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Boys Town Louisiana Successful Futures Town Louisiana Successful Futures<p style="text-align:center;">​<img src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/showTheWorld-banner-monthly.jpg" alt="Teenager working in the real world" style="margin:5px;" />​<br></p><p>​Within the safety, comfort and stability of their Family Homes<sup>®</sup>, Boys Town youth Ashton and Tremaine had the opportunity to explore internships with Gootee Construction, Youth Rebuilding New Orleans and the New Orleans Video and Camera programs. When out of school, they gained real-world experiences that will help shape them into adults after they leave Boys Town's Family Home program. </p><p>While construction and TV journalism may be the right fit for them, we recognize that a <strong>successful future for one youth may look different than another.</strong></p><p>At Boys Town, we encourage youth to explore careers that match their strengths and passions. To do so, we connect with local community partners to provide mentorship and skills training in a variety of industries. <strong>This fall, we are launching Boys Town's Successful Futures program in Louisiana</strong> to connect workforce development and career readiness opportunities to Boys Town youth and parents. <a href="" target="_blank">We are asking you to help shape Successful Futures for Boys Town youth by making a monthly gift of $25.</a><strong> </strong></p><p>As adults, we all know success is not linear. And as parents, we have witnessed our own kids' growing pains to becoming independent adults, struggling with new responsibilities like paying their first bills or finding their first apartment.<br></p><h3> <a href="" target="_blank">Here's What Your Gift Can Do</a> ​​​​​<br></h3><ul style="text-align:left;"><li> <strong>$25</strong> creates continuous support for program participants </li><li> <strong>$30</strong> sends a student to a career exploration class </li><li> <strong>$50</strong> pays for public transportation for youth to commute to their jobs</li><li> <strong>$75</strong> pays for a work uniform and shoes for an internship</li><li> <strong>$100</strong> pays for one-on-one career coaching for participant​s</li><li> <strong>$250</strong> pays for a week of lost wages during hurricane evacuation or work closures</li><li> <strong>$500 </strong>pays for financial assistance for vocational program enrollment </li><li> <strong>$1,000</strong> offers a 6-month program incentive to participants  </li></ul><p> <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Your consistent, generous support shows our youth that even when times are tough, our community is there to encourage and help them succeed.</strong></a><strong> </strong></p><p>Thank you for being our partner! </p><p>Sincerely, <br></p><p>Rashain Carriere Williams<br> Executive Director <br></p><p>​<br><br></p>2022-09-28T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Young Teenager" src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/showTheWorld-rollup.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Staff Spotlight - Keane-Maritess Talledo Spotlight - Keane-Maritess Talledo<p></p><p>Keane holds a B.A in psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work in their graduate program. She joined Boys Town Nevada back in 2020 after a colleague introduced her to the organization and saw that her determination and kind demeanor would be a great fit for the role.</p><p>She explains the favorite part of her job is when she is in front of parents teaching a core element of Common Sense Parenting, positive discipline.</p><p>“You are your children's first and most important teacher," she says. “I feel honored to give parents a few more tools in their tool belt to praise and set behavior expectations that work for their family."</p><p>She carries the weight of helping others break generational trauma with ease as she finds time to balance her job with self-care and awareness.</p><p>“Helping teachers and parents and everyone affecting our children is my passion because they are our future," Keane said.</p><p>On the weekends, you can find Keane on a run or at the gym recharging for the week ahead.</p><p>Her upbeat personality and willingness to help in any situation makes her a valuable part of the Boys Town Nevada team. Here at the site, she co-leads our employee engagement resource group offering creative ideas on how to connect all verticals of the organization. Last month, her team hosted a welcome party for our new staff with trivia, prizes and food and entertainment. There really isn't anything Keane can't do while making it fun and exciting for the audience she is leading. This month, stop by our virtual parenting classes at: to say “Hi" and introduce yourself to Keane. She'll be happy to meet you.​<br></p>2022-09-27T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/keane-headshot.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Volunteer Development Committee Development Committee<p></p><p>Starting this Fall, Boys Town Nevada will be hosting monthly meetings for anyone interested in joining our inaugural volunteer development committee. We are looking for any member of the community that is interested in donating their time or talent to help with planning, coordinating, and executing our events and fundraising efforts. Here are some of the expectations for the committee opportunity:</p><ul><li>Monthly, in-person/ virtual planning meetings</li><li>Planning assistance with:</li><ul><li>Festival of Hope (December 2022),</li><li>Top Golf Tournament (April 2023),</li><li>Back-to-School Bash (July 2023)</li></ul><li>Outreach support with volunteer coordination for above events</li></ul><p>If you are interested in joining a dynamic, hard-working, and impactful team, contact: <a href=""></a> for details.​<br></p>2022-09-27T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Festival of Hope of Hope<p></p><p>This December, Boys Town Nevada is bringing back our 6<sup>th</sup> Annual Festival of Hope for the children and families we serve in our programs. We will be transforming our venue into a holiday extravaganza where parents and children can experience the magic of the holiday season. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves will be stopping by to greet the children and give all families a holiday affair to remember. We are seeking community partners to help make this special holiday event a memorable one for those who could use some extra holiday cheer!</p><p>How can you help?</p><ul><li>Organize a Toy Drive in your neighborhood or workplace to collect toys (September-December)</li><li>Help decorate the venue creating the magic of Christmas</li><li>Donate your time as a volunteer Elf during Festival of Hope event</li><li>Join the volunteer planning committee</li></ul><p>Please reach out to <a href=""></a> to sign up today!​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​</span></p>2022-09-27T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Board of Director’s Highlight of Director’s Highlight<p> <span class="img-zoom posR img-sm">​​<img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/William-Carr-Photos-1.jpg" data-action="zoom" alt="" /></span>Earlier this summer, newest Board Member Orlando Gallegos organized a fundraiser with artist, William Carr during the unveiling of his newest project, Tree of Life.