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Boys Town Central Florida Celebrates Recent Graduates Town Central Florida Celebrates Recent Graduates<p>Boys Town Central Florida is celebrating the recent high school graduation of three youth – Isaac, Christopher, and Alijah. </p><p>Christopher graduated on May 19 from Oviedo High School with plans to become either a cosmetologist or phlebotomist. Angela Turner, Christopher's Family-Teacher said, "My favorite memory with us was when Christopher was able to bring his grades up from all F's to all A's. We kept him motivated and determined to graduate in 2021 instead of 2022."</p><p>Isaac, who was also supposed to graduate on May 19, completed his coursework and assignments early to graduate at the end of April. Isaac's plans after graduation are to move back home and live with his sister while he attends school to become a welder. "My favorite memories with Isaac were always making sure he worked on his anger control and when he got hired at McDonald's for his first job," said Angela, who was also Isaac's Family Teacher. </p><p>Alijah recently received his GED and is looking to attend classes at Seminole State College in Florida. He is also continuing his job at Wendy's where he is training for a shift manager position. "My favorite thing about Alijah that we love is his personality, humor, and generosity that he brings to our home," said Brooke Williams, Alijah's Family Teacher. "He is always looking out for others and seeking opportunities to better himself."</p><p>Boys Town is very proud of these three graduates and the hard work they put in daily. We can't wait to see what the future has in store for these Christopher, Isaac and Alijah! </p>2021-06-11T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Central Florida" src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/bt-logo-cefla-page2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Because of you, Boys Town Central Florida saw a lot of GOOD in 2020 of you, Boys Town Central Florida saw a lot of GOOD in 2020<p>In these times of crisis, we stand together to serve. Despite a trying year…Because of you, we still saw a lot of GOOD in 2020. We are so grateful for our community partners, friends and supporters in Central Florida. We wouldn't have these incredible success stories to share if it wasn't for you. Thank you!</p><div class="columns article-grid"><div class="column"> <a class="article" href="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/Pages/Following-Her-Dream.aspx"> <img src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/white-coat-2a.jpg" alt="Boys Town" /><span class="article-title">Following Her Dream <span> </span></span></a></div><div class="column"> <a class="article" href="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/Pages/Boys-Town-Stands-for-Racial-Equality.aspx"> <img src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Flanagan_with_Boys_1942_682-rollup.jpg" alt="Boys Town" /><span class="article-title">Boys Town Stands for Racial Equality <span> </span></span></a></div><div class="column"> <a class="article" href="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/Pages/Boys-Town-Youth-Receive-New-Beds-from-TempurSealy.aspx"> <img src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/youth-received-mattress-donation.jpg" alt="Boys Town" /><span class="article-title">Boys Town Youth Receive New Beds from TempurSealy<span> </span></span></a></div></div>2020-11-13T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Youth Receive New Beds from TempurSealy Town Youth Receive New Beds from TempurSealy<p>Boys Town North Florida recently received a delivery of 31 twin mattresses, 7 queen mattresses and 1 king foundation thanks to a generous donation from TempurSealy.</p><p>TempurSealy has partnered with Boys Town since 2012 and has provided hundreds of beds to multiple Boys Town sites, including the Boys Town summer vacation camp at Lake Okoboji.</p><p>Nebraska, Washington D.C., and Central Florida also received mattress deliveries this year, with Louisiana and Rhode Island scheduled to receive beds in the Fall.</p><p>Boys Town is very appreciative for this continuous partnership! Our youth are so grateful to have new mattresses and Boys Town appreciates the care and support TempurSealy has provided our boys and girls through the years. </p>2020-08-04T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Youth recieved Mattress donation" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/youth-received-mattress-donation.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Stands for Racial Equality 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 Dream 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 Lighting 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
Behavioral Health Clinic’s Testing and Assessment Services Help Create a Continuity of Care for Children, Adolescents 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