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Boys Town Nevada helping more families during pandemic Town Nevada helping more families during pandemic<p> <strong><strong style="color:#000000;font-size:medium;"><em><span style="font-size:13.5pt;line-height:19.26px;border:1pt none windowtext;padding:0in;">This article was written by Hector Mejia and posted on <a href="" target="_blank">​</a></span></em></strong><span style="color:#000000;font-size:medium;"></span>​</strong></p><p><strong>LAS VEGAS (KLAS)</strong> — During these stressful times, there's a greater need to help troubled youth and their families. In the face of the coronavirus crisis, the <a href="/locations/nevada/Pages/default.aspx">non-profit Boys Town Nevada </a>is reworking its operations to meet that need.</p><p>Boys Town Nevada does a lot of in-home visits. But with social distancing, it's reaching families through video conferencing. The non-profit is opening new cases even during the pandemic.</p><p>Many families are not used to being in close quarters and may not know how to handle that new dynamic. That's where Boys Town Nevada steps in and helps youths and their parents.</p><p>The non-profit gets referrals from schools, courts, and the department of family services.</p><p>“We're opening as many families as possible at this time because it is such a big thing right now that people don't know how to handle the change at home with their kids, without a job and just not knowing the resources that are available to them," said Ashley Ferris, in-home family consultant, Boys Town Nevada.</p><p>Ferris says those resources can mean the difference in transforming an entire family. The consultants can help create schedules and home activity plans to help parents get through the “Stay at Home" directive.</p><p>If you would like to help Boys Town Nevada with its mission to help families, <a href="/locations/nevada/Pages/default.aspx">you can donate here</a>.​<br><br></p>2020-04-15T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/nevada/PublishingImages/NV-helping-families-during-pandemic.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Nevada COVID-19 Emergency Fund Town Nevada COVID-19 Emergency Fund<p></p><p>In these uncertain times, we know you probably have a lot on your mind. COVID-19 has already had a major impact on the world both socially and economically, and it's impossible to tell where things will go from here.<br></p><p>With the situation rapidly changing each day, it is easy to feel both helpless and hopeless.  We want to remind you that we as individuals and a community are neither. With determination, flexibility and the use of technology, Boys Town Nevada will continue to provide services in our community, providing extra support to the children and families who are most affected by current events.  We encourage you to follow our social media outlets for updates on services, community needs, and resources.  <br></p><p>In response to the current crisis Boys Town Nevada is launching our COVID-19 Emergency Fund.  This fund will help ensure that our necessary programs are still available to those in our community who need it most, and especially focus on providing our community with emergency necessities such as formula, diapers, food and supplies. One way that you can make an impact is through a $19 contribution to this COVID-19 Emergency Fund.  Your gift will go back into our community, ensuring they have support in this unprecedented time.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <a class="btn posNeed" href="" target="_blank">Make a $19 Gift Now</a>​​​</p><p>We thank you for your partnership and support, especially now as we face an uncertain road ahead. One thing we know for sure – we will get through this together.<br></p><p>If you or someone you know is in need of services or support, please call our assistance line at 702.642.7070.  We are here to help.​<br></p>2020-04-10T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Nevada Employees Participate in Embracing Project 5k Run Town Nevada Employees Participate in Embracing Project 5k Run<p>​​​​On January 11, employees from Boys Town Nevada participated in the Embracing Project 'Through Their Eyes' Festival and 5k Run/Walk.</p><p>The Embracing Project is a non-profit in Las Vegas, Nevada founded by Esther Rodriguez Brown. The mission of the organization is to promote peace and healing for children and youth victims/survivors of sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, and violence through the development of specialized programs, trauma-informed care, and unconditional support.</p><p>Boys Town Nevada had five employees participate in the event. The Boys Town employees that participated included John Etzell, Executive Director; Danelis Acosta, Common Sense Parenting Supervisor; Mary Fridman, Parent Trainer; Natalie Albertson, Business Office Specialist; and Caitlin Stapley, Director of Community Support Services.</p><p>"January 11th was Human Trafficking Awareness Day and here in Las Vegas, that is a major issue," said John Etzell. This event was aimed at raising awareness around the issue of human trafficking, paths to exploitation, and services available to victims and survivors of trafficking. Throughout the course there were different posters with quotes from victims as a powerful reminder of what these children and young adults have gone through and how the Embracing Project has helped in the hard recovery process. The event also featured activities as well as guest speakers, including representatives of Congressman Steve Horsford and Congresswoman Dina Titus.</p><p>This was a fun way for Boys Town Nevada employees to compete against each other but at the same time support another non-profit in the Las Vegas community. "As part of our team building efforts at the site, suggestions for volunteer opportunities, outings, and fun events are encouraged as a way to get to know staff members and give back to the community," said Etzell. "Boys Town Nevada wants to be a good community partner, and that begins with supporting other great organizations. A big thanks to Caitlin for bringing this organization and cause to our attention!"</p><p>Thank you to Boys Town Nevada for giving back to other organizations in Las Vegas and congratulations to the employees who finished the 'Through Their Eyes' 5k!<br></p>2020-01-24T06:00:00Z<img alt="Boys Town Nevada Employees" src="/locations/nevada/PublishingImages/NV-employees.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Boys Town Nevada Employees" height="338" src="/locations/nevada/PublishingImages/NV-employees.jpg" width="450" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Nevada Festival of Hope Town Nevada Festival of Hope<p>On December 6, Boys Town Nevada had their Third Annual Festival for Hope at the Mini Gran Prix. This is a holiday event put on for the children and families that Boys Town Nevada serves. The families were able to take pictures with Santa, receive cookies from Mrs. Claus, partake in crafts such as ornament decorating, meet Spiderman and his friends, and enjoy music and dinner. The children were also able to enjoy the rides, go karts, and arcade games that the Mini Gran Prix had to offer. The night was topped off with ice cream from a gourmet ice cream truck! This event was free for the children and families because of the generous donations made by sponsors. <br><br></p>2020-01-24T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Festival of Hope" src="/locations/nevada/PublishingImages/Festival-Hope.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Festival of Hope" height="338" src="/locations/nevada/PublishingImages/Festival-Hope.jpg" width="450" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Nevada Hosts LIFT Together Lunch and Learn Town Nevada Hosts LIFT Together Lunch and Learn<p>On November 14, Boys Town Nevada hosted a Lunch and Learn for principals and administrators from 15 different Clark County Schools. A few of these schools are currently implementing the LIFT Together with Boys Town initiative, while the rest attended to learn more about the program and the impacts it can make in their respective schools. </p><p>The principals and administrators heard from Boys Town Nevada Staff Jessica Sasso, Senior Program Director; Jasney Cogua-Lopez, Director of Community Initiatives; Scott Butler, Director of Boys Town Day School; and Brandon Danowski, Principal at J.E. Manch Elementary School. This two-hour Lunch and Learn provided the group with valuable information on the LIFT Together program, the data outcomes, first-hand testimonials, and a message from Scott Butler about the power of "hope" and how it plays a key role in the educational process for youth and adults in school. </p><p> <img class="page-suppt-cont-alt" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/NV-LIFT-2.jpg" alt="LIFT Together Lunch and Learn" style="margin:5px;" />The Clark County School District is the fifth largest district in the nation, providing education to over 320,000 children. This is approximately 75 percent of the children in the state of Nevada. Currently 9 schools in the district implement the LIFT Together program, with five of the schools having the full program. The program is mainly in elementary schools, but Boys Town Nevada just began a partnership with Peterson Academic Center, a behavioral junior/senior high school. <br><br></p><p>In the first two years of the program, there have been many successes. Initial year one data from one of the LIFT schools shows that there has been a 54 percent decrease in behavior incidents school wide, violent threats have decreased by 85 percent, fighting is down 56 percent, bullying is down 22 percent, and attendance is up by 700 days. </p><p><img class="page-suppt-cont-alt" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/NV-LIFT-3.jpg" alt="LIFT Together Lunch and Learn" style="margin:5px;" />As Boys Town Nevada looks to the future, they want to keep expanding the program to more schools and helping as many children and families as possible. Since the LIFT Together program isn't implemented district wide, it has grown organically through connections and building relationships with principals and school administrators. "Jessica Sasso has done an amazing job of building connections with local schools. The statistics of the last two years really show her hard work paying off," said Stephanie Lahat, Development Director for Boys Town Nevada. "As we look to the future, Jessica has built an outstanding foundation to grow and expand the program in big ways in both the short and long term." </p><p>The Lunch and Learn was held in an effort to provide school principals and administrators with more information on the LIFT Together program and how it could benefit their respective schools. They were able to hear firsthand from their colleagues how the program is already positively affecting schools in Clark County. "Administrators and principals were coming up at the end of the event asking for additional information and material to share with their colleagues," said Lahat. "Three administrators were already asking for starting steps to implement the LIFT Together program, and one additional school has signed on for implementation in 2020."</p><p>Thank you to all the hard-working Boys Town Nevada staff. Boys Town looks forward to seeing how this program changes the schools in Nevada. </p><p>For more information on the LIFT Together Program and the Boys Town Nevada School Initiative, <a href="/locations/nevada/about-boys-town-nevada/Pages/nevada-latin-initiative.aspx">visit here</a>.</p>2020-01-07T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Nevada LIFT Together Lunch and Learn" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/NV-LIFT-1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Mora Ice Cream brings talks treats, helping the community on News 3 Today Ice Cream brings talks treats, helping the community on News 3 Today<p> <strong><em>This article is written by News 3 staff. It was </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em>posted on</em></a><em> on December 1, 2019.</em></strong></p><p> <br></p><p>Early next year, Mora Iced Creamery will open its doors in Las Vegas with two new locations: one at Downtown Summerlin and the other at Town Square.</p><p>Already an avid supporter of the Las Vegas community, the beloved Seattle-born ice cream shop has begun partnering with local non-profits, including Boy's Town, a philanthropy dedicated to caring for America's children and families by providing different educational and support programs for those in need.</p><p>They stopped by News 3 Today with Faith Jesse to talk about it.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Watch the video</a> to learn more.</p><p>For more information on Mora, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.​<br></p>2019-12-04T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
In the News: 'It's not a kid issue': Why an elementary school is using home visits, virtual reality to combat chronic absenteeism 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="">The Nevada Independent</a>.</span></p>2019-10-07T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent