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A Golden Voice and a Heart to Serve – We Will Miss You, Arnie Nussbaum Golden Voice and a Heart to Serve – We Will Miss You, Arnie Nussbaum<p></p><p>With heavy hearts, Boys Town of Central Florida announces the passing of our friend and faithful advocate, Arnie Lee Nussbaum. Arnie and his golden voice were well known in Oviedo and much of Central Florida, where he was actively involved doing voice-over work and served as the emcee for countless non-profit live events. </p><p>Arnie was well respected in our Central Florida Community and had built a reputation for advocating for many local non-profits.  The Boys Town team will always admire Arnie's passion and zeal for helping others and his tireless work with charities that benefit our community. </p><p>We extend our heartfelt thanks to Arnie for his legacy of generosity and so appreciate the many years he served as an advocate for Boys Town's programs and services, in addition to being our Annual Candy Cane 5K emcee for the past several years. </p><p>Arnie will be greatly missed, not only at Boys Town, but throughout our community, but we remain eternally grateful for his inspiration and his spirit of service that will always be with us. </p><p> “Love for one's fellowmen-love for his welfare, wishing him well, happy with his good fortune, mindful of his rights, this is the love which cement a God-like humanity together and makes of it one family in heart and mind." Father Flanagan, 1937​<br></p><p>​</p>2022-11-09T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Arnie Nussbaum" src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Arnie-1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
New this Fall, Boys Town Central Florida Volunteer Development Committee this Fall, Boys Town Central Florida Volunteer Development Committee<p>​New this fall, Boys Town Central Florida would like to extend volunteer committee opportunities to anyone interested in becoming more involved our year-round events and activities. We are looking for members of the community who are interested in donating their time and talents to help with planning, coordinating, marketing, and executing our events and large activities on campus. Here are some of the opportunities…</p><h3>Planning assist​​ance is needed with:</h3><ul><li>Candy Cane 5K Run 2022 and Pre-planning for 2023​​</li><li>Christmas Tree Lighting 2022 and Pre-planning for 2023</li><li>Golf Tournament 2023<br></li><li>Tutoring and After School Activities/Mentoring for the Kids</li><li>Spring, Summer and Winter Break Activities for the Kids</li></ul><h3>How can I get involved?</h3><p>Volunteer opportunities are available year-round at our Oviedo campus with some very special things planned for December! As we prepare for our Christmas Tree Lighting, we invite you to help provide a little magic for our youth and their Family-Teachers, here on campus. You can help spread some holiday cheer by:</p><ul><li>Organizing a Toy Drive, for our middle and high school boys and girls</li><li>Donating décor or helping to decorate the campus for the Christmas Holiday</li><li>Enlisting friends and family to donate by providing some of the needs <a href="/locations/central-florida/programs/Documents/Central%20FL%20Volunteer%20Opportunities.pdf">listed here</a><br></li><li>Asking a local business to sponsor our Annual Christmas Tree Lighting</li></ul><p>Reach out to <a href=""></a> for more information.  We are truly thankful for all your support!​​<br><br></p>2022-11-09T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Hurricane Ian Update: The Central Florida Campus Weathered the Storm! Ian Update: The Central Florida Campus Weathered the Storm!<p></p><p>Here in Florida, we have learned that when a damaging hurricane is predicted, you must immediately spring into action. With the threat of Hurricane Ian looming large, that is exactly what our campus staff did, working around the clock to ensure that the grounds were prepped, supplies were stocked and generators were at the ready. </p><p>A HUGE and HEARTFELT thank you to all the members of our staff who stayed overnights and slept on air mattresses with limited power available to ensure that our youth were safe and well cared for throughout the storm and the days that followed. An extra-special thank you to our local Boys Town Heroes including our Maintenance Team, our Intervention and Assessment Shelter Team and four sets of our Family-Teachers who remained on campus keeping everyone occupied, engaged and most importantly, safe. WE LOVE YOU! ​<br></p><p>We are extremely thankful to be members of such a resilient community that has been working together since Hurricane Ian hit to help our neighbors who have been affected. As a Central Florida community partner, we continue to keep those impacted in our thoughts and prayers and look for opportunities where we can link arms and help.​<br></p><p>​</p>2022-11-09T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Members of the Central Florida Staff" src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/20221003_135053.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Letter from the Executive Director, Laurie Stern from the Executive Director, Laurie Stern<p></p><p>It's hard to believe summer is over and the end of the year is upon us. It has been such an incredibly productive middle of the year.  </p><p>Our summer was action packed, just how we like it. We are thankful to all the community partners who helped provide tickets, event admissions and opportunities for our youth to take part in a variety of activities, helping them create positive memories which are so important for our Boys Town youth. Our Family-Teachers, staff and partners helped equip our girls and boys with all the back-to-school essentials needed and we celebrated summer's end with a pizza party and prayer for a great fall semester!