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Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Washington DC Tree Lighting Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Washington DC Tree Lighting <p>​Join us on December 4 for our annual tree lighting ceremony. It will be a fun and safe evening celebrating the festive season. See our campus and the Boys Town Family Homes decorated for the home decorating contest. </p><p>Volunteer opportunities are available during the week of November 17 as we prepare for this great event. Contact Wesley Tomlinson at 202-650-6330 or at <a href="mailto:Wesley.tomlinson@boystown.org">Wesley.tomlinson@boystown.org</a>.</p><h3>Date:</h3><p>December 4, 2019</p><h3>Time: <br></h3><p>5:30 to 7pm</p><h3>Location:</h3><p>4801 Sargent Rd NE <br>Washington, DC 20017</p>2019-12-04T06:00:00ZEventWashington DC;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Annual “Racing for the Roses” May 2, 2020! Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Annual “Racing for the Roses” May 2, 2020! <p>Save the Date for Boys Town Washington DC fifth annual "Racing for the Roses" Gala on Saturday, May 2, 2020, at The Mayflower Hotel!</p><p>We will enjoy a mint julep bar, Derby inspired cuisine, silent auction and a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby. All proceeds will support Boys Town Washington DC and its programs.</p><p>To learn more about how you or your company could be recognized as a sponsor, please contact Crystal Gregory, Development Director, at 202-650-6303 or <a href="mailto:crystal.gregory@boystown.org?subject=Racing%20For%20Roses%20Sponsorship">crystal.gregory@boystown.org</a> or <a href="https://attend.boystown.org/WashingtonDC/RacingForRoses/" target="_blank">Register today</a>!</p><p>We hope to see you May 2nd!</p><h3>Date:</h3><p>May 2, 2020<br></p><h3>Time: </h3><p>4-7 p.m.</p><h3>Location: </h3><p>The Mayflower Hotel<br>1127 Connecticut Ave NW<br>Washington, DC 20036</p><p><br></p>2020-05-02T05:00:00ZEventWashington DC;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Planting Seeds of Hope – Volunteer with us! Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Planting Seeds of Hope – Volunteer with us! <p>​Join Boys Town Washington DC families and staff for a fun event preparing our garden beds and planting vegetables. Our families are able to harvest these vegetables during the summer, helping to provide fresh produce to deserving individuals. Volunteer activities vary, from planting seeds, laying down mulch and pulling weeds.</p><p>A cookout will follow from 12-2pm.</p><p></p><p>Volunteer Job Description</p><ul><li>Help us prepare our herb beds</li><li>Plant seeds and starter vegetables</li><li>Place mulch around our campus</li><li>Help with weeding</li><li>If able, please bring any garden tools you may have</li><li>Have fun!</li></ul><p> </p><p>Contact Wesley Tomlinson at 202-650-6330 or at <a href="mailto:Wesley.tomlinson@boystown.org">Wesley.tomlinson@boystown.org</a> to volunteer or for more information</p><h3>Date:</h3><p>May 16, 2020</p><h3>Time: <br></h3><p>9am to 12pm<br>Cookout following from 12-2pm</p><h3>Location:</h3><p>4801 Sargent Rd NE <br>Washington, DC 20017</p>2020-05-16T05:00:00ZEvent<img alt="Planting Seeds of Hope" height="375" src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/PlantingSeedsofHope.jpg" width="500" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Washington DC;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent

 

 

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
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Youth and Volunteers Spend a Day Planting Seeds of Hope Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Youth and Volunteers Spend a Day Planting Seeds of Hope <p>The poet Alfred Austin once said, <em>"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul."</em> </p><p>This sentiment was on full display during the 13<sup>th</sup> annual Boys Town Washington DC's "Planting Seeds of Hope" event, which took place June 1 on the site's eight-acre campus.   </p><p>"It was great to see our kids work alongside our board members, donors and corporate sponsors and build connections with each other," said Wesley Tomlinson, Development Coordinator for Boys Town Washington DC. "The kids are able to use the skills they learned at Boys Town in a unique way with new people, while also joking around with and learning about one another."</p><p>Volunteers joined youth and staff to help plant, hoe gardens, and landscape and beautify the campus grounds. They also planted flowers around each of the five Family Homes.</p><p>The volunteers and kids started off the day by taking a group picture. Then they broke into teams. One group went to plant the tomato garden. Another went to till the main garden and plant seeds and other starter vegetables. The third group went to the herb boxes and tilled and planted herbs. After that, the groups put mulch down, did some weeding and planted flowers.</p><p>"We are lucky to have a great partner, the Ritz Carlton, and they donate all the fruits, vegetables and flowers we plant on campus," said Tomlinson. "Also, we were excited this year to have some of our other corporate sponsors attend the event and participate, including MCN Build, Turner Construction and Marriott."</p><p>The volunteers from those companies worked side-by-side with the kids from the Family Home Program and some families served through Care Coordination Services. </p><p>The day wrapped up with a barbeque for all those who participated.   </p><p>"It's neat to see the kids learning about gardening and planting from people who really enjoy those activities," Tomlinson said. "Most kids have never planted before, and it's amazing to see their reactions when they go out later at harvest time with their Family-Teachers<sup>®</sup> and see the results of their efforts."</p><p>And the volunteers enjoyed the day, too. "They loved teaching the kids about planting and gardening," Tomlinson said. "Many of them are really invested and asked us to send pictures so they could see the progress of the garden unfold."    </p>2019-07-02T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Planting Seeds of Hope" src="/locations/washington-dc/PublishingImages/Planting-Seeds-of-Hope-main.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Washington DC;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Organization's Volunteerism Creates Unique Connection with Boys Town Youth Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Organization's Volunteerism Creates Unique Connection with Boys Town Youth <p>Hanging Christmas lights and attending a tree-lighting ceremony. Playing basketball with the kids. Organizing an event to teach girls and boys about Black History Month.</p><p>Those are just a few of the recent volunteer activities the Men of George Washington Carver Inc. has been part of in order to enrich and empower the youth of Boys Town Washington DC. </p><p>Conceived in 2013 during a meeting in George Washington Carver Hall at Howard University, the organization's guiding principles closely parallel those of Boys Town Washington DC. That made the Men of George Washington Carver Inc. a perfect fit when it began volunteering at the DC site last year. </p><p>"Four Black men came together and decided to found an organization that would instill in freshmen boys values based on the three pillars of Brotherhood, Manhood and Community Service," said Dante Ewell, the group's president. "An idea that came from four men would eventually grow into an impactful student organization with over 100 members who are dedicated to service to themselves, to others and to the community."</p><p>Dante said one of the organization's favorite activities at Boys Town was its Black History Month presentation. He said it was great to hear the Boys Town youth open up about their personal experiences and embrace the event. </p><p>"I also loved that the adults joined in the fun and encouraged the kids to be themselves and have as much fun as they wanted," he said. "The experience really showed me how close the community is here, and for a kid, a close family is one of the most important things that they can have."</p><p>As his organization continues its relationship with Boys Town Washington DC, Dante expects its members to develop closer ties with the youth as they serve as positive role models and help them find their voice. </p><p>"I believe it's important for me to volunteer at Boys Town because… having young Black men come and mentor the kids has a unique impact on them. I feel like the kids feel validated when we can relate to their experiences, both in school and in life in general, and we also help them to see that they are not limited by their race, and have the power to pursue their dreams.</p><p>"I would say (to other organizations) that if they wanted to make a real change in a child's life and learn amazing lessons from their experience, they MUST volunteer at Boys Town."</p>2019-06-03T05:00:00ZNewsWashington DC;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Couple’s Personal Love Story Leads to Lifestyle of Service to Youth Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Couple’s Personal Love Story Leads to Lifestyle of Service to Youth <p>For Mo and Dawn Sanni, serving as <a href="https://jobs.boystown.org/family-teaching-couple" target="_blank">Family-Teachers</a> in Boys Town Washington DC's youth residential care program is the culmination of a couple of different love stories. </p><p>Mo and Dawn met while working at Boys Town's New York site. Dawn was an Assistant Family-Teacher in the residential program and Mo worked in the short-term shelter. Both were later assigned to the Boys Town School. </p><p>Not long after, they began dating. When they later married, Mo and Dawn planned to become Family-Teachers at the New York site. But when it closed in 2016, they had to look for another opportunity to continue helping kids. </p><p>That's when they decided to move to Washington, D.C., where they fell in love with Boys Town's campus there. In 2018, the couple was hired as Family-Teachers in the site's Family Home Program.</p><p>Now they're doing what they love to do – changing the lives of young girls – together.</p><p>"Our calling is working with kids," Dawn said. "It is about fulfilling goals and passions."</p><p>"I love working at Boys Town because I love working with my wife," said Mo. "We have bumps and bruises, but she is the only person I would want to go through these things with. It's important to spend time together while doing what you love. This is the best part of the job."</p><p>As Family-Teachers, the Sannis meet the daily needs of the girls in their care, teaching them valuable social skills and how to build strong relationships with others. Those skills include practical things like shopping for groceries, budgeting for meals and cooking. But the instruction goes far beyond that, dealing with areas like self-advocacy, modern technology and women's issues. The Sannis also stress the importance of community service. For example, on weekends, the Dawn, Mo and their girls do what they call "givebacks," making sandwiches they distribute to the homeless or visiting residents of a nursing home.  </p><p>"It's amazing to see the girls have these moments of character-building, to know they have this integrity in them that they can use when they leave us," said Dawn. </p><p>Mo said the daily routine of getting the girls off to school, taking them to appointments, communicating with their families, monitoring study hours and finding time to have fun (including doing "comedy routines" during family dinners) makes working at Boys Town more than just a job.</p><p>"The Family-Teaching component is 24/7 at Boys Town," he said. "It's not like you go to work and then go home. It's all the time."  </p><p>But making a difference in the lives of young girls who desperately need a second chance and providing them with the warmth and security of a loving family is worth every moment of effort. </p><p>"Just because these children didn't come from us doesn't mean they don't deserve the same love," Mo said. </p><p class="headline"> <a class="btn btn-theme16" href="https://jobs.boystown.org/family-teaching-couple" target="_blank">Now Hiring Family-Teachers</a> </p>2019-06-03T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Sanni" src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Sanni-pic.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Washington DC;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Hats “On” for Boys Town Washington DC Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Hats “On” for Boys Town Washington DC <p>On Saturday, May 4, Boys Town Washington DC celebrated the 4<sup>th</sup> Annual Racing for the Roses Gala at the historic Mayflower Hotel. </p><p>Donors came dressed in their brightest florals, enjoying derby-inspired food, a silent auction and mint juleps leading up to a live stream of the 145<sup>th</sup> Kentucky Derby. </p><p>The Gala was a huge success with 240 attendees and a record-breaking year of raising $179,000. Funds raised will directly impact the Family Home Program, Care Coordination Services and the Behavioral Health Clinic in Washington DC. </p><p>During the event John Malcom, Boys Town Washington DC Board Chairman, received the first ever Boys Town Washington DC Father Flanagan Award. This award recognizes and honors those in the community for their commitment to ensuring at-risk youth get the second chance they need to succeed. </p><p>The emcee for the evening was Emmy award-winning journalist and WJLA7 news anchor Michelle Marsh. Former Boys Town youth, Jim St. Germain, was the keynote speaker. Jim is now the co-founder of Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow, Inc. (PLOT), a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring to at-risk and formerly incarcerated youth. He is also the author of the book <em>A Stone of Hope: A Memoir</em>. </p><p>The night was full of fun for all those in attendance, benefitting a great cause. </p><p>"I loved the cheering from the crowd as we watched the horse race live. Plus it was great seeing all of our biggest supporters together in one room," said Wesley Tomlinson, Development Coordinator, Boys Town Washington DC. "I also loved the hats everyone wore! It was a very well-dressed group of people." </p><p>Boys Town Washington DC would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Racing for the Roses Gala. We would also like to recognize our Title Sponsor, The Barber Family Foundation. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Boys Town Washington DC can continue to make a lasting difference on the lives of children and families.  <br></p>2019-05-17T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Racing for the roses" src="/blog/PublishingImages/Banner.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Washington DC;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Learn how "Boys Town" is changing the way America cares for children and families Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Learn how "Boys Town" is changing the way America cares for children and families <p> <em>The following news story was covered by Good Morning Washington. It aired on May 1, 2019. </em></p><p>Sheila and Maddie Rogers share how Boys Town has changed their life after Maddie faced a traumatic experience. </p><p><a href="https://wjla.com/features/good-morning-washington/learn-how-boys-town-is-changing-the-way-america-cares-for-children-and-families" target="_blank">Watch the video</a><br></p> 2019-05-13T05:00:00ZNewsWashington DC;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Washington D.C. hosts Trunk or Treat Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Washington D.C. hosts Trunk or Treat <p>On October 30, Boys Town Washington D.C. hosted a Trunk or Treat for the second year. </p><p>Last year the event was exclusively for the Boys Town kids but this year they decided to make it into a community event for everyone to come and partake in the spooky fun and Halloween celebration. </p><p>The turnout for this year included Family Home children, Care Coordination families and community kids. The local Fire Department also stopped by and during their visit they got an emergency call, so the kids got to see the firefighters in action and a lightshow from the firetruck. </p><p>The event was a great way to celebrate Halloween and also raise awareness of Boys Town.</p><p>"Boys Town is all about family and community," said Wesley Tomlinson, Development Coordinator, Boys Town Washington D.C. "Events like this help raise awareness for our mission but also create a safe and fun environment for other families to enjoy. It's always really great seeing all of our children and families come together." </p><p>Costume highlights included Laura Santa-Maria, Director of Family Home Program, Boys Town Washington D.C., who dressed up as a character from the movie Coco, a Family-Teaching couple who brought their daughter dressed as a cute Minnie Mouse and a skeleton from Day of the Dead. </p><p>Thanks to everyone who came out to Boys Town and participated in this year's Halloween celebration. It was spooktacular! </p><p><img src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/car-1.jpg" alt="Jurrasic Car" style="margin:5px;width:434px;" /><br></p>2018-11-02T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Halloween Trunk or Treat" src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/car-2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Washington DC;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent