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Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram gifts backpacks to Boys Town Louisiana forward Brandon Ingram gifts backpacks to Boys Town Louisiana<p>​New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram gifts backpacks filled with Pelicans gear and hygiene products to Boys Town Louisiana as a Christmas donation. Each kid received a personal video message from Brandon Ingram and the backpacks were filled with a Raising Cane's Gift Card, shirt, hat, water bottle and a hygiene kit. <a href="" target="_blank">Click here to watch​</a>!​<br></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Pelicans-forward-Brandon-Ingram-gifts-backpacks-to-Boys-Town-Louisiana/pelicans-screenshot.jpg" alt="pelicans-screenshot.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />​</a><br><br></p>2020-12-23T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Our Wish for 2021 Wish for 2021<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">Friends,</span></p><p>If you feel like me, 2020 is a year that will look much better in the rear-view mirror. To varying extents, this year has brought with it hardship, unforeseen challenges, isolation, anxiety, and even grief. There's no sugar coating it – it's been a tough time for our community, especially the youth and families in our care who are disproportionately impacted. Despite these struggles, they have been incredibly resilient, thanks in part to our deeply committed staff of youth care workers, family consultants, Family-Teachers, and other members of our support team.</p><p>With 2020's holiday season upon us, I've thought a lot about a quote from Brené Brown, <em>“A good life happens when you stop and</em> <em>are grateful for ordinary moments that so many of us just steamroll</em> <em>over to try to find those extraordinary moments." </em>While it's not always easy to do, finding gratitude and celebrating the ordinary moments of this year have helped me immensely: watching our EHS toddlers learn to count, staff rehashing last night's Saints game before yet another video call starts, and youth in our Family Homes receiving positive feedback for doing a good deed. These are the ordinary moments at Boys Town that remind us that we are resilient.</p><p>I'm also filled with gratitude for each of you, our incredible community of supporters, who have stepped up to help us survive this tumultuous year. Your kindness, support, and investment in our work have made the successes of this year possible.</p><p>From all of us at Boys Town Louisiana, we wish you and your loved ones a healthy and happy holiday season. May you seek out and find peace in your own beautiful ordinary moments.</p><p>Gratefully,<br>Rashain Carriere-Williams<br>Executive Director​<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <a class="btn btn-theme13" href="" target="_blank">Help us teach love in 2021</a></p>​ <style> .ExternalClass .bt .btn-theme13 { margin:10px 0; padding-right:30px; padding-left:30px; padding-top:15px; padding-bottom:15px; } </style>2020-12-23T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
The Boys Town Legacy Lives On Boys Town Legacy Lives On<p>​​​Raised in the housing projects of New Orleans, Jackie Tinguee can put herself in the shoes of youth at Boys Town.<br></p><p>“When I was young, my mom would kick me out for the night and I'd sit on the porch," Jackie said. “It was not easy."</p><p>When Jackie became a parent herself, she realized that parents need more support and to be more involved in their child's development. She became very involved in her child's school and soon found her way to Boys Town Louisiana's Intervention and Assessment Services program to care for those kids who, like her when she was growing up, had been kicked out with nowhere to go.</p><p>At the Intervention and Assessment Services program, Jackie and her colleagues care for abused, neglected, runaway and delinquent youth of all ages. They remove these kids from dangerous situations, assess their needs and begin to work toward family reunification or other permanent care.</p><p>Jackie has been a Youth Care Worker at the Intervention and Assessment Services program for 12 years. In her own ways, she brings the spirit of Boys Town's founder, Father Edward Flanagan, into practice every day in her work there.<br></p><p> <br> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> <em class="ms-rteFontSize-4 ms-rteForeColor-9"><b>“Rehabilitation needs greater emphasis, punishment less.”</b></em><br>— FATHER FLANAGAN</p><p> <br> </p><p>​The first skills Jackie teaches to incoming youth are following instructions, greeting and showing concern. “At Boys Town, we want to teach kids to have better decision-making skills so they can eventually return home to their parents," Jackie said. For many kids, this is the first conversation where someone has truly listened to them. Oftentimes, when they initially arrive at Boys Town, they are jaded from previous experiences at other juvenile facilities and have their guard up.<br></p><p> <br> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> <em class="ms-rteFontSize-4 ms-rteForeColor-9"> <b>“I have yet to find a single boy who wants to be bad.”</b></em><br>— FATHER FLANAGAN</p><p> <br> </p><p>“When a youth comes to the program, it's an introduction for both of us," Jackie said. “I talk to them a lot and meet them where they are. Every character is different. I relate to them and try to convey that we all make mistakes."</p><p> <br> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> <em class="ms-rteFontSize-4 ms-rteForeColor-9"> <b>“It costs so little to teach a child to love, and so much to teach him to hate.”</b></em><br>— FATHER FLANAGAN</p><p> <br> </p><p>Jackie's favorite part about working at the Intervention and Assessment Services program is cooking for the kids. “They are happy to see me come into work because they know dinner will be good that night," Jackie said. “I love to see their reactions when they enjoy something. It's a pat on the back from them to me!"</p><p>This is just one of the ways program staff work to set routines for incoming youth, build relationships with them and give them something to look forward to, even if it is as simple as a home-cooked meal.</p><p> <br> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> <em class="ms-rteFontSize-4 ms-rteForeColor-9"> <b>“The work will continue, you see, whether I am there or not, because it is God's work, not mine.”</b></em><br>— FATHER FLANAGAN​</p><p> <br> </p><p>“If there's one thing you should know about Intervention and Assessment Services, it's that our program works!" Jackie said. “We love what we do. We show up every day to do our best, because children are factors for us. Boys Town is something that needs to keep going whether I'm here or not, because we can change children for the better."​<br></p><p><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="" target="_blank" class="btn">DONATE TODAY</a> </p><br>2020-12-08T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Jackie Tinguee - Boys Town" src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Boystown-Portrait-2020-New-Orleans-7.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Distance Learning with the Family Home program Learning with the Family Home program<p>​</p><p>Like all parents this school year, Boys Town Louisiana had to decide if our residential youth should continue virtual learning, go back to physical school, or try a combination of the two. With up to 18 youth in our Family Home program at any given time all going to different schools, Boys Town Louisiana ultimately decided to proceed with distance learning this semester to prevent possible exposure to COVID-19. We did this to preserve the health and safety of youth and staff.</p><p>In general, youth aged 12-17 reside in our Family Home program (in other words, middle and high schoolers). Within these pivotal grade levels, students typically have eight different class periods. When schools suddenly closed in March, our Family-Teachers became full-time classroom educators and tutors overnight. They were challenged to design desk areas at home, balance various school schedules, and keep students focused. </p><p>The challenges of the spring led Boys Town to recognize the need for additional support so that both students and Family-Teachers can be successful. We hired two Education Specialists specifically to assist our residential youth with distance learning. These staff members have teaching backgrounds and are able to assist youth with class assignments and homework. With extra support from the Education Specialists, the Family-Teachers can take turns supervising and offer individualized attention, allowing them the opportunity to take breaks.</p><p>On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the Family Home Program meets at Boys Town Louisiana's New Orleans East office, which has enough desks and space for the youth to socially distance and be monitored relatively easily. Simulating a collective school environment also helps our youth maintain a routine and be social with other students their age. They have even started incorporating physical education and a book club during the school day! </p><p>“As most of our youth come to us with some academic deficiencies, I started the book club to strengthen our youths' reading comprehension skills and help to expand their vocabulary," explains Family Home Consultant, Brandon Devezin. Several staff members have also joined the book club and get to spend more time with youth as fellow readers, as opposed to teachers.</p><p>They plan on reading short stories, with vocabulary as an added exercise; youth have to read the book but also define the words that they didn't know the meaning of. Their first story is “<em>The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington</em>," a fantasy and comedy.   </p><p>Interested in helping our residential youth in their learning? We are looking for volunteers to help simulate another part of school: the cafeteria! Specifically, we are looking for food donations to feed 15 youth and staff three days a week at our New Orleans East Office (6600 Plaza Drive, Suite 212, New Orleans, LA 70127). If interested, please contact Julia Turkevich: <a href=""></a>​.<br></p>2020-11-13T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Because of you, Boys Town Louisiana saw a lot of GOOD in 2020,-Boys-Town-Louisiana-saw-a-lot-of-GOOD-in-2020.aspxBecause of you, Boys Town Louisiana saw a lot of GOOD in 2020<p>In these times of crisis, we stand together to serve. Despite a trying year…Because of you, we still saw a lot of GOOD in 2020. We are so grateful for our community partners, friends and supporters in Louisiana. We wouldn't have these incredible success stories to share if it wasn't for you. Thank you!</p><div class="columns article-grid"><div class="column"> <a class="article" href="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Pages/EHS-Team-Ensures-Critical-Learning-Despite-COVID-Challenges.aspx"> <img src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/lou-1.jpg" alt="Boys Town" /> <span class="article-title">EHS Team Ensures Critical Learning Despite COVID Challenges <span> </span></span></a></div><div class="column"> <a class="article" href="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Pages/BT-Senior-Spotlight-Dwayne-and-Darius-story.aspx"> <img src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/lou-2.jpg" alt="Boys Town" /> <span class="article-title">Boys Town Senior Spotlight Dwayne and Darius story <span> </span></span></a></div><div class="column"> <a class="article" href="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Pages/Thanks-to-our-Generous-Community.aspx"> <img src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/lou-3.jpg" alt="Boys Town" /> <span class="article-title">Thanks to our Generous Community <span> </span></span></a></div></div>2020-11-13T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Louisiana and Executive Director Receive Special Recognition 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 Magazine 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="" 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