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Boys Town Nevada’s 30th Anniversary Celebrationhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/nevada/news-and-events/Pages/Boys-Town-Nevadas-30th-Anniversary-Celebration.aspxBoys Town Nevada’s 30th Anniversary Celebration<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​​​<img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Boys-Town-Nevadas-30th-Anniversary-Celebration/NV_30th_Gala-Banner.jpg" alt="NV_30th_Gala-Banner.jpg" style="margin:10px 0px;" />​<br></span><span style="background-color:transparent;">We invite you to join us on September 30, 2021 for an inspiring evening honoring our history and to celebrate the promise and possibilities of our future. Many amazing individuals, corporations and community partners will be recognized for their ongoing commitment and generosity. Their support has been instrumental in allowing Boys Town Nevada to bring hope and healing to countless children and families throughout the Las Vegas community.</span></p><p>Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. You or your company can support the work we do with an event sponsorship that will include entry to the event, logo recognition leading up to and at the event… and more! This support is a great way to partner with Boys Town for this momentous occasion! <a href="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/Documents/NV_30th_Anniv_Gala_SponsorBooklet.pdf">Find out more about these opportunities here</a>.</p><p> Stay tuned for more information as our event get​s closer, tickets will go on sale soon!</p><p>Contact Christine Frederick at <a href="mailto:christine.frederick@boystown.org">christine.frederick@boystown.org</a> to learn more.​<br><br></p><h3 style="text-align:center;">Event Details</h3><p style="text-align:center;"> <b>Date:</b> Thursday, September 30, 2021<br><b style="background-color:transparent;">Location:</b><span style="background-color:transparent;"> Keep</span><span style="background-color:transparent;"> Memory Alive Event Center<br></span><b style="background-color:transparent;">Time:</b><span style="background-color:transparent;"> VIP Cocktails 5:30pm : Event 6:30pm</span></p><p style="text-align:center;">Guests will enjoy a formal dinner and silent auction​​<br></p>2021-09-30T05:00:00ZEvent<img alt="Nevada 30th Gala" src="/locations/louisiana/PublishingImages/NV_30th_Gala-Rollup.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent

 

 

Transition back to classroom may not be an easy onehttps://www.boystown.org/locations/nevada/news-and-events/Pages/Transition-back-to-classroom-may-not-be-an-easy-one.aspxTransition back to classroom may not be an easy one<p>​​​<em><span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:15.6933px;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;">​This article was originally published on February 28, 2021 by the <a href="https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/education/transition-back-to-classroom-may-not-be-an-easy-one-2291035/" target="_blank">Las Vegas R​eview-Journal</a></span></em><span style="color:#000000;font-size:medium;"></span><br></p><p>Some of the Las Vegas Valley's youngest students are facing a huge transition this week as they set foot in a classroom for the first time in nearly a year — or the first time ever, for some — and mental health experts warn that it may not a smooth one.</p><p>The first day of school is always fraught with emotion, but Monday's return to the classroom for some Clark County School District preschool through third grade students is expected to bringing an added dimension to the usual anxieties, experts say.</p><p>Young children may be facing mental health challenges stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, including fears about getting sick, grieving the death of a family member or feeling the effects of a parent's job loss, they note. Others may suffer from acute separation anxiety after being home all day with their parents while the schools were closed.</p><p>Still others may have suffered abuse or neglect at home without the safety net that in-person schooling provides in terms of spotting the warning signs.</p><p>“We've got kids going back to classrooms for the first time in a year, and we need to be looking at what they've been doing for the past year," said John Etzell, executive director at the Las Vegas-based nonprofit Boys Town Nevada.</p><p>For example, Etzell said, during distance learning some kids may have been doing schoolwork or attending live class sessions from a comfortable sofa or bed, surrounded by pets or siblings. Or they may have gotten used to days that lack structure or developed the habit of moving frequently, he added.</p><p>The situation will be very different in the classroom when the first cohort of kids take their seats on Monday and Tuesday under a hybrid instructional model combining two days a week of in-person learning and three days with distance learning. Students in a second cohort that will attend classes on Thursday and Friday. Families also have the option of continuing with full distance learning, which has been in place for the school district's roughly 307,000 students since March 23.</p><p>District officials and school personnel will be well aware that some of the returning students may be in fragile states.</p><p>All staff returning under the hybrid model were slated to watch a “handle with care trauma-informed video," according to the school district's reopening plan.</p><p>Schools also are supposed to “reteach school and classroom expectations and avoid punitive approaches when managing negative behaviors" while also providing opportunities for students to re-establish routines, it said.