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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
Boys Town Louisiana Appoints New Executive Director 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;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent