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New in 2023 – Golf Outing! in 2023 – Golf Outing!<p>​<b style="background-color:transparent;">​​​​​​​Wednesday, April 19, 2023</b><br></p><p>Reston National Golf Course<br>11875 Sunrise Valley Drive<br>Reston, VA 20191</p><p>Teams of four will enjoy a day in the sun, while competing for the top score.  But the real winners are the hundreds of children and families Boys Town Washington DC programs serve each year.  <a href="" target="_blank">Register today </a>!<br></p><p>Tournament participants will enjoy lunch, giveaways, 18 holes of golf at one of Northern Virginia's premier courses, a cocktail reception and opportunities to win fantastic prizes.  Our inaugural Golf Tournament will raise critical funds to support Boys Town DC's life-changing programs, including its Work Force Development initiative.  This program helps young people between the ages of 17 and 21, who may not be college bound, obtain the skills necessary to have a career and become self-sufficient!</p><p>Join us on the greens for a little philanthropy and a lot of FUN!  <a href="" target="_blank">Register Today​</a>.<br></p><p> <b>Schedule of Activities</b></p><p>7:30am                 Registration & Breakfast<br>8:30am                 Putting Contest<br>9:00am                 Shotgun Start<br>11:30am               Lunch On Course<br>2:30pm                Cocktail Reception & Awards</p><p>We invite you to participate in our golf tournament by joining us as a sponsor or individual golfer.  More information on our offerings can be found <a href="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Documents/Golf-Outing-Booklet.pdf">here​</a>​.</p><p>For more information on the tournament, please contact Beryl Simpson at <a href="">​​</a><br></p>2023-04-19T05:00:00ZEvent<img alt="" src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/BT-WashDC-Golf-Tourn-smlBanner.gif" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent



Boys Town Washington DC Behavioral Health Care Announces Exciting Changes, Additions Town Washington DC Behavioral Health Care Announces Exciting Changes, Additions<p> <span style="background-color:transparent;">​​​There are a number of exciting changes and additions to staff for Boys Town Washington DC Behavioral Health Care.</span></p><p>This past month marked the beginning of integrated behavioral health work with Sunshine Pediatrics in Silver Spring, MD, and Boys Town Washington DC. We will also be expanding our integrated behavioral work into Prince George's County in the late summer and early fall.</p><p>We are also excited to announce additions to our staff.<br></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td style="width:170px;">​<img src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/DC-Behavioral-Health-Care-Announces-Exciting-Changes/E.Banks-Photo.jpg" alt="E.Banks-Photo.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px;width:150px;height:179px;" /> <div> <br> ​ <br> <br></div> <br> <br> </td><td>​​<br>Dr. Elizabeth Banks is a new postdoctoral fellow starting in mid-August.<br></td></tr><tr><td>​​<img src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/DC-Behavioral-Health-Care-Announces-Exciting-Changes/Christopher-Robert.jpg" alt="Christopher-Robert.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:150px;height:188px;" /><br></td><td>​<br>Dr. Christopher Robert will be starting as staff psychologist in mid-September after completing his postdoctoral fellowship.<br><br></td></tr></tbody></table><p> <br>Please join us in welcoming these new staff members to Boys Town Washington DC.<br></p>2022-09-26T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Message from Kichelle Colman, Executive Director from Kichelle Colman, Executive Director<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​​As the long summer days give way to leaves changing color and the clamor of children in the schoolyard, change has also come to Boys Town.</span></p><p>At the end of September, Boys Town Washington DC will be transitioning to a dedicated Community Support Services organization. To focus our resources and efforts where they will be most effective and in alignment with the needs of our region, we will be discontinuing the Family Homes program. As we close this chapter, we are working with families, partner organizations and the youth who have called Boys Town home to ensure their continued support and engagement on the journey forward. Our commitment to growth and learning have led us to examine how we are best able to empower youth to succeed in their own homes, as research indicates that maintaining the family unit is more likely to result in positive outcomes.</p><p>We are honored to have provided the stable and safe environment that made it possible for so many youth to transition out of a family home and develop the skills necessary to live as a productive citizen in the community. However, we also recognize the opportunity to grow our impact through proven and life-changing services offered in the community-based setting. This expansion of impact will include a continued focus on collaboration with the district's child welfare system, education system, the medical community, other service providers and families.</p><p><a href="/locations/washington-dc/programs/Pages/default.aspx">School Support and Care Coordination​</a> services within the educational setting offer supports to families experiencing a variety of barriers. Currently, we are active in 10 schools. Our goal is to reduce truancy; our approach is early intervention. At three absences, we engage with the family by performing a home visit where we assess issues, identify immediate barriers, then create a plan to mitigate those barriers. From housing to suitable clothing, from transportation to teaching parenting skills specific to youth educational goals, we link families to resources for continued success. We also offer an in-school social skills group and in-the-moment behavioral interventions. By connecting families with the resources and providing the tools they need to achieve stability, youth can return their attention to learning.</p><p>Our Behavioral Health team, led by Dr. Natalie Sergent, has expanded its services into both Montgomery and Prince George counties in Maryland. This has been accomplished through a collaborative endeavor to provide whole person care with an integrated health model: Boys Town clinicians are collocated onsite with medical doctors. This means youth have access to high quality behavioral health services within their pediatric offices – spaces where they have already established trust and safety, and close to their own homes. The expansion means increased access and decreased barriers to mental and <a href="/locations/washington-dc/behavioral-health-clinic/Pages/default.aspx">behavioral health​ services</a> for families in need.