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Boys Town South Florida Ohana Salty Classic – KDW Fishing Tournament Town South Florida Ohana Salty Classic – KDW Fishing Tournament<div class="button-container"><div><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="" target="_blank" class="btn btn-theme13">Register Today!</a><br><span style="font-size:14px;text-align:center;color:#99001a;">Early Boat Registration thru August 28</span></p></div><div><p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="" target="_blank" class="btn btn-theme13">Event Information</a></p></div><div><p style="text-align:center;"> <a href="" target="_blank" class="btn btn-theme13">Sponsorship Opportunities</a></p></div></div><p style="text-align:center;"> ​ <strong>​​​ September 3rd & 4th, 2021</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>Sailfish Marina, 98 Lake Drive, Palm Beach Shores, Fl 33404</strong></p><p> <strong>​ The Ohana Salty Classic is a saltwater o​ffshore fishing tournament benefiting the children and families of Boys Town South Florida.</strong></p><p>​<img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/KDW-Fishing-Tournament/Ohana-Salty-Classic-2021-logo.jpg" alt="Ohana Salty Classic" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;" />This inaugural event and fundraiser aims to educate local communities about Boys Town services and how they strengthen children and families through life-changing care. Comprised of two days of South Florida sun, fun, food and fishing, the Ohana Salty Classic is sure to be a splash with any family! Located on beautiful Singer Island, Sailfish Marina is a world-class fishing destination and our sponsored venue.</p><p>Festivities begin on Friday with a Kickoff Party and Captains Meeting. The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) has partnered with the Ohana Salty Classic and will be hosting a “Kids Fishing Clinic." During this completely IGFA-funded, interactive class, IGFA facilitates a signature hands-on and interactive method of teaching children basic tackle, knot tying, conservation, environmental stewardship, casting and angling safety. Each participant will receive a fishing rod and reel upon completion of this fun-filled class. Spots are limited so please register as soon as possible.<br></p><p> <img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/KDW-Fishing-Tournament/fishing-2.jpg" alt="Fishing" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px 10px;width:235px;height:527px;" />On Saturday, The Ohana Salty Classic officially begins with “lines-in" at 7 am followed by 8 competitive hours of saltwater sport fishing. As the afternoon heats up, Sailfish Marina is the place to be as the Salty Classic teams return to the docks with their catch! Come join us dockside for an exciting afternoon at the Salty Classic weigh-in, complete with interactive audience participation games and prizes from 2 to 4 pm. And the fun doesn't end there! A Hawaiian luau situated by the beautiful intracoastal waterway will begin at 6 pm, followed by the presentation of tournament awards. Complete with a prize-filled auction, Hawaiian hula dancers, flame throwers and tropical steel drum music, the Salty Classic Hawaiian Luau is the perfect way to round out your South Florida summer's day and cheer on the Salty Classic tournament winners.</p><p>​With your support, we will continue to ensure the future of Boys Town South Florida services and programs. Through our compassionate guidance and effective care, children and families find the strength to rise above their challenging circumstances and find a brighter future. Reaching our goals is possible with your help. Thank you for being part of our mission of changing t​he way America cares for children and families.</p><p></p><p></p>​ <p style="text-align:center;"> <strong style="background-color:transparent;">Thank you to our sponsors and partners.</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/KDW-Fishing-Tournament/logo_FPL.jpg" alt="FPL" /> <img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/KDW-Fishing-Tournament/logo_IGFA.jpg" alt="IFGA" /> <img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/KDW-Fishing-Tournament/Sailfish-Logo.jpg" alt="Sailfish-Logo.jpg" /> </p><p class="sponsor-logo"> <img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/KDW-Fishing-Tournament/carltonFields.gif" alt="Ohana Sponsor" style="width:250px;margin-left:10px;margin-right:10px;height:80px;" /> <img 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Boys Town South Florida Presents at National Conferences 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 Florida & 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
Spotlight on: Care Coordination Services (CCS) on: Care Coordination Services (CCS)<p>Ashley is a single parent of three children; Joshua age 7, Isaiah age 6 and Cecilia who is 5. Ashley grew up facing family crises witnessing her mom's struggle with addiction. She became a mom at a young age, and within a couple of years she had two sons of her own and little support from the father of her children.  Ashley not only struggled financially to make ends meet, but she struggled with her children's behavior and finding the right help. </p><p>Ashley found herself overwhelmed and stressed with both her son's behavior issues and all the consequences that came with them. The breaking point was when the boys' childcare center informed mom that her sons could no longer go there due to the ongoing troubles they caused.  Ashley was referred to Boys Town South Florida's Care Coordination Services when Joshua was 5 and Isaiah was 4.  Ashley faced the reality that one cannot always excuse their children's behavior, and accepted Boys Town's help to learn how to address her children's behavior in a way that would set them up for success. </p><p>Despite all the challenging behavior issues that seemed to never go away and brought her down, Ashely started to learn key parenting skills to address her sons' troubles. Both Isaiah and Jordan successfully achieved program completion with Care Coordination Services. Both boys improved behaviors in the home and school settings. And their mom improved her understanding of their mental health diagnosis. </p><p>After getting the help she needed to support her sons, Ashley observed that her daughter, who was now 5, also showed some behavior concerns.  Cecilia had issues with boundaries and never obeyed or respected her mom's requests. Cecilia's overpowering personality caused a lot of stress on the whole family.  Boys Town connected Ashley and Cecilia to family therapy services where mom learned about further resources that were available.  Therapy also provided the support she needed to help Cecilia learn how to share, how to listen and to follow directions, which she has learned successfully.</p><p>With help from Boys Town South Florida's Care Coordination Services consultant Khalilah, mom learned how to navigate the mental and behavior health world and how to work collaboratively with resources as she continues to be her children's best advocate. </p><p>Ashley also learned how to effectively communicate with her children, especially with her younger daughter Cecilia, who has also learned boundaries and expectations. Khalilah, a Care Coordination Consultant for over 15 years, was happy to share that today Ashley is confident in her parenting skills and her children are doing well. Ashley has also invested in her education and has become an entrepreneur.</p><p>The Care Coordination Services are funded by the Palm Beach County Community Services Department and the Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network with support from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.  </p><p> <img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/communityFoundation.jpg" alt="Community Foundation" style="margin:5px;" /> <img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/SE-FloridaBHN.jpg" alt="Southeast Florida Behavior Health Network" style="margin:5px;" /> <img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/communityServices.jpg" alt="Community Services" style="margin:5px;" /> </p>2021-05-19T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town - CCS Kids" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/ccs-kids.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
A letter from our new Executive Director letter from our new Executive Director<p></p><p>Dear Friends of Boys Town South Florida,</p><p>I am excited to announce that I have joined Boys Town South Florida as the new Executive Director. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.</p><p>I was first introduced to Boys Town in 2004 when I worked within the dependency side of child welfare in Central Florida. In that role I became familiar with Boys Town and their services, and I was so impressed with the organization and how they cared for the children and families they served.</p><p>I joined Boys Town Central Florida in 2006 and worked there for 10 years. I transitioned to the Boys Town North Florida site to serve as their Senior Director of Program Operations in 2017. I served in this capacity for four years and then accepted the position of Executive Director at the South Florida site. While I have not lived in South Florida, I have spent most of my life in Florida (Central and Northwest) and my husband, children, and I are deeply grateful for an opportunity to stay in the state that we love! I am invested in the success of children and families in Florida and I am confident that there is no better way to achieve this than through Boys Town South Florida alongside our dedicated staff, board of directors, and volunteers.</p><p>I bring experience in fundraising, community relations, marketing, licensing and quality assurance to the Executive Director position. But most importantly, I also bring a deep understanding of the mission and vision of Boys Town. As I look to the future of Boys Town South Florida and how we continue to meet the needs of our neighbors, I do so through this lens.</p><p>I would also like to thank my predecessor, Lauren Anderson. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to know Lauren and work with her over the past 10 years. I am grateful for her continued dedication to this organization and those we serve as well as for her role as a mentor to me.</p><p>I hope to have the opportunity to get to know you — our donors, volunteers, partners and neighbors despite the challenges of COVID19, which I know creates some barriers as I try to get out and meet folks within the community. I appreciate your continued support of Boys Town and look forward to learning your stories and sharing ours with you.</p><p>Gratefully,</p><p>Bethany Lacey​<br></p><p><br></p>2021-05-03T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Bethany-Lacey-Updated.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Self-Harm Awareness with Dr. Diane Kelly Awareness with Dr. Diane Kelly<p>​Although the act of self-injury may be unthinkable to most adults, its often a tempting temporary solution to stress, sadness and guilt for the teens of today. Parents must be extra vigilant when it comes to recognizing the signs of self-harm.​<br></p><p>Please take a few minutes to hear what our Behavior Health Clinic Director, Dr. Kelly shared when we sat down with her to learn more about Self-Harm.</p><p>Your Life Your Voice: <a href=""></a><br>It's okay to ask for help (24 hours/7 days a week)<br>Call: 1-800-448-3000 or Text VOICE to 2021​​<br></p>2021-03-25T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Hope for the Holidays for the Holidays<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">With wide-eyed excitement, more girls and boys throughout South Florida had the thrill of opening presents on Christmas morning because of a tremendous outpouring of love from our supporters.</span></p><p>For more than 15 years, The GEO Group has been one of our <em>Hope for the Holidays </em>sponsors. Because of the pandemic, however,<em> </em>we were unsure what would become of our annual toy drive.<em> </em>Fortunately, staff from The GEO Group once again stepped up and<em> </em>generously gave 140 children in need an unforgettable holiday!</p><p>Special thanks to Eileen Roth, executive assistant at The GEO Group. For many years, she has organized the <em>Hope for the</em> <em>Holidays </em>campaign at her workplace. Eileen's dedication is inspiring, heartwarming and greatly appreciated by us and the children we serve.</p><p>We would also like to thank our very own Elizabeth “Lili" Lopez Smith for her tireless efforts to secure sponsors for <em>Hope for the</em> <em>Holidays </em>and her commitment to helping South Florida children and families.</p><p>We look forward to continuing our partnership with The GEO Group and our many past sponsors who have helped us bring happiness and good cheer to so many South Florida children and families.​<br></p>2021-02-15T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="hope for the holidays" src="/PublishingImages/hope.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Spotlight on: In-Home Family Services on: In-Home Family Services<p>​​<span style="background-color:transparent;">Every family has problems. In crisis situations, the difference between families who stay united and those that fall apart often depends on how effectively parents can deal with difficult challenges.</span></p><p>Boys Town In-Home Family Services® is designed to strengthen struggling families. Our Family Consultants work in the home (and virtually!), partnering with parents and teaching them the skills they need to overcome obstacles and handle problems in more constructive, positive ways. Our Consultants also help families be more proactive to prevent future problems. For example, when relationships in the Vega family started to fray because of disrespectful behaviors and school failures, a Boys Town Family Consultant provided a path toward healing and harmony. This is the family's story.</p><p>The Vegas were referred to Boys Town because Mom was struggling to get the children to follow instructions and take responsibility for their actions. The dinner table was a daily battlefield where arguments erupted because the kids refused to put away their video games and phones. Their addiction to digital devices was disrupting family meals and adversely affecting their social relationships and schoolwork.</p><p>Family Consultant Claudia Varela worked with the parents, teaching them new parenting skills and strategies, including how to set limits, provide positive attention and use appropriate consequences. She helped the parents create distraction-free family meals by having everyone place their electronic devices in a basket during dinnertime to encourage conversation and family bonding. Claudia also persuaded the family to unplug during their free time and engage in healthier physical activities, such as riding bikes and playing outdoor games.</p><p>​<em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0">It took patience and effort, but with Claudia's help and guidance, the Vega family found harmony and began to thrive. Their teenage son, Miguel, gained renewed confidence and refocused on his academics. Now, he's taking honors classes and earning good grades.</em></p><p>Thanks to Claudia and the rest of our dedicated team of Family Consultants, families like the Vegas are improving their communication skills, developing healthier habits and strengthening their relationships.<br></p><p> <em> <span style="color:#ff6600;"> <span style="color:#ff6600;">Thank you Children's Services Council of Broward County and Palm Beach County Youth Services Department for supporting our In-Home Family Services!</span></span>​</em>​<br></p>2021-02-15T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="in-home" src="/PublishingImages/in-home.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent