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Jaxson Hayes Holiday Surprise for Boys Town Families Hayes Holiday Surprise for Boys Town Families<p>​​New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes surprised families at the Behrman Boys Town on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, delivering Christmas gifts with teammates Dyson Daniels and EJ Liddell. Check out all of the photos on <a href=""></a>​​​<br></p>2023-01-13T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Jason-Hayes.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Louisiana Welcomes Tosha Link, Topher Bordenave Featured in Biz New Orleans Magazine Town Louisiana Welcomes Tosha Link, Topher Bordenave Featured in Biz New Orleans Magazine<p></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">This article was posted by Biz New Orleans Magazine on December 12, 2022.</a></p><p>Boys Town Louisiana announced the addition of Tosha Link as a development coordinator and Topher Bordenave as manager of the Successful Futures Workforce Development Program.</p><p>Link will spearhead the identification, strategy and solicitation activities for leading corporations that will bring significant support to Boys Town's service line priorities, and Bordenave will maintain the Workforce Development Program by maintaining relationships with employers to ensure quality of the program and a positive experience for participants.</p><p>Link started her nonprofit journey as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, assisting impoverished widows with income-generating projects. She has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising, and she will work with Boys Town to develop initiatives for corporate partners and develop student success story content.</p><p>Bordenave is committed to improving student outcomes through his skills in project management, leadership and human capital development. He has been in the education space for nearly 20 years.</p><p>“We are incredibly excited to welcome these two talented individuals to our team," said Boys Town Louisiana Executive Director Rashain Carriere Williams. “As we continue to progress in our programs, I am confident that Tosha and Topher will be key elements in helping us further in our mission."​<br></p><p>​</p>2022-12-14T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Tosha and Topher" src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Tosha-and-Topher.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Louisiana Honored as One of Six 2022 Nonprofit Organizations of the Year By New Orleans CityBusiness Magazine Town Louisiana Honored as One of Six 2022 Nonprofit Organizations of the Year By New Orleans CityBusiness Magazine<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">New Orleans CityBusiness Magazine has recognized six nonprofit organizations that have gone above and beyond in serving the needs of local women and/or children in 2022 and Boys Town Louisiana is one of those organizations.</span></p><p>The publication also recognizes 50 women from the area as its Women of the Year honorees whose successes in business and contributions to the community have made them movers and shakers in the region. Boys Town Louisiana's Rashain Carriere-Williams had previously been recognized by the publication for that award in 2020 and 2021.</p><p> <img src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/New-Orleans-CityBusiness-Magazine/WOY.jpg" alt="WOY.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px 15px;width:400px;height:494px;" />“This is a special honor for Boys Town Louisiana and all of our staff," said Carriere-Williams.​ “To be recognized along with all the other outstanding individuals and organizations in the region is something everyone associated with Boys Town can take pride in. We are so proud."</p><p>New Orleans CityBusiness recognized all the honorees at a special event in November at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Boys Town Louisiana was represented at the event by Carriere-Williams, James Howell, Euphoria Warren, and Lawrence Budget.</p><p>A special CityBusiness publication spotlighting all the Women of the Year and Nonprofit Leaders honorees also was distributed in November.<br></p>2022-12-08T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Louisiana Nonprofit Organization of the Year" src="/locations/louisiana/PublishingImages/WOY-rollup.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Louisiana Announces 2022 Holiday Giving Opportunities Town Louisiana Announces 2022 Holiday Giving Opportunities<p><img src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/BT-LA-HopefortheHolidays1290x450-Banner2.jpg" alt="Boys Town Holiday Giving Season Banner" style="margin:5px;width:1000px;height:306px;" /><br></p><p>The holidays are usually a happy time for most of us, but for some of our youth and vulnerable families, the holidays can often bring stress, loneliness, and hopelessness. With your help, Boys Town Louisiana can provide our special youth and families with a brighter, more memorable holiday! This year, Boys Town has launched four key opportunities for you to share your generosity with those who need it most. All activities are great for an individual, a family, a church, or a business/department! Please consider joining us this year! We'd greatly value your participation and partnership. <br></p><h3>Hope for the H​olidays Youth & Family Christmas Wish List</h3><p><em><strong>*</strong></em><em><strong>Perfect for Individuals, Families, or Businesses!<br></strong></em><span style="background-color:transparent;">Looking for a great way to give directly to a youth or family in need this Christmas? Sign up to be a Hope for the Holiday Sponsor and be matched with a youth or family who can benefit from your generosity this season!  Deadline to sign up is November 30</span><sup style="background-color:transparent;">th</sup><span style="background-color:transparent;">!</span></p><p><a href="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Documents/BT-Louisiana-HopefortheHolidays-Camp-Flyerf.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to learn more!</a><br></p><h3>Early Head Start Winter Fest Sponsorship & Volunteer Opportunities</h3><p><strong>*</strong><em><strong>Perfect for Businesses and Community Groups!<br></strong></em><span style="background-color:transparent;">Our EHS Program is hosting its first annual Winter Fest in early December for its 160+ infants, toddlers, and their families. Participants will receive resources, play games, and have pictures with Santa! In addition to sponsors, Boys Town invites businesses, churches, and community groups to participate in our volunteer activity drives.</span></p><p><a href="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Documents/2210-283-01-Louisiana-2022-EHS-Winter-Fest-Sponsorship-Flyer-DIGITAL.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to learn more!</a><br></p><h3>Become a Giving Tuesday Champion</h3><p><em><b>Perfect for Individuals!<br></b></em><span style="background-color:transparent;">Tuesday, November 29</span><sup style="background-color:transparent;">th</sup><span style="background-color:transparent;"> is Giving Tuesday, one of the biggest days of giving on the calendar! This year, our Giving Tuesday campaign has a goal of raising $50,000 in support of our Family Home Program and our newly launched Successful Futures program, supporting youth as they prepare for independent living and the workforce! Join us by setting up your own fundraising page as a Boys Town Champion!</span></p><p>To become a champion, <a href="" target="_blank">click here​</a> and select “Fundraise."​ <br></p><h3>Family Home Sponso​rship Program</h3><p><em><b>Perfect for anyone!<br></b></em><span style="background-color:transparent;">As a Family Home Sponsor giving a gift of at least $1,000 annually, your gift will help support a safe, loving home for up to six boys or girls, ages 12-17. You will receive a welcome packet with information about the Family-Teachers and children in your home, as well as update letters describing the children's progress and activities. Your support enables us to bring many different children together and help them experience the strong, powerful bond of belonging to a family. </span></p><p><a href="/locations/louisiana/programs/Pages/Sponsor-a-Boys-Town-Louisiana-Family-Home.aspx?_gl=1%2a1sivy68%2a_ga%2aMTk1ODk5NDA2LjE2NTg3NjM1MTE.%2a_ga_LR5Y032XEE%2aMTY2NzQ4Nzg4NC40My4xLjE2Njc0ODgyMDEuMC4wLjA.">Click here to learn more!</a> <br></p><p>If you have any questions or would like to participate in any of these activities, please contact James Howell at 504.293.7907 or by email at <a href=""></a>. Thank you!<br></p><p><br></p>​ <br>2022-11-03T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/BT-LA-HopefortheHolidays1290x450-Banner2-rollup.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Louisiana Host 1st Annual Spirit of Youth Awards Town Louisiana Host 1st Annual Spirit of Youth Awards<p>​On October 1<sup>st</sup>, Board Members and donors gathered at the Louisiana Children's Museum to celebrate the accomplishments of Boys Town Louisiana's residential youth. </p><p>Looking their best, youth from the Family Homes and Intervention & Assessment (I&A) Shelter received a total of 36 awards, including Most Considerate, Set for Success, Upward Bound, and Youth of the Year, among others. Awards were presented by Rashain Carriere-Williams, Executive Director; Bruce Petrie, Sr. Director of Program Operations; and Lawrence Budget, Director of I&A.</p><p>While the night was about celebrating the youth, Boys Town Louisiana also presented its first annual <em>Spirit of Youth </em>award. This award honors someone who has exemplified Boys Town's mission in our community – and who has a love for those we serve. Anne Doussan Chiang, Chair of the Board of Directors, presented the award to Tim Thomas. Tim was a board member from 2012 until just this year, serving as Chair from 2018 – 2020. As a committed volunteer, he has raised thousands of dollars, given countless hours of time, and directly volunteered with families.</p><p>​<img src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/SOY-3.jpg" alt="Boys Town LA - John Bukaty Painting a picture live" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:313px;" />In addition to the awards, youth and guests enjoyed New Orleans artist John Bukaty as he painted an incredible piece of art live during the program. John also spoke to the youth about taking advantage of second chances and the importance of leveraging relationships to support personal growth and development.<br></p><p>Boys Town Louisiana would like to thank everyone who attended the event and would like to extend a special thanks to Home Bank and Baptist Community Ministries for sponsoring the event. <br></p><p>​<br><br></p>2022-10-06T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town LA - Spirit of Youth - Presenting the award" src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/SOY-2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Louisiana Successful Futures Town Louisiana Successful Futures<p style="text-align:center;">​<img src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/showTheWorld-banner-monthly.jpg" alt="Teenager working in the real world" style="margin:5px;" />​<br></p><p>​Within the safety, comfort and stability of their Family Homes<sup>®</sup>, Boys Town youth Ashton and Tremaine had the opportunity to explore internships with Gootee Construction, Youth Rebuilding New Orleans and the New Orleans Video and Camera programs. When out of school, they gained real-world experiences that will help shape them into adults after they leave Boys Town's Family Home program. </p><p>While construction and TV journalism may be the right fit for them, we recognize that a <strong>successful future for one youth may look different than another.</strong></p><p>At Boys Town, we encourage youth to explore careers that match their strengths and passions. To do so, we connect with local community partners to provide mentorship and skills training in a variety of industries. <strong>This fall, we are launching Boys Town's Successful Futures program in Louisiana</strong> to connect workforce development and career readiness opportunities to Boys Town youth and parents. <a href="" target="_blank">We are asking you to help shape Successful Futures for Boys Town youth by making a monthly gift of $25.</a><strong> </strong></p><p>As adults, we all know success is not linear. And as parents, we have witnessed our own kids' growing pains to becoming independent adults, struggling with new responsibilities like paying their first bills or finding their first apartment.<br></p><h3> <a href="" target="_blank">Here's What Your Gift Can Do</a> ​​​​​<br></h3><ul style="text-align:left;"><li> <strong>$25</strong> creates continuous support for program participants </li><li> <strong>$30</strong> sends a student to a career exploration class </li><li> <strong>$50</strong> pays for public transportation for youth to commute to their jobs</li><li> <strong>$75</strong> pays for a work uniform and shoes for an internship</li><li> <strong>$100</strong> pays for one-on-one career coaching for participant​s</li><li> <strong>$250</strong> pays for a week of lost wages during hurricane evacuation or work closures</li><li> <strong>$500 </strong>pays for financial assistance for vocational program enrollment </li><li> <strong>$1,000</strong> offers a 6-month program incentive to participants  </li></ul><p> <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Your consistent, generous support shows our youth that even when times are tough, our community is there to encourage and help them succeed.</strong></a><strong> </strong></p><p>Thank you for being our partner! </p><p>Sincerely, <br></p><p>Rashain Carriere Williams<br> Executive Director <br></p><p>​<br><br></p>2022-09-28T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Young Teenager" src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/showTheWorld-rollup.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
LA Hurricane Preparedness Training Update Hurricane Preparedness Training Update<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">B</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">oys Town teaches young men and women to prepare for their future. In Louisiana, that means being prepared during hurricane season with an evacuation plan in place and having the skills necessary to successfully navigate the challenges that a hurricane presents.</span></p><p>Last September, our Family Home youth and staff put the hurricane plan into action by <a href="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Pages/Boys-Town-in-the-News-Hurricane-Ida-Evacuation.aspx">safely evacuating to Boys Town's Home Campus</a> in Omaha, NE.</p><p>This summer, Boys Town youth in our Family Home program attended a hurricane preparedness training course and received certificates of completion from the American Red Cross. The training included learning CPR and other valuable skills that will help them in the event of an emergency. As an additional readiness step, the youth put together go-bags, complete with toiletries, to allow them to pack quickly and efficiently in case of evacuation.</p><p>Special thanks to staff members Danita Bright and Monica Anderson for putting this event together!<br></p>2022-09-02T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="hurricane prepareness" src="/locations/louisiana/PublishingImages/hurricane-preparedness.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent