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Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Effort to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestone Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Effort to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestone <p>​The effort to have Servant of God Father Edward J. Flanagan canonized a saint took a step forward today with the presentation of the Positio to Congregation for the Causes of Saints, along with a letter of support from Archbishop George Lucas.<br><br><a href="https://www.omaha.com/news/metro/effort-to-canonize-boys-town-founder-edward-flanagan-reaches-key/article_abb43a73-7e5c-59aa-a62e-a7b67a0b4af1.html?fbclid=IwAR3a4lPKoGHPBfp9iCfbcb_biLC0dMs6kY0E3ps6Z05RTHb1myqLaIsyB0U" target="_blank">Read more in this article</a> published by the Omaha World-Herald on July 22, 2019. <br></p>2019-07-30T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/about/PublishingImages/flanagan.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/canonization.jpg" width="300" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />All;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Finding Her Future: McKenna's StoryFinding Her Future: McKenna's Story<p>Entering high school, McKenna felt lost and broken. She intentionally defied her family and continued to make bad decisions. Her issues grew beyond what her family could manage so they reached out to Boys Town for help. At Boys Town, McKenna learned the tools and the confidence she needed to turn her life around. She graduated from high school and will enter college with a full-ride scholarship. More importantly, her relationship with her family has never been stronger.</p>2019-07-17T05:00:00ZNewsSouth Florida;#NewsEventAltLink
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;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
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;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
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;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
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;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | A Gift in Memory of Christopher Willis Smith Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | A Gift in Memory of Christopher Willis Smith <p>​​A special waiting area outside the Tallahassee office of Boys Town North Florida, dedicated to the memory of Christopher Willis Smith, recently received a facelift thanks to the efforts of two local groups.</p><p>Southern Medical Group provided the funding in memory of Christopher and students from Community Christian School supplied the manpower for the improvements, which included new benches, mulch and plants around a flagpole flying a new American flag blessed by Father Steven Boes, Boys Town's National Executive Director.</p><p>Community Christian School students chose the Boys Town site as their service day project. A memorial gift from Southern Medical Group helped purchase the necessary materials. </p><p>The waiting area has been a place of many treasured moments for children and families served by Boys Town North Florida since it was first developed by Christopher's brother, Michael, in 2009. </p><p>Michael, now 24, was a tenth-grader and a member of Boy Scout Troop 109 when he chose to develop the Boys Town area for his Eagle Scout Project. Michael wanted to create a peaceful place for children and families to enjoy and a patriotic place that honored those who have served our country.</p> <p>"Boys Town could not think of a more beautiful way to honor Christopher's memory than to revitalize an outdoor sanctuary that his brother Michael developed. This area has and will continue to perpetuate big smiles and big hugs in memory of a very caring heart," said Dena Strickland, Boys Town North Florida's Development Director.​</p>2018-01-18T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Memory of Christopher Willis Smith" height="269" src="/blog/PublishingImages/CSS-img.jpg" width="280" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />All;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent

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