</p><p>We will continue to implement our service model with a foundation in what is best for the child. We are grateful for the continued support of donors like you who invest in the children of our community. This transition to community-based services and your continued support will afford us the opportunity to have a greater impact by serving more children and families. Your generosity is the source of the incredible success stories told by the children of Boys Town. </p><p>Yours In Service!</p><p>Kichelle Coleman<br><span style="background-color:transparent;">Executive Director</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">​</span></p>2022-09-26T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Kichelle Coleman" src="/locations/washington-dc/PublishingImages/KichelleColeman.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Meet Our New Development Director, Sofia DeMartino Our New Development Director, Sofia DeMartino<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">Sofia DeMartino has joined the Boys Town team as Development Director.  A University of Iowa and Mount Mercy University graduate, Sofia has nearly a decade of professional experience with social service organizations.  Prior to Boys Town, Sofia served as Community Relations and Grants Director for Horizons, A Family Service Alliance in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.</span></p><p>Her passion for this work was inspired by her own experience as a person who was empowered by the social services network to make the arduous climb out of poverty.​<br></p><p><br></p>2022-09-26T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Sofia DeMartino" src="/locations/washington-dc/PublishingImages/Sofia-DeMartino.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Washington DC Care Coordination Camp Offers Fun, Enjoyable Experiences for Local Youth Town Washington DC Care Coordination Camp Offers Fun, Enjoyable Experiences for Local Youth<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">Boys Town Washington DC conducted a Care Coordination summer camp that offered fun and educational experiences to local youth.</span></p><p>For seven enjoyable weeks, in addition to helping their families, Show Up Stand Out (SUSO) kids came to the Boys Town DC campus for five hours, four days a week and participated in a wide variety of activities.</p><p>In addition to physical exercise such as kickball, basketball and swimming, the youth also took many field trips. They explored the wonders of our world during a trip to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and attended a Washington Mystics women's WNBA game. They also watched movies, went roller skating and bowling, had games nights and saw the UniverSoul Circus. This event was a Cirque du Sole-style performance. Families got to watch acrobatic displays, as well as a motocross demonstration. Parents were also able to join in the fun.</p><p>There was also time for some valuable life lessons.<img src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/DC-Care-Coordination-Camp/DC-Youth-2.jpg" alt="DC-Youth-2.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:214px;" /><br></p><p>The youth learned and practiced social skills every day and, once a week, they were taught basic first aid lessons from George Washington University nursing students.</p><p>Another valuable lesson came when the kids completed an “All About Me" project.</p><p>This summer camp allowed local youth to have a fun time and great experiences they may not have been able to enjoy otherwise. Boys Town Washington DC would like to thank all those who participated.<br></p>2022-09-26T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="DC Youth" src="/locations/washington-dc/PublishingImages/DC-Youth-1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Washington DC Model of Care Helps Youth Find His Way Town Washington DC Model of Care Helps Youth Find His Way<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">Helping a child find his way is what Boys Town does for youth.</span></p><p>It is not always an easy path, but thanks to Boys Town's research proven Model of Care, children like Bradley Morgan get a second chance and can even graduate from Middle School through trying times.</p><p>Bradley came to Boys Town Washington DC back in June of 2020. He was referred by Child and Family Services because of school and medical neglect. He showed verbal and physical aggression toward adults and peers. He struggled with school behaviors and attendance and displayed signs of depression, withdrawal, and anger control.</p><p>After being placed in a Boys Town Family Home, staff immediately went to work changing Bradley's outlook and how his negative actions were given consequences, yet also rewarding his positive responses.</p><p>Bradley's Family-Teachers® worked with him around the clock, using positive reinforcement to catch him being good, rather than only looking for his negative behaviors. The Boys Town Model of Care found activities that helped Bradley feel good about himself. And, patiently worked with him when he became frustrated and fell back into old negative habits.</p><p>Meanwhile, “On the Way" Consultant Dale Sellers went to work helping Bradley's mother prepare for the two to be reunited when he transitioned back home. Sellers provided weekly parenting sessions using Boys Town's Common Sense Parenting® material to help prepare Ms. Morgan to successfully work through problems and challenges with Bradley.</p><p>The process was long, but the results were positive.</p><p>Bradley showed fantastic behavioral growth and left Boys Town Washington DC and transitioned home in March of this year. He continued that success at home and graduated from Friendship Public Charter Middle School in June.</p><p>There are still minor incidents, but thanks to Boys Town's efforts with Bradley, and Ms. Morgan's advancements with her parenting classes, the two have found middle ground.</p><p>Bradley has established self-empowering statements to himself through sports and reading words or affirmation to redirect his outbursts. Meanwhile, Ms. Morgan reinforces Bradley's positive actions, while also finding ways to give consequences, when necessary.<span style="background-color:transparent;">radley is excited about starting his first summer job and is looking forward to attending High School this fall.</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">​</span></p><p><br></p>2022-09-26T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Bradleys Graduation" src="/locations/washington-dc/PublishingImages/Bradleys-Graduation.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
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