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Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Join Us for our Spring Fling 172 March 21! Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Join Us for our Spring Fling 172 March 21! <p>Boys Town Nevada invites you to our Spring Fling 172 at the 172, a live music club at Rio Las Vegas! Come and enjoy an evening of live music, light hors d'oeuvres, wine and a silent auction. All proceeds will support Boys Town Nevada and its programs.</p><p>Please RSVP by March 13 and if you have any questions, contact Emily Routh at <a href="mailto:emily.routh@boystown.org">emily.routh@boystown.org</a> or 702-724-8409.</p><p>We hope to see you March 21!</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <a class="btn" href="https://attend.boystown.org/Nevada/SpringFling/" target="_blank">Buy Tickets Now!</a> </p><h3>Date: </h3><p>March 21, 2019</p><h3>Time:</h3><p> 5 – 7:30 p.m.</p><h3>Location:</h3><p>172<br>Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino (2<sup>nd</sup> floor)<br>3700 W. Flamingo Road<br>Las Vegas, NV 89103</p>2019-03-21T05:00:00ZEventNevada;#

 

 

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;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada Honored as Partner of the Year Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada Honored as Partner of the Year <p>On October 23, Boys Town Nevada Common Sense Parenting<sup>® </sup>(CSP) was honored by Clark County School District (CCSD) as partner of the year. </p><p>They received the award at the Annual Partnership Recognition Breakfast where the CCSD celebrated their amazing community partners.</p><p>Stacy Burrell, CSP Supervisor,  represented Boys Town in receiving this award for the work CSP has done with FACES – an organization that helps schools, families and communities partner to help ensure children are successful. </p><p>Through FACES, parents of current and future CCSD students can enter into the University of Family Learning program. This program provides parents access to several valuable resources for education, networking and parent leadership information. Boys Town Common Sense Parenting is one of those resources. Boys Town CSP classes are now in almost all Clark County schools that partner with FACES, which has helped increase community awareness and engagement of Boys Town Nevada's programs and services. </p><p>"We were so excited when this partnership began with the school district," said Burrell. "We love how we are making waves to be more involved with the community. I think this kind of program really gives parents a sense of value."  <br></p>2018-11-21T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Stacy Burrell" src="/locations/north-florida/Banners/StacyBurrell.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#
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;#