</p><p>And schools are directed to identify students and families who have been harmed by the pandemic or experienced a major loss and notify a school leadership team, according to the plan.<br></p><h3>Child psychologists ready to step in</h3><p>Boys Town Nevada has a local behavioral health clinic staffed by three child psychologists. The nonprofit also contracts with 14 Clark County School District campuses — primarily Title 1 schools with high poverty rates — to receive referrals for children in need of behavioral health services, including for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, depression, verbal and physical aggression, difficulties with adjustments, trauma, relationship challenges, phobias and habits such as hair pulling.</p><p>With children back in classrooms in person, “the expectations are going to be significantly different," Etzell said, noting that for some students it will be their first time in a classroom environment. “Behaviors are going to be expected."</p><p>The types of behavior will run the gamut from “struggling to sit still" and having difficulty following instructions to being disruptive during class or experiencing emotional outbursts, experts say.</p><p>Another challenge with returning to classrooms: They'll look different than the ones children remember from a year ago, and there will be health and safety protocols such as wearing a face mask all day, he said.</p><p>Etzell said he recommends educators treat the Monday return like the first day of school and consider ways to make it fun and exciting.</p><p>He said educators will likely be repeating directions and reviewing expectations more than ever with students. And it will be important to put explanations into “bite-size chunks" so students understand why certain rules are in place, he added.</p><p>“Behaviors are going to happen, and being able to listen with empathy to whatever a kid might be feeling needs to be happening both at the school and parent level," he said.</p><p>Some children will be excited about going back to school in person and some won't, Etzell said, and parents will likely be nervous. “I think parents will also be emotional going into it as well."</p><p>Katherine Lee, an assistant professor in residence for the UNLV school psychology program, said many kids will handle the transition without too much drama.</p><p>“I think it really depends on the child and the family and the teacher and how they all prepare the child," she said.</p><h3>Finding the right level of excitement<br></h3><p>Children hear what's going on around them and how their parents talk about in-person classes, Lee said, noting it's important for parents to sound excited, “but not to the point that kids are jumping up and down."</p><p>Lee, a licensed psychologist and school psychologist, added that many of the children will already know their teachers and have been in communication with them remotely for months, so there won't be fears about “Who's this new person?" when they enter the classroom.</p><p>That won't be the case for all students, however, as some schools are switching kids to a new teacher depending on how many students are coming back in person versus continuing with distance learning.</p><p>Parents may be nervous about their child getting COVID-19 as a result of going to in-person classes, but “you don't want to communicate that," she said.</p><p>Also, similar to preparing for a new school year, the transition to some in-person classes involve “going through the regular motions that you normally do for back to school," Lee said, such as having a child pick out their clothes the night before.</p><p>For students who've never been in a classroom setting, they're going to have to learn the basics — where to sit, who to listen to, how to stand in line and how to be a good friend, Lee said. “I think it will still be really fun for kids."</p><p>Children at a young age benefit from structure, rules, schedules and consistency, Lee said, and they will be fine if adults around them make the return to classrooms a positive experience.</p><p>At Tate Elementary School in the northeast valley, school counselor Dawn Harris said the main mental health impact she has noticed among her students during the pandemic is they're missing socialization and friendships and after-school programs.</p><p>She said she hasn't seen students internalizing family stressors such as a parent's job loss but has talked with parents about their COVID-19-related needs and provided them with resources such as how to get help with paying utility bills.​<br></p><h3>Counseling for parents as well as students</h3><p>Harris said parents have been good about reaching out to the school for help. She also provides techniques to parents about ways to “decrease kids from even knowing certain things are going on" — such as parents experiencing financial issues — to avoid raising a child's anxiety level.</p><p>Starting Monday, the school will continue to do wellness checks virtually, as well as in-person for students who are attending under the hybrid model. “We have to shift the setting we're in," Harris said.</p><p>A good thing, Harris said, is that she already knows her students since she worked with them virtually during distance learning. “I'm a familiar face when they see me."</p><p>Harris said she plans to use the same techniques she used during distance learning to help students with their social-emotional health, including deep breathing, using an hourglass and counting to 10 as ways to calm down.</p><p>It's easier to provide support for such exercises in person, she said, because students can mimic her actions better and she can be more animated with her hands than when on a video call.</p><p>From a school perspective, preparing to transition to a hybrid model involves “a lot of preparation from all different angles," said Jennifer Furman-Born, principal at McCaw STEAM Academy, a Clark County School District magnet school in downtown Henderson. That includes preparing facilities and classrooms, “culture climate rebuilding" and re-energizing staff, she said.</p><p>About 55 percent of McCaw's preschool through third grade students are opting to come back under the hybrid model, close to the percentage districtwide, Furman-Born said.</p><p>The school will help children find their classrooms, which they've never seen in person, and have demonstrated what their teacher will look like while wearing a face mask, Furman-Born said. And families have had a chance to see what their child's classroom looks like via Google Meet before their child's return.</p><p>The school doesn't want to make it scary for children to wear face masks and practice social distancing, Furman-Born said. Instead, staff will strive to make it fun and have games to go along with having proper spacing.</p><p>Instead of focusing on what students can't do, she said, “we'll focus on what we can."​<br></p><h3>‘We really don’t know what to expect’<br></h3><p>Molly Wood, a kindergarten teacher at McCaw, has researched how other school districts across the nation have handled transitioning children to in-person classes during the pandemic. She said she expects the first few days of in-person classes will be different.</p><p>It will be important for educators to set the tone to make it fun and engaging and explain the reasons why students need to do certain things, such as wear a face mask, said Wood, who is in her fourth year with the school district.</p><p>But it's still a new experience for all involved, and there are unknowns.</p><p>“We really don't know what to expect," said Sarah Popek, principal at Tate Elementary School. “Obviously, we have this idea that kids will be so excited to be back in person, but we know that some of our students will have some difficulties with this transition."</p><p>Only 33 percent of Tate's students are returning to the classroom, with the rest opting for distance learning.</p><p>There will be a school counselor, and specialists from Boys Town Nevada and Communities In Schools on site, Popek said.</p><p>The school is also ensuring signage on campus is student friendly, Popek said. Signs feature a tiger — the school's mascot — to explain how to follow health and safety protocols.</p><p>Tate Elementary is occupying portable classrooms temporarily this school year at Heard Elementary School, so students attending in person will face an added challenge: They've never set foot on this particular campus. Open houses were held last week to help orient parents and students to their new surroundings.</p><p>Tate's original building, which opened in 1971, was demolished and is being replaced. The new facility is slated for completion on Aug. 1.</p><p>Each student returning in person under the hybrid model will get a reusable water bottle and two cloth face masks with the school's logo on them, Popek said, adding that many families may not have the means to purchase cloth masks for their children. The school also has fidget bands for students to use at their desk.</p><p>The school schedule includes “brain breaks" where students can go outside. Because playground equipment will be off limits, the school has created a recess pack for every child, including sidewalk chalk, a jump rope and a miniature ball of string.</p><p>Virginia Mosier, a kindergarten teacher at Tate and 20-year classroom veteran, is teaching the in-person part of the hybrid model. Last week, she had a presentation for students about how things are going to work in classes, including their “ninja rules" like wearing a face mask, keeping their distance and regularly washing their hands.</p><p>It's always a challenge to get kindergartners to walk in a line and stay together as a group, Mosier said. She plans to use a rope with rings six feet apart attached to it and each child will have a ring to hold onto to ensure social distancing.</p><p>Mosier said she can tell during live video lessons that her students are very active while watching from home. She typically incorporates singing into her instruction with students, but doesn't know if they'll be able to do that in person. But she plans to get her students up and moving as much as possible.</p><p>“I think the biggest problem is just going to be keeping everybody separated into their own space and to keep their own distance," she said.</p><p>Contact Julie Wootton-Greener at jgreener@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2921. Follow @julieswootton on Twitter.<br></p><p><em><br></em></p>2021-03-04T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Our Wish for 2021https://www.boystown.org/locations/nevada/news-and-events/Pages/Our-Wish-for-2021.aspxOur Wish for 2021<p>Dear Community Partner:</p><p>What a year this has been. An unprecedented pandemic. Racial and social injustice. Political divide. A recession. And through it all, those who have been most adversely affected have been children and families who were already the most in need. With so many uncertainties this past year, and as we head into the new year, two things we know for sure:</p><ol><li>Throughout the pandemic, Boys Town Nevada has been able to continue to provide imperative emergency assistance and mental and behavioral health support in Southern Nevada.</li><li>During this time of need, this amazing community has come together to continue to support the agencies delivering services, including Boys Town, and your gifts have impacted real lives of kids and families right here in Las Vegas</li></ol><p>Thank you for your partnership in what has been the most challenging year in recent history.</p><p>As we look towards the new year upon us, much remains uncertain. However, Boys Town Nevada looks forward to celebrating our 30<sup>th</sup> Anniversary! We are honored to have served nearly 30,000 children and families over the course of those years, and know that much of the hard work still lies ahead in the years and decades to come. </p><p>We remain committed to continuing to change the lives of children in Nevada, and we hope you will join us in that commitment by continuing to partner with and support Boys Town Nevada. It is your support that has gotten us to this milestone anniversary, and your support that continued to support and uplift families during this pandemic.</p><p>If there is one thing we've learned from this past year, it's that if we continue to work together, there's nothing we can't do.</p><p>We wish you good health, Happy Holidays, and a wonderful New Year.</p><p>Sincerely,<br><span style="background-color:transparent;">John Etzell</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">​</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <a class="btn btn-theme13" href="https://support.boystown.org/site/Donation2?df_id=2565&mfc_pref=T&2565.donation=form1" target="_blank">Help us teach love in 2021</a></p>​ <style> .ExternalClass .bt .btn-theme13 { margin:10px 0; padding-right:30px; padding-left:30px; padding-top:15px; padding-bottom:15px; } </style>2020-12-23T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Nevada’s Behavioral Health Clinic Growth Fund: Poised for Growth in 2021https://www.boystown.org/locations/nevada/news-and-events/Pages/Behavioral-Health-Clinic-Growth-Fund-Poised-for-Growth-in-2021.aspxBoys Town Nevada’s Behavioral Health Clinic Growth Fund: Poised for Growth in 2021<p>​​​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​I</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">n 2017, Boys Town Nevada opened the doors of its new Behavioral Health Clinic (BHC). The Clinic provides therapeutic services for children ages 2 to 18, and is one of the very few that provides services in our region to children ages 2 to 5. Services offered include Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, and Psychological Evaluations. In 2019, the Clinic served 244 youth, and is projected to serve over 300 by the end of this year.</span></p><p>In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, and with Las Vegas students engaged in full-time distance learning and many families experiencing unprecedented stress, the demand for mental health resources continues to climb. The Clinic has long had a consistent 100-person waitlist of three to six months, and a growing demand for specialized services. This year has brought on additional demand. As a result, the Behavioral Health Clinic looks to expand services in 2021 to better meet the demand of our local community. Boys Town Nevada has launched the Behavioral Health Clinic Growth Fund to help us do just that. The Fund will help the Clinic grow in the four key areas you see here, allowing us to provide a greater variety of services to even more children and families in Las Vegas.</p><p> <em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-6-0"> <span> <strong>Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT):</strong></span> </em>This evidence-based treatment for young patients with behavioral problems works with children and their parents to provide tools to address behavioral concerns and offers strategies and training to prevent larger issues down the road. Currently, there is only one other provider in the entire state of Nevada that staffs PCIT-licensed clinicians.<br><em> </em><br><em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-6-0"><strong>Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) Program: </strong></em>This program enables clinicians to accurately diagnose and treat kids on the autism spectrum across age, developmental level, and language skills. Due to a shortage of certified professionals in the Las Vegas area, the current waitlist for kids in Las Vegas to receive this type of assessment is over one year, and costs more than $1,000.<br><em> </em><br><em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-6-0"><span><strong>Post-Doctorate Training Program:</strong></span> </em>As the Valley struggles to attract and maintain talented mental health professionals, Boys Town Nevada's BHC is adding a Post-Doctorate Training Program which will enable post-docs to receive valuable training from our licensed clinicians. The program will also help attract and retain licensed professionals to work in Southern Nevada for years to come.<br><em> </em><br><em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-6-0"><strong><span>Addition of Remo​te Offices:</span> </strong></em>The majority of patients referred to the BHC are by local pediatricians, who report that the leading concerns parents share at appointments are behavior-based. In an effort to serve even more youth, the BHC looks to open additional offices, co-locating our practitioners right in pediatrician offices.</p><p>If you would like to become a partner in growing our mental health services in Las Vegas, an area already deemed a Mental Health Service desert, please contact Stephanie Lahat at <a href="mailto:stephanie.lahat@boystown.org">stephanie.lahat@boystown.org</a> to learn more about ways to support.</p><p>If you are in search of services for your child or a child you know, please contact Krystyna Kettner, at <a href="mailto:krystyna.kettner@boystown.org"> krystyna.kettner@boystown.org</a>​.​<br><br></p>2020-12-09T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
A Family Unitedhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/nevada/news-and-events/Pages/A-Family-United.aspxA Family United<p>​​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​This past year has been a challenging one.</span></p><p>For families already facing challenges, 2020 proved to be a tipping point. It pushed some households to the brink. This was the case for Melissa and her husband and three children, who were feeling the crushing weight of the stress and challenges brought on by the current pandemic.</p><p>Melissa was struggling with alcoholism, and with it, some violent tendencies. She felt the security of the future of her family was in jeopardy. It was then that Melissa reached out to Boys Town Nevada to get herself and her family the support that they needed.</p><p>Through Boys Town's In-Home Family Service® program and its Common Sense Parenting® classes, Melissa and her family received intensive support to help them identify weaknesses to improve upon, and strengths to build on. The moment Melissa and her family started working with Raeanna, one of Boys Town Nevada's In-Home Family Services Consultants, Melissa said there was an immediate connection. Her family felt at ease and were reassured that a brighter future lay ahead. Melissa received treatment for her addiction, and at the same time, the family worked together to address additional struggles within their household.</p><p>For several months, Melissa and her husband focused on improving parenting techniques. Along with their children, the family focused on communication and addressed behavioral issues. Melissa could not believe the improvements her family saw in just a few short months. For the first time in a long time, they felt unified.</p><p>Melissa credited Boys Town's programs with changing her life and saving her family.</p><p>“We're happy to have Boys Town in our (lives) because it benefitted us very well,“Melissa said.  “All the programs that (have) been offered to us and that we participated in really helped my family be united together."</p><p>Melissa encourages other families to seek any help they may need and to reach out to Boys Town Nevada to take advantage of its many programs.</p><p>“It's going to change your life," she said.​<br></p>2020-12-09T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Family" src="/locations/nevada/PublishingImages/Melissa-and-family-pic.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Because of you, Boys Town Nevada saw a lot of GOOD in 2020https://www.boystown.org/locations/nevada/news-and-events/Pages/Because-of-you-Boys-Town-Nevada-saw-a-lot-of-GOOD-in-2020.aspxBecause of you, Boys Town Nevada saw a lot of GOOD in 2020<p>In these times of crisis, we stand together to serve. Despite a trying year…Because of you, we still saw a lot of GOOD in 2020. We are so grateful for our community partners, friends and supporters in Nevada. We wouldn't have these incredible success stories to share if it wasn't for you. Thank you!</p><div class="columns article-grid"><div class="column"> <a class="article" href="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/Pages/Boys-Town-Nevada-LIFT-Together-Program-Helping-Kids-and-Families-During-Virtual-Learning.aspx"> <img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/nev-1.jpg" alt="Boys Town" /><span class="article-title">LIFT Togerher Program Helping Kids and Families During Virtual Learning <span> </span></span></a></div><div class="column"> <a class="article" href="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/Pages/Follow-Carlatta-and-Kayes-Journey-with-BT-Nevada.aspx"> <img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/nev-2.jpg" alt="Boys Town" /><span class="article-title">Follow Carlatta and Kayes Journey and Boys Town Nevada <span> </span></span></a></div><div class="column"> <a class="article" href="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/Pages/Staff-Spotlight-Leona-Hunter.aspx"> <img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/nev-3.jpg" alt="Boys Town" /><span class="article-title">Staff Spotlight Leona Hunter <span> </span></span></a></div></div>2020-11-13T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
30 Years of Serving the Las Vegas Communityhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/nevada/news-and-events/Pages/30-Years-of-Serving-the-Las-Vegas-Community.aspx30 Years of Serving the Las Vegas Community<p><strong>Dear Community Partners,</strong></p><p>This coming year, 2021, will mark an exciting milestone for Boys Town Nevada as we celebrate 30 years of service to the Las Vegas community. </p><p>As we look back at the past 30 years of supporting children and families, we are beyond grateful for the support the Nevada community has shown along the way. We are proud of what we've accomplished together in the interest of helping local families. Throughout 2021, we will come together to celebrate and recognize many of our leaders, partners, and supporters through the years. </p><p>We will also be looking forward as we strive to continue to serve the many children and families who still need support. That is why we are thrilled to be launching the 30th Anniversary Campaign for Behavioral Change.</p><p>In keeping with our mission, this campaign seeks to support our continued efforts to save children and heal families in Southern Nevada. Over the years, our program focus has grown and evolved to ensure that we are maximizing our resources to keep children safe, families whole, and make our community stronger. We remain committed to serving the communities who need our services most, and to changing the landscape of behavioral health and education in Southern Nevada. </p><p>In recent years our local programs have shifted to take on a prevention and early intervention model, and to be able to impact more children and families each and every year. The LIFT Together program addresses urgent needs among schools, students, and their families.</p><p>Nevada's public schools are consistently ranked near the bottom in state measurement categories by major education-centered news organizations. Of the 73 schools on the Nevada Department of Education's list of underperforming schools, 47 are part of Clark County School District. Those 47 schools serve more than 46,000 students. Educators have the responsibility to improve school performance, but from our experience, we know that stable homes and supportive families are equally important for the success of individual students. Simply put, schools cannot succeed when students' families are failing. </p><p>This is where Boys Town Nevada can help. </p><p>Las Vegas is an amazing city with much to offer, but accessible mental health services hasn't always made the list. The Department of Health & Human Services has designated most of Nevada as a health professional shortage area. There simply are not enough doctors and mental health providers to meet the demand.</p><p>In 2020, with a growing waiting list of three to six months, and more requests for specialized services amidst the coronavirus pandemic, our Behavioral Health Clinic initiated an expansion plan. In our 30th year, we will grow our team of licensed psychologists to serve more youth, and provide a broader scope of diagnostic and treatment services in a landscape that is lacking.</p><p>Each year, child welfare officials in Clark County receive about 10,500 reports of child abuse or neglect, according to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child and Family Services. These families are slipping through cracks in the system – cracks that our programs can fill.</p><p>As if these community issues weren't pressing enough, the health and economic crisis brought on by the pandemic has only exacerbated these issues for many already struggling families. Children have been home from school for months. Stress for many of these families is at an all-time high, with social safety nets and support systems seemingly out of reach. Mental health services, educational assistance, and community support are needed now more than ever. </p><p><strong>In the coming months you will receive more information on our anniversary Campaign for Behavioral Change. We hope you will join us as we work to change the lives of children and families in our community for the next 30 years, and beyond.</strong></p><p><strong>Partners in Change,</strong></p><p>John Etzell</p><p> <img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Johns-E-Signature.jpg" alt="John Etzell - e-Signature" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p>Executive Director<br>Boys Town Nevada</p>2020-09-16T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Employee Spotlight: April Crudahttps://www.boystown.org/locations/nevada/news-and-events/Pages/Employee-Spotlight-April-Cruda.aspxEmployee Spotlight: April Cruda<p>As the demand for imperative services has continued to grow throughout this pandemic, so does Boys Town Nevada's staff.</p><p>This Spring, April Cruda joined Boys Town Nevada as our Graduate Intern. Currently finishing her Master's degree in Public Health at UNLV, April was searching to join an organization and mission that spoke to her passions and career interests. </p><p> “I found passion in doing community work, health promotion, and prevention," April said. “Couple that with my love for kids, and you've got my dream job -- working with children's wellness."</p><p> Starting her new role with Boys Town during quarantine wasn't necessarily easy, but April connected with the work being done by Boys Town Nevada and eagerly jumped in to make an impact at a time when it was most definitely needed.</p><p>“Not to mention," said April, “all of the staff at this organization genuinely cares, and loves what they do, and it shows! There is nothing better than being part of a team that cares about what they do and treats each other well."</p><p>Originally from San Jose, California, April moved to Las Vegas three years ago to begin her master's program at UNLV, which she will complete at the end of 2020. She is also currently working for UNLV and the Southern Nevada Health District to help with COVID response and contact tracing, playing an imperative role in a critical moment in history.</p><p>April works on a variety of projects with Boys Town Nevada, from helping to plan and execute community resource events and fundraising events, to working with our School Support team to prepare what will surely be another unprecedented year. When the pandemic is over, you can be sure to find April singing her heart out at a local Karaoke spot, specializing in Disney tunes!</p><p>Boys Town Nevada is grateful to have had April join our team and can't wait to see her many contributions to public health and the community!</p>2020-09-16T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="April Cruda - Boys Town Nevada" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/April-Cruda-picture.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent