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Family Community Action Summit Community Action Summit<p></p><p> <img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2204-147-03f-SFL_FCAS-Socail-Images-1068x267.jpg" alt="Family Community Action Summit Banner - October 6, 2022" style="margin:5px;" /> <br> </p><h2>Youth Mental Health Discussion with Solution-Driven Action</h2><p> <img class="page-suppt-cont" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/1804-075-01-BT-Mission-graphic_x7-(1).jpg" alt="Family Action Summit Logo" style="margin:5px;width:325px;height:362px;" />There is a mental health crisis unfolding in cities and communities across the country. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents, caregivers and children have experienced tremendous stress driven by disruptions in daily routines, social isolation, financial insecurity and grief. This has magnified the need for improved access to behavioral healthcare and has put further stress on a system that was already facing significant challenges. The needs of children's mental health must be addressed now.</p><p>The Family Community Action Summit stands to educate the community about the challenges faced by at-risk children and families and to share how Boys Town and other partners and sister agencies are responding to the crisis. We will hear from a panel of experts on how these concerns manifest in everyday life and how as a community we can pull together to address them.<br><strong> </strong><br><strong>Join our movement</strong> to help more children and heal more families in South Florida communities. Come, share and hear the top issues affecting children and families and partner with Boys Town in finding the right solutions.</p><p> <a href="" target="_blank">Register today</a> to join us on October 6, 2022 from 8 to 9:30am at the Manatee Lagoon. A light breakfast will be provided. For more information, please contact Daniela Mesquita, Development Director, at 561-612-6007 or <a href=""></a>. Sponsorship opportunities are available.</p><h3>Date: </h3><p>Thursday, October 6, 2022</p><h3>Time: </h3><p>8:00 to 9:30 am</p><h3>Location: </h3><p>Manatee Lagoon<br>6000 N Flagler Dr,<br>West Palm Beach, FL 33407</p><p><br></p><p><a class="btn" href="" target="_blank">REGISTER TODAY</a></p><p>​</p>2022-10-06T05:00:00ZEvent<img alt="" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/1804-075-01-BT-Mission-graphic_x7-(1).jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent




Boys Town South Florida Hosts Educational Breakfast for Elected Officials Town South Florida Hosts Educational Breakfast for Elected Officials<p> <span style="display:block;float:right;width:300px;font-size:10px;color:#4d4d4d;line-height:normal;margin:0px 0px 1rem 1rem;"><img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/SFLA-leadership-breakfast-1.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:100%;height:auto;display:block;" />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.</span>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p> <span style="display:block;float:left;width:300px;font-size:10px;color:#4d4d4d;line-height:normal;margin:0px 1rem 1rem 0px;"><img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/SFLA-leadership-breakfast-2.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:100%;height:auto;display:block;" />From left: Boys Town South Florida Executive Director Bethany Lacey; Florida State Senator Bobby Powell and former Mayor of West Palm Beach Jeri Muoio.</span>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."</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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."</p><p>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!​<br></p> <span style="display:block;width:400px;font-size:10px;color:#4d4d4d;line-height:normal;margin:0px auto;"><img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/SFLA-leadership-breakfast-3.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:100%;height:auto;display:block;" />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</span>2022-06-08T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/SFLA-leadership-breakfast-sml-bnr.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Care Coordination Services Provides a Lifeline for Children Coordination Services Provides a Lifeline for Children<p>​<strong style="background-color:transparent;">Care Coordination Services provides a lifeline for children suffering from mental health issues by connecting them with programs or resources that can provide the best care.</strong></p><p>After numerous Baker Acts resulting from self-harm and multiple suicide attempts, John F Kennedy Hospital referred 15-year-old Ana* to Boys Town South Florida. Prior to being connected to Boys Town, the undocumented family was having a difficult time accessing much-needed services. Ana had requested admission into a residential treatment facility such as Sandy Pines because her family was having a difficult time implementing healthy coping skills while experiencing distress from repeated Baker Acts.</p><p>With the assistance of our Care Coordination Consultant, Ana was able to get connected with Caridad Center for medical and dental services, as well as Legacy Behavioral Health for psychiatric and therapeutic services. These connections were a big step in the right direction for Ana and her family. Ana was accepted into a residential treatment center; however, she chose to continue with outpatient services. Despite all odds, this young lady has continued to utilize outpatient services and bypass residential treatment at this time. This young lady has continued to demonstrate an improved ability to implement healthy coping skills to keep herself and others safe. Ana has expressed feeling empowered and proud of her significant improvement in her ability to keep herself safe. In addition, Ana feels good about being heard and having a say in her treatment, two important aspects in her healing process. She has earned her mom's trust again.</p><p><em>*To protect the privacy of this family, the child's name has been changed.</em></p>2022-05-20T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Welcome new Board Member: Carmencita Mitchell new Board Member: Carmencita Mitchell<p><b>​​​​​Why did you become involved with Boys Town South Florida?  <br></b><span style="background-color:transparent;">I have known about Boys T</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">own since I was a child, and always wanted to donate back then. As a member of the board, I now have the opportunity to “s</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">upport" the organization in many ways.</span></p><p><b>What do you wish other people knew about Boys Town? </b> <br><span style="background-color:transparent;">I wish other people knew about the wonderful work Boys Town is doing to help heal and save families and young people at-risk.</span></p><p><b>What is your favorite program/service that Boys Town South Florida provides? Why?<br></b><span style="background-color:transparent;">My favorite program is the primary project. This offers young children an opportunity for their primary education to be conducive to all their needs, including those that are non-academic. I am passionate about education, and for students to make it to and through college, the primary years must, in fact, be successful ones. </span></p><p><b>What will others be surprised to know about you?<br></b><span style="background-color:transparent;">I</span><span style="background-color:transparent;"> am writing a book on The Spiritual Guide to Blindness</span></p><p><b>Favorite Quote<br></b><span style="background-color:transparent;">I think, therefore I AM… Descartes</span></p><p><em style="background-color:transparent;"></em></p>2022-05-20T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Carmencita" src="/PublishingImages/Blog/Carmencita-Profile-pic.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town South Florida Helps Local Family Heal Town South Florida Helps Local Family Heal<p>​16-year-old Bryce Baxter was referred to Boys Town South Florida's Care Coordination Services (CCS) due to very concerning behaviors at home and school. Prior to Boys Town, Bryce was at risk of being placed on probation due to negative behaviors at school that resulted in additional police contact after facing intense bullying.</p><p>This stressful period happened after the family suffered the unexpected loss of Bryce's older sister in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. Bryce's parents, Jacquie and Erik, were unsure where to turn to help their son and were relieved when they found Boys Town. </p><p> With the help of a Boys Town CCS Consultant, Bryce was linked to individual and family therapy through Families First, and additional behavioral support through Boys Town's In-Home Family Services. With the help of both services, Bryce learned how to process emotions in a positive way and to not think of harming himself or others. </p><p> Bryce's parents also learned how to set clear and consistent expectations in their home for Bryce to follow. Together, Bryce and his parents were able to take what they heard in therapy and develop solutions to help them improve on their skills and avoid similar problems in the future. </p><p> Bryce and his family are the perfect examples of how successful utilization of the Care Coordination model is implemented in the community: identifying services that are appropriate for the family, linkage to support that can address barriers, monitoring through regular staffing and other correspondence, and advocacy for positive behaviors and independence. The combination of these concepts led to the success of Bryce and his family and helps pave the way for how Boys Town can continue assisting families within the community.​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​</span></p>2022-04-11T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="South Florida Family" src="/PublishingImages/Easter-Appeal.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Leaders from Boys Town Florida Sites Visit State Capitol from Boys Town Florida Sites Visit State Capitol<p>​All three Boys Town Florida sites recently gathered at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee to celebrate and participate in Children's Week Florida.</p><p>Children's Week is the only annual event held in the state that celebrates and honors its commitment to children, youth, and advocates. During the week-long celebration, Boys Town had a booth set up at the Capitol building representing all three sites and staff and children were able to participate in events.</p><p>Executive Directors from the three Florida sites were able to meet with legislatures to discuss Boys Town services and the importance of high-quality residential care. Legislatures and their delegates were also educated on the LIFT Together initiative and the opportunities Florida has with all three sites working together to bring the program to the state. It would bring together educators, students, families, and Boys Town experts to address every student's social-emotional needs.<br></p><p><img src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Leaders-from-Boys-Town-Florida-Sites-Visit-State-Capitol/statecapital-2.jpg" alt="statecapital-2.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px 10px;" />"It is important to leverage the strength of all three Florida sites to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children and families and we're grateful to be able to come together to do just that," said Bethany Lacey, Executive Director for Boys Town South Florida.</p><p>While in Tallahassee, Boys Town Central Florida's Executive Director Laurie Stern was able to tour the North Florida site and meet the staff who works there. "I was excited to be able to come to Tallahassee and participate in Children's Week to represent Boys Town Florida and the life-saving work we are doing across the state," said Laurie.</p><p>"We were excited to host the other two Florida sites here and have representation from the whole state as we met with our legislative delegates to advocate for the children and families we serve," said Boys Town North Florida Executive Director Marcus Lampkin.</p> ​<br>2022-02-14T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="State Capitol" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/statecapitol.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
2021 Family of the Year award Family of the Year award<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​On September 4, 2021, Boys Town South Florida Development Director Daniela Mesquita presented Donna Siegel, Care Coordination Consultant, with the Family of the Year award on behalf of the Jones family. We talked to Donna about her experience working with the Jones family:</span></p><p><strong>What caused the family to seek services?</strong><br>A referral to Boys Town South Florida's Care Coordination Services was done through the court to help monitor Alonzo's current services and link him to additional services. At the time of initiating services with Boys Town, Alonzo was 8 years old, and he had been placed in a residential group home, which was his third placement in five years.</p><p><strong>Since working with Boys Town, what positive changes have you seen in the family?</strong></p><p>Alonzo started to smile more and was able to control his emotions. He started talking and even said, “thank you for helping me." Alonzo's new parents are confident in their skills and have learned to praise his good behavior and are consistent in addressing bad behavior. Alonzo learned to accept his consequences.</p><p><strong>What are the strengths of this family and explain how the family demonstrated those strengths during your work with them?</strong></p><p>Both parents have been consistent with providing a structured home and addressing good and bad behavior. Initially, during the adoption transition, Alonzo's mother looked for advice from service providers. The family was linked to receive Boys Town In-Home Family Services, which empowers parents by teaching them new parenting skills, and provide emotional support 24/7.</p><p><strong>What changes occurred for this family?</strong><strong>  </strong><strong>How were these changes significant for the family?</strong><br>Alonzo and his parents have developed a strong bond. Alonzo, after all his years in foster care, finally has a mom and dad of his own he can call his forever family. The family had been trained on new parenting skills that supported them every step of the way.  As time went by, Alonzo's behavior improved, and restrictions were lessened due to his caring family being able to trust their son. </p><p><strong>What inspires you about this family that you'd like to share with others?</strong><br>“I met Alonzo's parents at an adoption disclosure staffing. At the staffing, there was a team of people that had been working with Alonzo in some capacity throughout the six years he was in foster care. All providers disclosed all the past behaviors, concerns, bad choices and academic delays. Even after hearing the worst of the incidents related to Alonzo, the family didn't flinch. Sharonda, the adoptive mom met Alonzo at an adoption event and since that day she has been determined to be his forever mom," Donna said.<br></p><p><img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Donna-FOY-Award.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:450px;height:597px;" /><br><br></p>2022-02-10T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Alonzo.jpg" width="421" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Alonzo" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Alonzo.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Message from our Executive Director, Bethany Lacey from our Executive Director, Bethany Lacey<p>On behalf of all the children and families Boys Town serves, I hope your year is off to a healthy and positive start!<strong> </strong>As we move into the new year, we reflect on 2021 and what we accomplished. We are proud to share that we served more than 3,200 at-risk children and over 1,100 families, providing lifesaving and life-giving services.</p><p>Despite all the challenges 2021 brought our community, we stayed focused on what we do best, which is to always preserve family units and help build a positive home environment for children to thrive.</p><p>Last year we celebrated our<strong> 30</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> anniversary </strong>and more than 60,000 children's lives served. We are grateful to have you on our team so we can keep reaching out to more at-risk children and families. This year we are exploring the possibility of expanding the individual impact of our traditional services to a larger community impact through LIFT Together. LIFT Together with Boys Town<sup>SM</sup> is a school-based program that can address schools and communities' specific needs. This is accomplished by providing comprehensive solutions to some of the struggles being faced by schools and students. We are very excited about what the future holds for Boys Town South Florida and we wish you all a happy new year!<br></p>2022-02-10T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Bethany" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Bethany.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent