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Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Annual Festival of Hope Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Annual Festival of Hope <p>Boys Town Nevada will be hosting our third annual Festival of Hope on Friday, December 6 at Mini Gran Prix. The Festival of Hope is a private joyous holiday celebration put on for the children and families we serve. We will celebrate the season with an evening of holiday fun including photos with Santa, crafts such as ornament decorating, cookies from Mrs. Claus, music, dinner, and more. Children will also get to enjoy the fun of Mini Gran Prix with rides, go-karts, and arcade games. </p><p>With the help of our generous sponsors Boys Town families will be able to enjoy this event free of charge. If you would like to help make the Festival of Hope an event to remember for our children and families, please consider sponsoring or volunteering. You can reach out to Stephanie Lahat at 702.724.8406 or <a href="mailto:Stephanie.lahat@boystown.org?subject=Annual Festival of Hope">Stephanie.lahat@boystown.org</a> for information. </p><h3>Date:</h3><p>December 6, 2019</p><h3>Time: </h3><p>5:30-8:30 PM</p><h3>Location:</h3><p>Mini Gran Prix<br> 1401 N. Rainbow Blvd<br> Las Vegas, NV 89108</p>2019-12-06T06:00:00ZEventNevada;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent

 

 

Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | In the News: 'It's not a kid issue': Why an elementary school is using home visits, virtual reality to combat chronic absenteeism Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | In the News: 'It's not a kid issue': Why an elementary school is using home visits, virtual reality to combat chronic absenteeism <p>​Boys Town Nevada has partnered with Manch Elementary School to help combat chronic absenteeism. Boys Town brought its "LIFT Together with Boys Town<sup>SM</sup>" program to the northeast valley school, where teachers and administrators were trained on classroom management techniques that praise students' positive behavior as a means to curb negative behavior. Better behavior, as the logic goes, keeps students engaged and in class.</p><p>Total behavior incidents — whether threats, fighting, bullying, classroom disruptions or something else — dropped by 54 percent, according to data collected by Manch and Boys Town officials. Suspensions also decreased 56 percent, while student attendance increased by 700 days.</p><p>The Boys Town partnership also involves in-home family services, parenting classes and care coordination to give families needed resources.</p><p>Read the full story from <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/its-not-a-kid-issue-why-an-elementary-school-is-using-home-visits-virtual-reality-to-combat-chronic-absenteeism">The Nevada Independent</a>.</span></p>2019-10-07T05:00:00ZNewsNevada;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | LIFT Together with Boys Town Community Partnership Merits Visit from Office of Children’s Bureau Commissioner Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | LIFT Together with Boys Town Community Partnership Merits Visit from Office of Children’s Bureau Commissioner <p>Representatives from the office of Commissioner Jerry Milner, D.S.W., met with Boys Town Nevada staff July 18 and toured one of the Las Vegas schools that partner with our site in our LIFT Together with Boys Town<sup>SM</sup> program. Milner is the Associate Commissioner for the Children's Bureau, the Acting Commissioner for Family and Youth Services and the Acting Commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families.  </p><p>LIFT Together with Boys Town is a community-based partnership that addresses the complex underlying familial issues that prevent children from succeeding, and provides preventative services in order to generate community-wide impact. The partnership works closely with teachers and administrators in Las Vegas-area schools to identify those children in need of help as soon as possible, because school is where the first warning signs of family strife most often appear. The schools alert our team when red flags pop up and we make immediate contact to provide assistance. If a family accepts help, Boys Town Nevada Consultants begin meeting regularly with family members. </p><p>Lift Together with Boys Town is a different type of intervention in that it doesn't just treat symptoms like truancy, acting out in school, bad grades, etc. Instead, it uses those symptoms to identify the bigger problem, and then tackles that problem at its heart. Partners work tirelessly to build trust and rapport with families, and are available to help resolve crises. They help families form long-term plans and tackle overarching issues such as job instability, relationship problems, mental health issues, addiction and legal issues.</p><p>The visit by representatives of Milner's office was the first to the State of Nevada, and was prompted by news being shared with Milner regarding the early successes of the LIFT Together with Boys Town community partnership and the positive impact it can have on schools in the Las Vegas community in the coming years. </p><p>While in Nevada, the representatives toured JE Manche Elementary school, where LIFT Together with Boys Town is playing a key role in student success. They met with school officials who are helping to implement the community partnership, and heard from families who have received services through it.  </p>2019-08-30T05:00:00ZNewsNevada;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Back-to-School Event Prepares Students, Parents for the New School Year Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Back-to-School Event Prepares Students, Parents for the New School Year <p><img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Back-to-School-Event-Prepares-Students-Parents-for-the-New-School-Year/Backpack.jpg" alt="backtoschool.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px 10px;width:213px;" />Hundreds of students and parents got a jump on the upcoming school year by attending Boys Town Nevada's Back-to-School Event. At the July 17 get-together, co-hosted by Health Plan of Nevada, Silver Summit and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, attendees enjoyed free resources and information from community partners, games, food and giveaways. Many students and parents took advantage of the Health Plan of Nevada's Mobile Health Clinic, which provided well-child screenings and immunizations that are typically mandatory for school enrollment. Thanks to generous donations from Health Plan of Nevada, Human Behavior Institute, Assemblywoman Danielle Monroe-Moreno, Assemblywoman Bea Duran and Assemblyman Edgar Flores, Boys Town was able to hand out nearly 400 backpacks to families in need in just under two hours. </p><p> The enormous turnout for the event indicated the great need in the community for free school supplies. In an effort to ensure that children in the community have the tools they need, Boys Town Nevada will continue to accept donations of backpacks and school supplies and will partner with the schools we work with to provide them to students throughout the school year.</p><p>If you would like to make a donation, please contact Stephanie Lahat, Development Director, at 702.724.8406.<br></p>2019-08-27T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Back to School" src="/locations/nevada/PublishingImages/backtoschool2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Back to School" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Back-to-School-Event-Prepares-Students-Parents-for-the-New-School-Year/School%20Supplies.jpg" width="320" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Effort to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestone Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Effort to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestone <p>​The effort to have Servant of God Father Edward J. Flanagan canonized a saint took a step forward today with the presentation of the Positio to Congregation for the Causes of Saints, along with a letter of support from Archbishop George Lucas.<br><br><a href="https://www.omaha.com/news/metro/effort-to-canonize-boys-town-founder-edward-flanagan-reaches-key/article_abb43a73-7e5c-59aa-a62e-a7b67a0b4af1.html?fbclid=IwAR3a4lPKoGHPBfp9iCfbcb_biLC0dMs6kY0E3ps6Z05RTHb1myqLaIsyB0U" target="_blank">Read more in this article</a> published by the Omaha World-Herald on July 22, 2019. <br></p>2019-07-30T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/about/PublishingImages/flanagan.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/canonization.jpg" width="300" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />All;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
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 to take care of her family on her own, while also helping others in her social circle. </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;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
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;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
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;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent