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Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Ready, Set, Succeed Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Ready, Set, Succeed <p>One of the most important tasks for parents of an infant or toddler is getting their child ready for school.</p><p>Together with 4 early childhood centers in New Orleans, Boys Town Louisiana offers Early Head Start School Readiness Programs to prepare infants and toddlers for future academic success. Early Head Start also offers parenting resources and classes to help parents reach their goals and build a happy, healthy family.</p><p>This school year, 160 families are enrolling in our Early Head Start program, and we need your help so they can start the year off strong! </p><p>We are collecting the following items to give out in Welcome Bags to families at Early Head Start Orientation: </p><ul><li>Pediatric Toothbrushes & Toothpaste</li><li>Diapers & Wipes</li><li>Ready-made Meals</li><li>Gas or Walmart Gift Cards ($20 value) </li></ul><p> <em>Suggested items can be found at the Ready, Set, Succeed </em> <a href="https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2JTBH47QPAL1J?ref_=wl_share" target="_blank"> <em>Amazon Wishlist.</em></a></p><p>The deadline to donate is August 1, 2019.</p><p>You can also help by</p><ul><li>Hosting a Welcome Bag donation drive with your organization or church</li><li>Spreading the word on social media </li><li>Volunteering to assemble and give out Welcome Bags </li></ul><p>For more information about getting involved, please contact Julia Turkevich at <a href="mailto:Julia.turkevich@boystown.org?subject=Ready%20Set%20Succeed">Julia.turkevich@boystown.org</a> and 504-293-7900.</p>2019-08-01T05:00:00ZEventLouisiana;#

 

 

Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Louisiana Welcomes Brandi Nye, Board Chair Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Louisiana Welcomes Brandi Nye, Board Chair <p>Boys Town Louisiana is pleased to welcome Brandi Nye as Boys Town Louisiana's Board Chair, effective this month. Brandi succeeds Timothy Thomas, who has served as Chair since July 2017. </p><p>Brandi is employed by Entergy as a Community Program Development Representative. A Boys Town Louisiana Board member since 2015, Brandi is thrilled to help lead an organization that is dear to her heart.  </p><p>"When I reflect on the impact that Boys Town makes in the lives of those we serve, one story from a Boys Town alumna immediately comes to mind. This alumna, as a child, had been in and out of dozens of foster homes that never seemed to work out, with her usually running away. Eventually, she found her way to Boys Town and to the first home that she never felt she had to run away from. When I asked her what made Boys Town a different experience, she recalled that when you enter most foster homes, the introduction is, 'Welcome to our home.' But when she entered a Boys Town home as a new youth, she vividly remembers being greeted with, 'Welcome to your home.'<br></p>2019-07-02T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Brandi Nye" src="/locations/louisiana/PublishingImages/BrandiNye.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Louisiana;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Partner Spotlight: MiNO Foundation Gives Boys Town Youth a Unique Culinary Learning Experience Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Partner Spotlight: MiNO Foundation Gives Boys Town Youth a Unique Culinary Learning Experience <p>Earlier this year, Boys Town Louisiana and the MiNO (Made in New Orleans) Foundation embarked upon an innovative partnership to provide Boys Town youth with new culinary adventures. The MiNO Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to enrich life, educate and create resources for New Orleans through food and mentorship, awards scholarships to young local chefs of color. Scholarships enable up-and-coming chefs to attend renowned culinary institutes and propel their culinary careers forward, while growing our local workforce. <br></p><p>Once a month, a MiNO Foundation-sponsored chef expertly teaches and prepares a signature meal for one of Boys Town Louisiana's group homes. During these dinners, MiNO chefs introduce Boys Town's kids to new people, new skills, new food experiences, and ultimately, to new career possibilities. On the flipside, this experience is beneficial for the chefs, too, as they get to take their culinary expertise one step further through teaching. <br></p><p>"We believe creating opportunities for our chefs to share with young people their passion for food and cooking is a wonderful way to connect with them," said MiNO Program Coordinator Morgan Dugas. "We value community, and food is the fundamental way to bring us all together. " <br></p><p>On a recent monthly visit, Chef Alex Anderson put her skills to the test at Boys Town Louisiana's Intervention & Assessment Center by teaching while preparing a delicious vegan meal for more than a dozen teenage boys. Despite the unlikely pairing, the kids surprised Chef Anderson with their adventurous palates and enthusiasm to learn how to carefully prepare food. <br></p><p>Boys Town's Model® of care focuses on equipping our youth with the hard and soft skills to solve real-world problems they may face as independent adults. Cooking, and being able to provide for themselves, is one of these valuable adult lessons. The dinners with MiNO chefs also allow the young men to learn more in-depth information about real career possibilities in the tourism, hospitality and culinary industries.<br></p><p>The last six months have proven that by working together, the MiNO Foundation and Boys Town Louisiana can use food and mentorship to produce a stronger, healthier and more sustainable Louisiana community. <br></p>2019-07-02T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Mino logo" src="/locations/louisiana/PublishingImages/MinoLogo.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <a href="https://minofoundation.org/" target="_blank"><img alt="Mino Logo" src="/locations/louisiana/PublishingImages/MinoLogo.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /></a>Louisiana;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Louisiana Celebrates 5th Annual Bowl-A-Palooza Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Louisiana Celebrates 5th Annual Bowl-A-Palooza <p>The community and Boys Town Louisiana came together in celebration of the 5<sup>th</sup> Annual Bowl-A-Palooza. <br></p><p>Nearly 200 people laced up their bowling shoes and came out for an afternoon of fun to benefit Boys Town Louisiana. This year attendees enjoyed music by Kings of Brass, a performance by the Disco Amigos, the Glitter Buffet, a silent auction and of course a bowling competition! New Orleans law firm, McGlinchey Stafford, took home this year's bowling trophy. <br></p><p>This year's event raised nearly $25,000 which will directly impact Boys Town Louisiana and their mission to save children and heal families. <br></p><p>"We're so thankful to everyone who joined us for Bowl-a-Palooza. We couldn't fulfill our mission without so many generous community partners and supporters. By participating in our event, our donors are able to make a direct, positive impact in the lives of the children and families here in Louisiana," said James Howell, Development Director, Boys Town Louisiana. </p><p>This year's presenting sponsor was Entergy whose philanthropic focus is to improve the quality of life in communities where they operate through strategic investments in education, low income/poverty initiatives, environmental programs and diversity and inclusion programs. Boys Town is happy to have their support in growing our mission.</p><p>Other lead Bowl-A-Palooza sponsors include: PriceWaterhouseCoopers, McGlinchey Stafford, Hancock Whitney Bank, Baptist Community Ministries (BCM), Judy & Jeff Doussan, and Marathon Petroleum.</p><p>Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Bowl-A-Palooza it was another great success due to the wonderful community of supporters. <br></p>2019-06-12T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Board at Bowl 2019" src="/locations/nebraska/PublishingImages/Board-at-Bowl-2019.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Louisiana;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Alum and Family-Teachers® honored Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Alum and Family-Teachers® honored <ul><li>On Thursday, April 25, three members of the Boys Town family were honored for their outstanding commitment to children and families during the Association of Children's Residential Centers (ACRC) Conference in New Orleans. <br> <br></li><li>Long-time Boys Town Louisiana Family-Teachers®, Herman and Yvonne Clayton, received the Albert E. Trieschman Award for their commitment to excellence in direct-care work with youth. The couple has proudly served as Family-Teachers for 15 years, masterfully implementing the Boys Town Model® and strengthening our residential programs.    <br><br></li><li>Boys Town Louisiana alum and former employee, Sonya Brown, received the Tricialouise Gurley-Millard Youth Advocacy Award for her role in serving and advocating for teens who age out of the foster care system. She is a founder and executive director of Project 18, a nonprofit that provides support to current and former foster care youth. <br></li></ul>2019-05-22T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="acrc" src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/acrc.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Louisiana;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Reflections and Transitions Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Reflections and Transitions <p>As I reflect on the past 13 years, it's hard not to smile as I think about all the children and families whose lives were touched by Boys Town Louisiana.</p><p>I was blessed to see firsthand how hope was restored, relationships were repaired and families were reunited. I saw this happen every day while working in the Intervention and Assessment Center on the West Bank. I witnessed it again and again as an Assistant Family-Teacher<sup>®</sup>, a Community-Based Services Educator, an In-Home Family Services Consultant, a Family Home Consultant, and as Director of the Boys Town Family Home Program℠. </p><p>In each of those roles, I gained a deeper understanding of the life-altering challenges and hardships children and families in our community face. As you can imagine, there were many difficult days and some disappointments. However, they were far outnumbered by the rewards – from watching a parent calmly use his newly acquired conflict resolution skills rather than using his fists to attending the high school graduation of a teen who, before coming to Boys Town, was academically disengaged and chronically absent. It was a privilege to be part of their transformations and triumphs.    </p><p>And now, as I step away from Boys Town to pursue new opportunities as a board member of the Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority, I will continue to advocate for children and families. I will use the experiences and insights I gained at Boys Town to push for improved policies and programs that will best serve Louisiana's youth and families. </p><p>The success attained and lives changed occurred, in no small part, because of your commitment, compassion and support. Let us continue being partners and working together to bring help and healing to those who need it most.   </p><p>Forever grateful, </p><p><em>Shawnta Gardner, former Director of the Boys Town Louisiana Family Home Program.</em></p>2019-05-08T05:00:00ZNewsLouisiana;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Louisiana Receives Major Gift From Valero Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Louisiana Receives Major Gift From Valero <p>Boys Town Louisiana was chosen by Valero for the 6<sup>th</sup> year as one of their local children charities to receive a generous donation of $20,000.</p><p>Darrell Johnson, Development Director, Boys Town Louisiana, attended Valero's Annual Children's Charity Luncheon representing Boys Town Louisiana to receive the gift.   </p><p>This year Valero raised $12 million through the Valero Texas Open to be distributed to charities across the United States. The all-time total raised for this year's PGA TOUR was $138 million, making it one of the most charitable tournaments of the PGA TOUR. </p><p>The charities that receive donations are nominated by Valero employees every year. </p><p>"This donation profoundly impacts our work of saving children and healing families in Louisiana," said Darrell. "Thanks to generous community partners in 2017 we were able to provide services for 381 youth and 220 families, as well as hire additional staff." </p><p>Boys Town would like to extend many thanks to Jerry Stumbo, VP and General Manager of Valero St. Charles Refinery. Additionally, we'd like to thank both Taryn Rogers and Cherie Scioneaux for their special dedication to Boys Town Louisiana's mission over the years.</p>2018-10-03T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Darrell Johnson, Development Director, Boys Town Louisiana" src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Valero_DarrellJohnson.jpg?RenditionID=2" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Louisiana;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Louisiana Raises Record-Breaking $50,000 at Annual Bowl-A-Palooza Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Louisiana Raises Record-Breaking $50,000 at Annual Bowl-A-Palooza <p>Earlier this month, New York Life’s Louisiana General Office teamed up with Boys Town Louisiana to host the 4th annual Bowl-A-Palooza at Mid City Lanes Rock 'N' Bowl in New Orleans.</p><p>Nearly 200 people came out for an afternoon of food, music, bowling and fun, all to benefit Boys Town Louisiana's Family Home ProgramSM, as well as our young people who are aging out of the foster care system.</p><p>Six company bowling teams were in the house competing for the King Pin trophy, including local New York Life agents, Healthy Blue, and reigning champion Entergy.  Fans of Deuce Brown Jazz, friends from Liberty Bank, and former Louisiana House Representative, Austin Badon, Jr., also showed up in support of Boys Town Louisiana.</p><p>"We are proud to have a partner in New York Life that believes in Boys Town's mission of saving children and healing families," said New York Life agent Wayne Thomas. Wayne and his son Tim, current Boys Town Louisiana Board Chairman, have been avid supporters of the organization for years, and were both essential players to Bowl-A-Palooza’s fundraising success.</p><p>Thanks to the overwhelming support from corporate sponsors and individual donors, Boys Town Louisiana surpassed their goal and raised more than $50,000.</p><p>"Seeing so many representatives from different Louisiana industries attend Bowl-A-Palooza proves that we are all committed to Saving Children and Healing Families in our community," said Darrell Johnson, Boys Town Louisiana Director of Development.  "Because of their investment in Louisiana's young people, we can sustain our programs and services to make a thriving community for all."</p><p><img src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/GroupPic.jpg" alt="Group Picture" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>Pictured Left to Right: Bowl-A-Palooza Co-Chair, Dr. Stephanie Arnaud; New York Life agent and Boys Town Louisiana Board Chairman, Tim Thomas; Boys Town Louisiana Director of Development, Darrell Johnson; Boys Town Louisiana Board Member and Bowl-A-Palooza Co-Chair, Alvin Johnson.</p>2018-07-19T05:00:00ZNewsLouisiana;#