</p><p>Orlando is the Gallery Director for the artist's exquisite photography on display at the William Carr Gallery in Caesar's Forum Shops. A long- time resident of Las Vegas, Orlando is a founding board member of the Nevada Hispanic Business Group and makes it his philanthropic mission to give the youth of Las Vegas opportunities to find success and rise above their circumstances and environment.</p><p>On June 24, art enthusiasts enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to the sound of piano music while getting to know the mission of Boys Town Nevada from our Development Director, Charlene Blackstone. During the event, William Carr donated proceeds from his latest photobook, World Focus Images Vol. II, to Boys Town Nevada. World Focus Images Vol. II offers 160 stunning images from around the world along with experiences from this Modern Master of Photography. We are proud to welcome Orlando to the Board this year and grateful he orchestrated a successful fundraising opportunity in his art community to save children and heal families in Southern Nevada.​<br></p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox" unselectable="on"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read b95c406f-c7e1-492b-84c8-bdc880d62625" id="div_b95c406f-c7e1-492b-84c8-bdc880d62625" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_b95c406f-c7e1-492b-84c8-bdc880d62625" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div><p>​<br></p>2022-09-27T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/William-Carr-Photos-2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Family Spotlight Spotlight<p><span style="background-color:transparent;">Kaden has shown amazing leaps in his social and behavioral development over the past year while working with School Support Specialist, KellyAnn. His mom, Leela, notices he is happier and friendly to his family at home and excited to go to school each day.</span><br></p><p>Leela and Kaden (6) were introduced to Boys Town Nevada in 2021 through a referral from his Kindergarten teacher. This educator asked our School Support Specialist, KellyAnn, to re-direct students during recess that were hitting each other. Leela explains Kaden's Kindergarten class experienced COVID restrictions during critical growth milestones and observed the students having trouble navigating authority in a school setting. In partnership with KellyAnn and the Assistant Principal, Kaden started to receive individualized education plans to improve his behavior and learn more social skills.</p><p>KellyAnn, in her role of a School Support Specialist, creates specific curriculums based upon the Boys Town evidence-based model. These individual behavioral plans focus on improving students' social skills that are a barrier to learning. Based upon 16 core social skills in our <em>LIFT Together</em> program, KellyAnn began to validate his emotions and teach him ways to communicate anger without hitting. While working on this behavior, she identified Kaden had an opportunity to work with speech pathologists to help him improve speaking with confidence.</p><p>Throughout the course of the 2021 School year, KellyAnn became a navigator for Leela on how to advocate for her son and getting the accommodations Kaden needed to support his education. Leela is very proud to see the growth and happiness in her son and grateful for the guidance of KellyAnn. Toward the end of the school year, Leela asked KellyAnn to attend Kaden's Kindergarten graduation to share in the joy he was learning and behaving at his appropriate grade level.</p><p>Next month, Kaden will receive the prestigious Role Model Award, recognizing him for exceeding expectations in classroom behavior. He has a group of friends he rushes into see at the beginning of each class and Leela notices how much clearer he speaks and is kind to others. KellyAnn still works with Kaden, but not as often as she did last school year.</p><p>“Kaden uses the calm down techniques that I taught him and has blossomed into a social butterfly!" KellyAnn said.</p><p>The support offered by KellyAnn is critical for students to succeed and overcome social and behavioral barriers to learning. Our <em>LIFT Together </em>programing is designed to provide educators and administrators a digestible curriculum that incorporates our evidence-based model focusing on prevention and intervention to keep students in school and thriving. To support life changing programs like <em>LIFT Together</em> or other Boys Town programs, consider making a donation at <a href="/donate">​​nate</a>.​<br></p>2022-09-27T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/KellyAnn.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Letter From the Executive Director From the Executive Director<p>As the heat of the summer wains, a season of new beginnings has fallen upon the valley of Southern Nevada. As a former education administrator, Fall reminds me of the hope and welcome change for the children and families starting a new school year. This is the first time in the past two years where we are witnessing the fruits of our labor in the community as our site embarks on a new journey of expansion.</p><p>Over the past year, we have seen steady growth with our partnership with CCSD schools, finishing the 2021-22 year with 28 schools. In 2014, we began partnering with high-need schools in Las Vegas to strengthen families of struggling students through our <em>LIFT Together</em> education model. Our <em>LIFT Together </em>programing is designed to provide educators and administrators a digestible curriculum that incorporates our evidence-based model focusing on prevention and intervention to keep students in school and thriving. <em>LIFT Together</em> employs designated School Support Specialists to teach social and behavior skills that are identified as a barrier to growth and learning. Early outcomes show our students improved in their school attendance and reduced office referrals with improved parent engagement.</p><p>In January 2022, I met with CCSD Superintendent, Dr. Jesus Jara, with the goal of significantly expanding our <em>LIFT Together</em> programs. On August 25<sup>th</sup>, Boys Town Nevada was approved by the CCSD Board Members to expand <em>LIFT Together</em> into 65 more schools --impacting more than 60,000 students and over 2,000 educators! Our programs help to create a calm atmosphere in schools, and our data shows a reduction in office referrals, higher student attendance rates and more parent communication with teachers.  </p><p>I am proud of our team and the work they have been able to achieve! I appreciate the continued support of the Boys Town Mission to “Change the way America cares for kids and families."<br></p><p>Executive Director,<br>John Etzell</p>2022-09-27T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/John-and-Jesus-Jara-Contract.jpg" 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 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

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