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Annual Candy Cane 5K December 12th!https://www.boystown.org/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/Pages/Annual-Candy-Cane-5K-December-12th.aspxAnnual Candy Cane 5K December 12th!<p>Get out those reindeer antlers and Santa suits for the fourteenth annual Candy Cane 5K on Saturday, December 12th! <a href="https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/WinterSprings/CandyCane5K" target="_blank">Register now</a> to save $5 in July!!</p><p>The event is being put on by Boys Town Central Florida, and will begin at Central Winds Park. All proceeds will benefit Boys Town Central Florida. Sponsorships are still available! Contact Tabitha Talbott for more information at <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="mailto:tabitha.talbott@boystown.org">tabitha.talbott@boystown.org</a></span>.</p><p>The Candy Cane 5K will begin at 8 a.m. and yes, Santa will be there to greet runners as they run, jog or walk across the finish line. Following the 5K will be a free Kids Fun Run. The first 700 finishers will receive a medal and everyone will receive a t-shirt. There will also be awards presented after the race for different categories. Local vendors will be present and food will be available, as well as, of course, hot chocolate.</p><p>Registration is only $25 in July, then it increases to $30 from August 1 to December 1. It is $35 from December 2 to 10. On the day of the race, registration will be $40. For youth ages 14 and younger and those 60 and older who would like to participate, registration is $25 until December 10. On the day of the race, all pricing will be $40.</p><h3>Date </h3><p>December 12, 2020</p><h3>Time </h3><p>8 a.m. – 12 p.m.</p><h3>Location</h3><p>Central Winds Park<br>1000 Central Winds Drive<br>Winter Springs, FL 32708</p>2020-12-12T06:00:00ZEvent<img alt="Boys Town Candy Cane 5k Run" src="/locations/central-florida/Banners/2005-213-01-Central-Florida-2020-Candy-Cane-5K-Logo.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent

 

 

Hotline Hosts Bellevue East Hope Squad for “Talent Tour”https://www.boystown.org/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/Pages/Hotline-Hosts-Bellevue-East-Hope-Squad-for-Talent-Tour.aspxHotline Hosts Bellevue East Hope Squad for “Talent Tour”<p>​Recently, 10 students from the Bellevue East High School Hope Squad and four faculty members had the opportunity to visit Boys Town Home Campus for a career-themed tour.<br></p><p>The Hope Squad is a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program that seeks to reduce self-destructive behavior and youth suicide by training, building, and creating change in schools and communities. Hanaa, a junior at Bellevue East High School, and a member of the Hope Squad defined the Hope Squad as "a group of middle or high school kids that are there as a support system for students who need an outlet. They are there to listen to their peers and be aware of warning signs to look out for." </p><p> <img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Hotline-Hosts-Bellevue-East-Hope-Squad-for-Talent-Tour/hotline-1.jpg" alt="hotline-1.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px 10px;width:300px;height:236px;" />Leila Tatby, Recruiting Outreach Partner, led the students and faculty in different activities and tours throughout the day. "When I first found out about the Hope Squad, I immediately thought about the work we do at Boys Town, specifically with the Hotline," said Tatby. "These students are going out of their way to help other young people in their time of need. To see their passion for what the Hope Squad does and show them that this is something they can continue to do after high school, and even make a career out of it, was really special." </p><p> <img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Hotline-Hosts-Bellevue-East-Hope-Squad-for-Talent-Tour/hotline-2.jpeg" alt="hotline-2.jpeg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px 10px;width:300px;height:225px;" />To kick off the day, the students met at the Headquarters building where they learned about the different programs that Boys Town has to offer as well as the different Boys Town locations. The students then participated in the 'He Ain't Heavy' activity. They had to find people in the room that could tie a tie, drive a car, bake a cake, and so forth. The purpose of this activity was to show that we all must be carried at some point or need help with something, and it tied back to the mission of Boys Town, that we are an organization that helps people. </p><p> <img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Hotline-Hosts-Bellevue-East-Hope-Squad-for-Talent-Tour/hotline-3.jpeg" alt="hotline-4.jpeg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px 10px;width:300px;height:225px;" />After the tour of Headquarters, the students and faculty then toured the Boys Town National Hotline. At the Hotline, the Hope Squad got a peek at the new Relaxation Room, where counselors can go and relax after a difficult call, and learned that support is available through phone, text, email, or chat. "We hope that by explaining the Boys Town National Hotline mission and reviewing the Your Life Your Voice website services, and by taking a walk through our dynamic call room, that we delivered a clear message to the Bellevue East Hope Squad that the Hotline is here to provide assistance to any teen that may be struggling," said Linda McGuire, Boys Town National Hotline Supervisor. "We hope that this up close and personal visit equipped these student leaders with the information and confidence they need to point fellow students to our service." </p><p> <img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Hotline-Hosts-Bellevue-East-Hope-Squad-for-Talent-Tour/hotline-4.jpeg" alt="hotline-4.jpeg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px 10px;width:300px;height:225px;" />To finish off the day, the Hope Squad toured the Hall of History, where they learned where Boys Town started and where we are today as an organization. "I learned that there is a lot more to Boys Town than what meets the eye, and that this area holds such a tight-knit and strong community," said Hanaa. "It made me excited for what the future holds and learning about others' stories was inspiring to me."</p>​<br>2020-06-26T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Hotline" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Hotline-Hosts-Bellevue-East-Hope-Squad-for-Talent-Tour/hotline-4.jpeg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Stands for Racial Equalityhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/Pages/Boys-Town-Stands-for-Racial-Equality.aspxBoys Town Stands for Racial Equality<p>Nearly a century ago, Boys Town founder Father Edward Flanagan spoke these profound words: </p><p>" I … see danger for all in an ideology which discriminates against anyone politically or economically because he or she was born into the 'wrong' race, has skin of the 'wrong' color, or worships at the 'wrong' altar."</p><p>Today, America is at a crossroads. The dangerous ideology of racism Father Flanagan described then continues to exist today. </p><p>At Boys Town, we share the sadness of so many mourning the senseless killings due to violence and racism. We also share the anger that is sweeping our nation as we unequivocally condemn all forms of racism, hatred, and injustice that tear at the seams of our society.</p><p>When Father Flanagan opened his first Home for Boys in 1917, he welcomed kids of every race, color, and creed. But his efforts to be inclusive and compassionate in his care of children went far beyond creating a place where they could grow and thrive. Father Flanagan also recognized and rejected the laws and customs that enshrined and reinforced institutional racism. He passionately attacked those unfair laws and practices, shining a spotlight on prejudice and injustice, and using Boys Town as a model for the incredible possibilities that existed when people of all colors lived, worked, and played side by side in mutual respect and equality.</p><p><strong>Boys Town has never wavered from the principles on which it was founded. As a passionate advocate of positive social change, we firmly stand with those individuals and groups who have dedicated themselves to the cause of racial equality and justice, and strongly support their efforts to bring about lasting, significant change. </strong><strong> </strong></p><p>We have recognized since our formation that it is not enough to simply avoid racist behavior as individuals. We all must work together proactively to create a more just, a more peaceful, and a more equitable society. We all must live by the values of diversity and inclusion more deeply in the days, months, and years to come. We all must strive to re-create a society in which everyone feels that they belong, that they matter, and that they are respected for who they are.     </p><p>People have rediscovered their voice, and their pain and anger are being felt and heard. Boys Town adds its voice to this rising chorus with the fervent hope that racism, injustice, and prejudice can finally be vanquished.     </p><p>God's Blessings,</p><p>Father Steven E. Boes<br>President and National Executive Director, Boys Town</p>2020-06-17T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Father Flanagan" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Flanagan_with_Boys_1942_682-rollup.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Following Her Dreamhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/Pages/Following-Her-Dream.aspxFollowing Her Dream<p>​Safiya Thompson left Boys Town Central Florida in 2012, but her commitment to someday give back to the site as she pursues her dream of becoming a doctor is stronger than ever. <br></p><p>“I will give back to Boys Town as they have given so much to me and my family," she said. “I am grateful to have such a great connection to my Boys Town family." </p><p>Safiya spent about a year as a Boys Town Central Florida youth before graduating from high school and attending the University of Central Florida. At Boys Town, she learned skills like being assertive, dealing with frustration, increasing her self-esteem and dealing with conflict, all of which prepared her for the challenges she faced in continuing her education and eventually entering medical school. </p><p>Now in her second year of medical school in Antiqua, she will return to the United States to complete a practicum and begin practicing after taking the medical exam. During her last visit to the Central Florida campus, she gave an update on her journey. </p><p>“This is by far one of the hardest things that I have had to do, but I know I have what it takes, so I will not give up until I realize my dream."<br></p><p>Safiya's story is a great example of how Boys Town Central Florida gives young people the life-changing skills and tools they need to find success and make their dreams a reality. <br></p> <p align="center"> <img src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/white-coat-photo.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:480px;height:326px;" /> <br> </p>2020-02-28T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/white-coat-2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Central Florida Christmas Tree Lightinghttps://www.boystown.org/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/Pages/Christmas-Tree-Lighting.aspxBoys Town Central Florida Christmas Tree Lighting<p>​​On December 1, Boys Town Central Florida hosted their Christmas Tree Lighting and Open House. Close to 400 people had the chance to participate in the amazing events throughout the night. The Carillon Elementary School Choir and the Rhythm and Blues Band led guests in carols and Santa helped light the tree. Guests also heard stories from several Boys Town youth and were invited to tour homes on campus as well as the Intervention and Assessment Center. "It was a great event that allowed the public to see what we do first hand here at Boys Town Central Florida," said Tabitha Talbott, Donor Relations Specialist at Boys Town Central Florida.<br><br></p>2020-01-24T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="tree lighting" src="/locations/central-florida/PublishingImages/tree-lighting.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="tree lighting" height="300" src="/locations/central-florida/PublishingImages/tree-lighting.jpg" width="450" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Central Florida Hosts 13th Annual Candy Cane 5Khttps://www.boystown.org/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/Pages/13th-Annual-Candy-Cane-5K.aspxBoys Town Central Florida Hosts 13th Annual Candy Cane 5K​<p>On December 14, runners of all ages gathered at Central Winds Park in Winter Springs, Florida to participate in the 13th Annual Candy Cane 5K hosted by Boys Town Central Florida.</p><p>After a rainy start to the day, almost 700 registered runners gathered at the start line just as the rain started to clear. The participants ran the 5K to be greeted by Santa and receive a medal and a t-shirt. Once the last runner crossed the finish line, the Kids Fun Run started where little ones could partake in a friendly competition run.</p><p>Runners and families enjoyed food and hot chocolate provided by local vendors as well as different activities throughout the event.</p><p>Awards went to the top male and female finishers, the overall top masters male and female, and the first three finishers in every age group, ranging from 10 and under to over 70. Prizes were also given out to the largest team and the best costume. This year the fastest male ran the race in 18:08.7 and the fastest female finished in 22:13.6.</p><p>"Although the morning started out with some showers, the rain stopped and the sun made an appearance just in time for the race to start," said Tabitha Talbott, Donor Relations Specialist for Boys Town Central Florida. "It was an awesome event that gets bigger and better every year!" This year's race raised just over $20,000 to go towards helping children and families in the Central Florida community.</p><p>Thank you to Holland Pools, the title sponsor, as well as everyone else who supported Boys Town Central Florida through this race. It was a fun time had by all and we can't wait to see how this event goes next year!​<br><br></p>2020-01-24T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="CC5k" src="/locations/central-florida/PublishingImages/CC5k.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="CC5K" height="312" src="/locations/central-florida/PublishingImages/CC5k.jpg" width="400" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Behavioral Health Clinic’s Testing and Assessment Services Help Create a Continuity of Care for Children, Adolescentshttps://www.boystown.org/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/Pages/BehavioralHealthClinicsTestingandAssessmentServicesHelpCreateaContinuityofCareforChildrenAdolescents.aspxBehavioral Health Clinic’s Testing and Assessment Services Help Create a Continuity of Care for Children, Adolescents<p>His stomach ached. His head throbbed. Tears streamed down his cheeks. </p><p>Little Aiden cried to his mom. He felt icky and wanted to stay home from school – again. Aiden missed lots of days at his elementary school and always for the same reason. So, what was going on? </p><p>Aiden's pediatrician found no physical problems that would cause frequent abdominal pains or any of his other complaints. But the pain Aiden felt was real, and he was an anxious child, especially about school. That's why the pediatrician recommended that Aiden have a psychoeducational evaluation at the Boys Town Central Florida Behavioral Health Clinic. </p><p>For the past year, the clinic has provided psychological and psychoeducational testing and assessment services for children and adolescents. These comprehensive evaluations involve a combination of tests and measurement tools related to intelligence, cognitive abilities, memory and behavior. They are administered to school-aged youth, from kindergarteners to college students, to gain greater insight into their educational abilities as well as their emotional and behavioral strengths and weaknesses.  </p><p>When a child like Aiden struggles in school, academic testing and assessment can help pinpoint whether the underlying issue is related to a reading problem, such as dyslexia, or an attention problem, such as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Likewise, if a child struggles with friendships or family relationships, the assessment can determine whether the child is experiencing emotional disorders, such as anxiety or depression. </p><p>"Evaluation and assessment allow us to get a deeper understanding of a child's underlying academic, social and emotional functioning," explained Dr. Jason Gallant, clinic director. "This information is used to customize treatment to meet the unique needs of the child."</p><p>In Aiden's case, the assessment revealed a bright child who had a significant reading problem. Aiden was trying so hard to compensate for his poor reading skills that he made himself sick. His family was able to use the results of the evaluation to advocate for the appropriate services at Aiden's school, which significantly reduced his anxiety and the stress, strain and embarrassment it caused.  </p><p>Casting a wide net and looking at the whole child is key to pinpointing exactly where a child is struggling, said Dr. Katrina Stone, the clinic's assessment psychologist. So a typical assessment involves parent and teacher interviews, reviews of relevant records and one-on-one interactions with and observations of the child. </p><p>"When I do an evaluation, I gain an understanding of the biggest challenges a child and family face. This leads to tangible next steps and interventions that can put everyone on a more successful path going forward," said Dr. Stone.  </p><p>With the addition of assessment and evaluation services, the clinic is now a one-stop shop. This is especially helpful when assessments reveal the need for therapeutic interventions. Having assessment services and therapists under one roof guarantees greater coordination, collaboration and continuity of care, delivering more efficiency and better outcomes to children and families.    </p><p>The clinic is currently working toward expanding its evaluation services to include comprehensive autism assessment for youth who have or may be at risk for autism spectrum disorders. </p> <p>The Boys Town Central Florida Behavioral Health Clinic has been serving children in the greater Orlando area since opening in 2012. To learn more about the clinic's testing and evaluation services, and other services, call 407.853.7704.</p>2019-09-30T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent