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Pilot Project Provides New Opportunities for Boys Town Texas

Boys Town Texas has been selected to partake in a Military Prevention Project for the state of Texas. The project planning began last year in response to the high-rate of abuse and neglect among military families in Texas. Three cities were identified as areas having high concentrations of military families and are the main focus of the project: San Antonio, El Paso and Killeen.

United Way has been selected as the organization to oversee the pilot project in San Antonio. Boys Town Texas submitted a letter of inquiry to United Way outlining their matrix of services and was chosen along with 10 other agencies to provide services to selected military families.

This April, Boys Town Texas will begin providing Common Sense Parenting® classes for parents of school-aged kids and In-Home Family Services to military families, serving an additional 100 families and 250 children a year. Boys Town is hiring three new staff members to help provide these services.

The prevention project also brings new, exciting partnership opportunities to the Texas site. KLRN, the San Antonio PBS provider, is another agency partnering with United Way in the Military Prevention Project. The TV station began hosting play groups for military families with children ages newborn to five-years-old. The play group teaches developmental play and shows parents how to use items in their home to help their child learn and be prepared for school.

During a military project meeting, staff members from KLRN expressed the need for locations to host the 11-week long program. Boys Town Texas jumped at the chance to have a program at their site as they are centrally located in San Antonio and have wanted to broaden their services to military families for several years. The play group sessions began in early January and have seen nearly 20 military families attending each week.

Boys Town Texas Executive Director, Janie Cook, says hosting the play groups is not only a great way to build community partnerships, but also helps spread Boys Town’s mission in San Antonio with military families. “The chance to host these play groups at our campus is a great opportunity for us to spread awareness of Boys Town Texas,” said Cook. “As the play group comes to an end, we hope to present to these families on all of the services we offer and to recruit new Foster Parents.”

The Military Prevention Project has a two-year contract and Boys Town Texas looks forward to seeing the impact they can make in the community through serving more children and families.

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