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Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada, HOPE for Prisoners Team Up to Prepare Incarcerated Parents for Return Home Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada, HOPE for Prisoners Team Up to Prepare Incarcerated Parents for Return Home <div class="hidden-gal"> <a title="CSP Spotlight" class="image-group cboxElement" href="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/CSPSpotlightphoto1.png">image 1</a> </div><p>​Being separated from a parent is a traumatic experience for any child. Such separations are even tougher on a family when they are the result of a parent's incarceration in a correctional facility. </p><p>But thanks to a cooperative effort between Boys Town Nevada and the local HOPE for Prisoners program, parents who are about to be released from jail are getting the help they need to make their transition home and reunification with their kids smoother and successful. </p><p>HOPE for Prisoners, headed by CEO and founder Jon D. Ponder, offers its participants an 18-month commitment to help them navigate the many challenges they will face as they return home. At a minimum, each participant is required to complete a pre-vocational training workshop and also is invited to participate in a mentoring program, leadership training and job development services. </p><p>Another key component to success for participants is Common Sense Parenting<sup>®</sup> (CSP) classes provided through Boys Town Nevada.  </p><p>Incarcerated men and women (and their spouses) who enroll in CSP classes learn and practice skills for meeting a variety of parental challenges they may face upon being reunited with their children. These include setting appropriate boundaries, using effective discipline techniques, maintaining self-control and others. </p><p>"In the classes, some participants are initially hesitant about practicing their new skills and fear being judged by their peers," said CSP trainer Stacy Burrell. "However, they quickly experience support and encouragement from their trainer and others in the group. As a result, those who complete the six-week CSP course are better prepared to effectively use the parenting skills and strategies they learned when they return home to their children."</p><p>Many CSP participants are on probation or house arrest, or are residing in transitional living facilities. The CSP program is also offered to men who are due for release within 60 days from the Clark County Detention Center. This helps prepare them for reunification with their children and families prior to their release date.</p><p>Boys Town Nevada's Common Sense Parenting program has been working with Hope for Prisoners since 2015, and has served more than 500 individuals. Every year, Boys Town Nevada hosts six to eight CSP workshops in correctional facilities.</p><p>"Most times, it's good to step out of your comfort zone to grow for yourself, your child and others," said Clair Rogers, a CSP graduate. "Success is a daily routine – one day at a time and one skill at a time. Sometimes it's painful, but the work is worth the end result. Thank you, Boys Town!"</p>2018-08-24T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Recent graduates of a Boys Town Nevada Common Sense Parenting course proudly display their certificates of completion." src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/CSPSpotlightphoto2.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | With Boys Town’s Support, Family Pulls Together to Work through Problems Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | With Boys Town’s Support, Family Pulls Together to Work through Problems <p class="page-suppt-cont" style="max-width:46%;"><em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-3 ms-rteFontSize-2">As a reward for their hard work in improving their behaviors, Alyna (center) and Joseph got to attend a Las Vegas performance of Hamilton with Marisela Aguina, the Boys Town Family Consultant who worked with their family. Tickets to the show were generously donated by a Boys Town Nevada supporter.</em></p><p>Families in need of support can make great changes when they know at least one person cares.</p><p>For the family of Marina Rodriguez, that one person was Boys Town Nevada Family Consultant Marisela Aguina.</p><p>Marina, a single mom to 15-year-old daughter Alyna and 14-year-old son Joseph, was working full-time at multiple jobs, trying to make ends meet and provide for her family. Unfortunately, with Marina often being away from home for work, Alyna and Joseph got into trouble.</p><p>Both teens ended up on probation for destruction of property and for making other bad choices. When she was referred to Boys Town Nevada for assistance, Marina admitted she was struggling and feared she was losing control of her kids. She said she didn't know how to talk to her children about correcting their behaviors, but was eager to get them back on track, at home and in school, and strengthen their family relationship.</p><p>When Marisela first started working with Marina, Alyna and Joseph during home visits, she implemented a 10-week program that would help the teens meet the requirements of their probation and help Marina improve her parenting skills. Marisela also linked the family to a number of community services and accompanied them to scheduled court hearings. </p><p>Over time, Marina learned and implemented new discipline strategies with Alyna and Joseph, creating a more structured home environment. She also began using effective consequences and communicated with her children with more patience and understanding. </p><p>Together, Marina and her kids have taken big steps toward becoming a closer and stronger family. Both teens are now officially off probation, are enrolled in summer school and have a better relationship with their mom. During their last court hearing, the judge expressed happiness and pride in both teens' progress. Marina also left one of her jobs so she can spend more time with Alyna and Joseph, and she is happier and less stressed in her daily routine. </p><p>"I learned how to make better choices," Alyna said of her experience with Boys Town Nevada. "We all make mistakes, but we can also learn how to fix them. I can't thank Boys Town enough for sending Marisela to our home."</p><p>Marisela credited the Rodriguezes' success to their willingness to work together to resolve their problems.</p><p>"Alyna and Joseph have a bright future," she said. "Both teens are working toward completing their school credits and graduation. The family has a strong relationship and is able to communicate and solve problems together. I'm extremely proud of all the progress these kids made and how much time and sacrifice Marina made to see her children succeed. Giving someone a little faith can really be the key to putting them on the right path to a better future."</p>2018-08-23T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Rodriguez" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Rodriguezphoto.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Alyna (center) and Joseph got to attend a Las Vegas performance of Hamilton" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Rodriguezphoto.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada and Community “Saddle Up” for Kids Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada and Community “Saddle Up” for Kids <p>​On February 28, 2018, Boys Town Nevada held "Saddle Up and Help Our Kids", an event at Stoney's Rockin' Country in support of the Latin School Initiative. During the evening, guests were able to participate in a fun-filled western theme with great music, line-dancing lessons, western dinner and a mechanical bull.</p><p>While the event was a way for the Nevada and Boys Town community to have a special night out, it was also a chance for the Nevada site to share with friends new and old, about how important donations are for the youth and what still needs to be done. "People often don't understand raising money for In-Home Family Services or Care Coordination, but they understand that when things aren't stable at home, kids cannot fully benefit from what they're learning in school," said Executive Director, Denise Biben.</p><p>Creating a healthy environment for the youth and giving them the support they need to excel is crucial for learning in the classroom and Boys Town Nevada hopes that the more awareness they bring to the community, the more lives they can help. Last year, the school initiative served 750 children through fundraising alone, which is just under one-third of the entire number of kids served at the site.</p><p>The donations and support "Saddle up and Help Our Kids" received from the generous attendees, is one more step in making a difference for children and families. "In total, we raised just under $9,000, but more importantly we made new friends who will hopefully become ambassadors for the work we do," said Biben.</p>2018-03-22T05:00:00Z<img alt=""Saddle Up " for Kids Event" src="/news/PublishingImages/saddleup_3.jpg?RenditionID=2" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada Holds Community Appreciation Awards Event Honoring Long-Time Supporters Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada Holds Community Appreciation Awards Event Honoring Long-Time Supporters <p>​At Boys Town, success is not achieved through the work of one person, but through the selfless acts of many people. Every generous act that occurs never goes unnoticed and this year, Boys Town Nevada wanted to show all the people who have dedicated their time to Boys Town, how much their contributions matter to the site's success.</p><p>On January 31, 2018, Boys Town Nevada held their very first Community Appreciation Awards event, where board members, volunteers, foundations and employees were honored and recognized for their contributions. The 2017 year was incredibly successful in many areas for the Nevada site and Executive Director, Denise Biben and Board of Directors Chair, Tony Sgro, wanted to celebrate all of those who are long-time friends and supporters of the site.</p><p>During the evening, honorees and their guests were able to attend a social hour and buffet dinner, followed by the awards ceremony, and listen to a first-hand experience about a woman becoming a better parent through the help of Boys Town. As the first Community Appreciation Awards celebration, Boys Town Nevada wanted to honor those whom the awards were named after and those who received the awards.</p><p>"Many of our Former Board Members, for whom awards were named, were very honored and touched by the recognition and I believe that it helped show our appreciation, as well as, tie our history to our future," said Biben.</p><p>Seven awards were presented to the following recipients during the ceremony, for their efforts in going above and beyond every single day:</p><ul> <li>The Norman Jenkins Strategist Award: To be recognized in 2019</li><li>The Winnie Schulman Philanthropist Award: Paul Huygens</li><li>The Dave Courvoisier Ambassador Award: Kevin Buckley</li><li>The Houssels Family Foundation Award: Engelstad Family Foundation, Irvin Stern Foundation, Binion Family Foundation, Dutton Family Foundation, Keyser Family Foundation</li><li>The Volunteers Award: MGM Working Mothers, Golden Nugget, Steelhead Productions, Wyndham Vacation Ownership</li><li>Employee of the Year (Program): Yoly Smith</li><li>Employee of the Year (Administrator): Donna Pacella</li></ul><p>Each award honoree received proclamations recognizing their contributions, while recipients of the awards received certificates of recognition, the "two brothers" statue or a framed picture of Boys Town youths at the Festival of Hope.</p><p>While the awards were a way for Boys Town Nevada to express their appreciation toward those who dedicate their time to the organization, it was also a way to connect the board and community together, showing them how the site wouldn't be where it is today without all their work. "Boys Town is very blessed with many people who support the work we do every day with their time, talent and treasure, and like we teach our kids, we should express our gratitude and thankfulness for all they do," said Biben.</p><div class="hidden-gal"> <a title="Boys Town Nevada Long-Time Supporter Awards" class="image-group cboxElement" href="/news/PublishingImages/awards_3b.jpg">image 1</a> </div>2018-02-27T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Nevada Long-Time Supporters Award" src="/news/PublishingImages/awards_3a.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada Behavioral Health Clinic Makes Official Debut at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada Behavioral Health Clinic Makes Official Debut at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony <p>After opening back in February 2017, the Boys Town Nevada Behavioral Health Clinic had their official ribbon cutting ceremony on September 7,<sup> </sup>2017 to introduce the facility to the community.</p><p>With more than 30 people in attendance, the clinic held an open house where members of the community could get a first-hand look at the building and resources that it has to offer for families. Some of those that made an appearance for the clinic's opening included well-known members of the Nevada area such as Assemblyman Steve Yeager and representatives from the offices of: Governor Sandoval, Senator Heller, Senator Cortez Masto, Congresswoman Rosen, and Congressman Kihuen.</p><p>For the Boys Town Nevada Behavioral Clinic, the open house was more than a peek inside the new building. "It was an opportunity to further introduce Boys Town Nevada to our community, further some key relationships with donors and decision makers, and build relationships with referring agents," said Dr. Tara Borsh, Boys Town Nevada Behavioral Health Clinic Director.</p><p>While the Behavioral Health Clinic has only been open for 7 months at Boys Town, several establishments have assisted in the development through their incredibly generous donations and contributions. </p><p>The Golden Nugget, a local casino that has worked with Boys Town Nevada for several years, has put in great efforts to support the clinic by donating all of the toys needed for the facility. The University of Nevada-Las Vegas and the Nevada Psychological Association (NPA) have also been involved with the clinic through their active promoting and patient referrals. Local schools and pediatricians lend their support by referring patients, as well.</p><p>Dr. Borsh has already set major goals for the progression of the clinic. "We plan to continue adding psychologists to meet the needs of the community for behavioral health services, and co-locate from the pediatrician offices," she said. With only two employees so far, Dr. Borsh and Clinic Services Representative Heather Parker, the clinic is looking to add a staff psychologist position. Not only is the staff expanding, but Dr. Borsh hopes to see an increase in families coming to the Behavioral Clinic, and is projected to work with 90 families in 2017.</p>2017-10-11T05:00:00Z<img alt="Boys Town Nevada Behavioral Health Clinic Makes Official Debut at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony" src="/news/PublishingImages/100517_OpenHouse.jpg?RenditionID=2" width="300" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada Backpack Drive Community Has Their Back Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada Backpack Drive Community Has Their Back <p>For a family living in poverty, buying their child a backpack for school is one of the last things on their mind. After learning about this ​need in the community MDL Group, a Nevada commercial real estate group, challenged nine other commercial real estate groups to give back by competing in a backpack drive for Boys Town Nevada. </p><p>Wanting to impact their community, MDL Group met with Boys Town Nevada to plan Originally the groups were challenged to collect 2,500 backpacks for youth that Boys Town Nevada serves, but this goal was easily surpassed. When all was said and done, the nine commercial real estate groups collected 9,365 to donate to youth that Boys Town Nevada supports. Seven thousand backpacks were distributed to eight schools served by Boys Town Nevada's School Initiative Program and the rest will be distributed to the families being served through the In-Home Family Services program.</p><p>"It was fun, exciting, challenging, inspiring and frustrating at times, but that's what makes the end result even sweeter," said Hayim Mizrachi, Chief Executive Officer of MDL Group. "How cool is it that we were able to give every single child in eight schools a brand new backpack for the school year? Our friends at Boys Town Nevada could not have imagined what the commercial real estate industry is capable of." </p><p>In Las Vegas one in four children live in poverty, which is why events like this backpack drive are so important for the site. "The children attending the schools we serve all get free lunches due to income," said Donna Pacella, Boys Town Nevada Development Director. "Many parents have trouble putting food on the table and have no money to provide backpacks or school supplies. These nine companies made a huge difference."</p><p>Along with the backpack drive, Metro Diner, a local Nevada establishment, will be providing free meals on July 15 and will be asking patrons to make a donation to Boys Town Nevada. </p><p>Thank you to all who were involved with this project and for positively impacting the community one backpack at a time. </p><p> <em>"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world." – Margaret Mead   </em></p>2017-07-19T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/071217_Backpack-rollup.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | The Rogers Foundation Gives $100,000 to Boys Town Nevada Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | The Rogers Foundation Gives $100,000 to Boys Town Nevada <p>​Dedicated to transforming lives through arts and education in Southern Nevada, The Rogers Foundation recently awarded a total of $240,600 in grants to three local programs, including $100,000 to Boys Town Nevada. </p><p>"Our mission at The Rogers Foundation is to transform lives through arts and education," said Beverly Rogers, Chairman of the Board for The Rogers Foundation. "The $100,000 Gift of Assurance to Boys Town Nevada will support a program that puts family counselors in schools to work with educators to identify early signs of family instability.  We put a lot of focus on Clark County's under-resourced student population—we know that when kids are hungry, have troubles at home, and can't concentrate for any number of personal reasons, learning is not a priority.  We are thrilled to get behind Boys Town's endeavor to break the cycle of poverty by making a learning environment possible."</p>2017-06-09T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" height="196" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/060817_RogersFoundation.jpg?RenditionID=2" width="320" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#