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Helms Helps Helps<p>The Helms Helps Foundation has partnered with Boys Town Nevada to raise funds to support the children and youth in our community. </p><p>The Helms Helps Foundation has launched a matching campaign for the month of December. Every donation we receive up to $20,000 through December 31, 2022 will be matched.</p><p>Your gift today will have an even greater impact thanks to the kindness and generosity of our friends at Helms Helps Foundation. </p><p>Donate today! Together we can help the children and youth of Nevada.</p><p> <a href="" target="_blank">To learn more about Helms Help Foundation click here </a> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="" class="btn btn-action" target="_blank">Donate Now!</a></p>2022-12-01T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Helms Logo" src="/locations/nevada/PublishingImages/Helms-Helps-logo.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Nevada Receives Top Workplace Award Town Nevada Receives Top Workplace Award<p></p><p> Boys Town has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2022 honor by The Nevada Top Workplaces. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.</p><p>A big thank you all our employees​, who helped make this happen!​<br></p><p><img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Award-ceremony-final-cropped.jpg" alt="Boys Town Nevada staff photo holding award" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>​</p>2022-10-18T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Top Workplace Award Logo" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Nevada-Top-Work-Places-Badge-2022.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Staff Spotlight - Keane-Maritess Talledo Spotlight - Keane-Maritess Talledo<p></p><p>Keane holds a B.A in psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work in their graduate program. She joined Boys Town Nevada back in 2020 after a colleague introduced her to the organization and saw that her determination and kind demeanor would be a great fit for the role.</p><p>She explains the favorite part of her job is when she is in front of parents teaching a core element of Common Sense Parenting, positive discipline.</p><p>“You are your children's first and most important teacher," she says. “I feel honored to give parents a few more tools in their tool belt to praise and set behavior expectations that work for their family."</p><p>She carries the weight of helping others break generational trauma with ease as she finds time to balance her job with self-care and awareness.</p><p>“Helping teachers and parents and everyone affecting our children is my passion because they are our future," Keane said.</p><p>On the weekends, you can find Keane on a run or at the gym recharging for the week ahead.</p><p>Her upbeat personality and willingness to help in any situation makes her a valuable part of the Boys Town Nevada team. Here at the site, she co-leads our employee engagement resource group offering creative ideas on how to connect all verticals of the organization. Last month, her team hosted a welcome party for our new staff with trivia, prizes and food and entertainment. There really isn't anything Keane can't do while making it fun and exciting for the audience she is leading. This month, stop by our virtual parenting classes at: to say “Hi" and introduce yourself to Keane. She'll be happy to meet you.​<br></p>2022-09-27T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/keane-headshot.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Volunteer Development Committee Development Committee<p></p><p>Starting this Fall, Boys Town Nevada will be hosting monthly meetings for anyone interested in joining our inaugural volunteer development committee. We are looking for any member of the community that is interested in donating their time or talent to help with planning, coordinating, and executing our events and fundraising efforts. Here are some of the expectations for the committee opportunity:</p><ul><li>Monthly, in-person/ virtual planning meetings</li><li>Planning assistance with:</li><ul><li>Festival of Hope (December 2022),</li><li>Top Golf Tournament (April 2023),</li><li>Back-to-School Bash (July 2023)</li></ul><li>Outreach support with volunteer coordination for above events</li></ul><p>If you are interested in joining a dynamic, hard-working, and impactful team, contact: <a href=""></a> for details.​<br></p>2022-09-27T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Board of Director’s Highlight of Director’s Highlight<p> <span class="img-zoom posR img-sm">​​​<img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/William-Carr-Photos-1.jpg" data-action="zoom" alt="" /></span>Earlier this summer, newest Board Member Orlando Gallegos organized a fundraiser with artist, William Carr during the unveiling of his newest project, Tree of Life.</p><p>Orlando is the Gallery Director for the artist's exquisite photography on display at the William Carr Gallery at The Shops at Crystals​. A long- time resident of Las Vegas, Orlando is a founding board member of the Nevada Hispanic Business Group and makes it his philanthropic mission to give the youth of Las Vegas opportunities to find success and rise above their circumstances and environment.</p><p>On June 24, art enthusiasts enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to the sound of piano music while getting to know the mission of Boys Town Nevada from our Development Director, Charlene Blackstone. During the event, William Carr donated proceeds from his latest photobook, World Focus Images Vol. II, to Boys Town Nevada. World Focus Images Vol. II offers 160 stunning images from around the world along with experiences from this Modern Master of Photography. We are proud to welcome Orlando to the Board this year and grateful he orchestrated a successful fundraising opportunity in his art community to save children and heal families in Southern Nevada.​<br></p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read b95c406f-c7e1-492b-84c8-bdc880d62625" id="div_b95c406f-c7e1-492b-84c8-bdc880d62625" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_b95c406f-c7e1-492b-84c8-bdc880d62625" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div><p>​<br></p>2022-09-27T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/William-Carr-Photos-2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Family Spotlight Spotlight<p><span style="background-color:transparent;">Kaden has shown amazing leaps in his social and behavioral development over the past year while working with School Support Specialist, KellyAnn. His mom, Leela, notices he is happier and friendly to his family at home and excited to go to school each day.</span><br></p><p>Leela and Kaden (6) were introduced to Boys Town Nevada in 2021 through a referral from his Kindergarten teacher. This educator asked our School Support Specialist, KellyAnn, to re-direct students during recess that were hitting each other. Leela explains Kaden's Kindergarten class experienced COVID restrictions during critical growth milestones and observed the students having trouble navigating authority in a school setting. In partnership with KellyAnn and the Assistant Principal, Kaden started to receive individualized education plans to improve his behavior and learn more social skills.</p><p>KellyAnn, in her role of a School Support Specialist, creates specific curriculums based upon the Boys Town evidence-based model. These individual behavioral plans focus on improving students' social skills that are a barrier to learning. Based upon 16 core social skills in our <em>LIFT Together</em> program, KellyAnn began to validate his emotions and teach him ways to communicate anger without hitting. While working on this behavior, she identified Kaden had an opportunity to work with speech pathologists to help him improve speaking with confidence.</p><p>Throughout the course of the 2021 School year, KellyAnn became a navigator for Leela on how to advocate for her son and getting the accommodations Kaden needed to support his education. Leela is very proud to see the growth and happiness in her son and grateful for the guidance of KellyAnn. Toward the end of the school year, Leela asked KellyAnn to attend Kaden's Kindergarten graduation to share in the joy he was learning and behaving at his appropriate grade level.</p><p>Next month, Kaden will receive the prestigious Role Model Award, recognizing him for exceeding expectations in classroom behavior. He has a group of friends he rushes into see at the beginning of each class and Leela notices how much clearer he speaks and is kind to others. KellyAnn still works with Kaden, but not as often as she did last school year.</p><p>“Kaden uses the calm down techniques that I taught him and has blossomed into a social butterfly!" KellyAnn said.</p><p>The support offered by KellyAnn is critical for students to succeed and overcome social and behavioral barriers to learning. Our <em>LIFT Together </em>programing is designed to provide educators and administrators a digestible curriculum that incorporates our evidence-based model focusing on prevention and intervention to keep students in school and thriving. To support life changing programs like <em>LIFT Together</em> or other Boys Town programs, consider making a donation at <a href="/donate">​​nate</a>.​<br></p>2022-09-27T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/KellyAnn.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Letter From the Executive Director From the Executive Director<p>As the heat of the summer wains, a season of new beginnings has fallen upon the valley of Southern Nevada. As a former education administrator, Fall reminds me of the hope and welcome change for the children and families starting a new school year. This is the first time in the past two years where we are witnessing the fruits of our labor in the community as our site embarks on a new journey of expansion.</p><p>Over the past year, we have seen steady growth with our partnership with CCSD schools, finishing the 2021-22 year with 28 schools. In 2014, we began partnering with high-need schools in Las Vegas to strengthen families of struggling students through our <em>LIFT Together</em> education model. Our <em>LIFT Together </em>programing is designed to provide educators and administrators a digestible curriculum that incorporates our evidence-based model focusing on prevention and intervention to keep students in school and thriving. <em>LIFT Together</em> employs designated School Support Specialists to teach social and behavior skills that are identified as a barrier to growth and learning. Early outcomes show our students improved in their school attendance and reduced office referrals with improved parent engagement.</p><p>In January 2022, I met with CCSD Superintendent, Dr. Jesus Jara, with the goal of significantly expanding our <em>LIFT Together</em> programs. On August 25<sup>th</sup>, Boys Town Nevada was approved by the CCSD Board Members to expand <em>LIFT Together</em> into 65 more schools --impacting more than 60,000 students and over 2,000 educators! Our programs help to create a calm atmosphere in schools, and our data shows a reduction in office referrals, higher student attendance rates and more parent communication with teachers.  </p><p>I am proud of our team and the work they have been able to achieve! I appreciate the continued support of the Boys Town Mission to “Change the way America cares for kids and families."<br></p><p>Executive Director,<br>John Etzell</p>2022-09-27T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/John-and-Jesus-Jara-Contract.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent