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Planting Seeds of Hope 2022 Seeds of Hope 2022<p>​<br></p><p>On April 23, 2022, we were back on our campus for our annual Planting Seeds of Hope event! Volunteers joined youth and staff to help plant, hoe gardens, landscape and beautify the campus grounds. Guests were also given a tour of the campus to learn about the mission and work of Boys Town.</p><p>We are so grateful to all who donated, volunteered, and supported our event. </p><p>We hope to see you at next year's event!<br></p><p>​<img src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/SeedsOfHope2022.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:275px;height:184px;" /><img src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/SeedsOfHope2022-3.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:275px;height:184px;" /><img src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/SeedsOfHope2022-2.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:275px;height:184px;" /><br></p><p>Hear from our Executive Director, Kichelle Coleman, on what makes this event so important and the impact it has on our youth and Washington DC campus.<br></p><p><em>Videos originally posted on </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em> by 7News Staff on April 22</em><em><sup>nd</sup></em><em>, 2022​</em></p><p></p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox" unselectable="on"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read ec26fbb3-a91a-451b-b2bc-c951fe1a69e6" id="div_ec26fbb3-a91a-451b-b2bc-c951fe1a69e6" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_ec26fbb3-a91a-451b-b2bc-c951fe1a69e6" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div><p>​<br><br></p>2022-05-09T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/SeedsOfHope2022-3.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town DC Youth Give Back to the Community Town DC Youth Give Back to the Community<p>Boys Town Washington DC youth recently had the opportunity to volunteer and give back to their community.  </p><p>Boys from the Snell Home took it upon themselves to coordinate a mission of giving back to the homeless population in the Northwest region of Washington DC. The youth networked with different organizations, giving them the opportunity to talk about Boys Town and their personal experiences, and to gather supplies to donate to the homeless.</p><p>The Snell Home put together sandwiches to hand out along with chips and water. Together, they were able to provide over 40 individuals with a meal. </p><p>The boys were extremely excited to bring awareness of Boys Town to the community as well as lend a helping hand. They loved giving back to their community so much that they are already planning on providing more services to the DMV in the coming months! We can't wait to see what they accomplish next! ​<br></p><p>​<img src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/DCGiveBack-2.jpg" alt="Boys Town DC Gives Back to the Community" style="margin:5px;width:438px;" /></p>2022-03-30T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town DC Gives Back to the Community" src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/DCGiveBack-1.jpg" width="571" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Celebrating the season and those we are blessed to know and serve the season and those we are blessed to know and serve<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​On December 5, Boys Town Washington DC celebrated the holiday season with our annual Tree Lighting event. This year's event was extra special as it also featured our Fall Fundraiser. During our virtual Fall Fundraiser we highlighted our programs, celebrated our Father Flanagan Award recipient, Mayor Muriel Bowser, and shared stories of strength and resolve from the people we are blessed to know and serve.</span></p><p>Thank you to everyone who attended both in-person and virtually! The singing was joyful, the smiles were infectious and the stories shared were so inspiring. We are eternally grateful for the continued support from the amazing DC community.</p><p><em>Please note that the LIVE event and silent auction mentioned in this video have ended.</em></p>2021-12-10T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Fr. Boes" src="/locations/washington-dc/PublishingImages/Fr.Flanagan.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
2021 Father Flanagan Award Father Flanagan Award<p>​​​​The Father Flanagan Award is given to individuals who dedicate themselves to helping children and have made a significant contribution to the youth of our nation and continue to further influence young people by an exemplary public and private life. Since opening our doors in 1993, Boys Town Washington DC continues to grow it's partnership with the District of Columbia. Our Family Home Program provides stability in a family style environment for Boys and Girls ages 13-17, referred through DC Child and Family Services. In an effort to build trusting relationships between youth in the Family Home program and police, officers from the DC police department interact with youth on campus twice a month through fun activities like pizza parties, basketball and open discussion. Through the Mayor's Show Up, and Stand Out initiative, we partner with ten public and charter schools in the district to reduce truancy. </p><p><strong>Boys Town Washington DC is proud to honor Mayor Muriel Bowser with this year's Father Flanagan Award.</strong>​<br></p>2021-12-10T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/washington-dc/PublishingImages/mayor.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
DC nonprofit aims to keep kids in school, find resources during pandemic nonprofit aims to keep kids in school, find resources during pandemic<p></p><p><em>This article was written by Ashlie Rodriguez and originally posted on </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em> on December 3, 2022.​</em></p><p>WASHINGTON D.C. (7News) — 7News is reporting an uptick in<a href="" target="_blank"> conflict in the classroom</a><a href=""> </a>in the DMV. Students are resorting to fighting and violence to resolve their issues -- but <a href="/locations/washington-dc/Pages/default.aspx">Boys Town Washington DC </a>is aiming to change that.</p><p>Boys Town Washington DC is partially funded through the city, to prevent truancy.</p><p>It partners with schools and child and family services to reach out to absent students and their families, going into their homes to reduce any barriers they have to get to school. The program also offers a behavioral health clinic for students who are having issues at schools, fighting with other students, and making it tough for teachers in the classroom.</p><p>Executive Director Kichelle Coleman says the program has changed the way the community cares for troubled kids, about 6,000 each year.</p><p>"One of the services we do provide is having a staff person inside that school building," said Coleman. "Instead of kids being pulled out the classroom and sitting in the office for a few hours and just going back to class without any intervention, we are able to have that kid come out, work with them on some problem solving, go over some social skills with them, we have a social skills group, we have them role play those things. We help them understand the rationale and why it's important to them to improve these behaviors, not for someone else but for them. And that's where we see our most success in getting out into the community, meeting them where they are and helping to support teachers."</p><p>Students still socially recovering from the <a href="" target="_blank">pandemic </a>need this program more than ever, as do parents, who are unable to pay rent and provide stable housing -- a main reason behind truancy.</p><p>Boys Town is going to provide rental assistance but they need additional funding. It's why they're inviting the public to come out to the Annual Tree Lighting fundraiser on Sunday to learn about the program and donate.</p><p>Their goal is to raise $100,000. 7News' Ashlie Rodriguez will be there, hosting the event.</p><p>The event will start at their campus Sunday at 5 p.m. at 4801 Sargent Road NE. There will be a chili cookoff, auction, Christmas carols, the Corvette Club and more.<br></p><p>​</p>2021-12-08T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town - Keeping kids in School during Pandemic" src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/bt-wasdc-pandemic.JPG" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Behavioral Health Clinic Partners with Healthcare Initiative Foundation to Expand Services Health Clinic Partners with Healthcare Initiative Foundation to Expand Services<p><em>Boys Town Washington DC is expanding its Behavioral Health Clinic into Montgomery County thanks to an ongoing partnership with the Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF), a funder who focuses on bringing equitable healthcare service to the county.</em></p><h3>The role of the licensed psychologists in Boys Town's Model is:<br></h3><ol><li><p><strong>EXPERT EDUCATOR:</strong> Provide expert knowledge to improve the psychological and behavioral health literacy of physicians and provide expert knowledge to improve the psychological and behavioral health literacy of parents of pediatric patients.</p></li><li><p><strong>EVALUATOR:</strong> Conduct behavioral and cognitive evaluations to help physicians detect overlooked disorders that require treatment.</p></li><li><p><strong>COORDINATOR:</strong> Coordinate care with physicians and the parents of pediatric patients to ensure that key influencers are aware of the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment plan, and their respective roles as co-interventionists.</p></li><li><p><strong>HEALER:</strong> Provide research-supported behavioral health interventions that address the cognitive and behavioral issues and skills needed to live a healthier life.</p></li></ol><p> Boys Town's Behavioral Health Clinic provides much-needed pediatric behavioral health services to Montgomery County, including recently assisting a 16-year-old girl who was referred to the program by her pediatrician.</p><p>The youth had a history of self-injurious behavior, substance abuse, problems in school, a learning disorder, depression, and anxiety. She had also been a victim of domestic abuse. </p><p>The nurse who first interacted with the girl during a routine annual wellness visit noticed she seemed dejected and withdrawn. The nurse relayed this to the physician who then asked the girl to complete a depression screener. Boys Town had previously informed the primary care office that if she scored above the cutoff, it would be a signal to make a referral to the Behavioral Health Clinic. The physician followed this advice and prompted their Clinical Care Coordinator to contact Boys Town to set up a visit. That same day, the youth and family members were contacted and services with Boys Town were set up. The girl was clear about wanting to improve her self-esteem, anger problems, and mood issues.</p><p>“I just want to feel better about myself," she said. “I feel like a screw up. I've let my family down. I've let myself down. I want to do better."</p><p>Thanks to the partnership between Boys Town and the Healthcare Initiative Foundation, the girl began<br>treatment immediately.</p><p>She received evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy with an emphasis placed on behavioral activation, value-centric decision making, and developing healthier social networks. Mindfulness practices were also stressed, along with increasing structure, increasing distress tolerance, strategies to improve sleep hygiene, emotional communication techniques, anger management, and other skills to improve relationships with family members.</p><p>There were a total of 13 sessions over six months and the results were impressive.</p><p>She cut approximately 50 percent of her anxiety symptoms and approximately 80 percent of her depression symptoms. She also reported improvement in her social relationships and was able to speak with her mother more cordially. She became more confident in her ability to manage her anger and improved her self-esteem for academics with strategies for attention span and reading comprehension.</p><p>There were also visual signs of improvement as she transformed her bare bedroom into a beautifully decorated artistic masterpiece. She cleaned the room daily without being told. </p><p>Along the way, the Boys Town licensed psychologists made bi-weekly phone calls to the pediatric practice to provide updates and offer recommendations. In addition, the psychologists wrote letters to the primary care physician summarizing the latest results of behavioral evaluations which helped enhance decision making regarding the appropriateness of considering psychotropic medication (i.e., antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, stimulants, antipsychotics, or mood stabilizers) to complement the behavioral health interventions. The youth and family were aware of this communication and expressed appreciation for putting so much time, energy, and effort into the care. This had a positive effect on the youth and family's engagement.</p><p>It truly was a success story for the partnership between Boys Town Washington DC and HIF.</p><p>“HIF is proud to invest in initiatives that break down barriers to ensure equitable access to health and wellness services," said Crystal Carr Townsend, President and CEO of Healthcare Initiative Foundation. “This innovative collaboration with Boys Town Washington DC and Montgomery County pediatricians does just that by effectively integrating behavioral health in a healthcare setting to provide comprehensive mind and body care."</p><p>In 2020, Boys Town served a total of 455 children through its national Behavioral Health Clinics. Boys Town Washington DC served 57 children through its 2020 grant from HIF.</p>2021-09-15T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Expanding" src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/BHC-Expand-Services.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
The Behavioral Health Clinic Journey: Reflections & Projections Behavioral Health Clinic Journey: Reflections & Projections<p>This fall, we celebrate six years of growth within our <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="/locations/washington-dc/behavioral-health-clinic/Pages/default.aspx">Behavioral Health Clinic</a></span> (BHC). However, to fully understand where our clinic stands, we need to reflect on how it all began. On September 24, 2015, Boys Town Washington DC celebrated its grand opening of the BHC with Dr. Robert Wingfield at the helm.</p><p>In 2016, the clinic had a long waitlist. Dr. Avital Deskalo was hired to help expand the clinic's impact within the nation's capital. </p><p>As clinic growth continued, Dr. Amanda McLean was hired as Lead Senior Psychologist for Northern Virginia (NOVA). Being responsible for the enormous undertaking of implementing the integrated care model, Dr. McLean secured business agreements with two separate pediatric practices in NOVA, laying the foundation for a rapid boom in regional impact and visibility. Dr. McLean has made Boys Town a household name in NOVA.</p><p>During the COVID pandemic, the need for our services grew exponentially. Children and families were experiencing extreme loneliness and anxiety. We quickly hired three additional psychologists – Drs. Erica Featherson, Rebecca Rowland, and Michelle Sobon. Thanks to these additions, the BHC has provided life-changing behavioral healthcare to over 3,000 children and families in the region.</p><h3>The Exciting Journey Ahead</h3><p>The first six years have been adventurous to say the least and also filled with many achievements. The support of Boys Town DC's Board of Directors was vital to achieving important foundational objectives. The next five years and beyond are filled with exciting new partnerships, clinic expansion opportunities, and the launch of The Behavioral Health Clinic Post-Doctoral Training Program.</p><p>This fall, we anticipate hiring our first postdoctoral fellow. This is a major step in ensuring the BHC is not only a premier outpatient clinic, but also a site that offers advanced clinical training for practitioners on the verge of becoming state licensed to practice professional psychology.</p><p>Geographic expansion of the BHC is another objective. Thanks to Dr. McLean, expansion has already been a success in Northern Virginia.</p><p>We are proud of the achievements and grateful for the support.</p><h3>The future is certainly bright!<br></h3><p><img src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/BHC-clinic-wsdc.jpg" alt="New Boys Town BHC Clinic" style="margin:5px;" /><br><strong><em></em></strong></p>2021-09-15T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town BHC - Ribbon Cutting" src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/BHC-clinic-wsdc-ribbon.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent