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Girls Return to Boys Town Louisiana's Family Home Program!https://www.boystown.org/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Pages/Girls-Return-to-Boys-Town-Louisianas-Family-Home-Program.aspxGirls Return to Boys Town Louisiana's Family Home Program!<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​With the welcome of spring's warmer weather and brighter days, most of us look forward to this new season with a renewed sense of hope and optimism. And since March is commemorated as Women's History Month, we find no better way to celebrate than to announce that we are reopening one of our Family Homes for girls!</span></p><p>Our Magazine St. Family Home is freshly renovated, and as of April 1 will be welcoming new youth and a new Family-Teaching couple to Boys Town Louisiana! While it has been five years since Boys Town Louisiana served girls in our Family Home Program, the past year has revealed an increased need for these more intensive services in our community.​<br></p><p><img src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Girls-Return-to-Boys-Town-Louisianas-Family-Home-Program/Emily-and-Phill-Serigne.jpg" alt="Emily-and-Phill-Serigne.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px 10px;width:260px;height:299px;" />Say “Hello" to our new Family-Teachers, Phil and Emily Serigne!<img src="file:///Users/johreg2/Library/Group%20Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/TemporaryItems/msohtmlclip/clip_image002.png" alt="" style="width:1px;margin:5px;" /></p><p>Originally from Golden Meadow, Louisiana, Phil and Emily spent the last year as Family-Teachers on Boys Town's Home Campus in Nebraska. </p><p>Now back home in Louisiana, they will live with up to six young women aged 12-17 who have been referred by the courts to Boys Town Louisiana. These girls may have experienced mental health disorders, delinquency or other behavioral issues. Our Family-Teachers will help them heal from past trauma, teach them valuable life skills and create a safe and loving family-style home environment.<br></p><p>In 1917, Father Flanagan founded the Village of Boys Town in Nebraska where all boys regardless of race, creed or cultural background were welcome to live, learn, work and build a brighter future. In 1979, Boys Town started serving girls on its Home Campus, and in 1989 our local affiliate site, Boys Town Louisiana, was established to bring the Boys Town model of care to meet the needs of the New Orleans community.</p><p>As you can see, Boys Town's services have transformed over the last century from providing quality residential services for boys to serving girls and offering community-based services, all to meet children and families where they are, link them to care and help them achieve independence. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to serving families and youth who are at risk of being left behind," said Rashain Carriere Williams, Boys Town Louisiana's Executive Director.</p><p>Thank <em>you</em> for helping us get here! We look forward to watching our new Family Home blossom this spring!<br></p>2021-03-31T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Magazine Home" src="/locations/louisiana/PublishingImages/MagazineHome.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
2021 Spring Campaign: Basic Needs Drive for Boys Town Familieshttps://www.boystown.org/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Pages/Basic-Needs-Drive-for-Boys-Town-Families.aspx2021 Spring Campaign: Basic Needs Drive for Boys Town Families<p style="text-align:left;">​​​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​<a href="https://support.boystown.org/site/Donation2%3bjsessionid=00000000.app274a?idb=989191093&DONATION_LEVEL_ID_SELECTED=1&df_id=2563&2563.donation=form1&mfc_pref=T&NONCE_TOKEN=C7411CF14BB1B5943D9778328460AAA3&idb=0" target="_blank">​</a>Choose to Give Back this Lenten season! Instead of giving up something, renew your commitment to our New Orleans </span> <span style="background-color:transparent;">community by gifting basic items you may take for granted, but could greatly improve the quality of life for dozens of children and families in Boys Town Louisiana's care.</span></p><p>The items below have been identified by our Program Directors as items of greatest need that can help our clients immediately.</p><p>Boys Town Louisiana is currently seeking the following in-kind for our families:</p><table cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td style="width:120px;"> <img src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Cleaning.jpg" alt="Cleaning icon" style="padding-top:20px;" /> </td><td style="width:auto;">​ <p> <span style="font-weight:600;"><em>Spring Cleaning Basket</em></span><br></p><p>Items Needed:</p><ul><li>Laundry detergent</li><li>Disinfectant wipes<br></li><li>Bleach</li><li>Dish soap<br></li><li>Sponges</li><li>Paper towels</li></ul><p> <span style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><span style="font-weight:600;"><a href="https://www.target.com/gift-registry/giftgiver?registryId=9a8fab600bc74b3191383a250c51d72f" target="_blank" title="Amazon wishlist">Click here to purchase directly from our Target Wishlist.</a></span></span> All items will safely and efficiently be delivered to our staff.</p><p>Quantity Needed: 30 families​</p></td></tr></tbody></table><table cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td style="width:120px;">​ <img src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Onsie.jpg" alt="Onsie icon" style="padding-top:20px;" /> </td><td style="width:auto;">​ <p>​ <strong style="background-color:transparent;"> <em>Baby Baskets</em></strong></p><p>Items Needed:</p><p></p><ul><li>Bottles and replacement tops<br></li><li>Baby clothes in sizes newborn - 3T<br></li><li>Car seats</li><li>Similac Advance Formula</li><li>Baby wipes </li><li>Diapers in sizes 3,4,5,6</li><li>Pullups in sizes 2t-3t, 3t-4t, 4t-5t and X large (35 lbs+)</li></ul><p> <em>*Do you have a car seat in good condition? We may be able to accept hand-m​e-downs. Please contact </em> <a href="mailto:infoLA@boystown.org"> <em>infoLA@boystown.org</em></a><em> to inquire.</em></p><p></p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><a href="https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/2XJ67362YBXAV/ref=smi_ext_lnk_lcl_cl" target="_blank" title="Amazon Wishlist">Click here to purchase directly from our Amazon wishlist.</a></strong></span> All items will safely and efficiently be delivered to our staff.</p><p>Quantity Needed: 2​5 families</p> ​ </td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:center;">​​ <a class="btn btn-theme13" href="https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/2XJ67362YBXAV/ref=smi_ext_lnk_lcl_cl" target="_blank" style="text-align:center;">Baby Baskets</a><a class="btn btn-theme13" href="https://www.target.com/gift-registry/giftgiver?registryId=9a8fab600bc74b3191383a250c51d72f" target="_blank" style="text-align:center;">Spring Cleaning Baskets</a>​​<br></p><h3> <br>FAQ'S</h3><p> <strong>I have something that may be of use! Can I drop it off at the office?</strong></p><p>Boys Town Louisiana does not accept walk-in donations.  Please contact <a href="mailto:julia.turkevich@boystown.org">julia.turkevich@boystown.org</a>  so we can assess your donation against our program needs and arrange delivery to our office. Due to limited resources, we are unable to pick up donations. To respect the confidentiality of our clients, we are unable to arrange for you to deliver donations to them directly. </p><p> <strong>Do you accept used items?</strong></p><p>Generally, Boys Town Louisiana only accepts new/unused donated items. Any exceptions will be noted on the lists above. Should you have a specific item that you think may be of use, please contact <a href="mailto:infoLA@boystown.org">infoLA@boystown.org</a>.</p><p> <strong>Is my in-kind donation tax-deductible?</strong></p><p>All donors will receive a tax receipt for their donation after items are donated. Per IRS standards, donors must declare a value of the donation (Boys Town Louisiana will not provide you with a declared value).</p><p> <strong>I purchased items to donate on Amazon, but didn't receive tax receipt/acknowledgement from Boys Town. What do I do?</strong></p><p>Occasionally, some items from Amazon are delivered without names and/or contact information. Please contact <a href="mailto:julia.turkevich@boystown.org">julia.turkevich@boystown.org</a> to ensure that we have your contact information and gift record accurately recorded.</p><p>For additional questions or ideas (including group volunteer opportunities), please contact Julia at <a href="mailto:Julia.turkevich@boystown.org">Julia.turkevich@boystown.org</a>.​<br></p>​<br>2021-03-08T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
You made great things happen in 2020!https://www.boystown.org/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Pages/You-made-great-things-happen-in-2020.aspxYou made great things happen in 2020!<p></p><p>Despite the unforeseen challenges of 2020, Boys Town Louisiana donors created life-changing opportunities for children and families across Louisiana. </p><p>A few highlights:</p><p></p><ul><li>More than<strong> 300 </strong>infants and toddlers (and their families) were provided comprehensive early childhood education programming and parenting support. <strong>95% </strong>of the children met or exceeded school readiness expectations in the areas of literacy and <strong>93%</strong> met or exceed expectations in mathematics.</li><li><strong>225 </strong>youth in <strong>116</strong> families received intensive case management from our Care Coordination Services, helping them access complicated mental health, education, and other support systems.</li><li><strong>36</strong> young men lived in our Family Home Program, receiving compassionate care and learning social and independent living-skills to help them succeed.</li><li>Over <strong>1,413</strong> individuals from Louisiana received counseling support from The Boys Town National Hotline. This included preventing <strong>12</strong> possible suicides.</li></ul>To learn more, read our full <a href="/locations/louisiana/Documents/Louisiana-2020-Impact-Statement.pdf" target="_blank">2020 Louisiana Impact Report</a>.<br><p></p><p>To help change more lives in 2021, <a href="https://support.boystown.org/site/Donation2?df_id=3241&mfc_pref=T&3241.donation=form1" target="_blank">set up a m​onthly donation</a> today!<br></p><p><br></p>2021-02-03T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram gifts backpacks to Boys Town Louisianahttps://www.boystown.org/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Pages/Pelicans-forward-Brandon-Ingram-gifts-backpacks-to-Boys-Town-Louisiana.aspxPelicans 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="https://secure.nba.com/pelicans/video/teams/pelicans/2020/12/21/66823/1608592039561-brandon-ingram-boys-town-holiday-donation-66823?fbclid=IwAR2ceQOuJm0WF1H0LKqlnh3_xKcBuhKCfIQlD6A9gvTX8O7CSzelHRg__iU#" target="_blank">Click here to watch​</a>!​<br></p><p><a href="https://secure.nba.com/pelicans/video/teams/pelicans/2020/12/21/66823/1608592039561-brandon-ingram-boys-town-holiday-donation-66823?fbclid=IwAR2ceQOuJm0WF1H0LKqlnh3_xKcBuhKCfIQlD6A9gvTX8O7CSzelHRg__iU#" 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 2021https://www.boystown.org/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Pages/Our-Wish-for-2021.aspxOur 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="https://support.boystown.org/site/Donation2?df_id=2563&2563.donation=form1&mfc_pref=T" 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 Onhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Pages/The-Boys-Town-Legacy-Lives-On.aspxThe 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="https://support.boystown.org/site/Donation2?df_id=2563&2563.donation=form1&mfc_pref=T" 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 programhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Pages/Distance-Learning-with-the-Family-Home-program.aspxDistance 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="mailto:Julia.turkevich@boystown.org">Julia.turkevich@boystown.org</a>​.<br></p>2020-11-13T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent