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Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Annual Basket Brigade November 17th! Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Annual Basket Brigade November 17th! <p>Join the Boys Town Basket Brigade and be part of a holiday tradition serving the community!</p><p>Due to the generosity of individuals and corporate sponsors, this event has fed thousands of families who would otherwise not share a complete Thanksgiving meal together. Every penny raised is used to purchase this special meal for families in need in Palm Beach, Broward, Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast Counties. Today, there are thousands of families who are unable to afford the fixings needed to prepare this meal, which is why each family will receive a basket that contains:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>1 15- to 17-pound turkey (frozen)</li><li>1 5-pound bag of potatoes</li><li>1 package of brown and serve dinner rolls</li><li>2 cans of vegetables (peas, corn)</li><li>1 box of stuffing mix</li><li>1 can of cranberry sauce</li><li>1 box of Jell-O</li><li>1 bunch of bananas and a cookie tray (Our experience over the years has taught us pies and pie crust do not weather the assembly and delivery process well!)</li></ul><p>There is a limited capacity of this event and <a href="/locations/south-florida/Pages/basket-brigade-volunteer-registration.aspx" target="_blank">each volunteer must register online</a> . </p><p>Please consider partnering with us during the 2018 Thanksgiving Basket Brigade. ALL proceeds donated will be used to purchase food to help families enjoy a complete Thanksgiving dinner. If you are interested in making an in-kind contribution for items in bulk, please give us a call at 561-612-6007.</p><p> <strong>Sponsorship Opportunities:<br>Title Sponsor </strong>$5,000 </p><ul><li>Company logo on all print collateral as Title Sponsor</li><li>Company logo on Boys Town South Florida website</li><li>Photo Inclusion with Press Release </li><li>Volunteer/Teambuilding opportunity for employees</li><li>Company name in Post Event Press Release</li><li>Recognition on Boys Town South Florida Facebook, Website and E-newsletter</li></ul><p> <strong>50 Families </strong>$2,500 </p><ul><li>Volunteer/Teambuilding opportunity for employees</li><li>Company name in Post Event Press Release</li><li>Recognition on Facebook, Website and E-newsletter</li></ul><p> <strong>10 Families </strong>$500 </p><ul><li>Volunteer/Teambuilding opportunity for employees</li><li>Company name in Post Event Press Release</li><li>Recognition on Facebook, Website and E-newsletter </li></ul><p> <strong>Other</strong> $_____</p><p><strong>HERE IS HOW YOU CAN JOIN THE BRIGADE</strong><br></p><ul><li><a href="/locations/south-florida/Pages/basket-brigade-volunteer-registration.aspx" target="_blank">Volunteer</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Partner with us</a> as a Sponsor </li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Donate</a><br></li></ul> <h3>Date </h3><p>November 17, 2018</p><h3>Time </h3><p>9-11 a.m.</p><h3>Location</h3><p>Boys Town South Florida<br> 1655 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. Suite 300 <br>West Palm Beach, Fla. 33401</p>2018-11-17T06:00:00ZEventSouth 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="" target="_blank"></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=""></a> </p><p> <strong>To view more spotlights on nonprofits, visit </strong> <a href=""> <strong></strong></a><strong> ​</strong></p>2017-12-04T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="South Florida Family" height="379" 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="">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;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Jill Marchitello Awarded FCC’s Support Staff of the Year Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Jill Marchitello Awarded FCC’s Support Staff of the Year <p>On Tuesday, July 26, 2017, Jill Marchitello, Boys Town South Florida Admission Specialist, received the Florida Coalition for Children's (FCC) Support Staff of the Year Award. </p><p>Marchitello was one of 15 individuals awarded at the FCC's annual conference, which hosts more than 600 attendees and focuses on the agencies and individuals who work with Florida's vulnerable children and youth. Marchitello's passion for helping children and families prompted her supervisor, Pam Heck, to nominate her for this annual award from the FCC. </p><p>"I nominated Jill because she consistently goes above and beyond for all of our families and staff." Pam Heck said.  "She also has excellent relationships with our referral sources.  They constantly remark at how much they enjoy referring to Boys Town because of working with Jill.  She is efficient, quick about responding to their needs and keeps them in the loop with the status of the referral."</p><p>"The nomination came as a surprise to me," Marchitello said. "I was very honored." </p><p>Marchitello began her career at Boys Town more than 17 years ago. She started as a Care Coordination Consultant for the South Florida site before spending a little over five years as a Family Consultant for In-Home Family Services. She then transitioned to a part-time position for a few years while she started her family. Today, Marchitello serves as the Admission Specialist for In-Home Family Services. </p><p>"It's a good feeling knowing that I'm making a difference in the lives of children and families every day," Jill said. </p><p>Marchitello spends her days receiving referrals for the South Florida site, making sure children meet criteria for the programs, and ensuring each family receives the right services all while working with several community agencies within the West Palm Beach and Broward communities. </p><p>"Jill has streamlined a number of our referral processes and tracking.  She has made our program run smoothly and efficiently. She really is the one that engages our families before anyone else ever sees them." Heck said. "There are a number of families that would have declined our services, but due to Jill's care and concern they are open to that initial visit."</p><p>The FCC is an organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of Florida's abused, abandoned, neglected and at risk children while supporting the agencies and individuals who work on their behalf. The vision of the Coalition is to see a system of child welfare in Florida that is fully resourced, well managed and fulfills the needs of Florida's vulnerable children and families.</p>2017-09-29T05:00:00Z<img alt="Jill Marchitello" src="/news/PublishingImages/092717_JILL-MARCHITELLO.jpg" width="322" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />South Florida;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town South Florida Employees Monkey Around at Zoo Event Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town South Florida Employees Monkey Around at Zoo Event <p>​Boys Town South Florida recently held a fun fill day at the Palm Beach Zoo in celebration of Boys Town's 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary. Over 130 employees and their families attended the all-day employee appreciation event held on Saturday, June 17, 2017. </p><p>Each year, Boys Town South Florida hosts an employee and family picnic, but in honor of Boys Town's 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary, they opted for a larger employee appreciation event. All those in attendance were provided back packs filled with water bottles, mini fans and t-shirts to wear at the event. </p><p>"The goodie bags were a great addition to this day, especially with the Florida heat," LaToya Davenport Director of Program Support Services said. "The mini fans were used throughout the day."</p><p>Employees and their families were able to explore and enjoy the zoo all day. Davenport coordinated with the Palm Beach Zoo to set up a private area complete with a buffet for those in attendance to enjoy lunch. Staff and their families were also able to enjoy an up close and personal private animal experience where they were able to take photos with the animals and even touch some of them. </p><p>"This event took some time to plan, but the end result was worth it!" LaToya said. "Staff loved the event and their families had a ball!"</p><p>"It was nice to meet our employees' family members. Their support and sacrifice helps our staff help others," said Amy Simpson, Boys Town South Florida Executive Director. "It was also fun watching all of the kids play in fountains after the Zoo day had ended!"</p><div class="hidden-gal"> <a class="image-group cboxElement" href="/news/PublishingImages/081417_Zoo2_jpg.jpg" title="Fun at the Zoo"> </a> <a class="image-group cboxElement" href="/news/PublishingImages/081417_Zoo3_jpg.jpg" title="Fun at the Zoo"> </a> <a class="image-group cboxElement" href="/news/PublishingImages/081417_Zoo4_jpg.jpg" title="Fun at the Zoo"> </a> <a class="image-group cboxElement" href="/news/PublishingImages/081417_Zoo5_jpg.jpg" title="Fun at the Zoo"> </a> <a class="image-group cboxElement" href="/news/PublishingImages/081417_Zoo6_jpg.jpg" title="Fun at the Zoo"> </a> <a class="image-group cboxElement" href="/news/PublishingImages/081417_Zoo7_jpg.jpg" title="Fun at the Zoo"> </a> <a class="image-group cboxElement" href="/news/PublishingImages/081417_Zoo8_jpg.jpg" title="Fun at the Zoo"> </a> <a class="image-group cboxElement" href="/news/PublishingImages/081417_Zoo9_jpg.jpg" title="Fun at the Zoo"> </a> <a class="image-group cboxElement" href="/news/PublishingImages/081417_Zoo10_jpg.jpg" title="Fun at the Zoo"> </a> <a class="image-group cboxElement" href="/news/PublishingImages/081417_Zoo11_jpg.jpg" title="Fun at the Zoo"> </a> <a class="image-group cboxElement" href="/news/PublishingImages/081417_Zoo12_jpg.jpg" title="Fun at the Zoo"> </a> ​</div>2017-08-15T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/081417_Zoo1_jpg.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />South Florida;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Employee Graduates from Nonprofits First Rising Leader Program Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Employee Graduates from Nonprofits First Rising Leader Program <p>​Pam Heck, Boys Town South Florida In-Home Family Services (IHFS) and Common Sense Parenting Director, recently graduated from the <a href="">Nonprofits First</a> Rising Leader program. The Nonprofits First Rising Leader program is a 6 month long course for leaders in the nonprofit sector looking to improve on a variety of different skills.</p><p>Potential candidates go through an application process, interview and must be recommended by their supervisors in order to participate in the program. </p><p>"I decided to participate in the program because I'm always eager and willing to learn more," Pam said. "I also saw this as an opportunity to develop a network of peers within Palm Beach County." </p><p>Through classroom work, a weekend retreat, ropes course, experiential work and a service project, those in the program focus on public speaking, strategic planning and project management and many other important skills. The ropes course is designed to promote team building and help individuals learn to communicate as a team. The weekend retreat is centered on improving public speaking skills and helping leaders become more comfortable talking in front of others. The course also includes an assessment and additional instruction to help leaders implement what they learned during the course into the workplace.</p><p>"I learned the importance of networking and having key relationships within the community as a part of helping the strategic plan of building programs," Heck said. </p><p>As a result of the valuable information taught during the Nonprofits First Rising Leader program and the relationships Pam developed within the community, she was able to apply what she learned and partner with Lord's Place, a local transitional housing for families. This organization integrated Common Sense Parenting<sup>® </sup>classes into their program for residents due to the benefits of the classes. </p><p>"This has been instrumental in developing our program and has also helped to build the program at the Lord's Place," Pam said. </p><p>Participants dedicate a majority of their time throughout the course to a group service learning project. Pam's team worked for Ike Powell, the head of My Brother's Keeper, to create a new video. This organization is a coalition of public and private entities that work together to improve the life outcome for boys and young men of color through education, employment opportunities and many other initiatives. </p><p>Despite having no prior experience with video production, Pam's group utilized connections within the community to develop a new video at no cost to the organization. </p><p>"PBCTV Channel 20 was able to do the video shoot and editing for My Brother's Keeper," Pam said. "This was a great way to utilize thinking outside of the box and to know who to ask when you need help."</p><p>Heck feels the program has helped her immensely with her current role. "Completing the program is a huge accomplishment," Pam said. "The network of colleagues that I developed in the class will be a great resource in the future as I grow and develop the programs."​</p>2017-08-04T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Rising Leaders" height="200" src="/parenting/article/PublishingImages/RisingLeaders-Thumb.jpg" width="300" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />All;#South Florida;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town South Florida Hosts Open House and Statue Reveal Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town South Florida Hosts Open House and Statue Reveal <p>​Boys Town South Florida celebrated the opening of their new office located on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard at the Forum Building. The open house provided an opportunity for the members of the community to visit with more than 100+Boys Town staff who do their part every day to touch the lives of over 4,000 at-risk youth and families in the South Florida community. </p><p>The event also celebrated the reveal of the new "The Work Continues" statue for the site. "This statue represents the children and families Boys Town serves in communities across the country," said Amy Simpson, Boys Town South Florida Executive Director. "It replaces the iconic Two Brothers statue as a symbol of Boys Town's work now and into the future."</p><p>Boys Town South Florida hosted the Ambassadors of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches for this event, who highlighted Simpson and members of the board of trustees at the new office ribbon cutting. Dan Overbey, Chairman of the South Florida Board of Trustees, also shared his testimonial on his continued involvement with Boys Town and his dedication to saving children and healing families.</p>2017-07-17T05:00:00Z<img alt="Boys Town South Florida Open House" src="/news/PublishingImages/071317_SFL-Open-House-rollup.jpg?RenditionID=2" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />South Florida;#