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Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | New Boys Town Louisiana Executive Director Brings Personal, Professional Drive to Site’s Mission Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | New Boys Town Louisiana Executive Director Brings Personal, Professional Drive to Site’s Mission <img class="page-suppt-cont" src="/locations/louisiana/PublishingImages/Rashain-Carriere.jpg" alt="Rashain Carriere" /> <p>​As a native of New Orleans, Rashain Carriere-Williams<strong> </strong>is especially excited and thankful for her new role as Executive Director of Boys Town Louisiana. </p><p>"I'm excited for the opportunity to lead Boys Town Louisiana as we celebrate our 30th anniversary this year," said Carriere-Williams, who has been with the site in various positions for 15 years. "I'm truly committed to this community and I'm passionate about the well-being of our youth and families. And I'm just grateful to be a part of it."</p><p>Since opening in 1989 as an affiliate of the national Boys Town organization, Boys Town Louisiana has been a "go-to" resource for struggling and at-risk children and families in the New Orleans area, especially those hit hard by instability brought on by social and economic problems. </p><p>Each year, Boys Town Louisiana touches the lives of 7,600 children and families through a variety of established child and family services. These include a short-term residential care program for children in dangerous situations; longer-term residential care for adolescents in several family-style homes in New Orleans; in-home services, a program that works with troubled families in their homes to provide guidance and assistance; care coordination services, an intensive, family-centered case management program designed to help families navigate through complex systems such as the mental health care system, school systems and available community programs; and parenting classes where parents and other caregivers can learn new child-rearing skills and enhance those they already have. </p><p>More recently, the site has expanded its community support with the development of an Early Head Start School Readiness Partnership. The program operates on the beliefs that it is never too early for parents to begin preparing their child for school and formal learning, and that there is a great need for this service in the community. </p><p>Boys Town Louisiana collaborates with four local Four Star early childhood care providers in the program. The Partnership provides high-quality, comprehensive and seamless school readiness services for families of infants and toddlers in low-income New Orleans communities. These services are mainly for young parents who can benefit from learning additional parenting skills and having more support and resources to help them reach their goals and build happy, healthy families. Based on their identified needs, families in our Early Head Start program have access to all of our community-based services, which include parenting classes, care coordination services and in-home services.</p><p>Further expanding this type of community engagement and achieving a greater presence about Boys Town Louisiana's life-changing work is a big part of Carriere-Williams' future plans as Executive Director.   </p><p>"First and foremost, we do wonderful work in the New Orleans community," she said. "The people who know us well know that we do great work. But there's a large segment of our community who is unaware of that great work. Our profile in New Orleans, as a non-profit impacting one of the most vulnerable populations in our city, is not very high. I want to increase our visibility and for more people to become aware of the great work. I think my job is to tell the story of what we do and also to expand our scope. A major goal is to… make the city and community stakeholders more aware of what we're doing to help vulnerable youth and families, to hopefully be a partner with our civic leaders within our community and to be a visible partner to help solve issues."</p><p>In addition, Carriere-Williams wants to develop impactful partnerships with more organizations across the community and the state.  </p><p>"We have formed many informal, organic partnerships in our community as we have been doing this work," she said. "I believe we could benefit collectively if we formalize our relationships and collaborate in a more strategic manner. We're impacting the same community but doing slightly different work, and if we partner and work together, we can make a tremendous impact."</p><p>For 30 years, Boys Town Louisiana has been committed to bringing healing to children and families who have suffered from abuse and neglect, school failure, addiction, abandonment and domestic violence. By helping children reach their full potential and strengthening families that might otherwise have fallen apart, the site has improved and contributed to the well-being of New Orleans community and the surrounding region as a whole. </p><p>With her personal connection to her hometown, many years of experience in child and family care, and a passion for making a difference, Carriere-Williams is ready to take that commitment to the next level.</p><p>"My heart is in Louisiana."</p>2019-08-29T05:00:00ZNewsLouisiana;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Louisiana Appoints New Executive Director Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Louisiana Appoints New Executive Director <p>Rashain Carriere-Williams obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Louisiana Tech University in 2000. She continued on to Tulane University where she received two Master's degrees, one in social work and the other in public health. Throughout her professional career, Rashain has worked to serve her community. Her experience includes working with children and families with mental and behavioral health issues, the geriatric population, and youth who are involved in the court and foster care systems. Rashain' s passion lies in helping youth and families that have not been dealt a fair hand in life by helping them learn skills, reach new heights, and achieve their goals – all of which helps them to transition on to self-sufficiency. </p><p>Rashain has worked at Boys Town for 15 years. She began her tenure as an Administrative Trainee. In that capacity, Rashain worked at the Boys Town National office learning the Boys Town Model<sup>®</sup> and systems. After completing the Administrative Trainee Program, Rashain returned to the Boys Town Louisiana site and worked in management roles, first as a Program Director. In 2007, she was promoted to the position of Senior Director of Program Operations. In this role, she oversaw all programing for Boys Town Louisiana.</p><p>In July of 2018, Rashain transitioned from the Boys Town Louisiana site to a role with the National office as a Fidelity Consultant. In this capacity, Rashain was responsible for programmatic implementation at the site level. She consulted to three of the national Boys Town sites, ensuring that the senior management staff had the support to deliver quality programs and services to youth and families.</p><p>Starting July 1, 2019, Rashain stepped into the role of Executive Director at the Boys Town Louisiana site.</p><p>Rashain is truly committed and passionate about doing her part to improve the lives of families in her community. </p><p>Rashain is very engaged civically. She serves as vice chair on the Board of Directors of the Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority (JPHSA).  As a local, volunteer Board this entity ensures JPHSA's mission and sets priorities that provides the people of Jefferson Parish with mental health, addictive disorders, and developmental disabilities services and supports. Also, Rashain has served as chair of the NEWCITY Neighborhood Partnership. This partnership is a space where people and groups who live and work in the Tremé/Lafitte, Tulane/Gravier, and Seventh Ward Neighborhoods of New Orleans can come together to share information, discuss issues, and build partnerships. In addition, Rashain has served as a member of the NOLA for Life collaborative. This collaborative was a Mayor-led initiative that includes partnerships with national and local individual and community groups to create and implement strategies to build safe neighborhoods and improve the lives of families in New Orleans.</p>2019-08-27T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Rashain Carriere Williams" src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Rashain-Carriere-Williams.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Louisiana;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Effort to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestone Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Effort to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestone <p>​The effort to have Servant of God Father Edward J. Flanagan canonized a saint took a step forward today with the presentation of the Positio to Congregation for the Causes of Saints, along with a letter of support from Archbishop George Lucas.<br><br><a href="https://www.omaha.com/news/metro/effort-to-canonize-boys-town-founder-edward-flanagan-reaches-key/article_abb43a73-7e5c-59aa-a62e-a7b67a0b4af1.html?fbclid=IwAR3a4lPKoGHPBfp9iCfbcb_biLC0dMs6kY0E3ps6Z05RTHb1myqLaIsyB0U" target="_blank">Read more in this article</a> published by the Omaha World-Herald on July 22, 2019. <br></p>2019-07-30T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/about/PublishingImages/flanagan.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/canonization.jpg" width="300" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />All;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
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 an Innovation Architect. 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;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
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;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
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;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
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;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent