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Hotline Hosts Bellevue East Hope Squad for “Talent Tour” Hosts Bellevue East Hope Squad for “Talent Tour”<p>​Recently, 10 students from the Bellevue East High School Hope Squad and four faculty members had the opportunity to visit Boys Town Home Campus for a career-themed tour.<br></p><p>The Hope Squad is a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program that seeks to reduce self-destructive behavior and youth suicide by training, building, and creating change in schools and communities. Hanaa, a junior at Bellevue East High School, and a member of the Hope Squad defined the Hope Squad as "a group of middle or high school kids that are there as a support system for students who need an outlet. They are there to listen to their peers and be aware of warning signs to look out for." </p><p> <img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Hotline-Hosts-Bellevue-East-Hope-Squad-for-Talent-Tour/hotline-1.jpg" alt="hotline-1.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px 10px;width:300px;height:236px;" />Leila Tatby, Recruiting Outreach Partner, led the students and faculty in different activities and tours throughout the day. "When I first found out about the Hope Squad, I immediately thought about the work we do at Boys Town, specifically with the Hotline," said Tatby. "These students are going out of their way to help other young people in their time of need. To see their passion for what the Hope Squad does and show them that this is something they can continue to do after high school, and even make a career out of it, was really special." </p><p> <img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Hotline-Hosts-Bellevue-East-Hope-Squad-for-Talent-Tour/hotline-2.jpeg" alt="hotline-2.jpeg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px 10px;width:300px;height:225px;" />To kick off the day, the students met at the Headquarters building where they learned about the different programs that Boys Town has to offer as well as the different Boys Town locations. The students then participated in the 'He Ain't Heavy' activity. They had to find people in the room that could tie a tie, drive a car, bake a cake, and so forth. The purpose of this activity was to show that we all must be carried at some point or need help with something, and it tied back to the mission of Boys Town, that we are an organization that helps people. </p><p> <img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Hotline-Hosts-Bellevue-East-Hope-Squad-for-Talent-Tour/hotline-3.jpeg" alt="hotline-4.jpeg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px 10px;width:300px;height:225px;" />After the tour of Headquarters, the students and faculty then toured the Boys Town National Hotline. At the Hotline, the Hope Squad got a peek at the new Relaxation Room, where counselors can go and relax after a difficult call, and learned that support is available through phone, text, email, or chat. "We hope that by explaining the Boys Town National Hotline mission and reviewing the Your Life Your Voice website services, and by taking a walk through our dynamic call room, that we delivered a clear message to the Bellevue East Hope Squad that the Hotline is here to provide assistance to any teen that may be struggling," said Linda McGuire, Boys Town National Hotline Supervisor. "We hope that this up close and personal visit equipped these student leaders with the information and confidence they need to point fellow students to our service." </p><p> <img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Hotline-Hosts-Bellevue-East-Hope-Squad-for-Talent-Tour/hotline-4.jpeg" alt="hotline-4.jpeg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px 10px;width:300px;height:225px;" />To finish off the day, the Hope Squad toured the Hall of History, where they learned where Boys Town started and where we are today as an organization. "I learned that there is a lot more to Boys Town than what meets the eye, and that this area holds such a tight-knit and strong community," said Hanaa. "It made me excited for what the future holds and learning about others' stories was inspiring to me."</p>​<br>2020-06-26T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Hotline" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Hotline-Hosts-Bellevue-East-Hope-Squad-for-Talent-Tour/hotline-4.jpeg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Interview with Dr. Wingfield: Helping children navigate social upheaval and COVID isolation with Dr. Wingfield: Helping children navigate social upheaval and COVID isolation<p>Dr. Robert Wingfield, Chief Psychologist of our Boys Town Behavioral Health Clinic, recently sat down with Grace in 30 to talk about the issues he most frequently encounters and to offer advice on how to help our children handle these unusual times.</p><p>Listen to the <a href="" target="_blank">full interview here </a><br></p>2020-06-22T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Dr. Rober Wingfield of Boys Town Washington D.C." src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Robert_Wingfield_FIX.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Stands for Racial Equality Town Stands for Racial Equality<p>Nearly a century ago, Boys Town founder Father Edward Flanagan spoke these profound words: </p><p>" I … see danger for all in an ideology which discriminates against anyone politically or economically because he or she was born into the 'wrong' race, has skin of the 'wrong' color, or worships at the 'wrong' altar."</p><p>Today, America is at a crossroads. The dangerous ideology of racism Father Flanagan described then continues to exist today. </p><p>At Boys Town, we share the sadness of so many mourning the senseless killings due to violence and racism. We also share the anger that is sweeping our nation as we unequivocally condemn all forms of racism, hatred, and injustice that tear at the seams of our society.</p><p>When Father Flanagan opened his first Home for Boys in 1917, he welcomed kids of every race, color, and creed. But his efforts to be inclusive and compassionate in his care of children went far beyond creating a place where they could grow and thrive. Father Flanagan also recognized and rejected the laws and customs that enshrined and reinforced institutional racism. He passionately attacked those unfair laws and practices, shining a spotlight on prejudice and injustice, and using Boys Town as a model for the incredible possibilities that existed when people of all colors lived, worked, and played side by side in mutual respect and equality.</p><p><strong>Boys Town has never wavered from the principles on which it was founded. As a passionate advocate of positive social change, we firmly stand with those individuals and groups who have dedicated themselves to the cause of racial equality and justice, and strongly support their efforts to bring about lasting, significant change. </strong><strong> </strong></p><p>We have recognized since our formation that it is not enough to simply avoid racist behavior as individuals. We all must work together proactively to create a more just, a more peaceful, and a more equitable society. We all must live by the values of diversity and inclusion more deeply in the days, months, and years to come. We all must strive to re-create a society in which everyone feels that they belong, that they matter, and that they are respected for who they are.     </p><p>People have rediscovered their voice, and their pain and anger are being felt and heard. Boys Town adds its voice to this rising chorus with the fervent hope that racism, injustice, and prejudice can finally be vanquished.     </p><p>God's Blessings,</p><p>Father Steven E. Boes<br>President and National Executive Director, Boys Town</p>2020-06-17T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Father Flanagan" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Flanagan_with_Boys_1942_682-rollup.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Behavioral Health Stats & Tips Health Stats & Tips<p><strong>in Response to the Death of Mr. George Floyd and the National Cry for Change</strong></p>​ <h3> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Accent1" style="display:none;"></span></h3><p style="text-align:center;"> ​<a href="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Documents/BHC-Resources.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="spec-border" src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Behavioral-Health-Stats-Tips/BHC-Resources-1.jpg" alt="BHC-Resources" style="width:350px;height:auto;" />​<br>View Tips & Stats PDF​​</a></p>​​<br>2020-06-11T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Floyd" src="/who-we-help/PublishingImages/floyd.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Washington DC Adds Telehealth Sessions to Reach Patients Town Washington DC Adds Telehealth Sessions to Reach Patients<p></p><p>Boys Town Washington DC reacted quickly in response to the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring services to those most vulnerable were not disrupted. This came as news and guidelines surrounding the situation seemed to change daily. Despite continuing unknowns, the children and families in our care remain our top priority.</p><p>Since 2015, our behavioral health clinic has been offering care for newborns up to young adults. We pride ourselves on going above and beyond, often meeting with parents, caregivers and teachers to ensure that the youth in our care receive the best possible support. While facing the current coronavirus pandemic, this philosophy has not changed. Our clinicals seamlessly transitioned from in-person counseling sessions to an online model called “telehealth."</p><p>Coronavirus has impacted our clinic in more ways than one, creating new stressors for the children utilizing our services.</p><p>“COVID-19 has been difficult for everyone to process, resulting in mixed emotions for our children and teenagers," said Dr. Robert Wingfield, Director of our Behavioral Health Clinic. “This can create confusion. Because the clinic can still provide services, we are able to help our youth process the world around them, help them to make sense of it all and slow down the thousands of thoughts related to COVID-19. Our clinicians can teach techniques to manage the worries and concerns of the virus while still remaining safe at home."</p><p>Adapting telehealth has not just eased the effects of COVID-19, it has also transformed our services. For some children experiencing conditions like PTSD, it offers them another way to communicate their thoughts and emotions. The systems our clinicians utilize for telehealth allows for video, but it also has a chat box function, enabling multiple mediums of communication. For some youth struggling with difficult content, it may be easier to type their feelings before talking about them. With the use of this technology, kids are receiving even more help, enhancing our service.</p><p>Telehealth has also eased the burden of visiting our physical location in North East DC. For some, just getting to our clinic can be a half day ordeal, but with the utilization of telehealth, attending a session only has a commute time of walking to a quiet area in the house. This has increased engagement and satisfaction with appointments. Show rates, the percentage of kids showing up for appointments, have dramatically risen 20 percent since the implementation of telehealth. Both children and parents are finding this new form of therapy simple and easy.</p><p>The continuity of care has greatly improved with the utilization of telehealth, a credit to the convivence and productiveness of the sessions. Boys Town Washington DC is proud to continue offering services during a time of so much uncertainty.​<br></p>2020-05-18T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
On the Way Home Consultant Position Helps Boys Town Washington DC Youth Transition to Real Life the Way Home Consultant Position Helps Boys Town Washington DC Youth Transition to Real LifeDo you remember what it felt like the first time you left home after graduating from high school? Nervous. Anxious. Excited. Whatever you were feeling, you probably also knew your family would always be there to help if you needed them. Sadly, many of the youth transitioning from our Family Home Program at Boys Town Washington DC did not have that sense of security – until now.</p><p>While we aim to provide youth with the skills to continue on the path of success they found with our program, some need additional assistance navigating the world outside of Boys Town. Because we want to be there for our youth every step of the way, Boys Town Washington DC has added an On the Way Home Consultant to do just that.</p><p>Dale Sellers started at Boys Town as a Family-Teacher® in 2016. Working with our girls' home, he was able to directly impact the daily lives of children who needed a positive adult role model. He soon realized that even when the girls transitioned out of Boys Town, they still needed a little more support. Dale started receiving regular calls from former Boys Town youth asking for advice. So, when the On the Way Home Consultant position was announced, Dale knew this was his perfect fit.</p><p>As an On the Way Home Consultant, Dale works directly with our youth after they leave Boys Town's Family Home Program. This position is unique because it allows Dale to offer personalized advice, ensuring the training program, technical school or job position a youth is interested in will be the best fit. He acts as a parent, guidance counselor, mentor and resource for youth, ensuring they always have an ally.</p><p>Dale works with school staff to advocate for students' academic success while monitoring their educational progress. This includes tracking attendance, grades and school behavior and helping to address and resolve school challenges. For youth transitioning home, Dale helps parents and children reunify, creating an atmosphere for success. Parents learn how to create a positive learning environment, monitor their child's homework and obtain additional assistance for academic support.</p><p>All of these efforts allow our kids to still have Boys Town's positive influence in their lives after they leave our program and return home, go back to school, or prepare for a career.</p><p>All of this would not have been possible without the constant support of our donors. Because of your support, our children have an even better chance for success. With the addition of Dale and this position, we are proud to offer another layer of support to our children and families.​<br></p>2020-05-18T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Wells Fargo Grant Lifts Kids, Families in This Time of Crisis,-Families-in-This-Time-of-Crisis.aspxWells Fargo Grant Lifts Kids, Families in This Time of Crisis<p>We are very excited to announce that Wells Fargo recently granted $7,500 to Boys Town Washington DC to help the families we serve get through the COVID-19 emergency. Wells Fargo is a generous and long-time supporter, and we are very grateful for their continued support, especially during this difficult time.  <br></p><p>The Wells Fargo grant will specifically address the urgent needs created by COVID-19. With schools closing and businesses limiting their hours, our families need our care now more than ever.<br></p><p>Under normal circumstances, many of these families would be at risk due to a variety of challenges and struggles. But the coronavirus situation has created new stressors they are not equipped to deal with. Providing families with emergency food, games and crafts to keep children entertained, and school supplies and tablets for distance learning, as well as having our staff do daily check-ins, will help ease their tension and stress.<br></p><p>“It has been my absolute pleasure to partner Wells Fargo Bank and Boys Town Washington DC over the past seven years," said Denise Binetti, Business Initiatives Consultant for Wells Fargo and a former member of our board of directors. “At Wells Fargo, we are committed to being active in our communities to help solve the social, economic and environmental issues facing our customers and team members. The work Boys Town has done to specifically support children and families in the Washington area is so important to the overall health of the community, especially in these unprecedented times as we face the COVID-19 pandemic.<br></p><p>“Continued support of nonprofits such as Boys Town is essential to ensure our children and families stay safe and healthy in the DC area. Wells Fargo is proud to help support these efforts in any way we can.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with Boys Town and its mission to care for children and families."<br></p><p>Thank you, Wells Fargo, for your generous gift and for caring so much about our kids and families!​<br></p>2020-05-18T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent