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Walk in Our Halls of Hope in Our Halls of Hope<p>​ <img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/halls-of-hope-event/HOH-banner.jpg" alt="HOH-banner.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> <b>​</b><span style="background-color:transparent;"><b>Walk in Our Halls of Hope</b> is an event to reveal our <em>Halls of Hope</em>, which include unique wall displays about each of our seven programs. The <em>Halls of Hope </em>will include program descriptions, outcomes, success stories and quotes from families. Our donors, partners, funders, volunteers and community stakeholders will be able to see illustrations of how the children and families served by Boys Town overcome trauma, barriers and limitations to improve their lives. Attendees will be able to see visual representation​ of how Boys Town helps families improve their well-being, build positive child/parent relationships and create a healthy living environment where the whole family can thrive.</span><span style="background-color:transparent;"> </span></p><p> <b>Tuesday, November 14, 2023</b><br>5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br><br><span style="background-color:transparent;"><b>Boys Town South Florida</b><br></span><span style="background-color:transparent;">1655 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., Suite 100<br></span><span style="background-color:transparent;">West Palm Beach, FL 33401 </span></p><p> <span style="background-color:transparent;"><b>Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. </b></span><span style="background-color:transparent;">Welcome by Bethany Lacey, Executive Director will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by a guided <em>Walk in our Halls of Hope</em>. </span></p><p>Questions? Call 561-612-6007 or email <a href=""></a>.<br><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">​​​<a href="" target="_blank" class="btn theme-11">RSVP Today</a></p>​<br>2023-11-14T06:00:00ZEvent<img alt="Halls of Hope" src="/locations/south-florida/PublishingImages/HOH-rollup.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent




Lift with Boys Town with Boys Town<p>​​Lift is bringing together educators, students, families, community members, funders, and Boys Town experts to address students' social-emotional needs. This school-centered program strengthens families, schools and communities by offering a concentration of services at specific schools to improve social support, absenteeism, low parental engagement, disruptive classroom behaviors and family safety.<br></p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 23213451-aad9-4789-aee7-b537a7abc3d3" id="div_23213451-aad9-4789-aee7-b537a7abc3d3" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_23213451-aad9-4789-aee7-b537a7abc3d3" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div><p>​<a href="" target="_blank">Click here​</a> for the full version of the video.</p><h3>Below are the results of the Lift with Boys Town program after the first year of implementation at West Gate Elementary School in West Palm Beach, FL and at Stirling Elementary School in Hollywood, FL.​</h3><p>West Gate Elementary Results<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Lift-with-Boys-Town--West-Gate-1.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;width:430px;height:236px;" /> <img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Lift-with-Boys-Town--Weste-Gate-2.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;width:430px;height:242px;" />​<img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Lift-with-Boys-Town-West-Gate-3.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;width:430px;height:242px;" /><br></p><p>Stirling Elementary Results</p><div><div style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Lift-with-Boys-Town--Stirling-1.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;width:430px;height:242px;" /> <img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Lift-with-Boys-Town--Stirling-2.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;width:430px;height:242px;" /> <img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Lift-with-Boys-Town-Stirling-3.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;width:430px;height:242px;" /> <br> </div> </div>2023-09-05T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/SFLA-Lift.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Bethany Welcomes Two New Board Members: Jo Anne Davis and Vanessa Steelman Welcomes Two New Board Members: Jo Anne Davis and Vanessa Steelman<p>We are thrilled to announce the addition of some outstanding individuals to our esteemed Board of Directors! Their passion for our mission and dedication to making a positive impact in the lives of at-risk youth is truly inspiring. Please join us in warmly welcoming our new Board Members to <a href="" target="_blank">Boys Town South Florida</a><br><br>Thank you both for joining our mission to change of the way America cares for children and families.<br></p><p><strong>Learn more about </strong><a href="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Pages/Welcome-New-Board-Member-Vanessa-Steelman-.aspx"><strong>Vanessa Steelman</strong></a><strong> and </strong><a href="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Pages/Welcome-New-Board-Member-Jo-Anne-Davis.aspx"><strong>Jo Anne Davis</strong></a>​<br></p>2023-09-05T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Bethany-Lacey-Jo-Anne-Davis-Vanessa-Steelman.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Extending Love One Family at a Time Love One Family at a Time<p> <span style="background-color:transparent;">​H</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">ow do we show love? We can show it through acts of kindness, or we can demonstrate it through quality time spent together. Love is a choice, and it is always paired with positive actions to show one cares. The Torres and Medina family experienced the love our donors and community members have for families like theirs that have nowhere else to turn. Two of the four Torres and Medina children were referred to our Care Coordination Services due to much-needed help to address their traumatic pasts. One of the children, Anaya, had trauma that stemmed from losing her parents before she was even a teenager. As an adolescent, Anaya bounced from family to family. She had a lack of stability and emotional support until the Torres and Medina family opened their home, but that was only the beginning of her healing process. The other child, Iriana, has gone through multiple surgeries related to her diagnosis of neurofibromatosis type II, a medical condition that causes tumors to grow in the body and has resulted in multiple medical complications. In such a short lifespan, she has experienced many challenges and traumatic events, from living through various medical difficulties to emotional turmoil to losing friends to suicide.</span></p><p>Over the course of time, the family struggled with other issues, including being evicted and living from hotel to hotel without means of their own transportation. In addition, the family has had numerous medical bills with the mother and daughter suffering from the same medical condition. The family was in dire need…but the love and action from our caring community gave them hope and a chance for a better future. Go here to listen to Iriana talk about how your generous hearts and support impacted her family: </p> <iframe src="" width="900" height="500" frameborder="0"></iframe>​ <p> <strong>Care Coordination Services</strong> provide a lifeline for children suffering from mental health issues by connecting them with programs or resources that can offer the best care. Parents who want to help their children cope with trauma and/or behavior concerns at home and at school receive intensive home-based care coordination from a Family Consultant, who partners with other professionals from school and fellow agencies to advocate and provide support for the child. Our Care Coordination Services are mostly funded in Palm Beach County by South Florida Behavioral Health Network, the Palm Beach County Community Services Department and individual donors; and in Broward County they are funded by The Jim Moran Foundation and Broward County. ​<br><br></p>2023-07-21T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Welcome New Board Member: Vanessa Steelman New Board Member: Vanessa Steelman<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">1.      Why did you become involved with Boys Town South Florida?</span></p><p><em style="background-color:transparent;">My passion for positively impacting the lives of others, particularly children, made Boys Town South Florida the ideal organization for me. The organization does an exceptional job at tackling complex problems from every angle, resulting in more effective and impactful outcomes. Meeting those issues with compassion and kindness early on is what drew me in. I am thrilled to have the privilege of contributing towards meaningful change during my time with Boys Town.</em></p><p>2.      What do you wish other people knew about Boys Town?   <br><em>I wish others knew the myriad of ways this organization could impact them. Boys Town has the resources and commitment to truly meet children and families where they are and assist them even in their most difficult moments. This is a place where families can go when they feel that they have nowhere else to turn. There is truly no struggle or challenge that Boys Town cannot rise to the occasion and meet. My hope is to spread awareness of this organization to those who need it most.</em><br></p><p>3.      What is your favorite program/service that Boys Town South Florida? Why? <br><em>In-Home Family Services is my favorite because they genuinely meet families where they are. It allows families to have access to intensive parenting services in the comfort of their home, eliminating limitations such as mobility or having to go to a center for assistance. I also find providing services for families at home to be more effective when they are in their natural environment. Being in an environment families are comfortable in allows everyone involved to be more at ease and successful in developing new skills and solving problems.</em><br></p><p>4.      What others will be surprised to know about you?<br><em>I am a Lilly Pulitzer fanatic! I love to live my life colorfully and dress like it. I have been collecting Lilly Pulitzer since I was 16 years old!</em><br></p><p>5.      What is your favorite quote?<br><em style="background-color:transparent;">“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."</em></p><p>                 ― Maya Angelou​<br></p><p><a href="/locations/south-florida/about-boys-town-south-florida/Pages/board-of-directors.aspx">Click here</a> to learn more about Vanessa​ and our Board of Directors.<br></p><p>​</p>2023-07-21T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Vanessa-Steelman.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Welcome New Board Member: Jo Anne Davis New Board Member: Jo Anne Davis<p><span style="background-color:transparent;">​1.      Why did you become involved with Boys Town South Florida?</span><br></p><p><em style="background-color:transparent;">I got involved to be a part of the changes that will impact our county, by preparing our youth at an early age.​</em></p><p>2.      What do you wish other people knew about Boys Town?   <br><em>My wish is that more people know about the phenomenal Behavioral Health Clinic they have to assist all children.</em><br></p><p>3.      What is your favorite program/service that Boys Town South Florida has? Why?<br><em>The Boys Town Behavioral Health Clinic is my favorite program. The reason this one resonates with me is because there are so many children suffering in silence, and this provides a platform that allows them a safe place to express themselves. In doing so, one life at a time is being saved by providing the necessary services to enhance their lives.</em><br></p><p>4.      What will others be surprised to learn about you?<br><em>I am an advocate for all people that have needs but do not have resources, and I will stay on the course until a positive outcome has been achieved. I am totally committed.</em><em> </em><br></p><p>5.      What is your favorite quote?<br>I have a personal motto: <em>Live right, do right and you will be alright!</em><br></p><p><a href="/locations/south-florida/about-boys-town-south-florida/Pages/board-of-directors.aspx">Click here</a> to learn more about Jo Anne and our Board of Directors.​<br></p>2023-07-21T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Jo-Anne-Davis.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Lift Together with Boys Town Together with Boys Town<p style="text-align:center;"> <strong style="background-color:transparent;">​​​​​<img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Lift-Together-with-Boys-Town/Lift-wBT-Logo-color.jpg" alt="Lift-wBT-Logo-color.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-4" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:113px;" /><br></strong></p><p><strong style="background-color:transparent;"><img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Lift-Together-with-Boys-Town/Community-of-Boys-Town.jpg" alt="Community-of-Boys-Town.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-4" style="margin:5px;" /><br></strong></p><p> <strong style="background-color:transparent;">​<br>Lift with Boys Town</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;"> is a powerful initiative designed to provide ongoing support and community-based early intervention services to schools struggling with student misbehavior, absenteeism, parental disengagement and negative culture. </span><strong style="background-color:transparent;">Lift</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;"> brings together educators, students, families, community partners and Boys Town experts to address at-risk student's social-emotional needs.  In 2022-2023, we piloted two </span><strong style="background-color:transparent;">Lift</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;"> programs in these South Florida schools: West Gate Elementary School in Palm Beach County and Stirling Elementary School in Broward County</span><sup style="background-color:transparent;">*</sup><span style="background-color:transparent;">. With the integration of two full-time Boys Town School Support Specialists at each school (Santiago Jimenez at West Gate Elementary and Victoria Velez at Stirling Elementary) both campuses showed positive results in decreasing student disciplinary referrals and absenteeism and increasing parental engagement in comparison to the previous school year. A total of 145 students received direct services to cultivate student capacity to manage difficult emotions, establish goals and effectively navigate conflicts. Also, both schools saw an increase in parental engagement and an encouraging decrease in student absenteeism. An additional 72 students were also positively impacted by having </span><strong style="background-color:transparent;">Lift</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;"> in the schools as they benefited from brief interventions and interactions with the School Support Specialists.</span><br></p><p> <em>“</em><em><strong>Training must emphasize the positive side of the child's character.</strong></em><em> It must capitalize on capabilities and the normal, socially healthful trends which every child exhibits, if only we take the time and trouble to look for them." </em></p><p>           -Father Edward Flanagan<br><span style="background-color:transparent;">             Founder of </span> <span style="background-color:transparent;">Boys Town<br><br></span></p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 9e14035a-5eb3-48f2-abeb-00e95b1b2926" id="div_9e14035a-5eb3-48f2-abeb-00e95b1b2926" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_9e14035a-5eb3-48f2-abeb-00e95b1b2926" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div>​ ​​ <p>​<strong>*Boys Town South Florida</strong> is grateful for the grant support from The A. D. Henderson Foundation and the Jim Moran Foundation to fund Lift at Stirling Elementary School.​<br></p>2023-07-21T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Message from Bethany Lacey, Executive Director from Bethany Lacey, Executive Director<p>​As a child, I had pretty average dreams. I dreamed of growing up, getting married and having a family that I could love and nurture. Today, I am grateful to say that I have been able to achieve that dream, though not without life's normal challenges and hardships. Many of the families we come in contact with at Boys Town share this same dream. Sadly, they don't have the same skills, resources or community support that many of us had. This desire for a healthy, happy family, universally shared by so many, is often derailed by unexpected obstacles and lack of support and resources. In Florida, our Hotline received over 1,000 contacts for families encountering crises, ranging from addiction to suicide to parenting struggles to being victims of sexual assault and more. Forty percent of those contacts dealt with a child or parent facing a mental health crisis. These are the kinds of challenges facing those we serve every day. And that's why Boys Town becomes a lifeline for families in need. We are a beacon of hope and a light to children and families who are in their darkest moments as they fight to keep their dreams alive. We need the continued support of people like you to come alongside us so we can serve those in need. We are grateful to be able to continue helping children and families – and because of your support, together, we can give them hope that dreams do come true!​</p>2023-07-21T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Bethany-Lacey.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent