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The Night Is Young, benefitting Boys Town New England Night Is Young, benefitting Boys Town New England<p>​​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​​Don't miss the largest young professionals event of the year! Join United Way's Young Leaders Circle for </span> <strong style="background-color:transparent;">The Night Is Young</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;"> on Saturday, June 18 from 7 – 11 p.m. at Skyline at Waterplace.</span></p><p>This year, the United Way of Rhode Island Young Leader's Circle is raising funds to help break barriers for underserved youth in Pawtucket <strong>in partnership with Boys Town New England</strong>. <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="" target="_blank">Register early​</a></span> to get early bird tickets for just $45!<br></p><p>We hope to see you there!​<br><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <a class="btn theme11" href="" target="_blank">REGISTER TODAY</a></p><p> <b>Date: </b>June 18</p><p> <b>Time:</b> 7 – 11 PM</p><p> <b style="background-color:transparent;">Location:</b><span style="background-color:transparent;"> Skyline at Waterplace</span></p>2022-06-18T05:00:00ZEventtext/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
Employee Spotlight: Charles Weeden Spotlight: Charles Weeden<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​​Charles Weeden's memories of growing up are not pleasant. But those memories have helped Charles become a successful Family-Teacher®</span><span style="background-color:transparent;"> for Boys Town New England.</span></p><p>The second oldest of four siblings, he remembers the Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF) being monitoring him, his mother, father and siblings since he was approximately six years of age due to parental concerns of suspected abuse and neglect. At just nine years old, Charles found his mother, who battled alcoholism and mental health issues, dead in their home.</p><p>When Charles' father passed away when he was 12, he was left with the guilt that maybe his father's death was his fault. He constantly questioned himself with “Did I not wake up or get to my father quick enough to care for his needs?"</p><p>A family friend, who Charles refers to as his uncle, served as a mentor to him as he made the transition from middle school to high school. His uncle recognized Charles was a good student and encouraged him to take the PSAT exam and apply to Portsmouth Abbey School, a Benedictine boarding school in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. With his uncle's guidance, Charles received a full scholarship to board at the school.</p><p>“I received the spiritual, rational, and consistent concrete advice I needed from my uncle. He also held me accountable," Charles said.</p><p>High school is where Charles' world changed. As a senior, he became a house parent guiding the incoming freshmen students.</p><p>“It was transformative in my learning how to interact, and it made me aware of why I do some of the things I do," Charles said.</p><p>After graduating from high school, Charles was given the opportunity to travel to Rome and received a full scholarship to study at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC.</p><p>After completing his studies in Psychology with a focus on Theology at Georgetown, Charles said having been in care, he felt obligated to give back to his community. He worked for Child and Family Services in Rhode Island for a few years before becoming employed as an Assistant Family-Teacher® at Boys Town's Portsmouth campus.</p><p>Today he is a Family Teacher in a Boy's Town Family Home, where he serves six adolescents, along with his wife, Sheena, and their two-year-old daughter, Sophie.</p><p>“I have the ability to connect with Boys Town youth on a level where I can tell my story and assure them there is a better path out," he said. “It's an ongoing path. Your situation is not hopeless. It can get better. I validate their feelings, but I also provide a sense of hope."</p><p>He strongly believes in Boys Town's straightforward teaching model that prepares children with social skills to take into the world, whether that be reunification with their parents, going to college, or living independently on their own. </p><p>Charles is now focused on being a good husband and father to his growing family while helping Boys Town youth.<br></p>2022-04-12T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Charles Weeden" src="/PublishingImages/Charles-weeden.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Greetings from Rhode Island! An update from our Executive Director from Rhode Island! An update from our Executive Director<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">Greetings from Rhode Island! After enduring a near-record breaking January snowstorm and the continuation of the pandemic, we are all excited that spring is coming. We have faced many challenges the last year, but I am so proud to serve as Executive Director of Boys Town New England. Our staff is passionately committed to making an impact on the lives of the youth, families, schools and communities we work with.</span></p><p>In this newsletter you will read about a girl who lives here on our Bazarsky Portsmouth campus and how her life has been positively impacted since arriving a year ago. You will also read about one of our family home teachers and how he has turned the challenges he faced in his early life into successes that he now uses while working with the teenagers who face many of the same challenges.</p><p>These are just two of many success stories that serve as the motivation for what we all do. And that includes all of you who continue to support our mission. I can never say thank you enough to each one of you.</p><p>I am thrilled to share with you all our LIFT Together expansion within Pawtucket. When we started this program several years ago in two elementary schools, our goal was to expand to have a greater impact on the school system and community at large. Due to the efforts of Senior Director Eli Escrogin and her entire staff, our impact will now be felt in <strong>three additional middle schools and two high schools</strong>, all in Pawtucket! At a time when our schools are really struggling due to the pandemic, it is so exciting that we are realizing our goal of increasing the impact of Boys Town in Pawtucket.</p><p>Our Common Sense Parenting® programs (CSP) had over <strong>120 participants</strong>, held <strong>20 CSP classes</strong> and <strong>12 parenting cafés</strong> this past year. Some of the funding for this program was thanks to our first-ever <strong>$25,000 grant</strong> from the Yawkey Foundation.</p><p>Nearly <strong>200 youth were served</strong> through our Foster Care Programs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. At a time when many youths in both states need stable and safe families to care for them, we are actively recruiting to increase the impact we can have. </p><p>After going without a development staff for several months, I am excited to welcome Glenn Hofmann as our new Director and Julie Sherman as our new Coordinator. You can read about Glenn and Julie's backgrounds in this newsletter. We have big plans in this area, including a more focused effort on continuous engagement with our supporters. No doubt many of you will be hearing from Glenn in the coming months.</p><p>These are just some of the exciting things that are happening with Boys Town New England. While my tenure as Executive Director has been a bit strange, given I arrived in Portsmouth just before the pandemic, I am so proud of what the Boys Town community has accomplished and I am equally as excited about our plans for the future.</p><p>- Sarah Galvan, Executive Director​<br></p>2022-04-12T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Meet Our Development Team Our Development Team<p>​<strong style="background-color:transparent;">​Glenn Hofmann</strong><img src="file:///Users/johreg2/Library/Group%20Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/TemporaryItems/msohtmlclip/clip_image001.jpg" alt="" style="background-color:transparent;width:1px;margin:5px;" /></p><p><img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Meet-Our-Development-Team/Glenn-Hofmann.jpg" alt="Glenn-Hofmann.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px 10px;width:225px;" />Glenn began his first year as Director of Development at Boys Town New England in November. Glenn has been a successful fundraiser and administrator in higher education for nearly 30-years, having worked at Lehigh University, Niagara University, Merrimack College, Virginia Commonwealth University and most recently Boston University. An avid sports fan, Glenn has spent his entire career working with student-athletes, coaches and donors in intercollegiate athletics. He has always wanted to work at organizations where he can make a difference and he is excited about transitioning out of athletics into his new role.</p><p>“Boys Town is such a wonderful organization and its commitment to make the lives of children and families better is something I truly believe in," he said. “I have always believed that in order to be successful in fundraising you must be passionate about what you are communicating to donors and truly believe in the mission you are discussing. Boys Town certainly checks off both of those boxes and I am anxious to meet our supporters whether it be in-person or virtually."</p><p>Glenn developed major gift and annual fund strategic plans at BU, VCU and Merrimack and set department records for revenue raised and donor participation at each institution. At BU, Glenn raised $4.2 million in total cash representing a 20% increase, while at VCU he oversaw an external relations unit that increased revenue by 11% during his tenure and recorded fundraising increases every year including a record-setting $3.9 million, an increase of $2 million since his initial year at the institution.  He also established Advisory Boards for each sport at BU and VCU and a first-ever Women's Athletics Board at VCU.​<br><br></p><p><strong>Julie Sherman</strong><img src="file:///Users/johreg2/Library/Group%20Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/TemporaryItems/msohtmlclip/clip_image002.jpg" alt="" style="background-color:transparent;width:1px;margin:5px;" /><br></p><p><img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Meet-Our-Development-Team/Julie-Sherman.jpg" alt="Julie-Sherman.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px 10px;width:225px;height:229px;" />Julie earned her master's in communication from Emerson College. She has enjoyed a career in marketing in various industries, while at the same time giving her time and talents to various nonprofit organizations. She is passionate about serving the needs of her community and providing resources to those in need. “I'm eager to work with like-minded individuals here at Boys Town that truly want to make a difference in the lives of the population we serve." Julie is a firm believer that every Boys Town child and young adult has the potential to reach the stars, when given the support system they so deserve.<br></p>2022-04-12T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Pawtucket School District Increases Partnership with Boys Town New England’s LIFT Program to Help Students, Families School District Increases Partnership with Boys Town New England’s LIFT Program to Help Students, Families<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">The past two years have been arguably the most difficult and disruptive experience for students, parents, and educators of all time.</span></p><p>Student achievement was dramatically affected by the pandemic. But families and the relationships they had developed with the schools in the past were also altered.</p><p>The Pawtucket School District saw growing problems with students who had missed significant classroom time over the course of the last two school years. When students returned this past fall, they experienced issues following school rules and coping with the structured nature of the school day. Remote learning negatively impacted the students' academic and social skill growth. Teachers have been stretched further to meet the needs of their students while also trying to cope with the traumatic effects of the global pandemic.</p><p>As a district, the Pawtucket school administration decided it wanted to enhance partnerships it had in the past to overcome the added challenges. One of those relationships was with Boys Town New England.</p><p>The success Boys Town and its LIFT Together program had in the past at the Pawtucket elementary schools convinced the district to expand and enhance their partnership into the middle school and high school levels. It has been a successful venture.</p><p>LIFT Together with Boys Town<sup>SM</sup> is bringing together educators, students, families, and Boys Town experts to address every student's social-emotional needs. This coordinated action is what makes the initiative so powerful. Its LIFT Together title is simple – because only together can we truly change the life of a child.</p><p>LIFT Together with Boys Town is currently operating at three Boys Town sites (Nebraska, Nevada, and New England). These sites are participating with specific communities and schools to improve problems such as absenteeism, low parental engagement, disruptive classroom behaviors and family safety.</p><p>The LIFT program was introduced in 2018 in Pawtucket's Fallon Memorial Elementary School and Elizabeth Baldwin Elementary School. The new expansion includes the following schools:</p><ul><li>Joseph Jenks Middle School</li><li>Samuel Slater Middle School</li><li>Lyman G. Goff Middle School</li><li>Charles E. Shea High School</li><li>William E. Tolman High School</li></ul><p>A total of 290 teachers and 4,100 students will be impacted in the Pawtucket schools by the LIFT program and more families will be reached with our In-Home Family Services®, Care Coordination services, and Common Sense Parenting® classes and cafés.</p><p><em>"The positive feedback we have received from the staff and families who have partnerships with Boys Town has been astounding," said Linda Gifford, Pre-Kindergarten and Early Learning Administrator with the Pawtucket School District. “The skills and supports have become a necessity with the current situation we are facing from the pandemic. The opportunity to expand the partnership with Boys Town arose at a time of great need for our families to support the social and emotional needs for bright and successful futures of all students."</em></p><p>Dr. Jacqueline E. Ash, Principal at Charles E. Shea Senior High School, agreed that the partnership has been a huge success.<br><em> </em><br><em>“I'm so excited to be partnering with Boys Town," Dr. Ash said. “The Boys Town school-based component uses a common language and common expectations approach that minimizes confusion, builds relationships and strengthens school bonds with our entire school membership. They provide community support services through their care coordination services, parenting assistance and a range of outpatient services. It is incumbent upon us to create efficient systems and effectively communicate in this pandemic-stricken world. Many of our students and families are working in survivor mode. This partnership with Boys Town enables us to build a solid support system. I just have a feeling that this could be a game changer for us!"</em></p>2022-04-12T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Thank you for believing in our work! | 401Gives you for believing in our work! | 401Gives<p>In an impressive and record-setting show of support, current and first-time Boys Town supporters came through in a big way on the state of Rhode Island’s 401 Gives Day April 1st, as their donations and participation increased by over 300% in each category. When the final numbers were counted Boys Town New England raised $29, 715 dollars. That figure represents a 314% increase from the previous high cash total on 401 Gives Day of $7,163 set in in 2020. Participation was just as impressive as 362 unique donors made gifts to Boys Town. That total eclipses the previous high of 76 donors established last year and represents an astounding increase of 375%. </p><p> “The outpouring of support on 401 Gives Day is truly amazing,” Director of Fundraising Glenn Hofmann said. “ Whether it be individuals who have given in the past to Boys Town or the 233 first-time donors who gave, the support will help us to continue to operate and improve our programming, all with the goal of giving the boys, girls and families we work with a better life experience.” <br></p><p>Of the 501 non-profit organizations in the state of Rhode Island, Boys Town New England received support from the most unique donors in the large non-profit category and was second among all non-profits in the state. </p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 784c5ed6-baaf-4e63-b572-0155a3580d88" id="div_784c5ed6-baaf-4e63-b572-0155a3580d88" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_784c5ed6-baaf-4e63-b572-0155a3580d88" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div><p><br></p><br>2022-04-07T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent