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Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | You’re Invited to a Special Breakfast! Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | You’re Invited to a Special Breakfast! <p>Start your day with Boys Town Nevada on Wednesday, June 12, to learn how you can help your employees sharpen their parenting skills and become more productive in the workplace.</p><p>You'll enjoy a continental breakfast and a "parenting café" that provides a sample of the proven strategies we can share with the moms and dads who work for you.</p><p> <a href="https://attend.boystown.org/nevada/breakfastRSVP/Default.aspx">Register today!</a><br></p><p> </p><p> <strong>WHAT</strong></p><p>A complimentary Corporate Breakfast hosted by Boys Town Nevada</p><p> <strong>WHEN</strong></p><p>Wednesday, June 12, 8 – 10 a.m.</p><p> <strong>WHERE</strong></p><p>Boys Town Nevada Office</p><p>821 North Mojave Road, Las Vegas, NV <br></p>2019-06-12T05:00:00ZEventNevada;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Downtown Runaround Corporate Team Scavenger Hunt Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Downtown Runaround Corporate Team Scavenger Hunt <h3>Is your company up to the challenge?<br></h3><p>Are you looking for a way to beat employee burnout, build a positive company culture and compete against other companies? <a href="https://attend.boystown.org/Nevada/DowntownRunaround/" target="_blank">Sign-up</a> for the "Downtown Runaround", a scavenger hunt in downtown Las Vegas presented by Boys Town Nevada and Zappos.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This is a competitive team-building activity you and your coworkers won't soon forget. Now is the time to show that your company's team can beat your competitors' teams any day of the week… especially on Saturday, October 5, 2019.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">You will start your day with a Continental Breakfast at Zappos Headquarters and receive instructions for the hunt (7:30 am – 8:30 am). We encourage your team to wear a t-shirt that represents the team spirit of your organization, group, or corporation. All you need is a cell phone and a team captain. Teams of five and ten will receive clues and hints on their mobile phones and will take a photo once they arrive at each clue stop. For 90 minutes, your team will search for 25 clues at various historic stops in Downtown Las Vegas (8:30 am – 10 am). At the end of 90 minutes, teams will return to Zappos for the awards ceremony, lunch, and a silent auction (10 am – Noon). If you are competing as an individual or a team with fewer than five members, we will pair you with another fun family or team.<br></p><p>Form your teams and <a href="https://attend.boystown.org/Nevada/DowntownRunaround/" target="_blank">register now</a>!</p><p></p><ul><li>Compete against departments!</li><li>Challenge your competitors</li></ul><p></p><p>If you have any questions, contact our Development Department at 702-724-8406 .<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <b>Date:</b><br><span style="background-color:transparent;">Saturday, October 5, 2019</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <b>Time:</b><br><span style="background-color:transparent;">7:30 AM to Noon</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <b>Location:</b><br><span style="background-color:transparent;">ZAPPOS HEADQUARTERS<br></span><span style="background-color:transparent;">400 STEWART AVENUE<br></span><span style="background-color:transparent;">LAS VEGAS, NV 89101</span></p>2019-10-05T05:00:00ZEvent

 

 

Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Single Mom Finds Empowerment through Boys Town Nevada Services Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Single Mom Finds Empowerment through Boys Town Nevada Services <p>​Having recently separated from her husband, Rosalba was having a difficult time adjusting to life as a single mom. She could also see her two children were having a hard time with the family's new situation. Her son Kevin was having trouble in school and her daughter Leslie had been thinking about hurting herself. With everything in turmoil, the family's stability was at risk.</p><p>Rosalba knew she had to do something to help her children and herself. First, she enrolled in Boys Town Common Sense Parenting® classes that were being offered at a local school. In the classes, she learned how to communicate with her children better and set reasonable expectations for their behavior. She was able to practice new parenting skills before she used them at home, and learned how to praise her kids for their positive behaviors and use appropriate consequences to correct their negative behaviors. </p><p>Through the Common Sense Parenting classes, Rosalba learned of another Boys Town service that could benefit her family. A Boys Town Nevada Care Coordination Services Consultant soon was visiting Rosalba's home, eventually arranging for the family to begin therapy that would help them heal from the inside. </p><p>Two months after starting therapy, Leslie was no longer having self-harm thoughts and had increased her self-esteem. She also understood that the separation was not her fault and that it was okay to love who she was. With his mom's support, Kevin was able to focus better in school and take advantage of additional assistance from school staff. He even earned a certificate for his progress and accomplishments, and is more outgoing thanks to the new social skills he has mastered.  </p><p>Rosalba also learned valuable skills from the Consultant, including how to advocate for herself and her family and how to access formal and informal community resources to stabilize her home. In recent weeks, Rosalba has become an informal caseworker to her friends, teaching them how to communicate better, use formal supports and navigate different systems. </p><p>With Boys Town Nevada's help and support, Rosalba now feels empowered </p><div class="hidden-gal"> <a title="Andrade Family" class="image-group cboxElement" href="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/AndradeFamily2_opt.jpg">image 1</a> </div>2019-05-17T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Andrade Family" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/AndradeFamily_opt.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Family Builds on Boys Town’s Help to Chart Brighter Future Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Family Builds on Boys Town’s Help to Chart Brighter Future <p>​Sometimes, parents just need a helping hand when it comes to dealing with a child's problem behaviors.</p><p>That's the situation Louella and Justin Taylor found themselves in when their son, Eric, started misbehaving in school and at home.</p><p><em>Louella is an energetic, understanding and concerned mom who enjoys photography in her spare time. She believes in the power of art for all ages. Justin is a great dad who is not afraid to be silly with his kids. He stays calm and is very consistent in his discipline. Eric is an active little boy who likes video games and telling stories. His sister, Hana, is a funny, independent girl who likes to explore things before she gets involved in them.</em></p><p>Besides getting him into trouble at school, Eric's negative behaviors were causing stress at home. They were hurting family relationships and causing everyone to get upset and frustrated.</p><p>Like so many parents, the Taylors found the help they needed at Boys Town Nevada.</p><p>The family learned of Boys Town services through Eric's school. Soon, they were meeting with a Boys Town Consultant in their home, learning new parenting methods and positive ways to strengthen their family's relationships. Through a combination of In-Home Family Services, Care Coordination Services and Common Sense Parenting<sup>® </sup>classes, Louella and Justin began to make steady progress in effectively correcting Eric's negative behaviors and praising and reinforcing his positive behaviors.</p><p>By the time Boys Town services ended, the couple was parenting both of their children with more confidence and consistency. And everyone in the family had grown closer.</p><p>"We are more focused on goals," Louella said. "We now have the tools and resources to address problems. I've learned about using effective consequences and also being flexible with my parenting skills."</p><p>Parenting is tough. It's okay to ask for help. When the Taylors reached out to Boys Town Nevada, they found a new direction for their parenting and new ways to strengthen their family.</p>2019-05-17T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Taylor Family" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/TaylorFamily_opt.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada Participates in Children's Week Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada Participates in Children's Week <p>March 11 through 14 Boys Town Nevada participated in Children's Week at the Nevada Legislature in Carson City. </p><p>The purpose of Children's Week is to represent Nevada's children and strengthen their families. In the past four legislative sessions, more than 80 nonprofit, corporate, philanthropic and state agencies and organizations have joined to show support for the children and families of Nevada with a goal to improve the communities through events and outreach efforts geared towards children.  </p><p>Each day of Children's Week the event focused on a specific topic. The themes were children's day, school readiness, children's safety and children's health.</p><p><img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/BoysTownEmployees.jpg" alt="Boys Town Nevada" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px 10px;width:400px;height:300px;" />Those who represented Boys Town Nevada at this week-long event were John Etzell, Executive Director Boys Town Nevada, Jessica Sasso, Senior Director Program Operations Boys Town Nevada and Lisette Burton, Vice President Youth Care Policy and Advocacy. </p><p>"It was great that Boys Town could be the voice for the youth and families in our community. We shared how our services are a resource in the community. Having elected officials understand the services and impact can help influence funding," said Jessica. </p><p>Child Advocacy Alliance (CAA) did their 2018 Nevada Children's Report Card which shows the national ranking of Nevada in certain areas that effect children, including health, safety, education and economic well-being. Nevada's best score was a C- in the safety category, and their worst score was an F in the education category. Additionally, Nevada ranked low for reading, math and preschool enrollment. </p><p>These stats prove that there are still areas of improvement for youth in Nevada. Boys Town had the opportunity to discuss with multiple legislative members the outcomes of our program Well-Managed Schools as part of the "LIFT Together" community initiative. </p><p><img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/future.jpg" alt="future" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px 10px;width:350px;height:467px;" />"Building relationships with elected officials can help to bring light to our services. We are often not a recognized provider in the community and we are looking to change this," said Jessica Sasso. </p><p>The Boys Town representatives at this event were able to meet with department director and administrators for the Department of Health and Human Services, Nevada Department of Education, seven senators, eight assemblymen and woman and the Governor's Legislative Director, Keith Hightower. </p><p>Boys Town Nevada has several programs such as In-Home Family Services<sup>®</sup>, Common Sense Parenting<sup>®</sup> and Care Coordination Services<sup>®</sup> that can save the lives of at risk youth and help strengthen families in need. This event was a great way to highlight all that we have to offer to the community and gain support from local officials. <br></p>2019-04-05T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Childrens Week" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/ChildrensWeek.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Childrens Week" height="528" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/ChildrensWeek.jpg" width="870" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Caitlin Stapley Puts Bellevue Master's Degree to Work as CSS Director Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Caitlin Stapley Puts Bellevue Master's Degree to Work as CSS Director <p>When Caitlin Stapley started working for Boys Town Nevada eight years ago, she knew it was the right fit for her, but she also had a strong desire to advance her Boys Town career and knew that obtaining a master's degree would be "critical for personal and professional development."</p><p>Throughout her time at Boys Town, Caitlin has held multiple positions. First as an In-Home Family Services (IHFS) Consultant, then Director of Common Sense Parenting. Later, she moved back to IHFS as a supervisor then became the manager. Eventually she was promoted to her current role as Director of Community Support Services for Boys Town Nevada. </p><p>Caitlin's professional advancement is a result of her commitment to bettering herself and going back to school. </p><p>"Getting a master's is hard work but ultimately the best decision I ever made," said Caitlin.</p><p>Caitlin got her master's degree in clinical counseling from Bellevue University which is a 60-credit hour graduate program modeled on national licensing standards for those who are preparing to deliver direct mental health services and who are pursuing mental health licensure to deliver these services.</p><p>Boys Town has a partnership with Bellevue University which includes a tuition assistance package of up to $5,250 per year for full-time and part-time employees wanting to expand their education. </p><p>For people like Caitlin who are not in the state of Nebraska it is still possible to get your degree online. </p><p>"It was easy to take classes out of state. For classes that we needed to see people or work as groups there were on-line avenues for that," said Caitlin. "The staff at Boys Town and Bellevue were really great at working with me at any challenges that came up. I really felt supported through the entire process."</p><p>Not only will a master's degree help advance your career it will also give you new skills to better serve our children, families and communities. </p><p>"This skill set has made me a better supervisor, leader and trainer," said Caitlin. "I consistently use motivational interviewing techniques not just at work but in my personal life as well." <br></p>2019-03-04T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Caitlin" src="/parenting/PublishingImages/caitlin.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | With Boys Town Nevada’s Help, Family Finds Hope, Gift of Holiday Happiness Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | With Boys Town Nevada’s Help, Family Finds Hope, Gift of Holiday Happiness <p>Sometimes, a simple breakdown in communication in a family can lead to bigger problems like damaged relationships, conflict and instability in the home. This situation is especially difficult during the holidays, when a family's distress is magnified. </p><p>That was the challenge Michele Tapp and her 11-year-old son Joshua faced when anger and emotional responses began to dominate their interactions. Most times, the two couldn't have a conversation without arguing or making hurtful comments.</p><p>When Joshua's negative behaviors worsened, Michele felt more and more overwhelmed. Joshua would get angry and upset when he didn't get his way or get what he wanted, yelling and physically lashing out. One time, he spent a night in juvenile detention for hitting a family member.</p><p>By the time Child and Family Services referred the family to Boys Town Nevada, Michele was on the brink of despair.</p><p>"When Boys Town came into our home, we were close to losing each other, which is all we have," Michele said.  </p><p>Rachel Williams, a Boys Town In-Home Family Services Consultant, was soon making regular visits to the Tapp home, working with Michele and Joshua to repair their relationship and their home life. For Michele, this included setting and reinforcing house rules and appropriate boundaries for Joshua, learning how to correct his misbehaviors through positive discipline, spending more one-one-one time with her son and reaching out for support from community resources and Joshua's school. </p><p>With the holidays approaching, Michele also looked into obtaining food and gifts from local organizations so the family could have an enjoyable and less stressful holiday celebration. </p><p>Slowly, Mom and son began to blend Rachel's strategies and suggestions into their daily lives. After 11 weeks of receiving services, Michele was confident that she and Joshua were making progress and growing closer.</p><p>"We now have better communication skills and (have) learned how to cope and deal with anger and emotions in a better way," she said. "We also learned how to deal with the positives and negatives of life in a healthy way." </p><p>Michele and Joshua continue to work on making their family stronger. But with Boys Town Nevada's support and regular follow-up visits by Rachel, they are staying on the path to healing.      </p><p>"By providing some guidance, practical solutions and parenting skills, this family learned how to talk with each other and not bring up the past," Rachel said. "Josh now respects and sees his mom as a parent and not a friend."</p><p>For Michele and Joshua, Boys Town Nevada's compassionate care was one of the best holiday gifts they could receive.<br></p>2019-01-22T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Tapp Family" src="/locations/new-england/Holiday_Gifts/NV-image.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | John Etzell named Executive Director of Boys Town Nevada Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | John Etzell named Executive Director of Boys Town Nevada <p>Boys Town is pleased to announce that John Etzell has been named Executive Director of Boys Town Nevada. Following his graduation from the University of St. Thomas, Etzell held numerous roles at Boys Town including Assistant Family Teacher, Family Teacher, Residential Consultant and Program Director of Residential Services.</p><p>Etzell has over 17 years of progressive non-profit management experience in education and residential services. He has experience in new start-ups, including opening two new charter high schools in Colorado in four years and opening the Family Home program at Boys Town New England.</p><p>Most recently John was Head of School for Colorado Early Colleges Aurora. In this role he successfully obtained grant funding and developed partnerships with local charter elementary and middle schools. In addition, he was successful in obtaining federal and private grants, including a Walton Family Foundation grant.</p><p>"With John's strong background in growing and developing relationships within the community and experience in raising funds combined with his knowledge of the Boys Town model, he will be a great asset to Boys Town Nevada in moving its initiatives forward to improve the lives of kids and families," said Vice President of Site Operations, Lisa Batenhorst. "I'd like to congratulate John and encourage all to welcome him to Nevada." </p><p>Etzell holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and is currently working on his Master of Business Administration, Non-Profit Management degree. Please join us in welcoming John back to the Boys Town family.</p>2019-01-17T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="John Etzell" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Etzell.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada Celebrates Common Sense Parenting Graduates Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada Celebrates Common Sense Parenting Graduates <p>On November 15, Boys Town Nevada hosted an event to celebrate 2018 Common Sense Parenting<sup>® </sup>(CSP) graduates and past alumni from the program. </p><p>This is the third year that Nevada has held this CSP recognition event. The theme for this year was gratitude. </p><p>"This event is a great way for parents to come together and connect with one another and to become a support group," said Stacy Burrell, CSP Supervisor, "This is also how we as Boys Town can show that we are still here and we still support them." </p><p>The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas catered the event to provide a warm meal for the families that attended, which was a very special thing for some in attendance who come from shelters. </p><p>A highlight of the event was having the children come up and talk about what they were thankful. One child stated that he was thankful for his mom. It is because of programs such as CSP that parents gain the skills to be the best they can for their children. </p><p>"CSP has the power to transform present and future relationships between caregivers and children for generations to come. In order for individuals to learn, we must teach," said Stacy. "When families learn to cope in a positive manner, our community is safer and stronger."</p><p>Not only did Boys Town Nevada show gratitude to all the parents and families that they have served, they also gave thanks to some of their partnering agencies, which have increased in the past year. </p><p>This year there were four platinum sponsors, which means they hosted three or more CSP workshop this year. The platinum sponsors were: Hope for Prisoners, Shade Tree, Las Vegas Rescue Mission and Human Behavior Institute. </p><p><img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/NVstaff.jpg" alt="Nevada Staff" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>2018-12-05T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Nevada Event Decorations" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/decorations.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#