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Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Join us at Newport Polo’s 4th Annual All Charity Day! Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Join us at Newport Polo’s 4th Annual All Charity Day! <p>Boys Town New England is excited to be a part of <strong>Newport Polo's</strong> <strong>4th Annual</strong> <strong>All Charity Day</strong> on <strong>Sunday, July 14, 2019. </strong>Come support Boys Town New England at this fun, family-friendly event and enjoy some fast paced polo action! <a href="" target="_blank">Get your tickets today</a> </p><p>The classic 6-chukker match will begin at 5 p.m., featuring local teams competing. Entry gates will open at 3 p.m. <a href="" target="_blank">Admission tickets must be purchased in advance</a>. 100% of ticket sales sold by Boys Town New England will support the children and families we serve.</p><p>Pack a picnic for your family, grab your favorite bottle of wine and come on out for a day of fun in support of Boys Town New England!</p><h3>Date: </h3><p>Sunday, July 14, 2019</p><h3>Time: </h3><p>Gates open at 3 p.m., Match starts at 5 p.m.</p><h3>Location:</h3><p>Newport International Polo Grounds<br>250 Linden Lane<br>Portsmouth, RI 02871</p>2019-07-14T05:00:00ZEventNew England;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | 2019 Spirit of Youth – Serving Better Futures Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | 2019 Spirit of Youth – Serving Better Futures <h2>​September 27, 2019 | International Tennis Hall of Fame</h2><p>Boys Town New England invites you to our 2019 Spirit of Youth event on Friday, September 27!</p><p>The event will be held at the International Tennis Hall of Fame where you will have private access to tour the museum at your leisure. We will enjoy BBQ catered by Newport's own Binge BBQ.</p><p>All proceeds from the event will go to support the children and families served by Boys Town New England. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you September 27!</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Secure your sponsorship and tickets today!</a></p><h3>Date:</h3><p>September 27, 2019</p><h3>Time:</h3><p>6:00-10:00 pm</p><h3>Location:</h3><p>International Tennis Hall of Fame<br>194 Bellevue Ave.<br>Newport, RI 02840</p><p><br></p>2019-09-27T05:00:00ZEventNew England;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town New England Inaugural Golf-A-Thon Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town New England Inaugural Golf-A-Thon <p>​Boys Town New England is excited to announce its Inaugural Golf-A Thon will be held on Monday, October 7th, from 7am-8pm at Valley Country Club in Warwick, Rhode Island. This is a crowd-funding event where golf-a-thoners are sponsored to play as many holes as possible in one day - asking friends, family and colleagues to support their efforts by making a charitable gift. Our goal is to collectively raise $50,000 that will directly support the children and families that Boys Town New England serves. Participants will secure pledges and sponsorships towards their goal for Boys Town New England through our convenient online fundraising page powered by <a href=""></a><br> <br>All participants will be treated to their own golf cart as well as three full meals over the course of the day plus snacks and beverages to keep them going strong. This one day event is capped off with an awards ceremony to recognize our golfers' efforts in supporting the work of Boys Town New England and will also include a ceremony to present the winner with the coveted green jacket!<br> <br>Email our Development Director, Amanda Baker, at <a href=""></a> for more information or to register, there are only 36 spots available so act fast!<br></p>2019-10-07T05:00:00ZEvent<img alt="Golf-a-thon" src="/locations/new-england/PublishingImages/Golf-Info.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />New England;#



Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town New England to Expand Parenting Classes Thanks to Opioid Response Grant Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town New England to Expand Parenting Classes Thanks to Opioid Response Grant <p>Boys Town New England Executive Director Jon Jelley and Common Sense Parenting® Supervisor Maria Marroquin recently accepted a $31,068 State Opioid Response Grant in partnership with the Newport County Prevention Coalition. The Coalition is a volunteer organization that embraces and promotes the health and safety of all its residents by developing, implementing and supporting effective community-based prevention programs. State Opioid Response Grants fund organizations and programs that provide prevention, treatment and recovery activities for those battling opioid addiction.</p><p>With the Coalition's guidance and support, Boys Town New England will use this grant to expand its Common Sense Parenting (CSP) classes to parents who are involved in drug prevention and recovery programs in Newport County, Rhode Island. Most importantly, this funding opportunity enables Boys Town New England to add a seventh week of class to its six-week CSP curriculum. This new class will focus on helping parents minimize their children's exposure to narcotic substances, as well as educate parents on the types of substances that are available, the harmful effects they can have on their children and the best way to talk about these topics as a family.</p><p>Common Sense Parenting classes also will be taught in recovery homes like Trinity Village, located in Portsmouth. Trinity Village provides housing for women in recovery and their young children, and combines recovery, treatment and counseling services with the goal of helping the entire family embrace a lifestyle of healthy sobriety.</p><p>The Boys Town New England CSP team is eager to get started on this initiative. "We are beyond excited to get started and get our boots on the ground!" said Marroquin. "We have developed strong partnerships with folks in the Newport County community and I am thrilled to be in the perfect position to help these families at a time when they need it most! We cannot wait to deliver the best quality care and provide them with the support that they need to be successful teachers of their children."</p><p>To learn more about Boys Town New England and Common Sense Parenting, visit </p>2019-06-19T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Congrats on CSP Grant" src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/CSP-grant-pic.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />New England;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town employees thrive through 'masterful' educational partnership Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town employees thrive through 'masterful' educational partnership <p><em>This article is written by Mike Watkins. </em><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>It was published to on April 24, 2019</em></span></a><em>. </em></p><p>When she was hired at Boys Town as a community engagement developer more than a decade ago, Marcy Shyllon's internal opportunities for advancement were limited by her education.</p><p>So, when the chance to participate in Boys Town's continuing education partnership with Bellevue University – where employees can take master's-level classes to earn advanced degrees – was made available, she was eager to make time to move her career ahead.</p><p>"I wanted my master's degree so that I had the credentials I needed to advance when the opportunity presented itself," said Shyllon, who was promoted to senior director of program operations after completing the Bellevue University program.</p><p>"My supervisors were highly encouraging of me to participate in the program. I could not have applied for this position if I did not have my master's degree."</p><p>Shyllon started the Bellevue University Master's in Human Services Administration program in August 2015 and graduated in May 2017. She said she uses her advanced education regularly in every aspect of her job.</p><p>The leadership aspects of her job include developing and supporting directors, managing the program budget, helping to write and manage grants and contracts, and making data-driven plans for program management.</p><p>Shyllon said she appreciated the convenience and reach of Bellevue University's distance-based courses as an employee of Boys Town New England, an outpost of the Omaha-headquartered organization.</p><p>"I really enjoyed that this program was online because I am a mother of two young children and have a very intense job," said Shyllon, who has worked for 13 years at the nonprofit organization founded by Father Edward J. Flanagan in 1917. "This allowed me to manage my time more effectively."</p><p>Shyllon is one of many Boys Town employees throughout the United States who have benefited from this continuing education partnership and is now helping to change the way America cares for children and families.</p><p>According to Key Account Manager James Degner, Bellevue University courses are developed with input from college faculty and subject matter experts and through consultation with a business advisory board to make sure the content is relevant and timely for the Boys Town learners.</p><p>This approach allows the programs to build on the foundational concept of the subject matter, but the assignments can then reference more real-world scenarios and concepts, helping Boys Town and other organizations create a more agile workforce.</p><p>"Because the world is changing quickly, students are seeking an understanding of what is happening in the real world as it relates to their industry or specifically, to that subject matter," Degner said.</p><p>Degner added that the relationship between Bellevue University and Boys Town goes back almost two decades. Early on, it involved simply offering programs to employees for talent development such as Behavior Science, Child Protection & Juvenile Justice, Business Administration, IT and Communications.</p><p>But as the partnership grew, the leaders of both organizations felt focusing on more specific content for corporate learning that was directly related to Boys Town would help employees grow with the organization and, of course, better serve the nonprofit's mission of saving children and helping families.</p><p>Graduate degree programs in clinical counseling, family and youth services, and human services administration are examples of this advancement in curriculum. More than 100 Boys Town employees earned their Master of Science in Clinical Counseling degree from 2006 to 2016. Currently, the focus has evolved to the Master of Science in Human Services Administration degree program. With more than 20 graduates and 17 currently enrolled MSHSA students, Boys Town leadership has identified this content as important for building leaders for the next 100 years.</p><p>Only Boys Town employees are enrolled within these courses, and this allows the discussions, case studies and assignments to become even more organically relevant to what is experienced and required at Boys Town.</p><p>"The latest evolution of our partnership now involves a financial component where Boys Town and Bellevue University offer additional tuition assistance funding for employees," said Boys Town Continuing Education & Curriculum Coordinator Steve Coppard.</p><p>And while Boys Town was one of the first corporate learning partnerships with Bellevue University, additional custom programs have been developed for Verizon, The Home Depot and SunTrust Bank in the areas of retail sales, banking operations and leadership.</p><p>"Employees (of these businesses) often tell us that the learning they have gained through these programs has helped them immediately in how they approach their jobs, teams and projects," Degner said. "Some indicate that the degree program helped bring new opportunities within their organizations."</p><p>Shyllon agrees.</p><p>"The classes on qualitative and quantitative research helped me be more data driven in my roles at Boys Town," she said. "They help me speak more knowledgeably about data and present more effectively with data. The leadership class taught me how to be a better leader, with my consultation techniques and strategies. The grant and fundraising class helped me become more knowledgeable about funding opportunities.</p><p>"If I didn't take this master's program, I don't know if I ever would have achieved this level of education due to the other demands in my personal life," she said. "Without this accomplishment, I would not be where I am now in my career."</p>2019-05-06T05:00:00ZNewsNew England;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Runners Go the Distance to Support Boys Town New England Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Runners Go the Distance to Support Boys Town New England <p>They trained. They ran. They raised money to help at-risk children. </p><p>The Amica Newport Marathon is renowned in Rhode Island, New England and even around the world! It features both a full- and half-marathon and was recently named the "Best Marathon in Rhode Island" and a "Top 20 Half Marathon in the USA." Boys Town New England is proud to be one of the six charity partners for this global event, which in 2018 had over 3,200 runners from 11 countries including Korea, Spain, Germany, Japan and Australia.</p><p>The 2018 Boys Town New England Team had 10 runners, including staff from Development, Foster Family Services and Care Coordination, plus members of the Portsmouth Police Department and local community leaders.</p><p>One runner, Zechariah Cook of Bullfinch Realty Boston, ran the entire marathon and raised over $1,000 himself for the Boys Town Team. Cook gave credit to Boys Town New England Development Director Amanda Baker for recruiting him for the race. "Amanda presented the opportunity, asking if I'd be interested in running to raise money for Boys Town New England," Cook said. "After reading about the organization's mission, I couldn't say no." </p><p>An additional 30 individuals, including Boys Town New England staff, Board Members and youth, volunteered their time throughout the weekend to assist with check in and setup. They even camped out at the finish line on race day to cheer on and support the runners!</p><p>Boys Town New England offers life changing services to children, families and communities in high-risk environments. Thank you to everyone who helped make 2018's marathon fundraiser a huge success; with your support we can continue working towards the core belief that every child deserves a future, every family deserves to stay together and every community deserves to thrive.</p><p>Registration for this year's race, scheduled for Sunday, October 13th, is already live. If you are interested in running for Team Boys Town New England please email <a href=""></a>.</p><p><img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/carol-jill-jess-nm-2018.jpg" alt="Carol, Jill & Jess" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>2019-01-25T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Riley, Zech & Amanda" src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/riley-zech-amanda-btne-nm-2018.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />New England;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town New England’s Never-Give-Up Attitude Pays Off for Little Girl Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town New England’s Never-Give-Up Attitude Pays Off for Little Girl <p>Little kids can have big problems when they grow up in foster care.</p><p>Take Millie for example.</p><p>At just 6 years old, Millie had already been placed in nine foster homes over the span of one year. Home number ten was with Boys Town New England and, while there were no guarantees that it would be any more of a success than the others, there was one difference -- Boys Town New England doesn't give up.</p><p>Millie's young life had been filled with neglect and endless opportunities to learn bad habits. Her birth parents were homeless, and her childhood consistently lacked adequate adult supervision and support.</p><p>When she first entered foster care, Millie was verbally and physically aggressive towards children and adults. She refused to follow instructions and struggled to connect with others. One can only imagine what moving in and out of nine homes does to a child; it broke down Millie's ability to trust and to feel wanted. She was a lost, lonely little girl.</p><p>At first it wasn't easy. Millie did not listen to her Foster Parents and would make scenes in public. She consistently displayed the same negative attention-seeking behaviors that had worked for her in the past.</p><p>But these things didn't matter – the Boys Town staff refused to give up on her.</p><p>It took some time, but eventually Millie started to change. She began interacting with her peers in positive ways. She followed her Foster Parents' instructions, and was excited to participate in projects and activities with the family. She smiled, laughed and showed affection towards those around her.</p><p>In recent months, Millie's Foster Parents inquired about adopting Millie. With the continued support of Boys Town staff, Millie and her Foster Parents could become the "forever" family every child deserves.</p><p>Fostering a child is not always easy, but opening your heart and loving a child can be.</p><p>If you are interested in becoming a Boys Town New England Foster Parent, please call 1-800-847-2025.</p><p><em>The stories provided about the children and families in our care are real. In some cases, names may be changed and details altered to protect their privacy and therapeutic interests.</em></p><br>2019-01-25T06:00:00ZNewsNew England;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Local Community Delivers Holiday Cheer for over 300 Boys Town New England Children Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Local Community Delivers Holiday Cheer for over 300 Boys Town New England Children <p>The holidays are a joyful time of year for most. They are a time filled with love, laughter, delicious food and plenty of presents under the tree. However, for many this does not hold true. For the 39 million U.S. families living in poverty the holidays can be an incredibly stressful time. For the 438,000 U.S. children living in the foster care system the holidays can be a lonely, joyless time.<br></p><p>This past Christmas the Development Team at Boys Town New England reached out to the local community in an effort to brighten up the holidays for some of the children and families who struggle during this time. Thanks to the support and generosity of local businesses and community members all of our children's wish lists - over 300 - were adopted out by the first week of November. <br></p><p>Amanda Baker, Boys Town New England Development Director, credits this year's Adopt a Child success to the hard work of Elizabeth Rose, Boys Town New England Donor Relations Specialist. "In finding our donors I was able to give them a glimpse into the important work Boys Town is doing," said Elizabeth. "It was such a great opportunity for me to not only dive into our programs but to really connect with our team and learn more about our youth, overall it has left me feeling much more connected to our mission and even more excited to be a part of such a great organization." <br></p><p>Amanda cited the Adopt a Child Gift Drive as a great way to re-connect with our youth, who she is not able to work with every day, "it brings it back full circle as to one of the many reasons why I am here, I am able to be a part of making the holidays enjoyable for our children and families." It is especially fun for our donors as each child writes their own wish list, including likes and dislikes, and the donors are able to learn about them as they Christmas shop.<br></p><p>We'd like to offer a special thanks to everyone who donated to this year's Adopt a Child Gift Drive and made Christmas a little more special for the children of Boys Town New England. </p><p> <span style="background-color:transparent;">"Appreciation – Appreciation for all that I have, for our local community and their overwhelming support, and for all of my Boys Town New England co-workers and the hard work they do every day. That was my biggest takeaway from all of this," said Elizabeth.</span></p><p>Some of the businesses and organizations within the community that contributed to this year's success story include:</p><div class="container"> <div class="section"> <ul><li>Simpatico Jamestown</li><li>Colonial Mills</li><li>Johnson & Wales University</li><li>Electric Boat</li><li>Perfect 10 Nail Salon</li><li>Raise the Bar Nutrition</li><li>Providence Veterans Regional Office</li><li>Blount Fine Foods</li><li>Ørsted</li><li>Pare Corporation</li><li>Trinity Church in Newport</li><li>Optum Health</li></ul></div><div class="section"><ul><li>Pare Corporation</li><li>Trinity Church in Newport</li><li>Optum Health</li><li>Performance Adjusting</li><li>Thevenot Transportation</li><li>Independence Financial Advisors</li><li>Embrace Home Loans</li><li>StrategicPoint Investment Advisors</li><li>Portsmouth Police Department</li><li>Viking Riders of Rhode Island</li><li>Kenneth Cote Renewal Center</li><li>Bags of Hope<br></li></ul></div></div><p><br></p><p>To be placed on the distribution list for next year’s Adopt a Child Gift Drive please email <a href=""></a>.<br></p>2019-01-18T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Holiday Gifts" src="/locations/new-england/Holiday_Gifts/simpatico.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />New England;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Mom Finds Solutions to Daughters’ Medical, School Challenges with Boys Town New England’s Help Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Mom Finds Solutions to Daughters’ Medical, School Challenges with Boys Town New England’s Help <p>A single mom, Ana was doing everything she could to care for her four daughters while dealing with her own serious medical problems and those of two of her kids.</p><p>But when those problems led to chronic absenteeism for the four girls at their school, the family's plight came to the attention of Boys Town New England. Soon, Eli Escrogin, Director of the site's Community Support Services, was visiting Ana and her girls – Ciara and Tiffany, both 7, Jade, 8, and Kenya, 13 – regularly in their home to work on a plan to meet their challenges.</p><p>Eli found that Ana was feeling overwhelmed by pressure and anxiety. There were many days when she simply chose to keep her daughters home from school because she felt powerless and fearful about their ability to manage school and their medical conditions.</p><p>Eli was determined to help Ana find some relief, and started to look for ways the girls' medical conditions could be assessed and managed so they could live normal lives. Working as a partner with Ana and school staff, Eli was able to connect with medical providers who could treat the girls and resolve many of their issues. The school also contributed, meeting the family where they were and developing improved Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for the girls to address their current needs.  </p><p>Meanwhile, Eli used elements of the Boys Town Model® to empower Ana as a mom and a parent and establish structure, rules and consistency in the home. These changes would help the girls improve their behaviors, complete their homework and be better prepared to succeed in school.  </p><p>As a result of this team effort, the school reported that Ana's girls were attending school consistently and the concern about their frequent absenteeism had been resolved. Ana said Jade, the daughter she struggled most with, had become "a completely different person" with Eli's support. Ana was so happy with how Boys Town New England had helped and supported her that she asked the site to provide services for her brother and his family, who also were struggling with some issues. Boys Town New England accepted the referral and is currently working with that family. </p><p>Ana's journey from feeling anxiety over her daughters' absenteeism and the family's medical problems to becoming a more confident and capable mom and caregiver was not an easy one. But Ana's determination, and Boys Town's guidance and support, have put her and her kids on a happier, healthier path.   </p>2018-12-21T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Thanks to Boys Town New England, Ana and her four girls have much more to smile about today." src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/momFam.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />New England;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town New England Teaches International Parents Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town New England Teaches International Parents <p>Moving to a new country can accompany a lot of struggles for individuals, some of the biggest challenges can be the language barriers and adjusting to a completely new kind of culture. </p><p>The unique thing about America is that we are the melting pot of the world with people who move here from many different countries and backgrounds. Many of them are moving here because they want a better life and they see hope for their family's future in the United States. </p><p>Some children are so young or maybe not even born yet when their parents move to the United States, so they have the advantage of living in the country from a young age where it is much easier for them to grasp onto different things such as language and culture, unlike their parents.  </p><p>Boys Town New England has partnered with Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island to teach <a href="/parenting/Pages/csp-find-a-class.aspx">Common Sense Parenting<sup>®</sup></a> (CSP) to International parents in the hopes to help them transition into a new country. </p><p>Dorcas International's mission aims to empower individuals and families so that they can become self-sufficient and active members of the community through innovative programs and advocacy that promote education, training and cultural understanding. </p><p>These collaborative CSP classes with Dorcas International will be offered four to six times per year. Here international parents can attend and learn new parenting methods of the United States and simultaneously will continue to practice their English speaking skills and learn new terms accustomed to our culture. </p><p>Maria Marroquin, Common Sense Parenting Supervisor, New England, is the Boys Town employee who has played a significant role in this partnership with Dorcas and it is something that she is very passionate about because she can relate to it from her own past. </p><p>"I had parents who came to America from another country. So I personally understand how frustrating it can be as a first generation American child to have parents who don't necessarily grasp the culture," said Maria. "It's hard for children who all they know is the American culture to come home to parents who don't."</p><p>The goal of this new partnership is to bridge that gap that is in some of these families where the children understand the culture, but there is still some disconnect for the parents. </p><p>"The thing about these parents is that they so desperately want to learn, so that they can improve the lifestyle of their families. A lot of them move to the United States in the first place so that their kids can have a better education and overall improved lifestyle," said Maria. "They want to adapt to the American society, while still holding tight to their culture." </p><p>The classes provide a diverse team of skilled trainers who come together to offer a quality program and to work with a variety of different cultures to create very impactful conversations. The trainers rely heavily on visual aids and role modeling to get the messages across as well. </p><p>"The trainers themselves have a wide range of backgrounds. One trainer is African American and one speaks three different languages," said Maria. "We really can come together to help support a wide range of different people with different backgrounds." </p><p>Boys Town New England is very excited about this partnership and they are already receiving amazing responses from those who have attended it and the classes have had a great turnout of parents who so desperately want to adapt to this new society for themselves and their children.  </p><p>Thanks to everyone at Boys Town New England who is coming together to help strengthen these families and giving hope to international parents so that they can become active members of the community. </p>2018-11-30T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town New England Teaches International Parents " src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/dorcas-international.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />New England;#