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And the Winner is… the Winner is…<p>​After an exciting evening and raffle, we have a winner! Congratulations to Malik, the winner of the 50/50 raffle! </p><p>Last week, Boys Town Nevada partnered with UFC and launched a combined online and in-venue 50/50 raffle campaign leading up to UFC 269: Oliveira vs. Poirier on Saturday, December 11 at T-Mobile Arena.</p><p>Starting last Wednesday and until the 11<sup>th</sup>, fans and supporters located in the state of Nevada at the time of purchase were able to buy raffle tickets online and then on site at T-Mobile Arena, day-of.</p><p>We are so grateful for those that participated and proud to announce that the total pot raised was $70,540! The winner of the raffle, Malik, will receive 50 percent of the total 50/50 ticket sales, while the remaining 50 percent will go to Boys Town Nevada.</p><p>John Etzell, Boys Town Nevadam Executive Director, said “It was amazing to see his excitement when he realized he was the winner! When I asked why he bought tickets, he stated "It was for a good cause!"</p><p>Boys Town Nevada continues to enjoy a lasting relationship with UFC, over 15 years! Thank you again to UFC for their partnership and to all who participated!<br></p><p>​<br><br></p>2021-12-17T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town - Raffle Winner" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Nevada-5050-Raffle-Winner.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town helped local mother get son, life back Town helped local mother get son, life back<p></p><p><em>This article was written by Mick Akers and originally posted on </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em> on November 30, 2021</em></p><p>After struggling with being a single parent and dealing with mental illness, one Las Vegas mother reached a breaking point.</p><p>Bianca Stephens, 34, had had enough of the pressures of everyday life and had stopped taking her prescribed 21 pills a day to treat her borderline personality disorder, anxiety and depression. As the pressure mounted, she attempted to take her own life, an act her 12-year-old son Tate Wright II happened to witness.</p><p>“The stress of being a single mom, with COVID and trying to maintain school and grades and work by myself … I felt like a water barrel that was ready to burst," Stephens said recently.</p><p>So one day, while standing in the kitchen, Stephens picked up a paring knife and started slashing her left wrist. “My son came in and he was really freaked out because there was blood everywhere."</p><p>After the incident, Stephens spent six days in Summerlin Hospital under psychiatric watch. When she was released from care, she connected with Boys Town Nevada, a nonprofit that's been in operation in Las Vegas since 1991.</p><p>Boys Town provides classes that prevent disruption in the home and lead to the reunification of families by ensuring they have the support and skills needed to create and maintain a safe, stable environment for their children. Boys Town Nevada is headquartered in Las Vegas and serves more than 2,000 children each year.</p><p>Boys Town helped Stephens learn how to be a successful parent, giving her the support and advice she needed during situations she didn't know how to handle.</p><p>“They actually gave me support that I didn't have anywhere else," Stephens said. “It almost felt like having my parents back."</p><p>Now Stephens is using the techniques and tips Boys Town taught her for parenting in other aspects of life, including work. It also helped her simplify her daily pill intake by asking her doctor if the amount of medication could be reduced; she went from taking 21 pills a day to just three.</p><p>Boys Town also helped her learn to set more boundaries with her son, thus mitigating potential conflicts. Now, she says, “I'm up front with him about what I'm expecting so there is no guessing."<br>Stephens said she's grateful for the help Boys Town provided her and she looks forward to being in contact with them and recommending them to others.<br>“Because of the attention they gave me in such a loving way, I was able to learn to love myself," Stephens said. “Through this I learned that if you make mistakes you can always get back up, there's never a time when you can't get back up."<br><em>This story was produced in partnership with the United Way of Southern Nevada as part of the </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em>“Everyone Deserves Hope"</em></a><em> effort to assist local families this holiday season. To contribute, visit</em>​<br></p><p>​</p>2021-12-02T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/15875358_web1_hope_boystown_web.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
30 years of success at Boys Town Nevada years of success at Boys Town Nevada<p>On September 30, Boys Town Nevada paid tribute to its past, honored its present and celebrated its future with a special anniversary gala marking thirty remarkable years of helping children and families throughout southern Nevada.<br></p><p>Hundreds of longtime supporters, donors and friends gathered at the iconic Keep Memory Alive Event Center in downtown Las Vegas for an unforgettable evening of reflection and celebration. Among the many memorable highlights, there was:     </p><ul><li>A salute to nine special honorees - Norm Jenkins, Judge Charles McGee, Tom Waite, Winnie Schulman, Kevin Buckley, Reed Harris, Sarah Popek, Punam Mathur and Marilyn Kirkpatrick - whose advocacy on behalf of children and families has made a profound and positive difference in Las Vegas and beyond.</li><li>An energetic musical performance by “The Ultimate Showman" Earl Turner.</li><li>A heartfelt message from Boys Town President and National Executive Director Father Steven Boes. </li><li>A surprise honor for the evening's emcee, Dave Courvoisier, who received the Voice of Boys Town Award in recognition of his longtime friendship and support.</li><li>A tribute to Boys Town alum Terry Weggeland, whose son Steve announced a generous gift to Boys Town Nevada in honor of his father.  </li><li>An exciting auction featuring an array of amazing items, including a custom framed electric guitar signed by Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards of the rock band the Rolling Stones. </li></ul><div style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Boys-Town-Nevada-30th-1.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px 1rem 1rem 0px;width:420px;height:281px;display:inline-block;" /> <img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Boys-Town-Nevada-30th-3.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;width:420px;height:281px;display:inline-block;" /> </div><p>The love, energy and enthusiasm from everyone in attendance helped raise more than $200,000. This generosity will ensure Boys Town's life-changing programs and services can continue to grow and expand to meet the needs of our community.<br></p><p>Boys Town Nevada extends a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone whose contributions over the past 30 years made this celebration possible and whose dedication to the mission of saving children and healing families will be an inspiration for years to come!</p><p>Check out all the moments we <a href="" target="_blank">captured throughout the evening</a>!<br></p> <p>​</p>2021-10-14T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Boys-Town-Nevada-30th-sml-bnr.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Boys-Town-Nevada-30th-2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Mondays with Monica: First day back in class for CCSD students; parents and teachers tackling ‘new normal’ with Monica: First day back in class for CCSD students; parents and teachers tackling ‘new normal’<p></p><p><em>This article is written by Monica O. Jackson. It was posted on <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em><em> </em><em>on August 9, 2021.</em></p><p>LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — It's the first day back in class for CCSD students and parents and teachers are tackling pandemic-related challenges.</p><p>Monica spoke with John Etzell who is the executive director of Boys Town Nevada as he shared how you can help kids get acclimated to the “new normal."</p><p>John Etzell and his wife are parents to three teenagers. He shared a few helpful tips that can help parents when it comes to managing the “new normal" in school.</p><p>Communication – Listen to what is going on in their world from their perspective</p><p>Flexibility – They are experiencing school during a pandemic for the first time</p><p>Routine – Set realistic goals and a schedule that allows your child to adjust</p><p>Etzell says he has a partnership with the Clark County School District and that the connection can help parents and teachers if they find themselves in a crisis with a child or student.</p><p>If a parent wants to reach out for a consultation with Boys Town Nevada, please visit their website, call 702-642-7070, or email Someone is available to assist parents in English and Spanish.</p><p><strong>To watch the full interview, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a></strong><em>.​</em></p>2021-08-12T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
New Boys Town facility will reduce waiting time for autism testing Boys Town facility will reduce waiting time for autism testing<p><em>​This article is written by Caroline Bleaky.<a href="" target="_blank"> It was posted on</a> </em><em> </em><em>on June 17, 2021.</em><br></p><p>A local non-profit that helps save children and heal families has a new facility. Boys Town has a second behavioral health clinic. Most importantly, this should help reduce the waiting time for autism testing.</p><p>The organization, which has been in Nevada for 30 years, offers behavioral health services for kids and their families.</p><p>The new facility is in the southwest part of the valley and offers a one-stop shop for children with intellectual, emotional, and physical disabilities.</p><p>The clinic will help with autism testing, therapy, and support siblings of those with autism.</p><p>“That initial diagnosis and testing allows them to receive the services whether it's occupational therapy, physical or speech or educational services. It's a huge sense of relief. This is what my son or daughter needs to be the most successful," said John Etzell, executive director of Boys Town.</p><p>The current waitlist for autism testing is 16 to 18 months. Boys Town hopes to decrease that time and serve at least 200 more families.<br></p><p>​</p>2021-06-25T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
New behavioral health clinic for children opens in Las Vegas behavioral health clinic for children opens in Las Vegas<p> <em>This article is written by KTNV staff. It was posted on </em> <a href=""><em>on June 15, 2021.</em></a></p><p>Boys Town celebrated its grand opening for the new Behavioral Health Clinic space at the Collaboration Center Foundation, a disability network that is focused on social inclusion, family and peer engagement, recreation, therapy, and education.</p><p>The Behavioral Health Clinic opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 15.</p><p>Nevada is ranked 50th for mental health and has a lengthy waiting list for autism assessments, so Boys Town fills a very important need and increases access to care for families to diagnose kids with autism.</p><p>Boys Town Nevada Behavioral Health Clinic will provide assessments for autism spectrum disorder at the Collaboration Center Foundation.</p><p>Providers from the Boys Town Behavioral Health Clinic will provide assessments to diagnose children, ages 2-17, with autism.</p><p>“We are thrilled to be a part of the Collaboration Center Foundation with so many other agencies to support our community and families that need it the most," said Boys Town Nevada Executive Director John Etzell. “Englestad Foundation has helped make this possible with a grant and we are very grateful".</p><p>“Boys Town uses innovating approaches to child and family care right here in Southern Nevada," said Kris Engelstad McGarry, Trustee of the Engelstad Foundation. “By supporting the Boys Town Collaboration Center, children with autism will be able to get the help they need, including access to proper testing and educational services."</p><p>The Autism Clinic for Kids is a comprehensive clinic designed to provide diagnosis, management and care of children of all ages with autism spectrum disorder. Boys Town's goal is to maximize a child's neurodevelopment through early identification, innovation through research and coordinated treatment care.​<br></p><br>2021-06-17T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Behavioral Health Opening" src="/locations/nebraska/PublishingImages/BehavioralHealthOpening.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Nevada Care Coordination Services Helps Family Get Back on Track Town Nevada Care Coordination Services Helps Family Get Back on Track<p></p><p>After facing years of abuse and domestic violence, Maria was finally able to get away from her husband. She left with her six children and started a new life. She dedicated herself to work so that she could support herself and her children. But then, the pandemic hit. Maria was laid off. Unable to find another job in the middle of a pandemic, she fell behind on rent and bills. Maria was determined and kept looking for employment. When she found a new job a few months later, it was for the night shift. But she took the job and made it work.</p><p>Exhausted from parenting six children on her own while trying to adjust to a new schedule that required her to stay up all night, sometimes Maria would fall asleep as soon as she got home. This meant the children didn't always get to school on time, if at all. Their attendance started dropping and the kids' school became concerned. The school asked Boys Town for help and our School Support Specialist, Mayra, came out to the family's home to determine their needs and got them signed up for Boys Town's Care Coordination Program.</p><p>Boys Town Care Coordination Services is designed to help families find the community resources and support they<br>need to improve stability. Our Care Coordination Consultant, Delia, was a constant source of support for the family.</p><p>Unfortunately, Maria received an eviction notice because she had become behind on rent during the months she did not have a job. Delia was able to help Maria find rental assistance and find a new apartment to live in. Maria learned how to look for community resources that helped her become financially stable.</p><p>Meanwhile, Mayra worked with the children in school to help them get back on track after missing so many days. Thanks to the wraparound support Boys Town provided, every member of the family benefitted. Everyone is less stressed, and Maria is thankful to be able to care for herself and her children.​<br></p><p><br></p>2021-04-23T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/NV-help-fam-get-back.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent