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BOLD - Black Organization for Leadership Development, Member Spotlight - Black Organization for Leadership Development, Member Spotlight<p><img src="/locations/north-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/BOLD-Member-Spotlight/bold.jpg" alt="bold.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />​</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/N.Evans.jpg" alt="Nichole Evans" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;" />Hi, I'm Nicole Evans and I'm a native of Pittsburgh PA. Currently, live in Tallahassee and work at the North Florida Site.<br>Boys Town North Florida has been my home for nearly 8 years. In my current role as a Parent Trainer, I work to help families find the tools to deal with their child's behaviors. I am also a BOLD Committee Chair member. In addition to my role at Boys Town, I am a full-time student working on my Master's in Child, Youth, and Family Studies at Bellevue University.<br>Family is important to me so when I'm not working or studying my time is spent with my partner and 2-year-old daughter Harley. So when I think of what black history month means to me it's American history. It's understanding the truth about who we are, where we come from, and how we've been impacted. Our History is rich. It's full of innovators, educators, entrepreneurs, artists, warriors, businessmen, and women. Black History Month is a celebration of culture, values, appreciation, and a vibe.​<br></p>2023-03-17T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Family Home Youth (Aure) Independent Living Success Story Home Youth (Aure) Independent Living Success Story<p>Aure'Anna (Aure) is a driven, intelligent and passionate 18 year old who lives with the Dunn Family in the Boys Town North Florida Family Home Program. Aure currently is a senior at Godby High School, her favorite subject is writing. While at Godby, Aure has earned Honor Roll and played on the varsity soccer team.</p><p>While she isn't in school, Aure enjoys reading, traveling, swimming, being outside and spending time with her bearded dragon, Charlie. Aure also shared that she loves spending time with her brother, Isiah, who also lives on the Family Home Campus. One unique accomplishment that Aure is proud of is earning her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) license prior to graduating High School. Beyond earing the certification, while in the program, Aure maintained one of the highest GPAs in the co-hort. Aure is very passionate to help others, she is planning to become a Forensic Nurse to help individuals who have been harmed or violated.</p><p style="text-align:left;"> <img src="/locations/north-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Aure-Independent-Living-Success-Story-2.jpg" alt="" style="display:inline-block;float:left;margin:0px 1em 1em 0px;width:219px;height:330px;" />Aure shared her favorite part of living at Boys Town has been the experiences she's had while living with the Dunn's- she mentioned visiting many places she had never heard of or been to, including the beach. She also shared she loves the Dunn's and feels very close to both Mr. Mike and Mrs. Joanie.<br></p><p>While living with the Dunn's, Aure worked a part-time job and saved up money to purchase a car and create a savings account. Aure is very goal-oriented and looks forward to starting her next chapter- she will be moving into her own apartment and beginning nursing school at Tallahassee Community College. As a sendoff, Boys Town North Florida staff and board member celebrated and showered her with a party and household items to ensure Aure will be set for success in her apartment.</p><p>Everyone at Boys Town North Florida is so proud of Aure and looks forward to hear about her incredible accomplishments in the future!</p><p>Quote: “I live my life a quarter mile at a time."​</p>2023-03-15T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/north-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Aure-Independent-Living-Success-Story-1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Community Christian School Volunteers Help Beautify Boys Town North Florida Campus Christian School Volunteers Help Beautify Boys Town North Florida Campus<p> <span class="img-zoom posR img-sm">​​​​​​ <img src="/locations/north-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Christian-School-Volunteers-1.jpg" data-action="zoom" alt="" /></span>Boys Town North Florida is so grateful to have the best volunteer groups.<br></p><p>This past week, the Community Christian School sent 15 incredible student volunteers to our Family Home Campus to commit to a day of service. While here, these volunteers pressure washed each of the family homes, trimmed the greenery and put mulch down around each home. After a long and chilly morning of hard work, the workers toured ART Town and had lunch before finishing their beautification project.</p><p>We are beyond impressed with the results of this group's efforts. THANK YOU, Community Christian School for your thoughtful Day of Service to Boys Town North Florida.​</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 4d28d535-7b66-4817-8bfc-12b5e079c16d" id="div_4d28d535-7b66-4817-8bfc-12b5e079c16d" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_4d28d535-7b66-4817-8bfc-12b5e079c16d" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div> </div>2022-11-08T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/north-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Christian-School-Volunteers-2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Volunteer at ART Town of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Volunteer at ART Town<p>​Recently, the Zeta Omicron chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at Florida State University dedicated several hours volunteering at Boys Town North Florida's ART Town. </p><p>Over 40 students attended the volunteer event. Together they pulled weeds, raked, trimmed, and cleaned around ART Town and the garden.  After spending 2 hours beautifying the facility, they saw the significant impact they made by coming out to volunteer. </p><p>Gina Rogers, Donor Relations Specialist at Boys Town North Florida said, "We greatly rely on our volunteers to help our facilities look amazing and run smoothly. It means so much to us for them to come out and donate their time."</p><p>Boys Town North Florida is so grateful for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and would like to thank them for coming out to make ART Town look amazing! </p>2022-10-10T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/north-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Sorority-Volunteer-at-ART-Town-rollup.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="" src="/locations/north-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Sorority-Volunteer-at-ART-Town1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Cathy Andrews Celebrates 30-years at Boys Town North Florida Andrews Celebrates 30-years at Boys Town North Florida<p>​Cathy Andrews, a Senior Assistant Family-Teacher in the Family Home Program at Boys Town North Florida, recently celebrated her 30<sup>th </sup>year at the North Florida site. </p><p>Cathy began her career with Boys Town in 1992 with her husband as Family Teachers.  After several years in this capacity, Cathy and her husband decided to move on, but she stayed on as an Assistant Family-Teacher and has done so ever since. </p><p>Cathy is known to be a loving and loyal advocate to the Family Home Program and considered the "backbone" of the program. She is described by her employees and youth as dependable, reliable, kind, and considerate. She consistently puts the children and her peers before herself.</p><p>Current and longtime Family-Teacher Misty Mackley reflected on the many times Cathy stepped in to help not only the children in her home, but her own children as well. "If you ask our own children they will say Cathy is family," Misty said. "Cathy is a highly skilled individual with a clear passion to serve the children, families, and staff at Boys Town. She certainly has forever left her mark on Boys Town North Florida."<br></p><p>Family Home Director, Nicole Wertz, also acknowledged some of her favorite aspects about working with Cathy, disclosing how inspirational she had been to her, both personally and professionally.  When recognizing Cathy at her recent celebration, Nicole gave the following tribute: </p><p>"It was our honor to recognize this accomplishment for you. There are so many great qualities you possess – you're a teaching machine, loving, dependable, flexible, always willing to help when needed, and have been a mentor to so many. You've trained every Family Teacher/Assistant Family Teacher at Boys Town North Florida over the last 30 years. When our program gets accolades for model implementation and teaching, it's largely because of you that we've been able to claim that accomplishment. When I was an Assistant Family-Teacher just starting my career, I remember all the advice you gave me and made the choice to implement it and it helped get me to where I am today! We love you and appreciate you and are so glad you are our family!"</p><p>Boys Town wants to acknowledge Cathy Andrews for all her hard work and thank her for the many lives that she has touched over her 30-year span at Boys Town!</p>2022-09-27T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/north-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Cathy-Andrews-Celebrates-30-years.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Message from Marcus Lampkin, Executive Director from Marcus Lampkin, Executive Director<p>​<em style="background-color:transparent;">“Amid every crisis lies great opportunity."</em></p><p>Dear Boys Town Family,</p><p>It is a critical time for our nation, communities, and families. In these somewhat unprecedented times, we at Boys Town North Florida take comfort in remaining committed to our mission and greatest source of inspiration for our work -- working, collectively, to bring hope and healing to children and families.</p><p>We take this opportunity to share a host of BTNF accomplishments achieved over the past few months. Most importantly, we will share many of the opportunities afforded to our children, families and communities through the collective investments and efforts of our community of supporters.</p><p>Father Steven Boes, Boys Town President and National Executive Director, reminds us that “every youth, no matter their backgrounds or circumstances, deserve the same opportunities to succeed. Education is a right for all." So, you will read about fun-filled, recreational, <em>and</em> educational activities our youth have been engaged in this summer. These include initiatives specifically geared towards helping to eliminate some of the educational disparities our youth face in comparison to their peers. Notably, our celebration of both our Boys Town North Florida 2022 high school and Next Gen graduates (i.e., a leadership initiative that provides the opportunity for highly regarded staff members to develop their leadership skills) is a testament to the perseverance of these individuals, as well as the opportunities afforded and the support of our BTNF family to help them to achieve their educational and professional goals.</p><p>Without question, these are challenging times. In fact, we know that the potential associated long-term impacts of the issues we are facing are oftentimes exacerbated for our most vulnerable populations, including the youth, families, and communities we serve. Your ongoing support has been critical in enabling us to continue to bring hope and healing to our children, families, and communities, including providing opportunities that will hopefully mitigate some of the lasting effects of the challenges currently before us. Again, we could not do this work without you. So, thanks to each one of you for all that you have done for <em>us</em> at Boys Town North Florida.</p><p>With sincere gratitude,<br></p><p>Marcus M. Lampkin,<br>Executive Director​<br></p>2022-09-20T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/north-florida/PublishingImages/nfla-because-of-you.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Tadlock Sandbox Sandbox<p>​Family Home sponsors Tadlock Roofing, and the Tadlock Family, have been dedicated, generous friends to Boys Town North Florida for several years. Most recently, the team hosted a Community Service Day at ART Town, where staff members reported and prepared for a long day of giving back to the Boys Town community. “Team Tadlock” brought materials and tools to build a twenty-one square foot sandbox on the ART Town property. Throughout the morning the team bonded through laughter and working together to complete the project, spending the better part of the day building and assembling the sandbox. Boys Town North Florida is blown away by the generosity and professionalism from the Tadlock team and the beauty of the new, large sandbox that will permanently reside at ART Town.​<br></p> <div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 1fe75002-5f7a-4210-b0f6-53070b13baef" id="div_1fe75002-5f7a-4210-b0f6-53070b13baef" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_1fe75002-5f7a-4210-b0f6-53070b13baef" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div>​​<br><br>2022-09-20T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/north-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/NFL-sandbox.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent