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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;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Louisiana Receives Community Impact Grant from New York Life Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Louisiana Receives Community Impact Grant from New York Life <p>​Since 1989, Boys Town Louisiana has been offering programs and services for struggling children and families in the Louisiana community, touching the lives of over 7,000 children and families each year. They strive to give children in their care the treatment, encouragement and tools necessary to have a successful future, and with the help of dedicated supporters, the site can continue to serve those in need.</p><p>In February 2018, Boys Town Louisiana received a $25,000 Community Impact Grant from New York Life in recognition of their philanthropic leadership. Tim Thomas, Chairman of the Boys Town Louisiana Board of Directors, and his father Wayne Thomas, New York Life agent, played integral parts in the site receiving the donation. Both Wayne and Tim have been avid Boys Town supporters for many years, so when they saw the opportunity for New York Life to help change the lives of hundreds of families, they immediately took it.</p><p>"This donation is a great example of how the mission of saving children and healing families resonates with supporters," said Darrell Johnson, Boys Town Louisiana Development Director. "Boys Town Louisiana is a legacy organization that often sees family members across generations, getting involved with local chapters."</p><p>The Community Impact Grants program is a competitive grant that was created to recognize the involvement of New York Life agents, field managers and employees, with local nonprofit organizations which improve the lives of people who live in the community. New York Life has a large presence in the South, but an even bigger one at Boys Town Louisiana as they help volunteer at events and create awareness about the organization.</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 Wayne Thomas. "Boys Town plays an integral part in helping the disadvantaged youth in the Metropolitan New Orleans and we're proud to know that New York Life has recognized the work they do and acknowledged their efforts with a grant of $25,000."</p><p>The donation will support Boys Town Louisiana's comprehensive system of services for low-income families and children in the area. "We appreciate our loyal supporters from the Thomas Family and New York Life," said Johnson. "We are grateful for their dedication to helping children and families across the state, and we are extremely excited to continue our partnership in 2018."</p>2018-04-09T05:00:00ZNewsLouisiana;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Louisiana Hosts 3rd Annual Bowl-A-Palooza Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Louisiana Hosts 3rd Annual Bowl-A-Palooza <p>​The only thing better than good food, live music and an evening of unlimited bowling is supporting a cause that's close to your heart. Boys Town Louisiana gave their community supporters and donors a chance to enjoy a night of saving children and healing families at their annual Bowl-A-Palooza, an event that aims to bring the community together and support the Boys Town mission. </p><p>The 3<sup>rd</sup> Annual Bowl-A-Palooza is one of two large-scale fundraisers of the year that allows donors to interact with the families and children in a fun way. The $25 tickets for the event include food, live music, access to the silent auction and unlimited bowling at Rock N Bowl, a local and family-owned business that has been a continued supporter of Boys Town throughout the years. Bowl-A-Palooza is designed to be an event that is inclusive of all Boys Town supporters, including donors, community members, employees and youth to raise funds for the residential homes and for youth aging out of the foster care system. </p><p>In honor of National Foster Care Month, Boys Town Louisiana asked for company sponsorships to help cover the cost of the event and to raise funds for foster care services. When all was said and done, Boys Town Louisiana walked away from the event having raised $40,000 through revenue from company sponsorships, silent auction profit and ticket sales. Compared to last year's $21,000 raised, this year was a huge success. </p><p>"Unique to this year, Bowl-A-Palooza hosted a bowling competition between major donors," said Julia Turkevich, Boys Town Louisiana Donor Relations Specialist. "The highest scoring sponsorship team, Entergy, won bragging rights as the Boys Town King Pin! They took home the Bowl-A-Palooza trophy, which they get to hold onto for a year until the next year's event."</p><p>Congratulations to Boys Town Louisiana for another successful Bowl-A-Palooza during National Foster Care Month!</p><div class="hidden-gal"> <a title="Louisiana Bowl-A-Palooza 2" class="image-group cboxElement" href="/news/PublishingImages/062617_bowlingevent2.jpg"></a><a title="Louisiana Bowl-A-Palooza 3" class="image-group cboxElement" href="/news/PublishingImages/062617_bowlingevent3.jpg"></a> </div> 2017-06-27T05:00:00Z<img alt="Louisiana Bowl-A-Palooza 1" height="225" src="/news/PublishingImages/062617_bowlingevent1.jpg?RenditionID=2" width="300" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Louisiana;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Louisiana Early Head Start Program Attends Urban League School Expo Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Louisiana Early Head Start Program Attends Urban League School Expo <p>Boys Town Louisiana's Early Head Start Program has been serving hundreds of children every year in the New Orleans community since its opening in 2015. The program is dedicated to helping parents prepare their infants and toddlers for school. In order to reach those in need of services, the Early Head Start Program continuously engages in recruitment events in order to actively inform families with eligible children about the services offered through the Early Head Start Program. </p><p>On Saturday February 4, 2017, Boys Town Louisiana's Early Head Start Program participated in the Urban League School Expo. This year's expo was held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and featured a variety of different schools from the New Orleans area. About 100 public, private and charter schools attended, allowing a couple thousand community members to learn more about different education programs and services offered through these schools within New Orleans and surrounding communities.  </p><p>The Early Head Start Program was able to set up a booth and engage in active recruiting to provide the necessary information to those most in need of services while collaborating with families to promote children's health and well-being. The Early Head Start Program staff educated families about the importance of comprehensive screenings such as medical, oral, nutrition, mental health, homeless, and disability services offered within the program.  </p><p>The event was held from 10a.m.- 2p.m. allowing Boys Town Louisiana to provide an increase in exposure within the community. Around 50 families were informed of relevant services that they could potentially utilize through the Early Head Start Program.</p><p><a href="/locations/louisiana/programs/Pages/early-head-start.aspx">Learn more about the Early Head Start Program.</a> </p>2017-04-25T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Louisiana Early Head Start Program Attends Urban League School Expo" src="/news/PublishingImages/042417_HeadStartFair.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Louisiana;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town: A Beacon of Hope for Troubled Youth Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town: A Beacon of Hope for Troubled Youth <p> <em>​​​​​​​This story aired on</em> CBS Sunday Morning a<em>nd was posted on <a href="" target="_blank"></a> on December 25, 2016.</em></p><p> <em>"There's no place like home." Rarely is that truer than this time of year. Our Christmas Cover Story is all about a very special home for some very needy children, as reported by Tony Dokoupil:</em></p><p>Right near the midpoint of America, ten miles outside of Omaha, Nebraska, there's a town that sits between childhood and whatever comes after.</p><p>"These young people are about to become citizens of the most famous village in the world," said Father Stephen Boes at a swearing-in ceremony.</p><p>In this town, almost every kid is at a crossroads -- and the goal of all the grown-ups here is to help kids leave Boys Town behind.</p><p>"I do solemnly promise … that I will be a good citizen."</p><p>Eighteen-year-old Chase Pruss, from Dodge, Neb., was sworn in here six months ago --  arriving, like a lot of the kids, straight from jail.</p><p>"I took the school safe," he said.  "Just for money. For Beer money. And gas money. And buy cigarettes."</p><p>Two more break-ins followed, and Pruss ended up arrested in front of his bewildered parents. "My mom was crying, my dad was crying," he said.</p><p>He had run through four different schools, stolen and lied.</p><p>And he faced 80 years in prison, ​until a judge helped get him into Boys Town. "I ​​had that mindset of, "I never want to ever ​put myself in the position where I could land myself back in an orange jumpsuit," Pruss said. "I never ​wanted my ​jail ID ​number to say ​who I was."</p> <figure class="page-suppt-cont-alt"> <img class="spec-border" src="/news/PublishingImages/boys-town-andre-harris-in-class.jpg" alt="" /> <figcaption> <em>Andre Harris (right) in class at Boys Town. CBS News</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>Seventeen-year-old Andre Harris came to Boys Town the same way.  Nearly three years ago, back in Amarillo, Texas, he stole a car, and ended up in juvenile detention.</p><p>"I didn't feel like I was gonna amount to anything after that," he told Dokoupil.  </p><p>Frankly, he didn't think he'd amount to much <em>before </em>jail, either. College seemed out of reach. He can't remember hearing someone say they were proud of him.</p><p>Dokoupil said of Boys Town, "More felons per capita here than any town in Nebraska."</p><p>"Probably!" Harris laughed. "But we're all doing our best to change."</p><p>Almost every week here at Boys Town, new boys (and since 1979, new girls, too) are sent by social workers, judges and desperate parents. Most of the kids have been unable to live anywhere else without getting in trouble.</p><p>And Boys Town is their last chance.</p><p>"A lot of people would say they're bad kids," Dokoupil said. "Is that how they see themselves when they get here?"</p><p>"Some of our kids do," replied Tony Jones, one of Boys Town's "family teachers." "They see themselves as, you know, on the bottom of the totem pole."</p><p>And how do they change that mindset? "You show them that this is <em>your</em> decision. This is <em>your</em> life."</p><p>Jones and his wife, Simone, run one of 55 homes on campus. Eight Boys Town children live there like a family, alongside the Jones' three biological kids.</p><p>"Every single young man that has come through my home has now become a part of my family," Jones said.</p><p>This is a large part of what makes Boys Town so powerful; all 360 kids living here have paid Boys Town parents like Tony and Simone.</p><p>"It's a professional, full-time Dad, brother, uncle, cousin -- whatever my boys may need me to be at that particular time in their life, that, then, is who I become for them," Jones said.</p> <figure class="page-suppt-cont-alt"> <img class="spec-border" src="/news/PublishingImages/boys-town-tony-and-simone-jones-and-family.jpg" alt="" /> <figcaption> <em>Tony Jones and his wife, Simone, and three children share their home with eight Boys Town students. CBS News​</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>He began at Boys Town as a boy himself. He was born to a shattered family in Detroit. "I can recall my brother and I standing at a bus stop, and it was in the dead of winter. And we only had one pair of socks to share between the two us," Jones laughed.</p><p>But then a priest gave the Jones brothers a chance to change their lives at Boys Town. "It was a total transformation," he said.</p><p>Dokoupil asked, "Where do you think you would be if you had said no to Boys Town?"</p><p>"Oh, two places: I would either be incarcerated, or I would be dead."</p> <figure class="page-suppt-cont-alt"> <img class="spec-border" src="/news/PublishingImages/boys-town-father-edward-flanagan.jpg" alt="" /> <figcaption> <em>Father Edward Flanagan, the founder of Boys Town. CBS News</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>The Jones story is typical of a hundred years of stories at Boys Town, which began in 1917 as Father Flanagan's Home for Boys. The most beloved clergyman in America, he created arguably the most famous reform school in the world.</p><p>Of his charges, Father Flanagan said, "His bruised and tortured heart and mind must be nursed back to normal health through kindness."</p><p>You may remember a 1938-Oscar winning movie about the place starring Spencer Tracy. But what you probably don't know is it's a real town, with a real post office and police department.</p><p>At about $65,000 per student per year, Boys Town is comparable to a top private college -- and it's mostly taxpayers footing the bill.</p><p>But taxpayers pay for prisons, too -- more than $39 billion a year nationally. Boys Town says it can help keep those prison cells empty, while nearly doubling the chance that these students will graduate from high school.</p><p>Dokoupil asked Jones, "How do you avoid coming in and being just another person telling them all the things they're doing wrong?"</p><p>"By telling them all the things they're doing right," Jones replied. "That's how you help kids change. It's being able to say, 'Hey, young man, you did a good job this morning getting up.'"</p><p>"It almost sounds like a joke."</p><p>"Well, you know something? That little praise goes a long way."</p><p>That little praise goes all the way back to Father Flanagan's ​founding idea: "There are no bad boys."</p><p>And if that all sounds too pat to be successful … well, the results say otherwise.</p><p>When asked where he would be without Boys Town, Chase Pruss replied, "I'd be in lockup." As did another. </p><p>And if that all sounds too pat to be successful, just listen to the results. Tesharr said, "I've been here for a short amount of time. But since my first day I didn't feel like I was in a place where I couldn't leave. I felt like I was home."</p><p>Of course, the Boys Town way does not work for every child who comes here; there are failures. But for Chase's parents, Dan and Trish, it's been nothing short of a Christmas miracle.</p><p>Dokoupil asked them, "Who was Chase before Boys Town and who is he today?"</p><p>"He was dishonest, disrespectful, a thief," said his mother. "And now he is the Chase that I always wanted him to be."</p><p>For Andre Harris, the change has been no less dramatic since stealing that car. "It's not even the same person," he said.</p><p>And how is he different? "My actions, the way I speak. I've grown up. I've become a young man."</p><p>He's a school leader now … a star on the track team … and he's just found out he's headed to college next year. </p><p>But first, he's headed to Amarillo for the holidays … a place he hasn't seen in nearly three years. It's a place that Boys Town has been preparing him for since the very day he made his grand theft exit: </p><p>It's home.</p><p>"This is my Christmas gift," Robert Harris told Dokoupil. "This is all I wanted!"</p> <figure class="page-suppt-cont-alt"> <img class="spec-border" src="/news/PublishingImages/boys-town-andre-harris-home-in-amarillo.jpg" alt="" /> <figcaption> <em>Andre Harris is welcomed by neighbors back home in Amarillo, Texas. CBS News</em></figcaption> </figure> 2016-12-29T06:00:00ZLouisiana;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Louisiana Raises More Than $80,000 at ReProm Event Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Louisiana Raises More Than $80,000 at ReProm Event <p>​​​More than 250 Boys Town Louisiana supporters relived their childhood when they attended the 6<sup>th</sup> annual Retro ReProm event on Friday, November 4, 2016. </p><p>"The Retro ReProm is our signature event and our supporters look forward to it throughout the year," said Darrell Johnson, Boys Town Louisiana Development Director.</p><p>Held at Il Mercato, Retro ReProm treated guests to an event that recreated a multi-era high school prom. In true prom style, the crowd danced the night away to music performed by The Strate Notes. </p><p>The highlight of the event came when it was time to announce the 2016 ReProm King and Queen. </p><p>Each year, nominated New Orleans community leaders and celebrities vie for the "Crown" of King and Queen of Retro ReProm. Each dollar raised counts as a vote towards the King and Queen of the donor's choice. At the end of the night, the candidates with the most votes, wins. </p><p>This year's prom king was Dr. Eric Griggs, a physician whose mission is "to educate the community on how to live a longer, healthier and happier life." The crowning of prom queen went to Katie Osborne, a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and who currently serves as Constituent Liaison for Council Member Greg Travis, Houston City Council, District G.  </p><p>The event was a success and always brings a good amount fun for a great cause. "This event enables to raise much needed funds for our mission while having a lot of fun," added Johnson. </p><p>The funds raised will be used towards Boys Town ​Louisiana's Continuum of Care programming. Thanks to all of the supporters and attendees who made this year's Retro ReProm a great success!​</p>2016-12-08T06:00:00Z<img alt="Dr. Eric Griggs and Katie Osborne, ReProm 2016 King and Queen" src="/news/PublishingImages/121216_king-and-queen-article.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Louisiana;#