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Our Wish for 2021 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="" 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 2021 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=""></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=""></a>​.​<br><br></p>2020-12-09T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
A Family United 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 2020 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 Community 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 Cruda 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
Boys Town Nevada LIFT Together Program Helping Kids and Families During Virtual Learning Town Nevada LIFT Together Program Helping Kids and Families During Virtual Learning<p>“Back to School" looks very different for families here in Nevada this fall as the Clark County School District has opted for full-time virtual learning amidst the coronavirus pandemic. </p><p>Boys Town Nevada has also made changes and adjustments to continue to serve kids and families through our LIFT Together program, an initiative that sees Boys Town partner with local schools to address behavioral challenges both in the classroom and at home. Our School Support Specialists may not be physically on campus, but they are still supporting students and their families. </p><p>Through flexibility, and with the assistance of technology, Boys Town Nevada staff has found ways to continue to provide the imperative services that LIFT Together encompasses. Staff are working face-to-face with families to ensure they have the materials and infrastructure for their children to learn at home. Our Family Consultants work with families to set up schedules for home schooling, and to continue to work on parenting skills and address behavioral issues, including truancy.</p><p>Staff will also be hosting Virtual Social Skills Groups, bringing students together in a safe and distanced capacity. Additionally, Boys Town trainers will provide specialized virtual trainings to teachers on how to identify students who may need additional support and services.</p><p>Boys Town's staff remains committed to serving children and families in our community and maintain a flexible approach to program administration during these challenging times. To learn more about LIFT Together and Boys Town's other programs, contact Jessica Sasso at <a href=""></a>.</p>2020-09-16T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent