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Vegas Stronger Champion: Collaboration Center Stronger Champion: Collaboration Center<p>This article was posted on <a href="" target="_blank"></a> on September 1, 2023.<br><span style="background-color:transparent;">By </span><a href="" target="_blank" style="background-color:transparent;">Justin Bruce</a><span style="background-color:transparent;">. </span></p><p>LAS VEGAS — This month's Vegas Stronger Champion helps families with intellectual and developmental disabilities.</p><p>Diagnosing and treating intellectual and developmental disabilities is the goal of the <a href="">Collaboration Center</a>, housed on a former horse ranch in the Southwest Valley.</p><p>"Some could have autism, they could have Down Syndrome, they could have cerebral palsy, they could have spina bifida, they could have dyslexia," Collaboration Center Foundation co-founder Lynda Tache explained to Channel 13. "We all need to work together because the needs are so great to serve everyone living or touched by intellectual, developmental, learning, or physical disabilities."</p><p>A tortoise rescue habitat, a handicapped-accessible working garden, and a playground dot the five-acre campus. The goal is to make the Collaboration Center an enjoyable place to spend time as it serves as a one-stop shop for families in need of resources. There's even a café staffed by Lynda's son Grant, who holds the title of Chief Inspiration Officer.</p><p>"This is something that I kind of wish I had growing up," Grant told Channel 13. "I really do love working here, and this is a good outlet for people wanting to get services and other stuff for their kids."</p><p>Pathways staffers help families navigate the system to find resources for a variety of disabilities.</p><p>"Because there is a lack of services, a lack of providers, a lack of diagnosing providers for kids who need a diagnosis," explained Pathways Coordinator Mayela Rodriguez, "our job is to alleviate that pain for families by helping them scout the community and providing them what is there to offer."</p><p><a href="/locations/nevada/Pages/default.aspx">Boys Town Nevada</a> is one of those partners, performing on-site diagnoses for autism and neurological conditions, so kids and their families can then get support. John Etzell is their executive director and is excited to be a part of the Collaboration Center.</p><p>"All the other six organizations that are partnering here are coming together to work together, to help solve a problem, to help solve a need for families so they only have to go to one place," Etzell told Channel 13. "So they're not driving from Henderson to North Las Vegas to Summerlin for doctor's appointments, activities, and therapies that their kids may have."</p><p>For their hard work, the Collaboration Center is this month's Vegas Stronger Champion, recognized by <a href="">Findlay Automotive Group's</a> Jeff Giles with a donation check.</p><p>"It's so great to be here at the Collaboration Center and understanding more about what you do making a one-stop shop for so many different charities for families that have different needs, so you're not driving across town, but to be able to come one place in a beautiful location and to have everything all at once. We want to highlight you as our Vegas Stronger Champion for creating this amazing place," Giles said.</p><p>"We appreciate the support," replied Collaboration Center co-founder Lynda Tache. "This is a big undertaking to serve so many families in Nevada that have different disabilities, and we need everyone's support. And we can't do it without you and everybody else that comes alongside us. We're really excited to keep serving the families in our community."​​​<br></p><p>​</p>2023-09-06T05:00:00ZNews<a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Vegas Stronger Champion" height="230" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/vegas-stronger.JPG" width="410" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /></a>text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Psychiatrists Say Mental Health Should be Top of Mind Ahead of School Year Say Mental Health Should be Top of Mind Ahead of School Year<p>​<em style="background-color:transparent;">​This article was written b</em><em style="background-color:transparent;">y </em><a href="" target="_blank" style="background-color:transparent;"><em>Regina Ahn</em></a><em style="background-color:transparent;">. It was posted on </em><a href="" target="_blank" style="background-color:transparent;"><em>FOX5</em></a><em style="background-color:transparent;"> on August 2, 2023.</em></p><p>LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) -School is almost here for Clark County students and parents, and according to experts, prioritizing mental health is essential for a successful year.</p><p>"When mental health isn't optimized, I think we see it in a multitude of ways, whether that's being able to manage stress, anxiety, energy levels, ability to engage," said psychiatrist Dr. Farzad Kamyar.</p><p>Kamyar says prioritizing mental health is important to set up for success for both students and parents.</p><p>“For kids, I would say the single best, most readily available resource will be their parents or caregivers making sure that we have this foundation for open lines of communication, where they feel comfortable expressing, 'Hey this is what's going on,'" Kamyar explained.<br></p><p>He added that this may be a stressful time in the days before school begins, as schedules are changing and day-to-day responsibilities can get tricky, but he says the best thing to do is stay calm.</p><p>“If I'm a parent, super calm and relaxed with my approach, then they're going to feed off that and translate that to whatever the situation is that's at hand," said Kamyar.</p><p>For students, a good resource is <a href="/locations/nevada/Pages/default.aspx">Boys Town Nevada</a>, an organization providing mental and behavioral health resources to families all across the valley. They have a presence in 83 schools across the district. The organization's Dana Roseman says their goal is to help students with any troubles and to stay successful in school.</p><p>“Teaching them the skills that they need so they can be better citizens in their schools, eventually better citizens in the city," Roseman said.</p><p><strong>To watch the full interview, click </strong><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a><strong>.​</strong></p>2023-08-04T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Mayor Goodman recognizes Boys Town Nevada Day Goodman recognizes Boys Town Nevada Day<p>​<a href="">This article was posted on 3 News LAS VEGAS (KSNV) on June 21, 2023.</a><br></p><p>LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — A new local holiday is recognizing the need for youth care in the valley.</p><p>Mayor Goodman joined City Council in announcing June 21 as Boys Town Nevada Day.</p><p>Boys Town Nevada's Executive Director, John Etzell, spoke at the City Council meeting on Wednesday to accept the nonprofit's Certificate of Recognition and Proclamation.</p><p>The organization was highlighted for its 32 years of service in providing child and family care for those in need.</p><p>Over the last year, the nonprofit has served over 5,000 children and impacted more than 49,000.​</p><p><img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Nevada-Day-2.jpg" alt="Boys Town Nevada Day" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p><img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Nevada-Day-3.jpg" alt="Boys Town Nevada Day" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p><img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Nevada-Day-4.jpg" alt="Boys Town Nevada Day" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p><img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Nevada-Day-5.jpg" alt="Boys Town Nevada Day" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>2023-07-05T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Nevada Day" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Nevada-Day-1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
John Etzell Presents at Nevada State Board of Education Meeting Etzell Presents at Nevada State Board of Education Meeting<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">John Etzell, Executive Director for Boys Town Nevada, recently had the opportunity to present at the Nevada State Board of Education meeting.</span></p><p>At the meeting, John presented how Boys Town Nevada's programs and services impact students and families, as well as school climate. <br></p><p>In the 2022-23 school year, Boys Town Nevada provided direct in-school support to 39 schools and wraparound services to 24 schools. In the 2023-24 school year, they will provide direct support to 63 schools and wraparound services to 20 schools. </p><p>To view John's full presentation, <a href="" target="_blank">click here.</a> <br></p><p><img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/john-etzell-boar-education-meeting/NV-education.jpg" alt="NV-education.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>2023-06-23T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Nevada school sign" src="/locations/nebraska/PublishingImages/NV-Schools-sign.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Nevada Ready" src="/locations/nebraska/PublishingImages/NV-Schools-sign.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Nevada expands in CCSD schools, looking to hire for 50 positions,-looking-to-hire-for-50-positions.aspxBoys Town Nevada expands in CCSD schools, looking to hire for 50 positions<p><span style="background-color:transparent;">LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Boys Town Nevada, a local non-profit, works directly with at-risk youth to help curb behavioral issues in schools and in homes. Next school year they will expand from working in 67 schools to 92 schools here in Clark County.</span></p><p>The non-profit needs to fill 50 positions before next school year to meet its growth. To do just that, they are hosting job fairs and conducting on-the-spot interviews. They are even offering up to $5,000 hiring bonuses.</p><p>8 News Now spoke to several candidates looking at roles at Boys Town Nevada and candidates told us they found the organization through social media.</p><p>It's more than just money said John Etzell, the Executive Director of Boys Town Nevada. He said it's about finding people who want to serve the community and helping these children.</p><p>“Our goal is to be able to teach them the right social skills to be more successful in the future in the classrooms. So they are getting along with teachers better and students better. Creating less of a challenge for the school district," Etzell said.</p><p>Boys Town Nevada serves more than 6,000 children here in the valley.</p><p>You can find more information on Boys Town Nevada including their open positions <a href="">at this link</a>. They are accepting applications through next week.​<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="" class="btn btn-action" target="_blank">Click To See Jobs At This Location​</a></p>2023-06-23T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Hosts Inaugural Intellectual Property Summit Town Hosts Inaugural Intellectual Property Summit<p>​​On Tuesday, April 25, a group of employees from across Boys Town gathered at the corporate headquarters to participate in a collaborative brainstorming event. The first event of its kind at Boys Town, the 2023 Intellectual Property Summit resulted in shared ideas and expertise, connections across the many functions of our broad-reaching organization and a lot of laughs!<br></p><p>“Boys Town has an extensive history of taking concepts built from research and interaction with the people we serve and turning them into something that can change the way America cares for children and families," said Rod Kempkes, Boys Town CEO. “Over the years, we've used these ideas to create scalable solutions that impact children and families across the country, to improve service offerings in mental and physical health and to drive further research to advance care for future generations. The summit came to fruition to intentionally build on this history of change – and to bring together people from across the organization who might not typically interact with one another."</p><p>Upon arrival, representatives from departments ranging from research to IT to healthcare to education were split into groups of five to seven people. After spending some time participating in ice breakers to get their creative juices flowing, the groups were tasked with working as a team to come up with an innovative solution for a challenge faced by employees working to fulfill the Boys Town mission. Their creative, analytical, service-focused minds did not disappoint!</p><p>Following an afternoon of brainstorming, discussion and analysis, the groups presented ideas that addressed:</p><ul><li>Improving digital citizenship skills for Boys Town youth,</li><li>Eliminating transportation barriers for service users,</li><li>Modernizing fundraising options,</li><li>And more!</li></ul><p>Alas, only one team could claim the Square Mile Innovation Legacy (SMILe) Award. Chosen by popular vote of the summit participants, the SMILe Award recognizes the team that made the greatest impression. Voters were encouraged to consider connection to mission, resource efficiency, creativity and more.</p><p>Attendees chose the team of Gary Breit (external research consultant), John Etzell (youth care), Monty Horine (governance and strategy), Tony Jones (Successful Futures), Susie Kaup (marketing and development), Gabrielle Merchant (research) and Ryan Metcalf (IT) and their solution that addressed the youth mental health crisis.</p><p>Congratulations to our SMILe Award honorees, and to the entire cohort of 2023 Intellectual Property Summit participants! Boys Town extends a sincere thank you for your willingness to share your time, energy and creativity. ​<br></p><p>​</p>2023-06-13T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Hire More. Help More. Save More. More. Help More. Save More.<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​Over the past three years, Boys Town Nevada has become agile and resilient in finding new ways to be true to our mission-- helping </span><em style="background-color:transparent;">more </em><span style="background-color:transparent;">children and saving </span><em style="background-color:transparent;">more</em><span style="background-color:transparent;"> lives. I am proud of the work we have accomplished as a growing nonprofit and pledge to serve even </span><em style="background-color:transparent;">more</em><span style="background-color:transparent;"> children and families in our community this upcoming year. Our growth has resulted from the establishment of new partnerships and collaborations, all designed to bring our mission to life. Over the last year, we have served over 5,000 children and impacted </span><em style="background-color:transparent;">more</em><span style="background-color:transparent;"> than 49,000.</span></p><p>At Boys Town Nevada, we continue to deepen our roots in the community and work tirelessly to enable and empower life changes across generations. Our new partnership with the Collaboration Center Foundation provides additional space for our mental health professionals, enabling us to successfully reach more children and families in need of behavioral and mental health services and those with Autism diagnoses. Through this partnership, we have tested more than 300 kids for Autism since June 2021.</p><p>Our focus for 2023 is to continue to grow our educational program, LIFT Together with Boys Town <sup>SM </sup> within the Clark County School District (CCSD). By August, our LIFT Together program will be in more than 85 CCSD schools, so we are actively training and investing in our staff to continue to make an impact in our community, as well as hiring an additional 40 team members to support CCSD, After eight years here, I have seen first-hand how our LIFT Together program significantly improves the behavior and mental health needs of the kids and families of the Southern Nevada schools. </p><p>We look forward to the results of the many new opportunities we are pursuing to positively impact our community.  We are anxious to share our stories of hope and change, including the one about the Flores family featured in this newsletter's Family Spotlight.</p><p> </p><p>John Etzell, </p><p> <img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/John-etzell.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>Executive Director<br></p><p>Boys Town Nevada<br></p><p>​</p>2023-03-01T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent