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18th Annual Spirit of Youth Gala Annual Spirit of Youth Gala<p>​<strong style="background-color:transparent;">Boys Town North Florida Celebrating a Landmark Anniversary of 40 Years of Hope and Healing</strong></p><p>As Boys Town North Florida celebrates its 40<sup>th</sup> anniversary in 2023, we are proud to have helped thousands of at-risk children and struggling families in the Big Bend region with compassionate, effective programs and services designed to improve their circumstances and lives. We are honored and grateful to be part of a generous community so dedicated to lifting up those less fortunate and in need of a helping hand.   </p><p>Throughout the year, we will be reflecting on our history, looking to the future and giving thanks to you for your support which makes it all possible. This is an important time for us to come together and remember those we have helped while ensuring we continue to do so for another 40 years and beyond.  </p><p>Throughout 2023, we have many exciting activities and events planned – and we invite you to be participate, because together we can do so much more!  </p><p>On <strong>Friday, April 28, 2023,</strong> we are excited to bring you our signature event, the <strong>18</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Annual Spirit of Youth Gala</strong>. Honoring four decades of caring for the most vulnerable in our community with love, dignity and respect, we look forward to gathering with you to celebrate Boys Town's past and embrace our future. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. at the FSU Dunlap Champion's Club on the FSU campus. While guests will enjoy an evening of food, drink, entertainment and a robust silent auction, we most importantly will recognize and thank those who have made significant impacts during Boys Town North Florida's 40-year history. Please plan to join us for this momentous celebration!</p><p>We are honored to have been a part of improving the lives of children and families over the last 40 years and are excited for what the future holds. We look forward to working with you, old friends and new, as we set a course for the next 40 years! <br></p>2023-04-28T05:00:00ZEvent<img alt="SOY Gala" src="/locations/north-florida/PublishingImages/NFL-SOY-Gala.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
Boys Town Youth / Alumni Spotlight – CeCe Mackley Town Youth / Alumni Spotlight – CeCe Mackley<p></p><p>Meet Celeena (CeCe) Mackley, our Family Home Program Summer Recreation Coordinator. CeCe has a long, distinct, and personal history with Boys Town North Florida and the Family Home Program, as her parents, Trinity and Misty Mackley, have been Family-Teachers on the Family Home Campus since 2004. CeCe has spent most of her childhood growing up at Boys Town North Florida.</p><p>CeCe was 5 years old when her family began their journey with Boys Town, moving into Home C on the Family Home Campus, a home that housed 6-8 boys. As the years passed, the Mackley's quickly became veteran Family-Teacher's on campus. When CeCe turned 13, the family moved to Home D, sharing the home with 6 other girls around her age. CeCe says some of her favorite memories of Boys Town took place in this home. She specifically recalls helping the girls do their hair and makeup before the annual Youth Awards Banquet and giving advice to the girls when they approached her for help. CeCe said during these times she felt more like a big sister to the other girls in the home.</p><p>CeCe has accomplished many things while living at Boys Town. Active in her school's JROTC, she served as the Group Commander and the Commander of the Marksmanship team. CeCe participated on the school's Color Guard team, Robotics Club, and was a member of the National Honor Society, completing more than 120 hours of community service.</p><p>CeCe describes growing up at Boys Town as being part of a huge family. Between the kids living on campus, the Family Home staff, and even the staff members that work at the administrative office, she always felt she was loved.</p><p>Most recently, CeCe experienced this love from her Boys Town family as they celebrated her for graduating seventh in her class from Godby High School and getting accepted into the University of Central Florida. CeCe plans to begin the Aerospace Engineering program at UCF this August and looks forward to beginning the next chapter in her life. After completing college, CeCe would like to become an aerospace engineer and design planes and military aircraft. Everyone who knows CeCe and her drive and determination have little doubt she will make her dreams come true!​<br></p><p><br></p>2022-09-20T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/north-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/NFL-cece-youth-update.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town North Florida Staff Enjoys Team Outing to District 850 Town North Florida Staff Enjoys Team Outing to District 850<p><span style="background-color:transparent;">​Last week, Boys Town North Florida staff celebrated their hard work and achievements at District 850 for a fun, team-bonding opportunity. District 850 is referred to as an “entertainment mecca." They have several fun attractions like bowling, arcade games, laser tag, axe throwing, escape rooms and other experiences!</span><br></p><p>Over 20 staff gathered at District 850 on Friday, August 26th and enjoyed the attractions and arcade foods. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., staff members had the chance to enjoy talking to one another and hanging out in a more casual setting – attendees were rooting one another on and enjoying interacting with each other outside the workplace.</p><p>Throughout the outing, staff members were smiling, laughing and having a great time. Everyone who attended had a blast! We are so grateful for our amazing staff and love creating opportunities like this to reward them for all they do!​<br>​</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox" unselectable="on"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 21b1d478-3b52-4e23-b564-11a99bead3ab" id="div_21b1d478-3b52-4e23-b564-11a99bead3ab" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_21b1d478-3b52-4e23-b564-11a99bead3ab" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div><p>​​<br><br></p>2022-09-09T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/north-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/NFL-Staff-Story-1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent