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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
Board of Directors Spotlight: Jaime Hollandhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Pages/Board-of-Directors-Spotlight-Jaime-Holland.aspxBoard of Directors Spotlight: Jaime Holland<p>​With over 20 years of leadership experience, Jaime Holland has been a Board Member since 2017. As of June 2021, Jaime was elected as Boys Town South Florida's Board Chair. We had a chance to talk with Jamie and ask him about his experiences:<br></p><p> <em><strong>Why did you become involved with Boys Town South Florida?</strong></em><br>“When my children reached a certain age, I decided to use my free time to serve for a nonprofit organization. Upon researching, I found that Boys Town was aligned with my passion of helping kids in the community and at schools. I believe in helping children and families by giving them a fighting chance to have a better life that they would not otherwise have if it were not for the support of Boys Town."<br></p><p> <em><strong>What is your favorite memory so far about your experiences with Boys Town?</strong></em><br>“My favorite memory is being involved in the Thanksgiving meal event. Having the opportunity to share time with my family and, together, putting meals together and delivering those meals to the families in need is a very charitable and happy experience."<br></p><p> <em><strong>What is your favorite program/service that Boys Town South Florida offers and why?</strong><br></em><span style="background-color:transparent;">“In-Home Family Services is my favorite program. I am a strong believer that we are formed by our environment. As a young person, the environment you are exposed to the most is the family environment. In-Home Family Services provides the resources needed to have a strong home environment, providing children with a strong foundation."</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">​</span></p>​​<br>2021-08-13T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/SFL-board-Jaime.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
ParentChild+ Helps “Little John” and His Mom, Mariehttps://www.boystown.org/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Pages/ParentChild-Helps-Little-John-and-His-Mom-Marie.aspxParentChild+ Helps “Little John” and His Mom, Marie<p></p><img src="file:///Users/yuawei/Library/Group%20Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/TemporaryItems/msohtmlclip/clip_image001.jpg" alt="" style="width:1px;margin:5px;" /><p>Boys Town South Florida's ParentChild+ is a research-proven program that enhances children's early development to prepare them for primary school.</p><p>Families start this program when their children are between the age of 21 months and 42 months, and an Early Learning Specialist is matched with the family. They then make two visits to the family every week. Early Learning Specialists bring parents appropriate tools and materials, such as individually selected books, educational toys and activities, all which promote verbal interactions, parent-child bonding and school readiness. A unique part of the program is that, when possible, they match the Early Learning Specialist with the same cultural background as the family; this can assist in strengthening the relationship and preventing language barriers.</p><p>“ParentChild+ is helping to level the playing field in the communities we serve by supporting our program parents in their role as their child's first teacher, which in turn starts their child on a path to school success," said Jennifer Abaid, Director of Boys Town South Florida's ParentChild+.</p><p>Let's take a closer look at one of those families with the help of their Early Learning Specialist, who worked with “Little John" and his mother, Marie.</p><p><strong>What changes occurred and how were these changes significant for the family?</strong></p><p>“Since John had significant speech issues when he first joined the program, I could not understand anything he said. But before the end of the program, he made a lot of progress and Marie was surprised to see her son talking better, naming and identifying things seen in books. So, Marie realized that the program was great motivation for her son's developmental growth!"</p><p><strong>What inspires you about this family that you'd like to share with others?</strong></p><p>“Marie was so appreciative and impressed with the results of the program that she referred two other families. She was also grateful to have been able to participate throughout the pandemic. There were no other programs providing virtual services that she was able to access for her son during this time and he was not enrolled in daycare throughout most of their time in the program. So, ParentChild+ was the only educational opportunity that remained a constant in John's life over the past year. It was also inspiring to hear John talk clearly and to expand his vocabulary and make himself understood by others."<br></p><p><em>ParentChild+ is led by the Literacy Coalition and funded by the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County.​</em></p><p><em><img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Liteacy-Coalition.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /> <img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/CSC-Palm-Beach.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></em></p>2021-08-13T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/SFL-little-john-and-his-mom-marie.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Help Send South Florida Kids Back to Schoolhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Pages/Help-Send-South-Florida-Kids-Back-to-School.aspxHelp Send South Florida Kids Back to School<p>Dear Friends of Boys Town South Florida,</p><p>As a new school year begins and families are returning to in-person school and work, it is important to be mindful of the mental health and family stressors that may be happening. More than ever before, we want to consider the many layers of concerns that children and families in our community may be experiencing. Getting 'back to normal' brings additional considerations, including coping with learning loss and increased financial stressors. </p><blockquote><p style="text-align:left;"> <em>Michael tightly fixed his eyes on the classroom floor at his new school. Nervously, he prayed the teacher would not call on him. He did not know the answer to this question or most others and after a hard semester he felt overwhelmed. During the pandemic, Michael's school started virtual classes. He could not focus on his studies – he was focused on just surviving. His father had died of cancer a year ago and his mother was so consumed with grief that she slipped further and further into depression. Isolated from the world and without any support in a new neighborhood, Michael ended up taking care of himself. He and his mother often got by with little or no food. Virtual classes were a struggle because Michael didn't have internet at home, and he felt ashamed to tell his teacher. Most days, Michael found himself heartbroken and hungry. At 11 years old, he could barely read at a first-grade level.</em><em>  </em><em>Worst of all, he believed it was because he was “stupid" and that it was his own fault. He</em><em> had to connect to his online classes using his mom's cell phone, and his teacher noticed Michael was falling behind even further academically. Thankfully, his teacher shared her concerns with the school counselor who contacted Michael's mom and referred the family to Boys Town South Florida. Our Care Coordination Services Consultant connected Michael's mom to a church grief share and counseling group. She was also able to pick up free food at the church and at the public school three times per week. And, with help from a community resource, the family got free internet. Michael had summer learning classes and started to believe he is capable of learning and doing well at school. Despite his apprehension about going back to school in person in August, Michael is hopeful for a better year and his mom no longer feels alone facing her daily challenges. </em></p></blockquote><p style="text-align:justify;">As schools start a new year in August, every child and family will adjust differently to the expectations and may require different kinds of supports. We understand there is a lot of pressure for everyone, and Boys Town South Florida is here to help bridge the gap between families that are struggling and schools. Together, we can provide support to improve children's behavior to help stabilize families. </p><p> <a href="https://support.boystown.org/site/Donation2?df_id=2529&mfc_pref=T&2529.donation=form1" target="_blank">Please join us in supporting at-risk youth</a>. Any amount you can give is greatly appreciated and will make a tremendous difference in the life of a child in need. </p><p>Thank you for standing with vulnerable children!    </p><p>Blessings,<br>Bethany Lacey, Executive Director </p><p> <em>P.S. Please keep at-risk children in your prayers. Thank you, again, for sharing our commitment to help these innocent young souls rediscover their hope for the future.<br></em></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <a class="btn" href="https://support.boystown.org/site/Donation2?df_id=2529&mfc_pref=T&2529.donation=form1" target="_blank">DONATE TODAY</a></p>2021-08-05T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Dear Friends of Boys Town South Florida" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/SFL-BTS.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town South Florida Presents at National Conferenceshttps://www.boystown.org/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Pages/Boys-Town-South-Florida-Presents-at-National-Conferences.aspxBoys Town South Florida Presents at National Conferences<p>Boys Town South Florida continues to make itself known as a leader within the ParentChild+ service array. ParentChild+ Supervisor Bianca Payton was selected to present at this year's National ParentChild+ Conference in May on the topic of "Strategies to Help Incorporate Developmental Parenting in ParentChild+ Visits."</p><p><em>Developmental Parenting: A Guide for Early Childhood Practitioners </em>is a book that shares the research from Utah State University on the attitudes, behaviors and content that contribute to the greatest outcomes for children and families, or 'best practices' in the field of home visiting. Since 2016, the Palm Beach County ParentChild+ program has been implementing these strategies.</p><p>During Bianca's workshop, which was a Palm Beach County Collaborative, presenters shared tweaks that were made to home visits, in person and virtually, that encourage Developmental Parenting. The attendees of the workshop found it helpful to see the Early Learning Specialists applying the concepts and language in the videos of their home sessions. They also valued the simplicity of the tweaks that were made and the tip sheet that was provided.</p><p>This was the fifth year the ParentChild+ program leadership at Boys Town South Florida presented at this national conference on innovative topics related to best practices in the field of home visiting. In May of last year, ParentChild+ Director Jennifer Abaid, joined the Palm Beach County Collaborative to present on "Making the Shift to Virtual ParentChild+ Visits During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Palm Beach County's Response."</p><p>Jennifer also presented at another national conference through the Institute for the Advancement of Family Support Professionals on the topic of "Parent Child Interaction: Observing and Listening in the Virtual Environment." This was a Rapid Response – Virtual Home Visiting Collaborative that provided best practice principles and strategies to support all home visiting professionals in maintaining meaningful connections with families during this time of increased anxiety and need.</p><p>Boys Town South Florida's ParentChild+ program is a research-proven program that enhances a child's early development to prepare them for primary school. Families start this program when their children are between the age of 21 months and 42 months. Each program year has 23 weeks of home visits. Research has shown families benefit the most by spending 46 weeks in the program. The child will complete the program between the ages of three and four as they transition into a pre-K or Head Start program.</p><p>The ParentChild+ program works by matching an Early Learning Specialist with a family. Two visits are then scheduled with the family every week. Early Learning Specialists bring parents appropriate tools and materials, such as individually selected books, educational toys, and activities, all of which promote verbal interactions, parent-child bonding and school readiness.</p><p>"We are so pleased to have our program recognized as a leader with implementing this model of care," said Bethany Lacey, Executive Director for Boys Town South Florida. "ParentChild+ aligns so well with the Boys Town Mission and we are grateful for the continued good work we are able to do with this program here in South Florida."</p><p>The Boys Town South Florida ParentChild+ program is funded by the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County and led by the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County.</p>2021-07-22T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town South Florida Team" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/PCPartyPic.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Pride & Shine at Boys Town South Floridahttps://www.boystown.org/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Pages/Pride-Shine-at-Boys-Town-South-Florida.aspxPride & Shine at Boys Town South Florida<p>Members of Boys Town South Florida's Care Coordination Services and Primary Project departments represented Boys Town at the Palm Beach Pride Market. Sporting their Teach Love (Pride edition) shirts, the South Florida team spent the day performing outreach and connecting with those in attendance. </p><p>Care Coordination Services Consultants were thrilled to see some of their families at the Pride Market; showing their support and dedication to these Boys Town families. Not only were they able to connect with their families and members of the community, but they also opened the door to potential new collaborations by spreading the word about their services to other agencies at Pride. </p><p> <img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pride-Pic-2.jpg" alt="Boys Town South Florida Pride and Shine" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px;padding:10px 10px 10px 0px;" />Despite the smaller event this year due to COVID-19 precautions, Boys Town South Florida was excited to participate and interact with their neighbors, while educating others and extending the reach of the Boys Town mission. </p><p>They can't wait to attend next year and continue engaging with the Palm Beach County LGBTQIA+ community!</p>2021-06-23T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town South Florida Pride and Shine" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pride-Pic-1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent

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