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Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town South Florida Expands Parent-Child Home Program Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town South Florida Expands Parent-Child Home Program <p>Boys Town South Florida's Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) is a research-proven program that enhances a child'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. Each program year has 23 weeks of home visits. Research has shown that families benefit the most by spending 46 weeks in the program. The child will complete the program between the ages of 3 and 4 as they transition into a pre-K or Head Start program. </p><p>The PCHP works by matching an Early Learning Specialist with a 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. </p><p>Boys Town South Florida's PCHP is one of three subcontracted Parent-Child Home Program sites in Palm Beach County, each site serves a specific demographic. Boys Town South Florida's program serves Haitian and African-American communities. 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>"The Parent-Child Home Program 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, Boys Town South Florida, Director Parent-Child Home Program.</p><p>Jennifer has been overseeing the program for nine years and in that time the program has expanded four times. In their most recent expansion on February 1, they were contracted to serve an additional 34 clients, specifically in West Palm Beach and Riviera Beach, Florida. </p><p>This new expansion was granted to Boys Town South Florida PCHP based on outcomes of previous clients in the program who scored above their peers on the Kindergarten School readiness test.  </p><p>The funders of Boys Town South Florida's PCHP are the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County and the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County.</p>2019-04-23T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Parent Child Home Program" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/PCHP_opt.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />South Florida;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town South Florida Remembers Shooting Victims Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town South Florida Remembers Shooting Victims <p>February 14, marked one year since the day 17 innocent lives were taken in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.  </p><p>Boys Town South Florida has been serving children and families in Broward County for over a decade. Through a strong partnership with stakeholders and partners in that area, Care Coordination Services has been providing direct support and connection for students placed at one of Broward County's alternative schools, Cypress Run Education Center.</p><p>This year all the schools within Broward County school system held commemorative events for the one year anniversary of the shooting. Brittney Staab, Care Coordination Services consultant, Boys Town South Florida, and her supervisor, Christine Ruiz, participated in the day of remembrance at Cypress Run. </p><p>Care Coordination Services has a close relationship with Cypress Run, serving a caseload of students at the school. The goal is to support them in their transition from the alternative school setting back to their home school. Additionally, some of the students currently attending this alternative school were students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas during the 2018 shooting. </p><p>This "Day of Service and Love" at Cypress Run included several different activities that the student body rotated through, such as making stress balls, yoga classes, painting flowerpots and listening to a guest speaker who talked about the importance recognizing and treating mental health disorders. </p><p>"It was heartwarming to see the students identify with the speaker who was troubled as a teenager but is now a therapist giving back to the community," said Christine. "Being present for the moment they realized there are better paths to take is something I'll always remember." </p><p>In addition to listening to the speaker Brittney and Christine participated in helping the students paint 17 flower pots, one for each of the victims of the shooting. These flower pots were filled with plants and then placed in the school garden as a memorial. </p><p>February 14 was a day for the community to join together to remember those who tragically lost their lives. For anyone who was having emotional stress due to the anniversary, mental health counselors were present to talk with throughout the day. </p><p>Broward County Public Schools stated on their website, "February 14, 2018, will forever be in our hearts. As part of the Broward County community, the District will always remember and honor those whose lives were taken in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy, and will continue to support the injured and hurting." </p><div class="hidden-gal"> <a title="Planters" class="image-group cboxElement" href="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/PlantersOne_opt.jpg">image 1</a> </div>2019-04-04T05:00:00Z<img alt="Christine and Brittney" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/ChristineandBrittneyOne_opt.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />South Florida;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Aunt, Nephew Bond and Thrive with Boys Town’s Help Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Aunt, Nephew Bond and Thrive with Boys Town’s Help <p>Every family has problems, some more serious than others.</p><p>The most difficult problems are ones that prevent parents from properly caring for and nurturing their child. Besides being devastating to the child's growth and development, these challenges can lead him or her to lash out at the world in frustration and confusion. </p><p>Steven was one of those children. His mom and dad had so many troubles of their own – a history of abuse growing up and substance abuse – that they couldn't be the caring parents he needed. And when Steven was diagnosed with autism, it became impossible for the family to stay together. Eventually, the parents lost custody of their son, leaving Steven's future clouded in uncertainty.</p><p>Fortunately, two good things happened in Steven's life at just the right time. His Aunt Katie stepped in, welcoming the teenaged boy into her home and her heart. And not long after, Boys Town South Florida began providing services to Katie and Steven, services that would mean a world of difference as aunt and nephew bonded to form a new family.</p><p>Boys Town's intervention was necessary and valuable. Before services began, Katie struggled mightily with Steven's behaviors, even as she also cared for her own elderly mother. Steven experienced a lot of anxiety and often lost self-control, flying into rages where he would hit and kick anyone around him. Katie had no idea how to manage these outbursts and feared that her nephew would harm himself or someone else. Steven also began leaving home in the middle of the night and roaming the streets. Although he always returned, Katie started sleeping in his room to make sure she knew where he was. </p><p>During a meeting at Steven's school, Katie described the behaviors she was trying her best to deal with at home with Steven and how chaotic and stressful life had become. A teacher who had previously worked with a Boys Town South Florida learned of Katie's situation and recommended that she look into the services the site could provide.</p><p>Katie made the call and soon, Lori, a Boys Town Care Coordination Services Consultant, was regularly visiting Katie and Steven in their home. She listened to their problems but also pointed out their many strengths, like Katie's love for her nephew and her desire to keep him safe and help him succeed in school. Lori was able to identify a number of community resources that could help Katie and Steven get back on track and then make good decisions on their own after Boys Town's services ended.   </p><p>One of the first things Lori did was arrange to have Steven start seeing a psychiatrist who could work with the teen on strategies for managing his behavior. She also worked with the staff at Steven's school to identify how to help him cope with his emotions, control his behaviors and not resort to aggression when he was upset. Finally, Lori helped Katie apply for assistance from the State of Florida's Association for Persons with Disabilities.</p><p>By the end of services, Steven was having fewer blow-ups and was staying home at night. He was able to do more things independently, and was getting along better with his classmates at school. Most importantly, thanks to Lori's support, Aunt Katie felt more confident and capable of helping her nephew control his behaviors and prepare for life as a young adult. </p><p>In a letter to Lori, Katie expressed her gratitude for what Boys Town had done for her and Steven.</p><p>"…I will always appreciate Boys Town for making a change in our lives. Thank you, Boys Town, for everything you do with assisting families in crisis and need."</p><p>This is the essence of Boys Town's Mission to change the way America cares for children and families, one child and family at a time!  </p><p><em>The stories provided about the children and families in our care are real. In some cases, names may be changed and details altered to protect their privacy and therapeutic interests.</em></p>2019-02-27T06:00:00ZNewsSouth Florida;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town South Florida Provides Meals to Over 200 Families Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town South Florida Provides Meals to Over 200 Families <p>The Boys Town South Florida Basket Brigade provided Thanksgiving meals to 250 families in Palm Beach, Martin, Broward and St. Lucie Counties. </p><p>This event was made possible thanks to generous sponsors, like Florida Power and Light who donated $5,000, and Florida Crystals who also gave a donation.</p><p>The donations were used to provide Thanksgiving groceries for the families, which included, turkey, potatoes, corn, peas, rice, sugar, cranberry sauce, stuffing, bananas and jello. </p><p>Boys Town wanted to make the holiday more special for families so they provided the grocery essentials, instead of a hot meal, that way families could cook together. </p><p> "Our goal is to keep families together and the Thanksgiving Basket Brigade gives them the opportunity to share a family tradition that they could otherwise not afford," said Stephanie Langlais, Development Director, Boys Town South Florida. "The families we serve with the Thanksgiving Baskets are so grateful. They make the whole event so worthwhile." </p><p>Over 100 volunteers assembled at Boys Town South Florida to bag up groceries and deliver the bags to the homes of the families. </p><p>Volunteers included local high school students, employees and their families and Boys Town South Florida board members Derek Harris, Susan Yeager, Jamie Holland, Dan Overbey and Mike Slade.  <br></p>2018-12-17T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="check presentation" src="/locations/north-florida/Banners/check.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="food for families" src="/locations/north-florida/Banners/bags.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />South Florida;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Palm Beach County, Florida, Names December 12th Boys Town Day Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Palm Beach County, Florida, Names December 12th Boys Town Day <p>In 1917, an Irish priest had a vision to not only change the lives of children for the better, but to ensure that they all had a chance at having a healthy and happy future. One-hundred years later and that vision—Father Flanagan's vision—has continued to impact the lives of children and families all over the nation. </p><p>With nine different sites currently spread across the country, Boys Town is always serving the community and giving a helping hand to those in need. One community that cherishes all of the selfless acts and contributions from Boys Town is Palm Beach County, Florida, located in Southern Florida. Since opening 26 years ago, Boys Town South Florida has touched the lives of over 100,000 individuals in the Palm Beach community and on December 5, 2017, Mayor Melissa McKinlay showed her appreciation for a dream that will continue to save lives for years to come.</p><p>After a unanimous decision, Mayor Melissa McKinlay presented a proclamation at the County Board Commissioners meeting, to the Board of Directors Chair, Dan Overbey, declaring December 12, 2017 as "Boys Town Day" in the Palm Beach community.</p><p>"We are honored that Mayor McKinlay and the County Commissioners recognized our 100th Anniversary with the proclamation declaring December 12, 2017 "Boys Town Day" in Palm Beach County," said Executive Director, Amy Simpson. "In addition to increasing awareness and visibility, the proclamation recognized how Father Flanagan's dream is continuing to change lives today and every day in our community."</p><p>Boys Town is honored to carry out the powerful and loving mission of Father Flanagan that has touched the lives of millions, for the past 100 years.</p>2018-01-05T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Day" src="/news/PublishingImages/BTD_2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />South Florida;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town: Helping families solve problems on their own Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town: Helping families solve problems on their own <p> <em>This article was posted on <a href="http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/local/boys-town-helping-families-solve-problems-their-own/9tNFGDaYZLgHf9HgnBt0HO/" target="_blank">palmbeachpost.com</a> on ​​November 29, 2017.</em></p><p>​ <strong>What does Boys Town do?</strong> </p><p>Founded in Omaha, Nebraska, in December 1917 by Father Edward Flanagan, Boys Town celebrates its 100-year anniversary this year. Originally a home for orphaned and wayward boys, Boys Town began accepting girls into its programs in 1979. Over its century of service to America's children, families and communities, the organization has brought life-changing care to those in greatest need, developed research in youth and health care that has led to improved, more-effective practices, and advocated for reform in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.</p><p>In the 1980s, Boys Town expanded its locations and programs in order to reach more children and families. This expansion saw Boys Town affiliate sites develop in numerous cities across the country. Boys Town South Florida was established in 1991 to provide effective, compassionate treatment for the behavioral, emotional and physical problems of children and families in communities across South Florida.</p><p> <strong>How does your agency benefit the community?</strong> </p><p>Boys Town South Florida services take the unique approach of identifying and addressing family problems early, before they reach a crisis where children have to be removed from the home. This is generally more effective and less costly than placing children in more expensive programs, like foster care and residential treatment. It also ensures that families receive the right care, at the right time, in the right way.</p><p>When society fails to support vulnerable youth, particularly at critical times in their lives, it ends up spending enormous sums of money on the consequences of that failure – higher dropout rates, criminal behavior and drug use. In recent years, this cause-effect relationship has put a greater emphasis on reaching the very young child, a concept reinforced by brain research and the logical case for early intervention and prevention.</p><p>By identifying at-risk children early and providing them and their families with the assistance they need, Boys Town South Florida helps kids stay out of the social services system and stay in their homes, setting the stage for future success. When children can live in a safe, nurturing home, they are more likely to succeed in school and in life. With improved skills, parents and other caregivers can provide proper guidance for their kids and solve family problems on their own, while society can save millions of dollars on social services.</p><p> <strong>What is your agency's focus for 2017?</strong> </p><p>Boys Town South Florida will continue to promote and market the services we provide so more families have access to the help and support they need.</p><p>We will continue to grow awareness about our services and reach out to individuals and businesses that can help support our mission. This will enable us to provide effective, high-quality care to more children and families.</p><p>We also will promote the 100th anniversary of Boys Town as a national organization, and stress the strong connection we have as an affiliate site in terms of program development, research and evidence-basing, all of which enable us to consistently produce positive outcomes.</p><p> <strong>How can the community help?</strong> </p><p>We rely on the ongoing support and generosity of the community to carry out our mission. Opportunities to partner with Boys Town South Florida include:</p><p>-<strong>Donations:</strong> Monetary gifts of any amount help support our programs.</p><p>-<strong>In-kind gifts:</strong> We accept gift cards and certificates as well as household items.</p><p>-<strong>Event donations:</strong> Tickets to community and sports events allow the kids and families we serve to enjoy special times together.</p><p> <strong>-Event sponsorships:</strong> Individuals and businesses can sponsor and attend our events throughout the year.</p><p>-V<strong>olunteering:</strong> The time and talents of volunteers are always welcome.</p><p> <strong>-Facility use:</strong> We have an ongoing need for host sites for our Common Sense Parenting classes.</p><p> <strong>MISSION STATEMENT</strong> </p><p>Changing the way America cares for children, families and communities by providing and promoting an Integrated Continuum of Care® that instills Boys Town values to strengthen body, mind and spirit.</p><p> <strong>KEY PROGRAMS</strong> </p><p> <strong>Common Sense Parenting® (CSP) classes:</strong> Provide parenting advice and guidance that can be used by any family. The program's easy-to-learn techniques address issues of communication, discipline, relationships, self-control and school success. The proactive skills and techniques taught in these classes have helped parents from diverse backgrounds create healthy family relationships that foster safety and well-being at home, in school and in the community. Professional parent-trainers teach the courses.</p><p> <strong>Care Coordination Services program:</strong> Provides a lifeline to children suffering from behavioral and mental health issues by ensuring they receive care at the right time. In this intensive, family-centered case management program, Boys Town consultants help parents and caregivers navigate, access and monitor the services their children need. Boys Town is a core partner in the Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative in Palm Beach County.</p><p> <strong>In-Home Family Services program:</strong> Helps to keep struggling families together. Trained family consultants work in the homes of families to enhance parenting skills, make sure children are safe and enable families to solve problems on their own.</p><p> <strong>Parent-Child Home program: </strong>In partnership with the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition, we provide the program to families with very young children. This home-visiting program promotes early literacy, nurturing and positive parenting.</p><p> <strong>Primary Project:</strong> Is available in select Palm Beach County elementary schools. Primary Project's goals include improving students' adjustment to school and enhancing their social and emotional well-being.</p><p> <strong>BOYS TOWN SOUTH FLORIDA,</strong> 3111 S. Dixie Highway, No. 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33405. 561-612-6000; <a href="http://www.boystown.org/locations/south-florida/Pages/default.aspx">www.boystown.org/locations/south-florida/</a> </p><p> <strong>To view more spotlights on nonprofits, visit </strong> <a href="https://www.palmbeachpost.com/search?text=spotlights%20on%20nonprofits&start=1"> <strong>www.palmbeachpost.com/nonprofits/</strong></a><strong> ​</strong></p>2017-12-04T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="South Florida Family" height="376" src="/blog/PublishingImages/112917_PalmBeachArticle.jpg" width="350" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />South Florida;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | LaToya Davenport Named 40 under 40 on Legacy Power 2017 List Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | LaToya Davenport Named 40 under 40 on Legacy Power 2017 List <p>LaToya Davenport, Boys Town South Florida Director of Program Support Services, was recently honored on Legacy Magazines' 40 Under 40 list of recognized professionals. Over 200 nominations were submitted from across South Florida and 40 individuals who have made a significant impact in their professional careers and local community were chosen for the honor. </p><p>Legacy Magazine was founded in 2004 as the premier publication for South Florida's black influencers and affluences. This award recognizes leaders who are key change makers in their communities, bring new energy and advance South Florida as a center for diverse ideas and innovations. </p><p>"My nomination described my 13 years of professional work experience and contributions I've made across the state of Florida within the child welfare field, and my volunteer work with numerous community service organizations." LaToya said. </p><p>LaToya was nominated by Dr. Wesley Mills, M.D. of Mills Primary Care & Sports Medicine, a former colleague and close friend. The two served on the National Urban League Young Professionals Network Board of Directors together and their professional experience helping young professionals prompted Dr. Mills to nominate LaToya. The nominations were ultimately reviewed and honorees were chosen by the CEO of Legacy MIA Media Group, Dexter Bridgeman and the Editor in Chief, Russell Motley. </p><p>"LaToya has demonstrated tremendous growth professionally and personally over the last 13 years. She not only makes extraordinary contributions daily in her role as the Director of Program Support Services for Boys Town, but she also willingly shares her gifts, talents, keen-eye and expertise with others in her local community and throughout Florida." The nomination reads. "LaToya is always volunteering whether it's through her job's numerous community fundraising activities, mentoring youth through her sorority and the Urban League or consulting with or providing consultation services to other non-profits to ensure excellence on every level." </p><p>Davenport contributes much of her professional success to her current role as Boys Town South Florida Director of Program Support Services. During her time at Boys Town, LaToya has had many leadership opportunities including her participation in the <a href="https://beacon.boystown.org/news/Pages/SouthFloridaEmployeesCompleteNonprofitsFirstRisingLeaderProgram.aspx">Nonprofit First Rising Leader</a> Program and opportunities to attend and present at varies conferences. </p><p>"Boys Town has provided me with numerous leadership development opportunities," LaToya said. "This position has also allowed me to network and build professional relationships across the entire state of Florida and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to work for such an amazing organization that allows me to do work I am very passionate about." </p><p>Legacy held an award event on Friday, October 6, 2017 at the Hilton Miami Airport in Miami, Florida. The events theme was "Honoring South Florida's 2017 40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow." Some of the honorees, including LaToya, were selected to participate in a photoshoot and be featured on the front cover of the magazine. </p><p>"I am honored to be selected alongside other young and elite professional leaders in our community from CEO's and business owners to judges, lawyers, doctors, etc." Davenport said.  "It was such a humbling experience to be recognized for the years of hard work and dedication I have given to my career and to my community. Our success comes not so much from what we do (our job), but how well we do it (our passion for our job)." </p>2017-11-07T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="LaToya Davenport" src="/news/PublishingImages/110217_LaToyaheadshot.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />South Florida;#

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