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Boys Town Louisiana’s 1st Annual Downtown Dash Urban Scavenger Hunt Town Louisiana’s 1st Annual Downtown Dash Urban Scavenger Hunt<p><strong>An Urban Scavenger Hunt to Support Children and Families We Serve</strong></p><p>Perhaps you've participated in a golf tournament or a fun run…. But have you ever gone on a fundraising urban scavenger hunt around New Orleans with your family, friends or co-workers?</p><p>Our amazing city is rich in culture, food and history! You can explore it all by hitting the pavement with your scavenger hunt team to answer trivia questions, search for hidden clues, stop by some fun sights and compete against other teams to see who will come out on top!</p><p>Leading up to the big event, each team – and its individual team members – will create customized fundraising goals and team pages so they can secure donations in support of life-changing programs and services.</p><p><strong>IT'S EASY! SET UP A TEAM TODAY!</strong></p><ol><li><strong></strong><strong></strong><strong>Start a Team!</strong><br>Anyone can set up a team. <a href="" target="_blank">Just click here</a> <span class="ms-rteBackColor-4"></span> to create your own team page. After that, invite four family members, friends, or co-workers to join you! Your team can select to fundraise in honor of a Boys Town Louisiana program or residential home that is most meaningful to you. Make sure to come up with a fun and memorable team name! </li><li><strong></strong><strong>Ask for Support!</strong><br>There's no entry fee to register, but all teams are asked to commit to raising at least $250 to help the children and families of Boys Town Louisiana. But, don't stop there! The more your team raises between now and June, the more you are able to help kids and families at Boys Town Louisiana. Don't worry! We've got all kinds of tools to help you. Plus, we have individual and team fundraising incentives that can sweeten the deal!</li><li><strong></strong><strong>Do the Dash!</strong><br>On Saturday, June 6th, all teams will set off on a two-hour adventure around New Orleans' Central Business District to solve challenges and riddles, explore the city, and have fun! Winning teams will be awarded some exciting prizes.<br>The Downtown Dash will start and end at the Rusty Nail, 1100 Constance Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. Registration & breakfast begin at 8:30 am, Downtown Dash begins at 9:30 am. After-Party & Awards to follow!</li></ol><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="" target="_blank">Set up Your Team and Learn More Today!</a> </p><p><strong>Join us as a Sponsor! </strong></p><p>Sponsors of the Downtown Dash have a unique opportunity to impact the success of the event while displaying commitment to our local community. At Boys Town, we are proud to offer a wide-range of mutually beneficial sponsorship packages. Sponsors are encouraged to take their commitment one step further by organizing a team to participate in the Downtown Dash! For more information on sponsorship opportunities, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a> or contact James Howell at 504.293.7907 or <a href=""></a>. </p><h3>Date:                </h3><p>Saturday, June 6, 2020</p><h3>Time:     </h3><p>Registration & Breakfast:                     8:30 am<br>Scavenger Hunt Begins:                      9:30 am<br>After Party & Awards Ceremony:         11:00 am – 1:00 pm</p><h3>Location:     </h3><p>The Rusty Nail <br>1100 Constance St, New Orleans, LA 70130</p>2020-06-06T05:00:00ZEventtext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent



Boys Town Louisiana Holiday Events Town Louisiana Holiday Events<p>​​Boys Town Louisiana has had a very busy holiday season. It started on December 7 with two different events. The first event was a holiday breakfast hosted by Fore! Kids Foundation. The breakfast included coffee and donuts and 8 families in the In-Home Family Services program received $100 gift cards to Barnes and Noble. In the evening, Boys Town Louisiana hosted their Christmas Tree Lighting at their Intervention and Assessment facility (I&A). Youth involved in Family Homes and I&A attended the tree lighting as well as staff, Board Members, and donors. Everyone enjoyed holiday treats and delicious Louisiana food (red beans and rice, fried chicken, and catfish). </p><p>On December 14, The First District Missionary Baptist Association Young People's Department hosted a Christmas social for the youth in Family Homes and I&A. There were scripture readings, Christmas carols, and games and each young man at the event received a gift. December 21 was also a fun-filled day for Boys Town Louisiana as Harold Koretzky hosted an annual Christmas lunch for the youth residing in three of the Family Homes.</p><p>Along with these events, every December Board Member Cliff Buller and the St. Catherine of Siena Women's Club treat Boys Town Louisiana with special items. Cliff Buller teams up with Cub Scout Troop 317 to collect watches, wallets, and sports items to give to youth in Family Homes and I&A program for Christmas. The St. Catherine of Siena Women's Club delivers dinners to each of the three Family Homes twice a month. In December, they give each of the youth a gift certificate to the Lakeside Mall so they can pick out a gift for Christmas. <br></p>2020-01-24T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Troop Donation" src="/locations/louisiana/PublishingImages/LA-Troop-Donation.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Troop Donation" height="450" src="/locations/louisiana/PublishingImages/LA-Troop-Donation.jpg" width="450" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Louisiana Youth Earn Shoe Shopping Spree Town Louisiana Youth Earn Shoe Shopping Spree<p>​​On November 5, 11 youth involved in the Family Home program at Boys Town Louisiana earned the opportunity to go shoe shopping with CJ Gardner-Johnson, a safety for the New Orleans Saints.<br></p><p>Earlier this year, CJ brought pizza over for dinner to get to know the youth in one of the Family Homes. He wanted to build a relationship with them and get to know their plans for their future careers. He told them that if they keep up the good behavior and clean rooms, they would receive an award. They had no idea this reward would be shoe shopping.</p><p>Each child was able to pick out a new pair of shoes for keeping their promise of good behavior and consistently clean rooms. They went to Footlocker at Lakeside Shopping Center and browsed through their wide selection of shoes until they found the perfect pair.</p><p>CJ Gardner-Johnson just finished his first season with the Saints. He was a fourth-round pick from the University of Florida. CJ was inspired to help kids in the foster care system because of his mom and her hard work of providing same homes for foster kids and helping them achieve success despite their challenges in the system.</p><p>When CJ signed with the New Orleans Saints, he knew he wanted to help his new community. He found Boys Town Louisiana and related to the children and families they serve because he is a new dad himself and just a few years older than some of the young men at Boys Town.</p><p>CJ Gardner-Johnson continued to show support to Boys Town Louisiana throughout the NFL season. On December 8, NFL players around the league took part in the 'My Cause, My Cleats' campaign. This event allowed players to express their commitment to the causes that are important to them. CJ's cleats were designed for Boys Town Louisiana and their community partner, Raintree Children and Family Services. The cleats included names of young men and women residing within these two communities.</p><p>Boys Town Louisiana is thankful for this partnership with CJ Gardner-Johnson and all he is doing to help the community. The Family Home program hope to go to a Saints game to see CJ play in person and cheer him on!</p>2020-01-23T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Shoe shopping" src="/what-we-do/PublishingImages/Shoe-Shopping-rollup.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="" height="723" src="/what-we-do/PublishingImages/Shoe-Shopping.jpg" width="435" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
You made great things happen in 2019!!-.aspxYou made great things happen in 2019!<p>Thanks to our donors and friends, Boys Town Louisiana was able to make a hugely positive impact in the lives of children and families who sought help from us in 2019.​ A few highlights:</p><ul><li>Nearly <strong>100</strong> families struggling with children's behavioral issues were provided life-changing care through our In-Home Family Services Program. </li><li>Almost <strong>300</strong> families received intensive case management from our Care Coordination Services s to help them navigate and access complicated mental health, juvenile justice, education, and other child-welfare systems. </li><li>More than <strong>330</strong> infants and toddlers (and their families) were provided comprehensive early childhood education programming and parenting support<strong>. 92%</strong> of the children were meeting or exceeding school readiness in Literacy and Language Arts. </li><li>Over <strong>700</strong> individuals from Louisiana and Mississippi received counseling support from The Boys Town National Hotline. This included preventing more than <strong>40</strong> possible suicides.</li><li>More than <strong>35</strong> young men lived in our Family Home Program, receiving compassionate care and learning social and independent living-skills to help them succeed. </li></ul><p>To learn more, read our full <a href="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Documents/1807-132-03bLouisiana2019ImpactStatement.pdf">2019 Louisiana Impact Report</a>.</p><p> <strong>Our donors made great things happen!</strong></p><p>To help save even more kids and change more lives in 2020, <a href="" target="_blank">set up a monthly donation</a> today! </p>2020-01-15T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Louisiana Hosts 30th Anniversary Gala Town Louisiana Hosts 30th Anniversary Gala<p>​​​​​​​​​​​​​​On November 2, Boys Town Louisiana celebrated its 30th Anniversary of service with a Gala and Awards Dinner. It was truly an inspiring evening honoring those who have made their 30-year milestone possible. Boys Town Louisiana was fortunate to be joined by Boys Town National Executive Director Father Steven Boes, New Orleans City Councilmember Cyndi Nguyen, Orleans Parish Sherriff Marlin Gusman, and CEO and President of Entergy New Orleans David Ellis.​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​</span></p><p> The event began with a cocktail reception hosted by the Ace Hotel New Orleans and Domain Companies along with fundraising games. Guests could test their luck at the Punch Wall to win prizes like win and restaurant gift cards or purchase a Heads or Tails entry for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas. By 7:00 p.m., guests were seated and welcomed by Brandi Nye, Chair of the Board and Rashain Carriere-Williams, Executive Director. The first special announcement of the evening came from New Orleans City Councilmember Cindy Nguyen, who presented Boys Town Louisiana with a City Proclamation for its outstanding humanitarian efforts and 30 years of service to the local community.​</p><p> After a seated dinner, participants were excited by a Live Auction featuring art from local artist Terrence Osborne, a replica of the Super Bowl XLIV Lombardi Trophy autographed by Saints players Chris Reis and Drew Brees, and a 7-night stay Tuscan Escape in Cortona, Italy. After the auction, guests were moved by the video of Terrica Smith, a former Boys Town Louisiana youth. As a current member of the Board of Directors, she encouraged guests to invest in the children of Boys Town and help fund the needs of the organization. Visit here to hear Terrica's inspiring story.​</p><p> Inspired by her story, Boys Town Louisiana raised more than $10,000 in five minutes from donor pledges. Between sponsorships, Fund-a-Need, and a Live Auction, Boys Town Louisiana raised over $80,000 in support of its mission.​</p><p> Over dessert, Rashain Carriere-Williams presented local electric and gas utility company, Entergy New Orleans, with the Catalyst for Change Award for their ongoing dedication to a stronger, healthier, and safer community. She also presented Judy and Jeff Doussan, Ken Gootee, and Margaret Soltis with the Luminary Award for their long-term generosity, commitment, and leadership to Boys Town Louisiana. The guests were treated to a true New Orleans send-off with a second line band winding between tables and leading them out of the hotel.​</p><p> The new morning, a final award was presented by Father Boes to the St. Catherine of Siena Women's Club at mass. They were honored with the Community Champion Award for their unwavering dedication to saving children and healing families in our community, most notably through their volunteer service with Boys Town Louisiana's Family Home Program.​</p><p> Boys Town Louisiana has had a huge impact on the New Orleans community for the past 30 years. They have tailored their service offerings to meet the needs of the community, have developed new community-based programs, and launched an Early Head Start program to provide infants and toddlers from low-income families a strong foundation for their educational journey.​</p><p> "Over the past 30 years, Boys Town Louisiana has contributed to this community in incredible ways by helping thousands of families and children," said James Howell, Development Director of Boys Town Louisiana. "Looking ahead, we have a huge opportunity to develop enhanced, sustaining partnerships with our community so that collectively we can make a greater, lasting impact for more children and families in Louisiana."​</p><p> Congratulations again to Boys Town Louisiana on 30 years of impact in Louisiana.​​<br></p> <a class="image-group cboxElement" href="#" style="margin:3rem auto 0px;display:block;max-width:540px;"> <img class="spec-border" alt="30th Anniversary of service with a Gala and Awards Dinner" src="/Gala%202019/Gala-2.jpg" /> </a> <div class="hidden-gal"> <a title="30th Anniversary of service with a Gala and Awards Dinner" class="image-group cboxElement" href="/Gala%202019/Gala-1.jpg"> </a><a title="30th Anniversary of service with a Gala and Awards Dinner" class="image-group cboxElement" href="/Gala%202019/Gala-3.jpg"> </a><a title="30th Anniversary of service with a Gala and Awards Dinner" class="image-group cboxElement" href="/Gala%202019/Gala-4.jpg"> </a><a title="30th Anniversary of service with a Gala and Awards Dinner" class="image-group cboxElement" href="/Gala%202019/Gala-5.jpg"> </a>​  </div>​<br>2019-12-11T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Gala" src="/Gala%202019/Gala-1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Terrica's Story's Story<p style="text-align:center;">​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Abandoned by her father and turned over to her mother's drug dealer at the age of five, Terrica's childhood was ripped away before it barely began. Tossed from one bad situation to another, she felt like she had been thrown away and forgotten…<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">…and then she came to Boys Town Louisiana. Watch her inspiring story:</p>​<br>2019-11-25T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Terrica" src="/locations/louisiana/PublishingImages/Terrica-rollup.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Newell: Boys Town celebrates 30 years of changing, saving lives in NOLA Boys Town celebrates 30 years of changing, saving lives in NOLA<p><a href=""><em>Interview by Newell Normand was posted on on Monday, November 4th</em></a></p><p>Boys Town Louisiana has been serving our community for 30 years now, putting at-risk teens on a path to success. Newell talks to Father Steven Boes, the National Executive Director of Boys Town, Rashain Carriere-Williams, the Executive Director of Boys Town Louisiana, and Boys Town alumna Sonja Brown </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Listen here</a></p>2019-11-15T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
New Boys Town Louisiana Executive Director Brings Personal, Professional Drive to Site’s Mission 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>2019-08-29T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent