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Boys Town Nevada Hosts LIFT Together Lunch and Learn

Nevada LIFT Together Lunch and Learn

On November 14, Boys Town Nevada hosted a Lunch and Learn for principals and administrators from 15 different Clark County Schools. A few of these schools are currently implementing the LIFT Together with Boys Town initiative, while the rest attended to learn more about the program and the impacts it can make in their respective schools.

The principals and administrators heard from Boys Town Nevada Staff Jessica Sasso, Senior Program Director; Jasney Cogua-Lopez, Director of Community Initiatives; Scott Butler, Director of Boys Town Day School; and Brandon Danowski, Principal at J.E. Manch Elementary School. This two-hour Lunch and Learn provided the group with valuable information on the LIFT Together program, the data outcomes, first-hand testimonials, and a message from Scott Butler about the power of "hope" and how it plays a key role in the educational process for youth and adults in school.

LIFT Together Lunch and LearnThe Clark County School District is the fifth largest district in the nation, providing education to over 320,000 children. This is approximately 75 percent of the children in the state of Nevada. Currently 9 schools in the district implement the LIFT Together program, with five of the schools having the full program. The program is mainly in elementary schools, but Boys Town Nevada just began a partnership with Peterson Academic Center, a behavioral junior/senior high school.

In the first two years of the program, there have been many successes. Initial year one data from one of the LIFT schools shows that there has been a 54 percent decrease in behavior incidents school wide, violent threats have decreased by 85 percent, fighting is down 56 percent, bullying is down 22 percent, and attendance is up by 700 days.

LIFT Together Lunch and LearnAs Boys Town Nevada looks to the future, they want to keep expanding the program to more schools and helping as many children and families as possible. Since the LIFT Together program isn't implemented district wide, it has grown organically through connections and building relationships with principals and school administrators. "Jessica Sasso has done an amazing job of building connections with local schools. The statistics of the last two years really show her hard work paying off," said Stephanie Lahat, Development Director for Boys Town Nevada. "As we look to the future, Jessica has built an outstanding foundation to grow and expand the program in big ways in both the short and long term."

The Lunch and Learn was held in an effort to provide school principals and administrators with more information on the LIFT Together program and how it could benefit their respective schools. They were able to hear firsthand from their colleagues how the program is already positively affecting schools in Clark County. "Administrators and principals were coming up at the end of the event asking for additional information and material to share with their colleagues," said Lahat. "Three administrators were already asking for starting steps to implement the LIFT Together program, and one additional school has signed on for implementation in 2020."

Thank you to all the hard-working Boys Town Nevada staff. Boys Town looks forward to seeing how this program changes the schools in Nevada.

For more information on the LIFT Together Program and the Boys Town Nevada School Initiative, visit here.