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Boys Town Louisiana and Executive Director Receive Special Recognitionhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Pages/Boys-Town-Louisiana-and-Executive-Director-Receive-Special-Recognition.aspxBoys Town Louisiana and Executive Director Receive Special Recognition<p></p><p>The publication<em> New Orleans CityBusiness</em> annually recognizes 50 women whose successes in business and contributions to the community have made them leaders in the region. It also recognizes five nonprofit organizations that have gone above and beyond in serving the needs of local women, children, and the community.</p><p>Boys Town Louisiana has been honored as one of the five nonprofit organizations of the year. And its Executive Director, Rashain Carriere-Williams, has also been named one of the 50 honorees.</p><p>Carriere-Williams said she takes pride in both honors.</p><p>“It is an honor and a privilege that Boys Town Louisiana has been recognized as one of the top five 2020 Nonprofits in the area and that I have been selected as an honoree for CityBusiness Woman of the Year," she said.</p><p>Carriere-Williams became Boys Town Louisiana's executive director in 2019. She had many plans for the site – but then came the coronavirus pandemic and many weather events that carried negative consequences.</p><p>“We were positioning ourselves to make a bigger impact in the New Orleans community," Carriere-Williams said. “However, never did I imagine that our community would face these types of challenges."</p><p>She said she is proud of the site's and the city's accomplishments.</p><p>“The New Orleans community is a vibrant city with a rich history. And we have risen above challenges before," she said. “It has been a blessing to witness how we came together to respond to the needs of our citizens, especially at the height of the pandemic. Boys Town Louisiana was able to partner with local leaders, other nonprofits, and for-profit businesses to meet the needs of our citizens. I am blessed to be a part of a team that has dedicated themselves to taking care of the most vulnerable residents of our community."</p><p>She said Boys Town Louisiana remains a strong leader, especially after it was once again hit by severe weather from two recent hurricanes.</p><p>“The Louisiana team exhibited the same level of commitment during hurricane Katrina," Carriere-Williams said. “And 15 years later, I am proud to say that this team has retained that same tenacity."</p><p>She said she is proud of the recognition for Boys Town Louisiana.</p><p>“I am humbled and honored to be named by <em>CityBusiness</em> as a Woman of the Year honoree," she said. “But I am even prouder to be part of the Boys Town Louisiana team that was also named as one of just five Nonprofit honorees."​<br></p><p>A special publication spotlighting all Women of the Year and Nonprofit Leader honorees will run in the November 20 issue of <em>New Orleans CityBusiness.</em></p><p>A noon luncheon to celebrate all honorees and announce an overall Woman of the Year is scheduled for Monday, November 9, at the New Orleans Hyatt Regency.<span style="background-color:transparent;">​​</span></p>2020-09-09T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Rashain Carriere and Boys Town Louisiana Honored by New Orleans CityBusiness Magazinehttps://www.boystown.org/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Pages/Rashain-Carriere-and-BT-Louisiana-Honored-by-New-Orleans-CityBusiness-Magazine.aspxRashain Carriere and Boys Town Louisiana Honored by New Orleans CityBusiness Magazine<p>New Orleans CityBusiness Magazine recently announced its honorees for the 2020 class of CityBusiness Women of the Year & Nonprofit Organizations.</p><p>This year, Boys Town Louisiana was selected as a Nonprofit Organization honoree, and Boys Town Louisiana Executive Director Rashain Carriere was selected as a Women of the Year honoree.</p><p>Both Rashain and Boys Town Louisiana will be celebrated and honored at luncheon on November 9, where the Woman of Year award will be announced.</p><p>Congratulations to Rashain and Boys Town Louisiana on this great honor!</p><p>Read the full announcement <a href="https://neworleanscitybusiness.com/blog/2020/08/20/announcing-the-2020-women-of-the-year-nonprofit-organizations/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>​</p>2020-08-27T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Rashain Carriere" src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/rashain-carriere2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
EHS Team Ensures Critical Learning Despite COVID Challengeshttps://www.boystown.org/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Pages/EHS-Team-Ensures-Critical-Learning-Despite-COVID-Challenges.aspxEHS Team Ensures Critical Learning Despite COVID Challenges<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">When the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools and early-childhood centers in March, Boys Town Louisiana's Early Head Start Program had to quickly adapt its model to make sure our 168 infants and toddlers (0-3 years of age) could f</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">inish the school year outside of the classroom.</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">​</span></p><p>Nicole Grace-Franklin, Education & Disabilities Coordinator for Boys Town Louisiana's Early Head Start Program, has worked with colleagues to develop creative strategies to keep learning opportunities possible, despite school closures. The EHS Center Partners have created YouTube channels for weekly educational videos. Each one also holds weekly live sessions via Zoom. The Boys Town Education team creates and distributes weekly lesson plans for center staff to follow. These lesson plans include activities for parents to do at home. Boys Town also distributed packets of educational activities that included crayons, markers, Play-Doh, construction paper, glue sticks, chalk, and books, in addition to monthly care packages with household essentials. It's a massive effort.<br></p><p> While these efforts have allowed many of our students to continue learning outside of the classroom environment, technology access continues to be a major barrier for some families. According to Melissa Wetzel, also an Education & Disabilities Coordinator for the program, “Many of our families either don't have or don't have enough devices for virtual education." Due to the economic downturn caused by the pandemic locally, a staggering 50% of our New Orleans EHS parents faced sudden unemployment. In addition to the financial strain, “the older siblings' education takes priority over our younger EHS children when accessing technology for education," Wetzel said. Boys Town is working individually with each family to identify technology solutions and offer learning resources not solely dependent on technology. <br></p><p>While everyone hopes that students can return to the classroom this fall for a new school year, Boys Town is prepared to continue virtually. The teacher pre-service week, ahead of the new school year, will be presented 100% virtually and will include additional training on health and safety protocols. Bi-annual home visits with families will be held virtually as well. All EHS learning centers will continue to create weekly instructional videos, even if centers are open, to benefit any children on the growing EHS waitlist who cannot be enrolled given space limitations.<br></p><p>To learn how you can help contribute to the EHS program, please email <a href="mailto:julia.turkevich@boystown.org">julia.turkevich@boystown.org</a> or call 504.293.7907.<br></p><p> <img src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/EHS-Team-Ensures-Critical-Learning-Despite-COVID-Challenges/EHS-Youtube-ScreenShot-2.jpg" alt="EHS-Youtube-ScreenShot-2.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px 10px;width:800px;height:auto;" /></p>2020-08-13T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Heroes" src="/locations/louisiana/PublishingImages/Heroes.jpg" width="531" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Thanks to our Generous Communityhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Pages/Thanks-to-our-Generous-Community.aspxThanks to our Generous Community<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">Our community has offered an amazing amount of support to ensure that families and youth are helped through this challenging pandemic. Special thanks to some of the individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond:</span><br></p><p><em>Residential Programs</em></p><ul><li>Thanks to <strong>T-Mobile</strong> for a generous donation of tablets and hotspots to our Family Home Program (FH) and Intervention & Assessment Center (I&A). This gift enabled our young men to wrap up the school year, while learning from home.<br></li><li>Another important component to staying home was ensuring safety for all youth and staff in our care. Thank you to <strong>CA Souls</strong> for donating reusable face coverings for us to use and do our part to flatten the curve.<br></li><li>The transition to being home 24/7 proved to be extra demanding for our direct youth care staff. One of their exhausting and never-ending needs was cooking 3 meals a day for 6-15 hungry teenagers! Thankfully our community partners, the <strong>St. Catherine of Siena Women's Club </strong>and <strong>Dooky Chase's Restaurant,</strong> stepped up to relieve some of this stress. These groups, in addition to <strong>Lori Rockett, Cleo Wade, Lily Ngo, </strong>and <strong>Tony Biancosino</strong>, committed to delivering meals to our residential programs once a week during the pandemic.<br></li><li>Another need that became apparent was entertainment; normally our residential youth would be visiting museums, going to day camps, and playing sports outside all summer. With closures due to COVID-19 and government advisories to stay inside, the <strong>15 White Coats</strong> teamed up with the <strong>Drive and Dish Foundation</strong> to donate basketball hoops for FH and I&A so our youth can stay active.  They also generously donated hoops to several families in Boys Town's Care Coordination program.</li></ul><p><em>Community Programs</em></p><ul><li>Over 70 families in our Care Coordination, In-Home Family Services, and Early Head Start (EHS) programs received donations of cleaning supplies and essential goods from generous community members, including <strong>Swanson Insurance Company, Gazebo Cafe, Jamelle Lacey, High Voltage Youth Camp and Be Loud Studios. </strong>Special thanks to<strong> New Orleans Councilmember Cyndi Nguyen.</strong></li><li>Additionally, Boys Town supporters answered the call to help 170 EHS families in need of support. We collected nonperishable foods, diapers, baby clothes, bathing basins, and car seats. Special thanks to <strong>Louise Cook, Keyana Stewart, </strong>and the <strong>Junior League of New Orleans </strong>for helping these parents and their babies!<br></li><li>We'd also like to thank parents and program alumni, <strong>Lily Ngo </strong>and <strong>Keyana Stewart</strong>, who have both contributed to these emergency relief efforts. Boys Town once gave them opportunities to get back on their feet, and now they are paying it forward to families who are in the same boat. When you invest in Boys Town Louisiana, you help families find hope.<br></li><li>Special thanks to the following organizations that have provided emergency financial support to Boys Town Louisiana during the COVID-19 pandemic: <strong>Pfizer Foundation</strong>, <strong>Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana</strong> and <strong>The Kresge Foundation</strong>.​<br></li></ul><div>​<br></div><br><div style="text-align:center;"><img src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Thanks-to-our-Generous-Community/Care-Package-EHS.jpg" alt="Care-Package-EHS.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-4" style="margin:5px;width:800px;height:396px;" /><br></div>2020-08-13T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="family" height="628" src="/locations/louisiana/PublishingImages/cc-fam-1.jpg" width="350" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
BT Senior Spotlight: Dwayne and Darius’ storyhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Pages/BT-Senior-Spotlight-Dwayne-and-Darius-story.aspxBT Senior Spotlight: Dwayne and Darius’ story<p>In the midst of these unprecedented and challenging times, Boys Town Louisiana is proud to shine a light on a local New Orleans' family's recent success. While their story is only one of many, their journey inspires us and reminds us of the importance of Father Flanagan's vision to save children and heal families: <em>“There are no bad boys. There is only bad environment, bad training, bad example, bad thinking."</em></p><p>Years from now, the John F. Kennedy High School Class of 2020 will remember virtual classes and drive-by celebrations instead of prom and traditional commencement ceremonies. They will undoubtedly have bittersweet memories of their interrupted senior year. Dwayne and Darius are no exception. But for them, they're grateful to finish high school at all.</p><p> <strong>Just last year, Dwayne had anger issues. He and Darius were getting detention after detention. They were caught in the juvenile justice system. And Mom didn't know what to do.​</strong></p><p><img src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/BT-Senior-Spotlight-Dwayne-and-Darius-story/twins-walking-1.jpg" alt="twins-walking-1.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px 10px;width:300px;height:473px;" />​​Their family was referred to Boys Town Louisiana's In-Home Family Services program, where Brandon, a Boys Town consultant, helped them set family goals, including getting the twins back on track to graduate. Dwayne and Darius were falling behind in some classes and struggled with discipline in school, often getting detentions and suspensions. </p><p>With Boys Town's parenting guidance, Mom focused on keeping them in school and out of trouble. He also worked individually with Dwayne and Darius to develop coping strategies for emotions they were struggling with as teens, like anger, frustration and boredom.</p><p> <strong><em>When asked what made the difference, Darius shared that he and his brother were held accountable: “Brandon came and stuck with us…you never knew when he was going to show up and check in on us. And he was always there for us."</em></strong></p><p>In addition, Brandon advocated to Boys Town and contacted Kennedy alumni to raise funds and cover Dwayne and Darius' High School Senior Funds, which included two caps and gowns, diplomas, and other class of 2020 memorabilia.</p><p>After progressing to a point where they had a stronger family foundation at home, they transitioned from In-Home Family Services to Care Coordination, a diversion and prevention program which works with youth who have been previously involved in the juvenile justice program to reduce recidivism.</p><p>Their Boys Town consultant, Tyisha, helped them set goals to graduate and to work on their behavior issues in school. She also helped them navigate some sibling rivalry they were experiencing at home. “They work well together and Dwayne motivates Darius to do better, especially in school," explained Tyisha.</p><p>With Boys Town's help and encouraging one another, the two young men persevered and will receive their high school diplomas this summer.<br><br></p><p> <img src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/BT-Senior-Spotlight-Dwayne-and-Darius-story/twins-colliseum.jpg" alt="twins-colliseum.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;" />This story demonstrates how Boys Town's community support services wrap around the whole family, while giving individual attention and consultation to each parent and child. It shows how Boys Town's programs adapt to a family's needs as it progresses more to independence. And most importantly, it illustrates that the words of our founder, Father Flanagan, ring true today: <em>“There is nothing the matter with our growing boys that love, proper training and guidance will not remedy."</em></p><p>More than ever, it is important to reflect on things for which we are grateful.  Your support for Boys Town Louisiana makes a powerful difference in the lives of the children and families we serve, like Dwayne and Darius. Thank you for helping families become stronger and more independent.<br></p> <br> <br>2020-07-02T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Congratulations, Dwayne and Darius!" src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/LA-dwayne-and-darius.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Statement from Boys Town Louisiana on Racial Justice Movementhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Pages/Statement-from-Boys-Town-Louisiana-on-Racial-Justice-Movement.aspxStatement from Boys Town Louisiana on Racial Justice Movement<p>​​​While racial equity rests at the core of who we are and what we do; we live in a society in which our youth are far too often treated differently based upon the color of their skin. Black lives matter.</p><p>As an organization, Boys Town Louisiana stands up against systemic racism.</p><p>We condemn racial inequity, and we do not accept our current programs, systems and policies are the very best that we can do. We can and will do better and this includes challenging our own beliefs, values and constructs.</p><p>Our youth deserve better and they will be at the center of how we evolve to become an explicitly anti-racist organization.</p><h2>Where We Stand:</h2><p>Boys Town's founder, Father Edward Flanagan, recognized and rejected laws and customs enshrining racism. From the very beginning, Boys Town was created as a place for kids of every race, color and creed. Here in Louisiana, Boys Town was established to meet the needs of a community that is predominately African American. Likewise, our team of more than 60 dedicated staff largely reflects those we serve.</p><p>We have always leveraged our culture so that our services meet children and families where they are, no matter the circumstance. We are proud that our residential and community programs give opportunity to children and families most affected by inequity, but we know there is much more work to be done. Our work must be more intentional and consider the full context and dynamics of racism, if we want to fully prepare our youth - particularly our African American youth - to successfully transition into adulthood.</p><p>We want to fully embody our mission of changing the way America cares for all its children and families.</p><h2>Our Commitment:</h2><p>To listen more, amplifying the black voices within our community and to support our children and families as they navigate through these difficult times.</p><h2>What We Are Doing:</h2><p>Locally and nationally, Boys Town is working to identify appropriate strategies to ensure our organization shifts to implement positive change. Four areas of focus include:</p><ul><li> <em>Strategic Youth and Family Engagement:</em> Deepening how we engage youth and families to understand lived experiences and solutions to advance racial equity and justice; and provide transparent accountability.</li><li><em style="background-color:transparent;">Evaluating Program Model:</em> Assessing program models to understand the impact of programming in advancing racial equity and providing culturally relevant services; and utilizing findings to meaningfully transform programs.</li><li><em>Workforce Diversity:</em> Utilize current workforce baselines to set goals to increase racial diversity at the board and staff level to include top leadership.</li><li><em>Cultural Transformation:</em> Creating systems, practices, resources and forums to learn and lead together.</li></ul><h2>Call to Action:</h2><p>Please join us in our stand against racism.</p><p>We are committed to be the change we wish to see in the world, but we know that change is a collective effort. We will strengthen our New Orleans community in unimaginable ways as we re-commit to growth, compassion and action.</p><p>Thank you for being our partner.</p>​<br>2020-06-29T05:00:00ZNewstext/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