</p><p>Fall has brought a lot of smiles to the youth on campus. Many are taking part in homecoming actives, fall sports that include football games and after-school and weekend intermural sports like basketball. We give big kudos to our Family-Teachers who organize the busy schedules of the 4-6 kids residing under their roofs. They shuttle children and embrace the leisure activities that are important to each child, and we are so thankful for their hearts to serve all the children!</p><p>Next time you visit our campus (please schedule a tour today; we would love to host you), you may not recognize it!  We have painted our administrative office, replaced worn carpet in the Intervention and Assessment Center and had some generous community patterners take part in a campus beautification project – and we have other important projects in the pipeline. We know if the campus looks great, youth and staff will feel this too! Our staff work hard to create a family-centered approach, and we are working hard to ensure the environment looks this way as well. Our 50+ acre campus is a blessing, and we always welcome our generous community partners to help us keep our campus looking great. </p><p>As the year comes to an end, we are embarking on our busiest season – and we hope you will be a part of it all!  We have many fun Halloween festivities planned. We look forward creating Thanksgiving traditions in each Family Home. And celebrating Christmas together with our staff, youth and community partners is always a joyous, meaningful time. Boys Town is truly a community partnership, and we are so thankful for all of those who donate items, time and financial gifts to help our campus thrive and allow us to grow our programs that help heal children and strengthen families all over Central Florida!  </p><p>Cheerfully, </p><p> <img src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/signature.jpg" alt="Laurie's Signature" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>Laurie Stern, MPA<br>Executive Director <br> <br></p><p>P.S. We hope to see you at the Candy Cane 5K Run on December 10<sup>th</sup> or the Christmas Tree Lighting on December 18<sup>th</sup>!​<br><br></p>2022-11-09T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Laurie Stern" src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Laurie-Stern.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Central Florida Welcomes Three New Board Members Florida Welcomes Three New Board Members<p>​Boys Town Central Florida is pleased to announce that three new members have joined our Board of Directors.<br></p><p> <img src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Photo---Weathers.jpg" alt="Jerri Weathers" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:0px 5px;width:220px;height:320px;padding-right:8px;" />My name is <strong>Jerri Weathers</strong>, and I am the Director of Juvenile Justice at the Seminole County Sheriff's Office. I have been at the Sheriff's Office for the past 18 years and have always served our juvenile population. The first 16 and ½ years at the Sheriff's Office, I served in the Division of Child Protective Services as a Child Protective Investigator, Judicial Child Protective Investigator, Child Protective Investigations Supervisor, and then Investigations Operations Manager. For the last 1 and ½ years, after a promotion to the Director of the Juvenile Justice Division, I have served our Juvenile Assessment Center, Juvenile Detention Center, Juvenile Enforcement Center, and our Prosecution Alternatives for Youth program. I serve because I strongly believe in being a voice for children and providing them every opportunity for a successful future. I could not be prouder of the incredibly talented and passionate individuals who make up the Juvenile Justice Division and the efforts they make each day to guide our youth to a brighter path for the future.</p><br><p> <img src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/IMG_5636.jpg" alt="Jessica Ciurzynski " class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:0px 5px;width:220px;height:220px;padding-right:8px;" /><strong><em>​“If you want something done, ask a working mom" - Victoria Goddard, Founder/COO of M PAUL.</em></strong></p><p><strong>Jessica Ciurzynski</strong> ofte​n reflects on this classic quote that was constantly recited to her by M Paul's late founder, Victoria Goddard. These words still hold true. While juggling the life that most working moms feel, balance between work and raising a family, Jessica does so with grit and grace. In this industry, it's not always a “social norm" or easy to do. Being a force of a woman running a construction company, she has had to push outside of the boundaries, and by doing so, she has successfully doubled the size of the company every year since her beginnings in 2013. She has continued this trend since taking over as President in 2020.</p><p>Jessica has two motivators in life: children and construction. </p><p>​​As a longtime activist of Boys Town Central Florida, joining the board w​as the perfect opportunity for her two forces to join together. Jessica has been involved in developing a direct connection program for the kids to learn about opportunities in the construction industry, as well as educational avenues in vocational schooling. The goal is to introduce local subcontractors to the kids from Boys Town in the hope of giving them an opportunity to learn skills for their futures. Jessica wants to show the kids that we see value in them.</p><p> <img src="/locations/central-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Farrow_KerryAnn_photo.jpg" alt="Kerry-Ann Farrow" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:0px 5px;width:220px;height:311px;padding-right:8px;" /><strong>Kerry-Ann Farrow</strong> is a Director of Nursing at AdventHealth. She has been in the nursing profession for over 25 years and loves to serve her patients, team members and community.  Kerry-Ann wants to meaningfully contribute to the Board and is passionate about the philosophy and services provided by Boys Town Central Florida.​​​<br><br><br></p>2022-11-09T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Community Christian School Volunteers Help Beautify Boys Town North Florida Campus Christian School Volunteers Help Beautify Boys Town North Florida Campus<p> <span class="img-zoom posR img-sm">​​​​​​ <img src="/locations/north-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Christian-School-Volunteers-1.jpg" data-action="zoom" alt="" /></span>Boys Town North Florida is so grateful to have the best volunteer groups.<br></p><p>This past week, the Community Christian School sent 15 incredible student volunteers to our Family Home Campus to commit to a day of service. While here, these volunteers pressure washed each of the family homes, trimmed the greenery and put mulch down around each home. After a long and chilly morning of hard work, the workers toured ART Town and had lunch before finishing their beautification project.</p><p>We are beyond impressed with the results of this group's efforts. THANK YOU, Community Christian School for your thoughtful Day of Service to Boys Town North Florida.​</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 4d28d535-7b66-4817-8bfc-12b5e079c16d" id="div_4d28d535-7b66-4817-8bfc-12b5e079c16d" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_4d28d535-7b66-4817-8bfc-12b5e079c16d" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div> </div>2022-11-08T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/north-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Christian-School-Volunteers-2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Louisiana Announces 2022 Holiday Giving Opportunities Town Louisiana Announces 2022 Holiday Giving Opportunities<p><img src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/BT-LA-HopefortheHolidays1290x450-Banner2.jpg" alt="Boys Town Holiday Giving Season Banner" style="margin:5px;width:1000px;height:306px;" /><br></p><p>The holidays are usually a happy time for most of us, but for some of our youth and vulnerable families, the holidays can often bring stress, loneliness, and hopelessness. With your help, Boys Town Louisiana can provide our special youth and families with a brighter, more memorable holiday! This year, Boys Town has launched four key opportunities for you to share your generosity with those who need it most. All activities are great for an individual, a family, a church, or a business/department! Please consider joining us this year! We'd greatly value your participation and partnership. <br></p><h3>Hope for the H​olidays Youth & Family Christmas Wish List</h3><p><em><strong>*</strong></em><em><strong>Perfect for Individuals, Families, or Businesses!<br></strong></em><span style="background-color:transparent;">Looking for a great way to give directly to a youth or family in need this Christmas? Sign up to be a Hope for the Holiday Sponsor and be matched with a youth or family who can benefit from your generosity this season!  Deadline to sign up is November 30</span><sup style="background-color:transparent;">th</sup><span style="background-color:transparent;">!</span></p><p><a href="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Documents/BT-Louisiana-HopefortheHolidays-Camp-Flyerf.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to learn more!</a><br></p><h3>Early Head Start Winter Fest Sponsorship & Volunteer Opportunities</h3><p><strong>*</strong><em><strong>Perfect for Businesses and Community Groups!<br></strong></em><span style="background-color:transparent;">Our EHS Program is hosting its first annual Winter Fest in early December for its 160+ infants, toddlers, and their families. Participants will receive resources, play games, and have pictures with Santa! In addition to sponsors, Boys Town invites businesses, churches, and community groups to participate in our volunteer activity drives.</span></p><p><a href="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/Documents/2210-283-01-Louisiana-2022-EHS-Winter-Fest-Sponsorship-Flyer-DIGITAL.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to learn more!</a><br></p><h3>Become a Giving Tuesday Champion</h3><p><em><b>Perfect for Individuals!<br></b></em><span style="background-color:transparent;">Tuesday, November 29</span><sup style="background-color:transparent;">th</sup><span style="background-color:transparent;"> is Giving Tuesday, one of the biggest days of giving on the calendar! This year, our Giving Tuesday campaign has a goal of raising $50,000 in support of our Family Home Program and our newly launched Successful Futures program, supporting youth as they prepare for independent living and the workforce! Join us by setting up your own fundraising page as a Boys Town Champion!</span></p><p>To become a champion, <a href="" target="_blank">click here​</a> and select “Fundraise."​ <br></p><h3>Family Home Sponso​rship Program</h3><p><em><b>Perfect for anyone!<br></b></em><span style="background-color:transparent;">As a Family Home Sponsor giving a gift of at least $1,000 annually, your gift will help support a safe, loving home for up to six boys or girls, ages 12-17. You will receive a welcome packet with information about the Family-Teachers and children in your home, as well as update letters describing the children's progress and activities. Your support enables us to bring many different children together and help them experience the strong, powerful bond of belonging to a family. </span></p><p><a href="/locations/louisiana/programs/Pages/Sponsor-a-Boys-Town-Louisiana-Family-Home.aspx?