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BOARD SPOTLIGHT: ALEX BOURNIQUEhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Pages/BOARD-SPOTLIGHT-ALEX-BOURNIQUE.aspxBOARD SPOTLIGHT: ALEX BOURNIQUE<p></p><p><em>Why did you become involved with Boys Town South Florida?</em></p><p><em>“I am originally from South Florida, and over the last several years, I was away for my job. Once I moved back in the summer of 2021, I knew I wanted to give some of my time to the community and be a good neighbor. The Boys Town mission was a perfect fit where I feel I can make a difference and I couldn't be more excited."</em></p><p>Alex is originally from Vero Beach, Florida. Mr. Bournique currently works for Siemens Energy (OTCMKTS: SMEGF), serving as the Southeast Region Vice President of Sales. His office is based out of Jupiter, Florida, and his region runs from North Carolina though Florida. Throughout his career, Alex has held multiple roles.<br><em> </em><br><em>Alex recently relocated to Stuart, Florida with his family and is excited to set roots in South Florida. Alex is a green belt six sigma practitioner.​</em></p><p>​</p>2021-11-12T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/south-florida/about-boys-town-south-florida/PublishingImages/Alexander.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Being the Conduent of Goodhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Pages/Being-the-Conduent-of-Good.aspxBeing the Conduent of Good<p></p><p>Damaris Smith contacted Nick Janes, her Care Coordination Services Consultant, to share her efforts to secure back-to-school supplies to help Boys Town South Florida families. Damaris had spread the word to her co-workers at Conduent sharing all the great services offered to children and families in the community. Together, Damaris and her co-workers worked around the clock for two months scheduling all types of activities to help raise money and donate to the cause. Damaris and her amazing co-workers did not only make a generous donation of school supplies, but Conduent also presented our Executive Director, Bethany Lacey, with a check in the amount of $2,000. We are truly grateful for all the support.</p><p>“My experience has been so positive that I feel selfish by not sharing with everybody." ~ Damaris Smith​<br></p><p>​</p>2021-11-12T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/south-florida/about-boys-town-south-florida/PublishingImages/Conduent-employees-presenting-check-to-BTSFL.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CLINIC: A life changing servicehttps://www.boystown.org/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Pages/BEHAVIORAL-HEALTH-CLINIC-A-life-changing-service.aspxBEHAVIORAL HEALTH CLINIC: A life changing service<p></p><p>When Lucas was just five, his Kindergarten teacher approached me after three months of school and suggested my son might benefit from a behavior assessment due to his high energy level and lack of focus in the classroom. After a couple of evaluations with a pediatrician and a child psychologist, there it was, the acronyms that I had often read about -- ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). The pediatrician made a few recommendations, but as parents we were lost not knowing where to begin to be able to help our son. We noticed Lucas had some difficulty keeping friends because he often said things that were hurtful, or he was too loud and intense. I felt frustrated. Soon I learned that the ADHD journey is a trial-and-error process because each child responds differently to treatments. For 3 years my husband and I read books about ADHD, talked with other parents facing similar journeys, researched published papers about ADHD treatments and tried a few of them without much success. Meanwhile, Lucas started taking medication, which has helped him focus and to be less active during the school hours. However, the medicine is not the solution, it is only one element of the treatment. Like for anything related to a child, the real work starts at home with the parents/care givers, who cannot do it alone.  The biggest life-changing option that has helped our family unit considerably is the Boys Town Behavior Health Clinic. Dr. Ryan Eagan, our child psychologist, has been an amazing resource to learn about parenting skills and how to implement them in an effective way to support our son's development and behavior health, and above all to help our family create healthy routines. While the ADHD diagnosis is related to our youngest son, his behavior affects our whole family dynamics, and we all need to be aware of our actions to keep helping Lucas. I am grateful for Dr. Eagan's assistance in figuring out behavior problems and for his guidance to help us avoid and/or cope with them in the future.</p><p><em>(This story was written by a mom whose son's name has been changed for privacy reasons.)​</em></p><p>​</p>2021-11-12T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town South Florida Celebrates Growth in Broward Countyhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Pages/Boys-Town-South-Florida-Celebrates-Growth-in-Broward-County.aspxBoys Town South Florida Celebrates Growth in Broward County<p>​​​​​​​​Boys Town South Florida held a Ribbon Cutting event for the expansion of its Broward County Office, which serves more than 300 children and families every year. The Broward County office of Boys Town South Florida provides preventive programs funded by the Broward County of Florida, Children's Services Council of Broward County, and The Jim Moran Foundation.<br></p><p>“Boys Town South Florida is committed to serving more children and families in Broward County, and this is only possible due to the support from our funders, donors, partners and volunteers. I am grateful for everyone who have joined our efforts to expand our quality services to every child who needs our help regardless of their circumstances", said Executive Director Bethany Lacey.</p><p>Broward County Commissioners Rhonda Eaton - Dist. 2 and Lamar Fisher - Dist. 4, Pompano Beach Mayor Rex Hardin along with Boys Town South Florida Board Chair Jaime Holland helped Executive Director Bethany Lacey cut the ribbon to set the beginning of an exciting time for the Boys Town staff who help empower moms and dads to parent their children in a positive way, especially when facing serious behavior challenges. Boys Town family consultants are highly trained to provide parenting classes in person at their office or virtually, as well as to teach parenting skills right in the families' homes, providing emotional support 24/7 and linking parents and children to community resources. In addition, Boys Town staff help children suffering from mental health issues by connecting them with programs and resources that can provide the best care. The impact these services provide are very positive on the whole family, as parents and their children are guided to create a positive family environment together.</p><p>Thank you to the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce for the partnership and to our local guests and funders for supporting the mission of Boys Town. For more information about the programs and services offered by Boys Town South Florida in Broward County call 754-222-8451.​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​​</span></p>2021-11-12T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Broward" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Broward%20County/broward-2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town South Florida celebrates 30 years of services and 60,000 children's lives positively impactedhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Pages/BT-S-Florida-celebrates-30-years-of-services-and-60k-childrens-lives-positively-impacted.aspxBoys Town South Florida celebrates 30 years of services and 60,000 children's lives positively impacted<p>​In October, Boys Town South Florida celebrated its 30th anniversary through life-changing preventative services and 60,000 children’s lives positively impacted. Current and former staff, board members and supporters gathered at Due South to celebrate three decades of services to help prevent child abuse and neglect and empower parents to build a healthy family environment to raise their youth. “It is very special to be a part of this milestone at Boys Town South Florida, and I feel truly blessed to have committed staff and volunteers to continue Fr. Flanagan’s legacy in our community”, said Executive Director Bethany Lacey.</p><p>Boys Town South Florida partnered with Brian Wood, a local artist and mental health counselor with the Armory Art Center. Brian graciously created a beautiful art piece that highlights the organization’s thirty years of service and the sixty thousand kids served in the South Florida community. The Boys Town colors are showcased in the background and border of the painting, with rays of light shining in yellow to represent God’s love over all people. The six children represent the sixty thousand kids who Boys Town has served, and the adults represent the supportive people in the children’s lives. Boys Town’s goal has been to welcome kids from every race, color, and creed by showing genuine love for each person without any biases. The art piece represents that by showing a mixture of different colors and a sense of welcoming. The art piece is called ‘Happy’ to represent the emotion that kids and families experience when healing occurs. <br></p><p>Whether it is 1917 when Father Flanagan founded Boys Town in Nebraska or 2021 at our South Florida area, our believe that EVERY child deserves a chance to be loved remains a core value at Boys Town. Some of the ways that our staff help children and heal families is through preventative programs delivered at home, at school and out in the community to help families build better relationships, access mental and behavior health services, deal with child misbehavior in a positive way, access school-based services and link parents to supportive community resources. <br></p><p>A big thank you to past and current individual donors, foundations, businesses, partnering organizations and corporations for helping Boys Town South Florida further its mission to change the way America cares for children and families.</p><p><span><em>Current and former board members from left: Derek Harris, Jamie Holland, Eric Bournique, Executive Director Bethany Lacey, Susan Yeager and Dan Overbey. </em></span><br></p><p><img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/BT-SFL-Board.jpg" alt="Current and former board members from left: Derek Harris, Jamie Holland, Eric Bournique, Executive Director Bethany Lacey, Susan Yeager and Dan Overbey. " style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p><em>Boys Town South Florida Leadership staff. </em></p><p><img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/BT-SFL-Leaders.jpg" alt="Boys Town South Florida Leadership staff. " style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p><em>“Happy" – the art piece created by artist Brian Wood (to the right) in celebration of thirty years of Boys Town South Florida services to 60,000 children. </em></p><p><img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Happy.jpg" alt="“Happy” – the art piece created by artist Brian Wood (to the right) in celebration of thirty years of Boys Town South Florida services to 60,000 children. " style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>2021-11-01T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Katherine Robinson and Cecilia Baez" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Katherine-and-Cecilia.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town South Florida Employee Leads Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Effortshttps://www.boystown.org/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Pages/BT-South-Florida-Employee-Leads-Diversity-Equity-and-Inclusion-Efforts.aspxBoys Town South Florida Employee Leads Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts <p>In 2001, Khalilah Eubanks got her first job in social services at the Department of Children and Families and was so excited for the opportunity to make a difference! She recruited her mom to work with her so they could “save the world one child at a time.”</p><div><p></p></div> <p>In 2006, Khalilah came across a job posting with Boys Town South Florida and was hired as a Care Coordination Consultant. Khalilah said, “It’s been a match made in heaven ever since.”</p><div><p></p></div> <p>During her time at Boys Town, Khalilah has grown in her roles and responsibilities, more recently taking on co-chair leadership of the site’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee. </p><div><p></p></div> <p>Throughout her career, Khalilah has had a special place in her heart for supporting and empowering the children and families she works with, especially those that are from marginalized communities. She has a strong passion for empowering her colleagues and takes pride in being an encouragement for her coworkers. </p><div><p></p></div> <p>When Boys Town placed a renewed focus on DEI efforts, Boys Town South Florida leadership had a vision to implement a DEI committee to help the site process many of the current events and implement practices of DEI at a site level. </p><div><p></p></div> <p>The DEI committee works to implement local efforts to create a more inclusive and supportive culture at Boys Town South Florida. They have put together a training series for the site’s all-staff meetings that have covered topics such as racism in Palm Beach County, gentrification, micro-aggressions, and implicit bias, and how these topics apply to the workplace. The committee is also reviewing hiring trends and participating in the overall Quality Management Council to make recommendations for the site. </p><div><p></p></div> <p>Khalilah joined the committee and brought valuable insights with her knowledge of history and her natural wisdom. She believes that creating a culture where all staff can bring their authentic selves to work will strengthen the ability to work towards Father Flanagan’s mission of bringing help, healing, and hope to the community. </p><p class="MsoNormal"></p> 2021-10-04T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town - Khalilah" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/KE.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town South Florida Ohana Salty Classic – KDW Fishing Tournamenthttps://www.boystown.org/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Pages/Ohana-Salty-Classic.aspxBoys Town South Florida Ohana Salty Classic – KDW Fishing Tournament<p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Ohana Salty Classic KDW Fishing Tournament was a huge success! We are grateful for all the support from our sponsors, partners, volunteers and donors! Event proceeds benefit the children and families of Boys Town South Florida.</strong></p>2021-09-13T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent

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