.”

Despite some setbacks, Jim eventually thrived in Boys Town’s environment of constructive constraints and self-enrichment. His Family-Teachers®, Iza and Damon Canada, taught him about the value of hard work and the importance of getting a college degree, a concept that was foreign to a boy who had never even heard the world “college” before he was 17.
After receiving his GED, Jim continued his education, earning an associate’s degree in human services and a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Those accomplishments led him to his ultimate goal of giving back to Boys Town. In 2011, Jim was hired as a Youth Care Worker at Boys Town New York.

“I was there three years, and it was very rewarding and extremely special,” Jim fondly remembers.

Looking to make an impact beyond his local community, Jim was able to take two giant steps forward. At the same time he was transitioning into his current role as a Residential Care Advocate within the juvenile justice department, he also was talking with his former attorneys and current friends about creating a nonprofit organization.

In 2012, Jim launched PLOT – Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow – a 501(c3) organization with the mission of mentoring kids like him, starting when they are young.  After three years of building the organization’s infrastructure and outreach, PLOT began working with its first cohort of ten kids, five of whom had been incarcerated.

Jim’s ongoing advocacy efforts have garnered praise from many esteemed circles, as well as extensive media coverage and requests to share his expertise. In particular, Jim points to Governor Cuomo’s “Raise the Age” campaign as a policy that benefits the incarcerated youth toward whom Jim has directed his passion and skills. 

Jim’s biggest career highlight so far has been being asked to provide his valuable, personal perspective to President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Alliance. Jim said the opportunity to help his personal hero on a shared mission was beyond uplifting.

But Jim is not content to let a collaboration with the President be the peak of his efforts to reach out and help others.  He has reached a publishing deal with Harper Collins to tell his story in a memoir, tentatively titled “Bending Towards Justice” and set for release in early 2017. He also is focusing his considerable energies on earning a master’s degree in public administration and building a school in Haiti.

Even with all the potential that lies before him, Jim has never forgotten where he started his journey of success.

“Boys Town played a major role in the person that I am today,” Jim said. “I am forever grateful for everything they helped me accomplish.”

boys-town-new-york-hosts-third-annual-vintage-chicBoys Town New York Hosts Third Annual Vintage ChicNew York
Monday, May 23, 2016

On April 21, 2016, Boys ​Town New York hosted its third annual Vintage Chic clothing giveaway at Brooklyn Restoration Plaza. This fun event gives community members an opportunity to have a unique shopping experience, without the stress or worry of money. Hosted by Boys Town New York’s In-Home Family ServicesSM program, 194 families and more than 450 people in need received free clothing.

For many years, GAP, Inc., has partnered with Boys Town New York, donating all of the clothing for the event. More than 50 boxes of clothing, totaling about $25,000, were on display for the community members and Boys Town families to choose from.

“This has been a really amazing partnership between Boys Town and GAP,” said Jasmin Singleton, Director, In-Home Family Services. “Families and community members look forward to these events each year.”

Thank you to GAP, Inc., for supporting this great event and bringing this opportunity to children and families served by Boys Town New York.

boys-town-new-york-helps-immigrant-family-overcome-obstaclesBoys Town New York Helps Immigrant Family Overcome ObstaclesNew York
Monday, Apr 4, 2016

When Boys Town agrees to work ​with a family, it’s understood that they may be under a great deal of personal stress. They may even be facing issues that most of us can hardly imagine. That was the case with the Sonogo family, who had immigrated from the Ivory Coast of Africa to New York with four children under the age of 16. Soon after, Awa Sonogo became pregnant with their fifth.

The pressures of finding your way in a new country with limited means are stressful enough on their own. In addition, the Sonogos were dealing with the fact that their oldest son Abdulaye had become involved with dangerous gang violence. At just 15, he seemed to be heading down a dark path. Awa was terrified.

Struggling to meet the challenges of the situation, Awa’s relationship with her other children had begun to suffer. She wanted to be a better role model for her family, and in order to do that, she needed to learn strategies for dealing with her difficult situation. Thankfully, Boys Town knew just what to do.

Kara-Beth Kimble, Care Coordinator Services Consultant, soon became intimately aware of the issues this family was facing. She was eager to help and says that Awa was eager to learn: “She was dealing with a lot, but she was very open, very active.”

Kara started by helping Awa set appropriate boundaries and use consequences in a positive way with her children. She then worked with the family to brainstorm solutions for Abdulaye’s behavior. Together, they made the difficult decision to send Abdulaye back to Africa for the time being to live with Awa’s brother. “It was a last resort for her,” says Kara, “but it was a weight lifted.” Awa knew that her son would be able to live in a safer community with more adult supervision in their home country.

Abdulaye returned to Africa in July. Kara has spoken with him multiple times since then, and says he is doing well: “At first he was upset, but he understood after being there that this was the best thing for him. He’s taking it as a second chance. It’s a big deal for him.”

His family is doing what they can to help him from afar, and his goal is to show them in time that he has matured enough to return to the United States. For now, the family has seen improvements in the behavior of all of the children, and Awa has a much better handle on her stress. “She’s met all of her goals as of right now,” reports Kara proudly.

Families like the Sonogos are reminders that with perseverance and a helping hand, great obstacles can be overcome.

unpacking-their-unwanted-baggageUnpacking Their Unwanted BaggageNew York
Tuesday, Mar 1, 2016

The suitcases they carry their clothes in are the not the only baggage young people bring with them to a Boys Town New York. Each youth comes to us with the behavioral and emotional burdens of their past experiences. For most, these experiences include trouble with the law, which leads to removal from their homes and families and placed in our program by the Association for Children Services through the juvenile justice system. 

Fourteen-year-old Marie arrived at our girls’ home in Queens in early December 2015. She entered the program after getting into a fight, which violated her probation for a prior altercation. Despite her history of aggression, Marie was viewed by her peers as a fair, respectful, well-mannered and likeable girl. 

Initially, staff members saw that Marie had trouble maintaining personal boundaries, causing uneasiness among the other youth in the home. She also was aggressive and quick to argue. 

After three months in the program, Marie has shown tremendous improvement. She has developed positive relationships with both staff member and other youth, and continues to work on her self-monitoring skills and coping strategies in order to control her short fuse.  Marie also is excelling in school, and has earned the highest level of privileges in the home for almost two consecutive weeks. 

Due to her behavior, Marie fears her family doesn’t want her to return home. She will remain in our program while she awaits placement in a non-secure residential setting for juvenile offenders.  Marie says, “I’m grateful for Boys Town. They’ve taught me that family is important and that family works better together as a unit.”

Through it all, Marie has maintained a positive outlook for her future. She has dreams of one day working in the field of radiology so she can help others, like the radiologist who helped her father get through a severe heart condition when she was a little girl.

Many of the youth in our care are like Marie. They have been abandoned, abused, or neglected, and suffer from a number of emotional and behavioral problems. At Boys Town New York, we provide children with a safe environment where we assess their needs and begin to work toward family reunification.

Hundreds of youngsters, ages 10 to 18, from all five boroughs of New York City, find help each year through these services, and none of this would be possible without donors like you.

The stories provided about the children and families in our care are real. In some cases, names and details may be changed, and stock photos may be used, to protect their privacy and therapeutic interests.

boys-town-new-york-east-harlem-collaboration-benefits-more-students-and-familiesBoys Town New York, East Harlem Collaboration Benefits More Students and FamiliesNew York
Tuesday, Mar 1, 2016

An innovative new partnership between Boys Town New York and the East Harlem community is making a real difference in the lives of families.

In 2014, as part of an ongoing effort to expand our services across the City, Boys Town New York joined with Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation to bring our proven strategies around parenting, education and community engagement to their students and families. 

In just over a year, 80 percent of participating students have shown improvements in attendance and classroom behavior. Yet, while the numbers speak for themselves, the stories and people behind them are even more powerful. Boys Town is working with a population sorely in need. They are students at risk of dropping or aging out of the system, young men and women who are close to falling behind and seeking stability during times of emotional and personal turbulence. Only an uncertain future united them, with many vulnerable to repeat a pattern of lifetime volatility.

While their reasons for referral to Boys Town are different, our approach is always the same: to serve as compassionate, honest partners every step of the way. We work closely with parents and students to coordinate a network of services and programs to better structure both in-home and school environments. Positioning our staff as stakeholders in their success has quickly built trust and rapport as families see our continuum of care strengthening their relationships. Working from the inside out, we cooperate with the entire community to grow awareness and participation in Boys Town system of services.

All this could not be possible without willing partners. Boys Town has come away invigorated by all at Innovation High, whose commitment to students is beyond impressive. The students themselves are often happy to have an ally who is walking the walk and opening up their future to new possibilities and promises. Parents are applying new skills and are empowered to build up-- instead of break down-- important relationships.

Word is also getting out about our success. Tahisha Lue-Hing, Program Director, reports that a local middle school and another high school have already inquired about bringing Boys Town teams to their networks.

Boys Town New York and Innovation High have inspired new commitments to education that will echo for generations. This is just one step in a long journey to help all those in need across New York City by replicating our achievements throughout additional schools and communities in the years to come.

new-york-staff-fulfills-birthday-wish-volunteers-at-food-bankNew York Staff Fulfills Birthday Wish, Volunteers at Food BankNew York
Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016

Food Bank For New York ​City and Boys Town New York teamed up on Tuesday, January 12 to celebrate Executive Director Jon Jelley’s birthday by giving back to the West Harlem Community.
Boys Town New York staff joined forces with fellow community volunteers at Food Bank For New York City’s Community Kitchen & Pantry in West Harlem for Shop & Stock with Families to assist with the daily routine of the bustling food pantry. The food pantry allows for eligible families to select fresh produce, grains, meats and canned goods, free of charge, in a supermarket-style setting. This “client choice” model allows clients to make appropriate selections for their needs.
The day was filled with stocking shelves, bagging groceries, assisting with checkout and making new friends.  Mr. Jelley was delighted by the team’s comradery to honor his birthday wish – a day of giving back to the fellow community.
Boys Town New York is proud to support Food Bank For New York City. The organization has been the city’s major source for hunger-relief, working to end hunger throughout NYC’s five boroughs for more than 30 years. Through their vast network of 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank provides approximately 64 million free meals annually to New Yorkers in need.

The Shop & Stock program operates weekly, Tuesday through Friday where it provides more than 40,000 meals a month for fellow citizens in need. Food Bank’s program is always in need of fellow volunteers!  Boys Town New York is grateful for the opportunity to help at the Food Bank and looks forward to future visits!

giving-back-during-the-holidaysGiving Back During the HolidaysNew York
Wednesday, Dec 30, 2015

The Boys Town ​New York In-Home Family Services management team took time out of their Thanksgiving Day to bring joy to more than 200 senior citizens of Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope.

The management team, including Jasmin Singleton, Tahisha Salmon, Barbara Nwaehi and Lilybelle Gonzalez, had the pleasure and privilege to serve at Heights and Hills Annual Senior dinner at Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights on Thanksgiving Day. The dinner, which is an annual tradition, is organized by Heights and Hills, a provider of supportive services to older adults in Brooklyn, and is open to senior citizens, regardless of their economic status.

“The senior citizens were excited to hear about our work within their community,” said Nwaehi. “They asked questions about Boys Town services and thanked Boys Town for their commitment to youth and families.”

As the day progressed, the volunteers from Boys Town not only were able to share Boys Town’s work with the senior citizens, but also were able to learn more about these community members said Nwaehi. “The senior citizens were eager to spend time talking and sharing their stories with the Boys Town team. They shared stories about their own families and life struggles and success through the years.”

The dinner was a success and a great way for Boys Town to give back to the community.

In the happiness brought to others, our own happiness is reflected.

– Father Edward Flanagan

meet-board-chairwoman-cheryl-lambertMeet Board Chairwoman Cheryl LambertNew York
Cheryl Lambert
Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015

“Our ​childhood invariably defines us as adults. Growing up my mother was always involved in giving back to our communities, helping people in need and raising funds for one of the local hospitals. By the time I was in middle school, she played a prominent leadership role.” - Cheryl Lambert

Boys Town New York is blessed with the support and dedication of so many and for that we are forever grateful.  One person we would like to give thanks to is the Executive Board Chairwoman, Cheryl Lambert.  

Cheryl shares her experience as a youth and how that led her to a role of giving back.  
“When my husband and I started our own family, giving back was something we instilled in our children. From the time the boys took their first steps to today when both are young adults, our family delivers food packages to those who are homebound. It's something that takes very little time and means so much. Christmas Eve will find us driving through NYC's boroughs delivering as many packages as we can fit into our car.

After retiring from Wall Street and having more time to dedicate to giving back I was delighted to be invited to join Boys Town New York's board. I'm honored to serve as chairman and contribute my experience and knowledge, whether from my years as a senior executive in the financial industry or as an individual who appreciates the challenges of raising a family in New York City. As Chair, I am but one element of the board. My fellow board directors and our Boys Town New York Executive Director are incredibly helpful and supportive and this makes the work all that more enjoyable. We are all rowing in the same direction, making a difference for youth in need in NYC.”

We are honored to have Cheryl serve as a member of our team! Meet the rest of the Boys Town New York Board of Directors!

boys-town-celebrates-25-years-with-winter-cocktail-receptionBoys Town Celebrates 25 Years with Winter Cocktail ReceptionNew York
Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015

Boys Town New York celebrated 25 years of helping children in need at our 2015 Winter Cocktail Reception, Thursday, December 3rd. The event was held at the residence of Mr. Joe Ricketts, Founder of TD Ameritrade and longtime advocate for Boys Town.

The elegant evening featured Boys Town alumnus Tony James, who now serves as a Family Teacher on our main campus and Cheryl Lambert, the esteemed board chair of our New York City chapter. Each spoke to their personal experience with Boys Town. While their level of involvement may be different, their stories equally reinforced why our mission to help children and heal families is so vital. All of us, from intern to administrator believe that every family — no matter how deep its troubles or cause of crisis — deserves an opportunity to be saved.

Our Winter Cocktail Reception also featured a silent auction, the proceeds from which will help provide warm weather clothing and Christmas presents to our families this holiday season, and enable us to hold additional common sense parenting classes throughout the upcoming year.

Most importantly, the event was our chance to thank our many donors for their 25 years of support and generosity. Their commitment to Boys Town helped us serve thousands of children and families in New York in 2015. We look forward to the next 365 days and the next 25 years.

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