_gl=1%2a1sivy68%2a_ga%2aMTk1ODk5NDA2LjE2NTg3NjM1MTE.%2a_ga_LR5Y032XEE%2aMTY2NzQ4Nzg4NC40My4xLjE2Njc0ODgyMDEuMC4wLjA.">Click here to learn more!</a> <br></p><p>If you have any questions or would like to participate in any of these activities, please contact James Howell at 504.293.7907 or by email at <a href=""></a>. Thank you!<br></p><p><br></p>​ <br>2022-11-03T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/BT-LA-HopefortheHolidays1290x450-Banner2-rollup.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Adopt a Child this Holiday Season a Child this Holiday Season<p>“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver'- Maya Angelou </p><p>This holiday season Boys Town New England is looking for the generosity of others to make our kids holidays heartwarming and magical.  This year we are asking for monetary donations that will be used to purchase gifts for 200 kids in our care.  </p><p>Please help us raise $10,000 to fulfill the wishes and make the holiday season special for those in need. </p><p>There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life more beautiful for others. </p><p>If you would like to make a donation <a href="">please click here</a>.​<br></p> ​<br>2022-11-01T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Adopt-a-Child-BT-New-England-1080x1080banner.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Letter from the Executive Director from the Executive Director<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​A</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">s we look forward to the last quarter of the year, we have much to be thankful for! This year has been exciting as we have officially launched a new program, LIFT Together with Boys Town!</span><sup style="background-color:transparent;">SM</sup><span style="background-color:transparent;"> LIFT Together is bringing together educators, students, families, community members and Boys Town experts to address at-risk student's social-emotional needs. We are currently working with West Gate Elementary in Palm Beach County and Stirling Elementary in Broward, both title I schools. Our focus is to support the school to increase parent and student engagement, reduce truancy, increase positive school behaviors, and provide additional training for teachers through our Well Managed Schools initiative. This coordinated action is what makes the initiative so powerful, because only together can we positively change the life of a child. </span></p><p>The need for prevention and early intervention services is critical. School performance is often one of the early warning signs of trouble for a child. In Florida, 85% of children enter foster care for reasons other than abuse (e.g., lack of supervision, childhood behavior issues, unmet basic needs, inadequate housing)<a href="" target="_blank"><sup>[1]</sup></a>. Many of their parents simply lack the knowledge and resources they need to overcome challenges. Preventative family strengthening services spares children the trauma of family separation and provide a cost-effective way to improve their overall well-being. That is why investing in the work that Boys Town South Florida does is so critically important. Everything we do is with the intent to strengthen the family and create a safe and stable home and community environment for children. We are so appreciative of our board members, staff, partners, donors and volunteers that support our efforts to serve at-risk children and families in our community. Thank you to all of you for your support that enables Boys Town to continue to serve even more families and children in the coming years.</p><p>Sincerely,</p><p>Bethany Lacey<br>Executive Director<br></p>2022-11-01T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Bethany" src="/locations/south-florida/PublishingImages/Bethany.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Volunteering Inspires Boys Town Youth to Walk for Charity Inspires Boys Town Youth to Walk for Charity<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">Boys Town New England staff and youth from our Family Home Program volunteered at registration and racing bib pick-up for the Citizens Pell Bridge Run/Walk, of which Boys Town New England was selected as a charitable partner by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority.</span></p><p>Seeing people of all ages coming in that were registered to run or walk piqued the interest of the teens who volunteered.  Allison Roberts, the Assistant Family Teacher who accompanied them, encouraged all to participate in the run/walk and offered to escort the group along the way.</p><p>When Riley Huntington, Family Home Program Director, stopped in to check on how the volunteer event was going, the kids told her they were interested in taking part in the run/walk for charity that upcoming Sunday.  Riley responded that she'd do whatever she had to do to make it happen for them.</p><p>Allison and Riley both registered, then got the youth entered as participants as well.  This meant rising early to run or walk the four-mile race event.  Everyone registered had to be in Newport for the 6:15 AM shuttle to the starting line in Jamestown. </p><p>The kids represented Boys Town New England so well with the volunteer duties they performed, which included greeting registrants and kindly getting them their race bibs and T-shirts.  Early Sunday morning, they made their ascent up Newport's scenic Pell Bridge, walking four miles for Boys Town New England.</p><p>We are so proud of our kids' volunteer efforts and their desire to support and participate in this wonderful event!<br></p>2022-10-21T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Pell Walker" src="/locations/new-england/PublishingImages/Pell-Walker.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent

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