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Boys Town South Florida Hosts Educational Breakfast for Elected Officials

From left: PBC School Board Dist. 2 Alexandria Ayala; Vice Mayor of Palm Beach Gardens Rachelle Litt; Boys Town South Florida Executive Director Bethany Lacey; West Palm Beach City Commissioner Christina Lambert, and former Mayor of West Palm Beach Jeri Muoio.Boys Town South Florida was honored to host several local and statewide leaders for an elected officials leadership breakfast. During this breakfast, Boys Town staff had the opportunity to educate their community leaders around the LIFT Together initiative.

LIFT Together with Boys Town is bringing together educators, students, families, community members, and Boys Town experts to address every student's social-emotional needs. This coordinated action is what makes the initiative so powerful, because only together we can positively change the life of a child.

The implementation of the LIFT Together programming requires a multi-year commitment that ensures the quality of programming, relationship building, and sustainability over time. Schools and communities choose which parts of the program they want to implement as all may not be needed.

From left: Boys Town South Florida Executive Director Bethany Lacey; Florida State Senator Bobby Powell and former Mayor of West Palm Beach Jeri Muoio.In attendance were local commissioners, City Council members, elected school board members, and State Legislators. The group was very engaged and interested in the program and excited to learn about resources available to their constituents. “The passion everyone has for supporting at-risk children and families within our community was truly inspiring," said Executive Director Bethany Lacey. “We are so grateful for all the support we have from our community leaders."

Boys Town South Florida would like to thank Great Cities for All, who without their support, this event would not have happened. Led by Dr. Jeri Muoio and Bill Newgent, Great Cities for All is a local firm focused on leadership development, culture enhancement, government relations, and community building.

Boys Town South Florida recently received a grant which allowed them to partner with Great Cities for All to provide support as they expand their local brand recognition.

Development Director Daniela Mesquita stated, “Because of Jeri and Bill's support and partnership, we were able to get the right people to the table."

Boys Town South Florida is looking forward to opening their first LIFT Together program in August 2022 and continuing to work with community members and state leaders to help children and families!​

Pictured: Senator Hon. Bobby Powell, AICP, Representative Jervonte “Tae” Edmonds, Council member Suzy Diaz, Palm Beach Gardens Vice Mayor Rachelle Litt, Commissioner Christina Lambert, Commissioner Mack Bernard, School board members Marcia Andrews and Alexandria Ayala, PBC Vice Mayor Gregg Weiss, former Mayor Jeri Muoio, Ph.D., Bill Newgent, and Boys Town South Florida Board of Director Derek Harris