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Our Wish for 2021 Wish for 2021<p>​​​​​​</p><p>Dear Boys Town Washington DC Friends and Supporters,</p><p>Thank you for standing with us through a very difficult year. Because you kept the faith, we were able to continue providing the best care and program support for our kids and families. We hired a new Senior Director of Programs to take our Family Home and Care Coordination programs to the next level. The Behavioral Health Clinic seamlessly transitioned to telehealth at the onset of the pandemic and recently brought on two new psychologists, allowing us to treat even more children and families in need of our help. Your contributions enabled us to quickly convert space on our campus into a distance learning classroom, and you also helped make our Virtual Fall Fundraiser a success, raising $125,000 to date with donations still pouring in. Because of you, we saw a lot of good this year, so I want to share our 2021 wishes with you.</p><p>In 2021, we wish to bring more hope and healing to children and families through the launch of a new school-based program, LIFT Together, and continue to grow of our Behavioral Health Clinic Endowment. We wish to continue spreading the message of love and tolerance through our #TeachLove campaign as we continue to pray for our country. Lastly, we wish you and your loved ones all the joy and love you deserve!</p><p>When you join us in our mission, you are giving kids opportunities they otherwise may not have had…you are giving them love, safety and hope.</p><p>Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!</p><p>Kichelle L. Coleman<br>Executive Director<br>Boys Town Washington DC​​<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <a class="btn btn-theme13" href="" target="_blank">Help us teach love in 2021</a></p>​ <style> .ExternalClass .bt .btn-theme13 { margin:10px 0; padding-right:30px; padding-left:30px; padding-top:15px; padding-bottom:15px; } </style>2020-12-23T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Because of you, Boys Town Washington DC saw a lot of GOOD in 2020 of you, Boys Town Washington DC saw a lot of GOOD in 2020<p>In these times of crisis, we stand together to serve. Despite a trying year…Because of you, we still saw a lot of GOOD in 2020. We are so grateful for our community partners, friends and supporters in Washington DC. We wouldn't have these incredible success stories to share if it wasn't for you. Thank you!</p><div class="columns article-grid"><div class="column"> <a class="article" href="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Pages/Overcoming-Adversity-Pays-Off-for-Washington-D-C-Family.aspx"><img src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/wash-1.jpg" alt="Boys Town" /> <span class="article-title">Overcoming Adversity Pays Off for Washington DC Family <span> </span></span></a></div><div class="column"> <a class="article" href="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Pages/On-the-Way-Home-Consultant-Position-Helps-Boys-Town-Washington-DC-Youth-Transition-to-Real-Life.aspx"><img src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/wash-2.jpg" alt="Boys Town" /> <span class="article-title">Consultant Position Helps DC Youth Transition to Real LIfe <span> </span></span></a></div><div class="column"> <a class="article" href="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Pages/Boys-Town-Washington-DC-Adds-Telehealth-Sessions-to-Reach-Patients.aspx"><img src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/wash-3.jpg" alt="Boys Town" /> <span class="article-title">DC Adds Telehealth Sessions to Reach Patients <span> </span></span></a></div><div class="column"> <a class="article" href="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Pages/BT-WASDC-Helps-Youth-Find-a-New-Comfort-Zone.aspx"><img src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/wash-4.jpg" alt="Boys Town" /> <span class="article-title">Washington DC Helps Youth Find a New Comfort Zone <span> </span></span></a></div></div>2020-11-13T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Behind every mask there is a story every mask there is a story<p>​During our virtual Fall Fundraiser we highlighted our programs, celebrated our Father Flanagan and Spirit of Youth Award winners and shared stories of strength and resolve from the people we are blessed to know and serve. In this booklet you will see the names and faces of the children and families in the nation’s capital who have benefited from Boys Town Washington DC services, as well as some of our staff who help provide those life-changing services.<br></p><p><a href="/locations/washington-dc/Documents/Washington-DC-Virtual-Fall-Fundraiser-Event-Program.pdf" target="_blank">Download the brochure​</a>​<br></p><p></p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox" unselectable="on"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read a2c93519-6dc2-4aec-b641-c1440eb845b7" id="div_a2c93519-6dc2-4aec-b641-c1440eb845b7" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_a2c93519-6dc2-4aec-b641-c1440eb845b7" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div><p>​​<br></p>2020-11-02T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/washington-dc/PublishingImages/DC-behind-every-mask.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="" height="309" src="/locations/washington-dc/PublishingImages/DC-behind-every-mask.jpg" width="309" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
JP Morgan Chase Grant Supports Boys Town Washington DC Youth During Pandemic Morgan Chase Grant Supports Boys Town Washington DC Youth During Pandemic<p></p><p>The term “distance learning” took on a whole new meaning this past spring when the coronavirus pandemic overwhelmed the country and the world. Students were sent home as schools were closed. Technology became a necessity in order to learn at home as computers and internet access became the new normal when it came to learning outside of the classroom.</p><p>But not all students were so fortunate to have the resources needed to stay on pace with their peers. Thanks to the support of JP Morgan Chase, Boys Town Washington DC received the financial aid to facilitate learning at home.</p><p>Many of the families in our care do not have access to laptops or tablets, or even wifi. And, while the DC district schools provided laptops for some students, most of those computers went to high school and middle school students, leaving Boys Town DC's primary service group – elementary age students – without!</p><p>That's where JP Morgan Chase stepped up to help our youth.</p><p>Boys Town Washington DC was awarded an emergency assistance grant for school supplies and technology. The $5,000 grant went directly towards purchasing 17 tablets, directly impacting families in our Care Coordination program. The assistance came during a time when many families were unsure how to navigate at-home learning.</p><p>Our Care Coordinators worked directly with families to ensure they do not experience a delay in continuing their children's education online. However, these tablets have continued serving our families in more ways than one.</p><p>Due to the pandemic, Boys Town Washington DC was unable to host its annual summer camp in person. But with the aid of the tablets, the kids still received the opportunity to virtually experience the camp. This free summer camp has been an extension of our Care Coordination services. It has been offered to families that have a recorded history with truancy. The aim of the camp is to help children build skills that can be utilized in the classroom and to help parents with childcare during the summer months. It has provided structure, social-skills training and recreational and educational experiences during the summer break. Many of the children who attend the summer camp have never been to camp because their parents have never been able to afford it.</p><p>Thanks to the thoughtful donation from JP Morgan Chase, the kids did not fall behind, and they will return to school this fall feeling confident.</p><p>The grant was made possible with the help of our board member, Alfonso Pearson. Pearson is the Community Reinvestment and Partnership Relationship Manager for JP Morgan Chase.</p><p>“Chase is proud to support the needs of the communities that we serve by providing emergency funding as a result of the coronavirus pandemic to Boys Town Washington DC,” Pearson said. “The funding will support the distance learning needs of the young people receiving services at Boys Town.”<br></p>2020-08-04T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Mom, Son Replace Hurt with Healing, Thanks to Boys Town, Son Replace Hurt with Healing, Thanks to Boys Town<p></p><p>Benji's mom was troubled, frustrated and overwhelmed.</p><p>She was trying her best to get the help her 8-year-old son needed but she didn't think anyone was taking his problems seriously.</p><p>Benji had a history of violent emotional outbursts, destroying property at school, and threatening to hurt, and even kill, himself. Mom was always on edge and the home she and her son shared was in constant turmoil.</p><p>It wasn't until this worried mom reached out to the Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic at Boys Town Washington DC that she felt like her son could truly get better. Mom initially contacted Boys Town and received consultation and assistance in arranging for the youngster to be admitted to a medical treatment center. Once his condition was stabilized, Benji and his mother started outpatient therapy with Dr. Avital Deskalo, a staff psychologist at the clinic.</p><p>With Benji displaying symptoms of ADHD, which further complicated his condition, therapy focused on addressing his ability to cope with difficult emotions and situations in a healthy manner and teaching him how to follow his mother's instructions at home without throwing tantrums.</p><p>Dr. Deskalo said a key to helping Benji improve his behaviors was teaching his mom how to use positive reinforcement.</p><p>“I modeled positive parenting approaches, such as labeled praise, and coached Benji's mother in applying labeled praise to different areas," Dr. Deskalo said. “His mother observed an improvement in Benji's behavior when she started to show positive emotion and attention strategically and at a higher rate."</p><p>While there were many tough moments, Benji's mom continued to work hard on using the new behavior management strategies she learned in therapy sessions and consistently addressed Benji's outbursts when they occurred.</p><p>The result has been a significant improvement in Benji's ability to work through difficult situations, and, most importantly, fewer outbursts. Mom has strengthened her relationship with her son and has become a more confident parent, bringing calm and stability to their home.  </p><p>“Things are so much better with the help of Boys Town and Dr. Deskalo," Benji's mom said. “I now have concrete and effective strategies to prevent problem behaviors or positively turn them around quickly when they begin."</p><p>Benji's treatment is ongoing as he and his mom continue their journey of healing. But the frustration and worry of the past has been replaced by hope, and Boys Town Washington DC will be with them every step of the way.<br></p>2020-08-04T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Youth Receive New Beds from TempurSealy Town Youth Receive New Beds from TempurSealy<p>Boys Town North Florida recently received a delivery of 31 twin mattresses, 7 queen mattresses and 1 king foundation thanks to a generous donation from TempurSealy.</p><p>TempurSealy has partnered with Boys Town since 2012 and has provided hundreds of beds to multiple Boys Town sites, including the Boys Town summer vacation camp at Lake Okoboji.</p><p>Nebraska, Washington D.C., and Central Florida also received mattress deliveries this year, with Louisiana and Rhode Island scheduled to receive beds in the Fall.</p><p>Boys Town is very appreciative for this continuous partnership! Our youth are so grateful to have new mattresses and Boys Town appreciates the care and support TempurSealy has provided our boys and girls through the years. </p>2020-08-04T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Youth recieved Mattress donation" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/youth-received-mattress-donation.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Washington DC Helps Youth Find a New Comfort Zone Town Washington DC Helps Youth Find a New Comfort Zone<p>For Boys Town Washington DC youth Isaiah Thomas, communication was a major obstacle standing between the 18-year-old becoming successful in school and in life.</p><p>Isaiah came to Boys Town having suffered through many challenges. The loss of his mother caused a great deal of fear within the youth.  Isaiah would show obvious signs that he struggled to speak with others and that their presence made him uncomfortable. He would always do whatever he was asked and never made any fuss. But he kept himself in his own little cocoon – a comfort zone of sorts. For some, it was easier to leave him alone and not push him out of that comfort zone.</p><p>But that was before Isaiah was placed with Boys Town Family Teachers Chris Young and Nafia Abdurrahim. They helped Isaiah find his way out of his cocoon and onto the road to success.</p><p>Isaiah had some definite issues he was dealing with before he came to Boys Town. First, he lost his mother. Isaiah also suffered from medical neglect, which brought him into Boys Town's care. The medical issues led to his struggles in school after missing an entire year. Isaiah was very shy and found it difficult to communicate with peers and some of his teachers. Many people never noticed Isaiah and he became invisible to most. </p><p>While in the Young's home, this past December, Isaiah lost his father. Depression soon set in. He initially struggled with the Boys Town model, as well.</p><p>This led to the Youngs' springing into action to help </p><p>Right away they pushed Isaiah to shed his defensive non-social personality. He tried to fight it, but his Family-Teachers wouldn't give in. They pushed Isaiah to participate in activities with all the youth in the home and made sure he did things that he had said made him uncomfortable in the past. </p><p>One big breakthrough was helping Isaiah gain the confidence to self-transport. He had refused to use public transportation or travel by himself to get to school. The Youngs helped him with the process by initially riding the train with him, eventually letting him make the trip to school every morning by himself. The couple was able to bring Isaiah out of his shell by building a great relationship with him and being sure he was able to get one-on-one attention. They also held him accountable for his actions.</p><p>The Youngs also learned that Isaiah is very much about order and structure. He likes things to be done a certain way and likes clear and concise instructions. This has helped him as he set goals to graduate high school and go on to college.</p><p>Losing his father was very hard on Isaiah. But working with the Youngs and their brilliant team of Boys Town personnel, as well as therapy and other outside sources, he started to make progress. You would hardly ever see Isaiah without his favorite hoodie. It was a security blanket, of sorts, always with the hood up and headphones on. Eventually, Isaiah started to show his face, taking his hood off. That growth and learning to express himself, helped him progress with other social skills.</p><p>Isaiah is in the process of graduating from Anacostia High School in Washington DC. He is doing well in school, compiling a 3.75 grade point average in the fourth quarter. He is working this summer to complete his required courses to graduate. Again, Mr. and Mrs. Young were there to help. Isaiah fell behind in previous years, but they stuck with him and made sure to follow up with the school to get him enrolled in extra classes. Thanks to that persistence, he has been accepted and will attend Lincoln University in Pennsylvania this fall.</p><p>Everyone comments on how Isaiah shows his beautiful smile and initiates conversations. Isaiah has truly found his voice while being at Boys Town. He says in the future he wants to stay close to his Boys Town family. One day Isaiah says he plans to give back to youth such as himself by becoming a therapist at the Boys Town DC Behavioral Healthcare Clinic.</p>2020-07-17T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent