LIFT Together with Boys Town

Generate Communitywide Impact

Many families in the Pawtucket School District face a number of community challenges. Instability at home – the result of physical or mental health problems, broken relationships or poverty – causes children to miss school and fall behind. Frustrated and failing, these students lose interest in school, fall further behind and even get expelled or arrested. Trouble at school only exacerbates trouble at home.

What LIFT Together with Boys Townsm can do for your Schools

Our partnership with the school district is changing these learning environments and helping them get better. We teach parenting classes, coordinate services, train teachers in classroom behavior management and make home visits for families in crisis by focusing on the family.

The LIFT program was introduced in 2018 in Pawtucket's Fallon Memorial Elementary School and Elizabeth Baldwin Elementary School and is expanding into the middle school and high school levels.The new expansion includes the following schools:

  • Joseph Jenks Middle School
  • Samuel Slater Middle School
  • Lyman G. Goff Middle School
  • Charles E. Shea High School
  • William E. Tolman High School

Schools have adopted all the components of the Boys Town model and have seen improvements in classroom behavioral problems and school climate.

See the Impact

After one year of program implementation, we've seen dramatic improvement in student behavior among 3rd - 5th graders and in overall school climate

I think that New England area allows an opportunity for people to really know one another. There's a sense of community in the New England area. So that morning I was going to my favorite coffee shop. I start walking towards a coffee shop and I see this family that's walking towards me. The mom approached me and she, and she asked me if I spoke Spanish. And immediately I saw the husband and the little boy behind her. And so they asked me if I knew where the library was, told them, okay, can I use your phone so that I can give you the GPS, I can put the, the I address in the GPS and make it easier for you to get to the library. And that's when they reported to me that they did not have service and that they didn't have funds. So I asked them what their story was and, and invited them to our office. They needed, um, some documents printed so that they can then get some services for their child. They had to rush out because they had an appointment. And so I ended up, um, scheduling an intake so that they can get the support that they needed. And by the time I met them to the time our intake happened, they were in a place where they needed even more support than they needed the couple days before because they were sleeping in the, in their car at a truck stop. But the father didn't sleep that night because he wanted to make sure the kid and his mom were safe. So he didn't, he didn't sleep. He stayed up all night and I didn't have any funds to, to eat. So I immediately stopped what I was doing, went and grabbed basic needs. That included some snacks. And when I walked into the conference room to provide, uh, these items, the father was laid out on the conference table. Um, the mother and the son just looked really drained and exhausted. I still remember the way that, you know, Dalum grabbed the granola bar and just stuffed his face with that granola bar. I've never seen someone eat something as simple as a granola bar that way. And to be able to come and see a family who I, you know, just met in the sidewalk just days prior, meet a family that way and then support them immediately, I think is why I do what I do. Kimberlin is mom. Jose is the father. One more side and Dalum is the little 8-year-old boy. Seeing them recently was really nice to see the difference that they did have the things that they needed and to see them happy and playful and together. 'cause I know that all could be affected by the, um, situations that families go through like theirs. Kimberlyn had mentioned that she, and when she was living in Venezuela with her son, her, her husband was murdered. And because it was a really tough, um, environment, situation to live in, there was a lot of murder, kidnapping, different things. Later she was able to meet Jose. Um, they decided that they wanted to come to United States for a better life. Kimberlin, um, is now currently working in a fast food restaurant. She really enjoying it, really likes it. And Jose is currently a mechanic and he's, um, really enjoys his work. Dylum in school. He is thriving in school now. He's speaking English. Uh, he was able to, he's count his numbers in English too, which is awesome. Um, and he also translates for mom as needed. He did also get the medical care that he needed dental care, the way his gums were so inflamed, his teeth weren't, weren't coming out. And now they are. I think the biggest thing for me has always been helping those that are struggling. And this is why I do the work that I do. I love working for Boys Town.