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Amica Newport Marathon Newport Marathon<p>​​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​Boys Town New England is excited to be a part of the 2022 Amica Newport Marathon on October 9!</span></p><p>Run in support of Boys Town New England. We have a limited number of bibs for those interested in running and supporting the great kids and families of New England. Please reach out to Glenn - <a href=""></a> or Julie - <a href=""></a> to secure your spot in the race!​</p><p> <a href="" target="_blank">View event details​</a>.​</p><h4> When:</h4><p>Sunday, October 9<br></p><h4>Where:<br></h4><p>Easton's Beach Rotunda | Newport, RI<br></p>2022-10-09T05:00:00ZEvent<img alt="Amica Newport Marathon" src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/18-npt-m.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Citizens Pell Bridge Run/Walk Pell Bridge Run/Walk<p><span style="background-color:transparent;">​Run/Walk in support of Boys Town​ New England. We have a limited number of bibs for those interested in running and supporting the great kids and families of New England. Please reach out to Glenn - </span><a href="" style="background-color:transparent;"></a><span style="background-color:transparent;"> or Julie - </span><a href="" style="background-color:transparent;"></a><span style="background-color:transparent;"> to secure your spot in the race!​</span><br></p><p>​ <a href="" target="_blank">View event details​</a>.​<br></p><h4> When:</h4><p>Sunday, October 16 at 7:15 a.m.<br></p><h4> Where:<br></h4><p>Pell Bridge<br></p>2022-10-16T05:00:00ZEvent<img alt="Pell Bridge" src="/locations/new-england/PublishingImages/Pell-Bridge-Run.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent



Summer Enrichment Program Enrichment Program<p>​While school was out for the summer, Boys Town New England provided a Summer Enrichment Program for approximately 25 at-risk children residing on our Bazarsky Campus in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.  The term at-risk youth describes middle- and high-school aged children whose future is at risk, where the likelihood of an adverse outcome is higher than other children unless someone intercedes. <br></p><p>“The Summer Enrichment Program helped our youth as they practiced important social skills, such as following instructions and meeting new people," said Riley Huntington, Family Home Program Director.  “We worked with our development department to create a list of activities that would be learning opportunities and first-time experiences for many of our youth."  </p><p>The program focused on providing an array of educational and recreational activities that appealed to youth, while providing opportunities for teachable moments.</p><p>Development Director Glenn Hofmann stated, “Summer camp placements were interspersed with field trips, which was an exciting way to enrich a child's life.  We had unforgettable trips to Block Island, a New England Revolution game, and a performance of Blue Man Group, just to name a few.  Our goal was to make this our youth's best summer ever."</p><p>A trip to Six Flags New England on a spectacular day concluded the summer. “They were still talking about roller coasters a week later," said Tim Croteau, Family Home Program Consultant.  “Both the kids and staff had such a memorable time."</p><p>We'd like to give a big thank you to our donors who provided funding which allowed our youth to have a summer of bonding with their peers and making lasting memories.​<br></p><p><br></p>2022-09-09T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Summer-Activities-rollup.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="" src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Summer-Activities.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Common Sense Parenting Making a Positive Difference in New England Homes Town Common Sense Parenting Making a Positive Difference in New England Homes<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​Boys Town New England recently completed its first in-person Common Sense Parenting (CSP) class since the start of the pandemic over two years ago.  </span><span style="background-color:transparent;">Taught by Olivia Gaudineer, Boys Town New England's Director of Community Support Services, the six-session, once-per-week class was held at His Providence Church in Swansea, Massachusetts.</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">  </span><span style="background-color:transparent;">The class was for parents or caregivers of school-aged children and taught easy-to-learn parenting techniques to address issues of communication, discipline, decision-making, relationships, self-control and school success.</span></p><p>The course was held in an intimate, small-class setting.  Parents were eager to communicate each week how they were able to build on their parenting skills and become more confident in raising their children. Course participants expressed they liked the engaging group atmosphere of sharing stories.</p><p>“It was heartwarming hearing examples of how parents put new skills they'd learned into practice in their homes," Olivia stated. </p><p>One success story involved a mother of a teenage daughter putting into practice a new skill she learned during the Teaching Self-Control session, which taught coping strategies for both parent and child to calm down.  “When an argument ensued, talking about issues with her daughter, the two separated and occupied space in different areas of the house to allow for calm down time," Olivia said. “After stepping back and taking some deep breaths they were able to regroup, sit together and work through the matter."</p><p>The CSP program is research-proven and based on the Boys Town Model® that focuses on delivering effective strategies, consistent structure and lasting, positive results. </p><p>“You helped me to see another way to instruct and teach my son.  The course gave me clear, concise, concrete ideas and principles to implement in my home," remarked one class member.  Another attendee said, “I found the course extremely helpful and valuable, and I am seeing definite changes in my parenting and my child's responses."</p><p>Boys Town New England recently received a grant from the Yawkey Foundation which enables us to collaborate with schools, churches and other community support agencies throughout Bristol County to help the community with parenting. </p><p>Interested in bringing a <a href="/parenting/Pages/common-sense-parenting.aspx">Common Sense Parenting</a> class to your area?  Please contact Olivia Gaudineer at 401-214-4960 or <a href="">​</a>.<br></p>2022-07-27T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Swansea" src="/locations/north-florida/PublishingImages/New-England-CSP-Swansea-Picture.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town New England’s LIFT Together Program Makes a Difference with Pawtucket School Kids Town New England’s LIFT Together Program Makes a Difference with Pawtucket School Kids<p>Boys Town New England serves kids and families through the LIFT Together program, an initiative that sees Boys Town partner with school systems to address behavioral challenges both in the classroom and at home. School Support Specialists stationed in six Pawtucket schools support students and their families. </p><p>Ariana Wynn started as a School Support Specialist at Samuel Slater Middle School in the spring of 2022, after having been with Boys Town since June 2020 in various positions supervising youth.  Personally, Ariana's goal has been to help make a difference in the lives of children.</p><p>“I've made some meaningful relationships and connected with kids in a short amount of time, she said." </p><p>Ariana is proud of having built connections with students that started off with behavioral challenges.</p><p>“I would see this one 13-year-old sitting in the hall, quiet and unengaged, skipping all her classes," Ariana said. “I started meeting with her every morning."</p><p>Soon after, a note given to her by this once unapproachable student at the end of this school year shows how successful Ariana has been in her role at the school:</p><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p> <em>“The day you came to Slater, I was this girl who had a horrible, horrible attitude, and didn't know how to control it, until the first time I met you. I always had bad days and sometimes I would give you attitude, but you would still have a nice attitude. No matter what, and even though you're working with kids, you would always try to make time for me, and you have no idea how much I've appreciated you this year. You helped me with my schoolwork after school, gave me snacks, you even got me a birthday gift, and I loved it. So, I thought I should give you a little gift, too. You're one of the nicest people I met in my life, and it's not easy to find those kinds of people, I'm glad I did. Have an amazing summer, Miss Ana. See you next year."</em></p></blockquote><br> <p>Ariana says she strives to keep things upbeat, while providing an outlet for the kids, focusing on both listening to them and helping them.</p><p>“Everyone's voice is heard," she said. “When they get to express themselves, they're more receptive when being taught. They can work for what they like, such as dances, clubs, or a pep rally. We'd like to incorporate these incentives as motivators next year."</p><p>School administrators have told Ariana she is seen as a source of positive energy for everyone.</p><p>Having Boys Town New England's LIFT Together School Specialists working with kids in the classroom impacts the entire community.<br></p>2022-07-20T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/NEGL-Lift-pawtucket-school-kids-rollover.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="" src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/NEGL-Lift-pawtucket-school-kids.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
The Mission Runs Deep in Boys Town New England Staff Member Mission Runs Deep in Boys Town New England Staff Member<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">A</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">maury Tavarez began at Boys Town New England as a Family-Teacher</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">®</span><span style="background-color:transparent;"> </span><span style="background-color:transparent;">in 2017, along with his wife, when their two sons were six and nine years old.</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">  </span><span style="background-color:transparent;">They later adopted the first youth who came into their care at their Family Home – he was 14 at the time.</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">  </span><span style="background-color:transparent;">When they found out they were expecting what would be their fourth child, they had to give up their role as Family Teachers due to their expanding family.</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">  </span><span style="background-color:transparent;">Amaury, however, continued in his direct care role with youth as an Assistant Family Teacher</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">®</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">.</span></p><p>“I continuously strive to show children the love that they may not have ever received before," Amaury said when discussing the positions he has held at Boys Town. </p><p>Having recently reached his five-year work anniversary mark at Boys Town, Amaury can attest to the fact that the Boys Town Model® works when you give it time.  “This is not a job.  It's a mission.  The love and appreciation I have received has blessed not only my life but my entire family. It is rewarding to see the positive impact you have on a life."</p><p>Boys Town New England's Senior Director of Program Operations, Marcy Shyllon shared, “Amaury holds so much value in the Family Home Program.  He is constantly positive no matter what the day brings, and his optimism is contagious.  He makes everything about the kids even when they are displaying challenging behaviors.  He is leaned on constantly to develop and support newer staff because of the quality of his knowledge and performance of the model."</p><p>Amaury shared that a short time ago he got the sad news that a teen who had once received care in his Family Home had passed away.  His 11-year-old son suggested they plant a tree on their current property in the teen's memory. “My children saw him as family; they were brothers," Amaury said.</p><p>Recently, Amaury, along with his wife and children, traveled to Texas to support a former youth from their home who was expecting his first child.  Amaury shared, “We were all there to celebrate for his baby shower."</p><p>Amaury is licensed with his wife to be Foster Parents, to care for kids in need outside of working in the Family Home Program.  He is currently the father to five boys, as he and his wife are presently fostering a two-year-old child.  Marcy states, “The Boys Town mission is a very personal mission for him and his family."</p><p>Amaury is most proud of his children and the way they appreciate and love family.  “My kids ask about the kids here at Boys Town.  In turn, I see my kids appreciating what they have at home."</p><p>Outside of work as a Senior Family-Teacher, Amaury is involved in the Spanish hip-hop music scene.  He enjoys church, family and music.  </p><p>“Amaury encourages faith and character in our youth as these are values that are important to him personally," added Marcy.  “We are so very grateful to have Amaury on our team; he makes us stronger and better!"<br></p>2022-06-29T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Amaury" src="/locations/new-england/PublishingImages/Amaury.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town New England’s Foster Family Services Program Helps Natasha Become a Role Model for Other Youth Town New England’s Foster Family Services Program Helps Natasha Become a Role Model for Other Youth<p>​​​Entering the foster care system nine years ago at the age of 10, Natasha came from a background of abuse. But thanks to Boys Town New England's Foster Family Services program, she gained an understanding of coping skills for how to process emotions in a positive way. She became able to accept 'no' as an answer, disagree appropriately, and talk through and explain the way she was feeling.  </p><p>Natasha's foster mother of nine years set clear and consistent expectations to follow. Faith, her Boys Town Foster Family Services Consultant, describes the home as “a tight ship – where positive behavior gains rewards, and not following through brings negative consequences."  </p><p>Natasha has since impacted the lives of incoming children who needed a positive role model within the home. Her foster mom credits Natasha with taking the initiative to help younger youth in the home, acting as a positive role model. They see Natasha has been in their shoes, realizing if they listen and do things correctly, they'll thrive as well.  </p><p>Recently, a youth entered the home with a similar traumatic past as Natasha, along with comparable troubling behaviors. This juvenile began watching how Natasha reacted to situations, performed in school – paying attention to her grades, and how she interacted with her peers and foster parents.  Natasha's model behavior of focusing her energy on good grades, school, friends, relationships and what it takes to be overall successful, aided in the foster youth's performance evolving positively within a month-and-a-half of her arrival to the home.</p><p>Before transitioning out of the foster care system and on to independent living, Natasha realized she would need a little more assistance. The challenge of graduating from high school and navigating the outside world can be overwhelming. Faith praised Natasha with advocating for her own needs and asking for help when she needed it. This resulted in a one-year extension within her foster home.  </p><p>“My family encouraged me to speak up for the things I wanted," Natasha said. “They taught me I have input and to not be afraid to have a say. That it will benefit me in the long-run."</p><p>With the help of a resource worker, Natasha was linked to additional support for her first year of attending college. She obtained information on scholarships, which she followed through on and took advantage of.  </p><p>Natasha graduated from high school while working a part-time job and entered a state university studying criminal justice during the fall of 2021. She made the Dean's List after her first semester.</p><p>“It has taken years of guidance and redirection to get where I am today," Natasha said. “My family has given me guidance, understanding and multiple second chances to see me change. That support made me want to do better."</p><p>Armed with the tools and confidence she needed to turn her life around, Natasha is on her way to a productive life. She will transition to independent living at the end of the spring semester.<br></p><p>“Independent living will give me insight on things I may have been blinded to – things my parents take care of," she said. “The change will be more than environmental.  I'm not scared, I look forward to learning new skills and making progress."<br></p><p>Outside of graduating from college, Natasha's goals for the future are being happy and making other people happy, along with financial stability.<br></p><p>“Natasha has made amazing progress during her time with us," Faith said. “She has been defying all statistics and is a leader, role model, hard-working, goal-oriented and a special young adult."<br></p><p>​<br><br></p>2022-06-02T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town - Natasha" src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Natasha-5.22-Pic.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
From a Ukrainian Orphanage to Boys Town a Ukrainian Orphanage to Boys Town<p></p><p>When Russia invaded Ukraine and started an unprovoked war in February of this year, a Boys Town New England youth overheard chatter from classmates about the conflict and realized they did not know much about what life is like in the country she used to call home. </p><p>This particular Boys Town youth had grown up in an orphanage in Ukraine, until she was adopted at age 11 by a family in the United States. She later came to Boys Town for more healing and hope.   </p><p>After overhearing her classmates' conversations, the youth felt compelled to talk with her school principal about the other students lack of knowledge about what life is really like for the Ukrainian people, and that she wanted to do something to help her classmates gain perspective on the conditions in Ukraine and the horrific impact the war was having on citizens and cities throughout the country. </p><p>At her principal's suggestion, the youth made her senior project about what life was like growing up in a Ukrainian orphanage. Additionally, she started her own fundraising campaign and collected funds to donate to an orphanage in her home country. </p><p>On a recent afternoon, Boys Town New England staff had the pleasure of hearing this youth speak. She compared growing up in a Ukrainian orphanage to being orphaned in America, saying, “Being adopted comes with a lot of opportunities in America like having a good education, being able to get a good job and having support like DCYF or homeless shelters if you need them. There are so many ways to improve your life in America. In Ukraine orphanages, you do not really have any opportunities unless you get adopted. Many kids who age out of orphanages end up homeless, addicted to drugs, living in sewers or living on the streets and doing the best they can to survive."</p><p>She added, “We got toothbrushes from donors and had to use them for a couple of years until someone donated more. Sometimes we didn't have toothbrushes so we had to just use our fingers to brush our teeth. We didn't have enough food so we would eat food from the trash or we would make bets or deals for leftovers. These conversations would go something like, 'I will make your bed for the whole month if you give me the apple core or your chewed gum.'"</p><p>Despite her tough start in life, this young person is really happy she went through all of what she went through in Ukraine because it makes her so grateful for all the things she currently has in her life. </p><p>Now, she wants to provide change and help to orphans in Ukraine by giving them some of the support she wishes she had had, and she encourages others to do the same, saying, “Be the change you wish to see in the world even if it's small; to these kids it is something big."​<br></p><p><br></p>2022-05-13T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Ukraine-Story.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
A Cheerleader, On and Off the Field Cheerleader, On and Off the Field<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">Jasmine always wanted to be a cheerleader. With an infectious and outgoing personality, it makes sense she made the cheer squad. But it is what you don't know about Jasmine's past that makes her achievement even more impressive.</span></p><p>Jasmine came to Boys Town after having a very troubled childhood. She bounced from home to home as her mother suffered from drug addiction. She was in a psychiatric hospital for six months prior to arriving at the Bazarsky campus. Sadly, Jasmine tried to kill herself three times. She had lost all faith in herself.</p><p>The transformation of Jasmine over the last year is truly inspirational.</p><p>“My first month at Boys Town was really bad," she said. “I had the opportunity to meet with Sarah (Galvan) and Marcy (Shyllon) and with other support people. After a while, the people here made me feel safe and I began to trust people."</p><p>Jasmine was able to find help and healing from the Boys Town staff.</p><p>“Jasmine really takes advantage of everything we offer here at Boys Town, and she consistently expresses her gratitude for being here," Marcy said. “She wants to reach her goals and really fills her days with positive things. She is a person who gets things done."</p><p>Now a sophomore at Portsmouth High School, Jasmine says the school offered her a chance to use her positive energy. She said she relates to the crowds at athletic events and says she cheers because it makes her happy and gives her faith she can be something better in the world.</p><p>Jasmine has become a leader among her friends.</p><p>“In the house I live in, I try to help people and support them," she said. “When I was younger, I didn't have support. I try to help people build relationships and get through their problems. I want to tell people my story in order to help them."</p><p>Jasmine says another lifelong dream of hers is to become a registered nurse. If it's anything like her dream of being a cheerleader, odds are she will reach this goal as well.​<br></p>2022-04-12T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent