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Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Charitable Partners announced for the 2019 Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Charitable Partners announced for the 2019 Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run <p>​<em></em><a href="https://whatsupnewp.com/2019/08/charitable-partners-announced-for-the-2019-citizens-bank-pell-bridge-run/" target="_blank"><em>This article was posted on whatsupnewp.com on August 13, 2019.</em></a></p><p>The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Foundation has announced their charitable partners for the 2019 Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run. This year's list includes 35 charities from Rhode Island and the surrounding area. To date, the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run and the RITB Foundation have donated close to $700,000 to non-profits through this event. In 2018 alone, the event raised a combined total of $160,000 for nonprofits, between direct Foundation grants and fundraising by charities and teams. The event is produced by local event management company Gray Matter Marketing and has won the "Best of Newport" award for three years in a row under the charitable event category.</p><p>"We're proud to continue our partnership with the RITB Foundation, Citizens Bank and all of our local sponsors in producing this excellent event," says Matt Gray, President of Gray Matter Marketing in a press release. "Each year, the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run continues to get better and better, from larger charitable impact to more participants. It's inspiring to watch runners and walkers come together to support these great causes, and to celebrate the iconic Newport Pell Bridge's 50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary year."</p><p>"Boys Town New England is honored to have been chosen as a charity partner for the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run, especially in the 50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary year," says Elizabeth Rose, Donor Relations Specialist at Boys Town New England in a prepared statement. "We are looking forward to bringing our youth, team and supporters together for a fun race weekend, and we are grateful for the opportunity to use this event to build a bridge with our local community and share more about the work we are doing to help children and families right here on Aquidneck Island."</p><p>"Girls on the Run RI is very excited to be a community partner for this year's Citizen's Bank Pell Bridge Run," says Jacklyn O'Hara, Executive Director at Girls on the Run Rhode Island in a prepared statement. "As a young women's empowerment program that uses running to build confidence in our girls, we are always excited to be part of the larger running community in the state. Being a community partner will help us leverage funds and awareness to continue to create access for all girls in our program."</p><p>The 4-mile run/walk on October 20th, 2019 takes pedestrians from Jamestown to Newport, Rhode Island over the iconic Newport Pell Bridge. This year's Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run is a proud part of the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary celebrations for the bridge.</p><p>Starting at 5:30 AM on October 20<sup>th</sup>, runners and walkers will be shuttled from the Newport Visitors Center to the race start line in Jamestown. Participants will be assigned to specific shuttle times. The race itself will begin at 7:15 AM, with participants broken into waves based on pace. Runners and walkers will follow a course on and over the bridge, taking in the sunrise and the stunning fall vistas that the run/walk is known for. They'll finally descend from the bridge on to Farewell Street, finishing back at the Visitors Center on America's Cup Avenue.</p><p>The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Foundation grants funds to local and regional organizations with the proceeds generated the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run. The Foundation partners with local communities and nonprofit organizations that positively impact the lives of Rhode Islanders, and charities are chosen by the Foundation's committee after an open application period.</p><p>Registration for runners and walkers is open at <a href="http://www.pellbridgerun.com/" target="_blank">www.pellbridgerun.com</a>. Local businesses interested in event sponsorship can reach out to <a href="mailto:info@graymattermarketing.com">info@graymattermarketing.com</a> for information.</p><p>Charitable Beneficiaries for the 2019 Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run:</p><table class="ms-rteTable-0" width="100%" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:50%;">​<span>C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;">​<span>Salvation Army</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Boys Scouts, Troop 1 Jamestown</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Special Olympics</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Sojourner House</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>March of Dimes</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Newport County YMCA</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Girls on the Run</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Jamestown Cub Scouts Pack 1</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Susan G. Komen</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Samaritans</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Rotary Club of Jamestown RI</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Lucy's Hearth</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Fanconi Anemia Research Fund</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Boys and Girls Club of Newport County</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Child and Family Services</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Day One</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Boys Town New England</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Payton Elizebeth Watson Memorial Foundation</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Middletown Youth Football and Cheerleading</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Looking Upwards</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Clean Ocean Access</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Star Kids</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Hasbro Childrens Hospital-Cystic Fibrosis Unit</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Daffodillion</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Womens Resource Center</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Honor Mae Muenier Trust</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Jamestown Historical Society</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Sail to Prevail</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Rogers High School Athletic Boosters Club</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Newport Gulls</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>A Wish Come True</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Ocean State Waves</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableFooterRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableFooterEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableFooterOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​</td></tr></tbody></table>2019-08-19T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Photo Credit: Clancy Creative/Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run." src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/BridgeRun.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />New England;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Adoption Brings Happy Ending to Girl’s Search for Forever Family Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Adoption Brings Happy Ending to Girl’s Search for Forever Family <p>Persian was an 11-year-old girl who desperately wanted a family of her own.</p><p>Patrick and Brennen Cannon were a couple who were ready to open their home and their hearts to a child who needed love and guidance.</p><p>Thanks to Boys Town North Florida's help, Persian now calls Patrick and Brennen "Dad" and "Mom."</p><p>Rewind to several years ago. Persian had come to Boys Town North Florida as a foster child. She had been through three unsuccessful adoptions, partly due to problems in those families and partly because of her behavioral issues, which included not following instructions and not being able to express her feelings appropriately. These difficulties also had hurt Persian's progress in school.</p><p>In her Boys Town Family Home, Persian had bonded with her Family-Teachers<sup>®</sup>, the trained married couple who cared for and taught skills to her and other girls in the residence. This was important because when Patrick and Brennen entered the picture as possible adoptive parents for Persian, the Family-Teachers immediately began mentoring them on how to address and teach to her behaviors. </p><p>The Cannons, from the very beginning, were both engaged and willing to do whatever was required to adopt Persian and provide her with the home, love and structure she needed. They even took Boys Town foster care classes in order to become licensed therapeutic foster parents and use all the strategies Boys Town uses with the youth in its care, as well as received the ongoing support needed by consultants in this program.     </p><p>At first, Persian expressed interest in being adopted by the Cannons, but also would say she was "not ready for that yet." However, in March 2018, she moved in with Brennen and Patrick to prepare for that big event. After just a few weeks in her new home, she fell in love with the couple and began to call them "Mom" and "Dad."</p><p>On August 9, 2018, Persian was formally adopted by the Cannons. The little girl who had waited so long had finally found her forever family.</p><p>Today, Persian is friends with the kids in her new neighborhood and has gotten to know many other members of the Cannons' extended family. She still has some difficulty expressing her feelings, and Patrick and Brennen continue to work with her on using skills like having empathy and compromising. But whatever happens, the bond they share helps them get through it together as a loving family.   </p><p>"With the addition of Persian, our family has become complete," Brennen said. "She is energetic, kind and smart. We can't imagine our lives without her."</p>2019-08-06T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/north-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/P.Cannon-Photo-3.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />North Florida;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Tyson Foods Interns Gain Experience at Boys Town Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Tyson Foods Interns Gain Experience at Boys Town <p>This summer Boys Town Iowa hosted two interns from the Tyson Foods Summer Community Internship Program - Caitlin Makovicka from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and Katie Gruhn from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.</p><p>This program provides full-time college students an eight-week paid summer internship to assist community organizations and gain experience with diverse social issues. Tyson Foods is underwriting the program in the Chicago area and in Sioux City, Storm Lake and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Campus Compact affiliates in Iowa and Illinois are overseeing and administering the program.</p><p>Caitlin is a junior majoring in social and behavioral science with a second major in general business. During the internship she shadowed Giannella Witt, In-Home Family Services<sup>® </sup>(IHFS) Consultant, Boys Town Iowa.</p><p>"I chose the career path of social work because I have a strong interest of helping people and making everyone feel loved and that they have a purpose," said Caitlin. "The social work field is a flexible career that gives me the opportunity to work in different environments and with different people.  Social work allows me to make a difference in my community."</p><p>Caitlin reflected on how the people she has met through this internship with Boys Town has been the most enjoyable part for her.</p><p>"From the first day that I started, my supervisor, Jenni DeBoer, and In-Home Family Consultant, Giannella Witt, have made me feel like I am part of the Boys Town family and not just an intern," said Caitlin. "The other members of the Boys Town team have also been very friendly and fun to get to know throughout the summer."</p><img src="/locations/iowa/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Tyson-Foods-Interns-Gain-Experience-at-Boys-Town/tyson2.jpg" alt="https://beacon.boystown.org/news/PublishingImages/Article-Thumb/Intern_Katie.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px 10px;width:190px;height:254px;" /><p>The other intern, Katie, is a sophomore majoring in social work. She chose this path because she wanted a career that gave her purpose. This summer she was mentored by IHFS consultant Tammy Russell.</p><p>During this internship, Katie has experienced firsthand just how rewarding a career in social services can be.</p><p>"The most enjoyable part of the internship was when I was able to witness families reuniting. Boys Town's focus is on the reunification of families and keeping kids in their homes. That may not always be possible, but when it is and it works it's an amazing feeling," said Katie.</p><p>The Tyson interns are right alongside with their Consultant in the field gaining perspective and skills they will need when they enter the field themselves. Along with learning new skills, interns at Boys Town also have the opportunity to learn about other services to address areas such as mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence.  Some additional experiences include attending court hearings, family treatment court, family staffing, internal and community training, and family team meetings. </p><p>"I think Boys Town is a great place for the Tyson interns to gain experience as it gives these students a chance to be immersed in the position of an In-Home Family Services (IHFS) Consultant," said Jennifer DeBoer, Supervisor In-Home Family Services, Boys Town Iowa.</p><p>When asked what this internships has taught them both Caitlin and Katie mentioned how they have been able to see what the day-to-day operation of social work looks like and they can now use what they are learning in school and apply it to the real world.</p><p>"The experiences help to give a broader understanding of the work being completed and how their course work is put to use. This experience helps both the intern and our organization network for the present and future," said Gina Bullard, Supervisor IHFS, Boys Town Iowa. "The internship is a fantastic way to build relationships for future quality employees."<br></p>2019-08-01T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Tyson Foods" src="/locations/iowa/PublishingImages/tyson.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Iowa;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town License Plate Available! Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town License Plate Available! <p>We’re excited to announce that an official “Boys Town” license plate has been approved by the state of Nebraska and is available to order! The specialty license plate design features Boys Town’s historic pylon statue that served as a landmark for so many youth making their way to the famous home. </p><p>Boys Town needs 250 individuals to complete the Department of Motor Vehicles application and pre-pay before the plates will be made and available to the public through the DMV as a specialty plate option. The cost is $70.</p><p>Once we have 250 completed applications, Boys Town will write one check and send everything to the state to begin the plate’s creation. If we do not reach our goal by December 31, 2019, your money will be refunded.</p><p>If you are interested in having a Boys Town license plate for your vehicle, please:</p><ol><li>Fill out the <a href="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/Documents/DMV_Application.pdf" target="_blank">DMV application</a></li><li>Stop into the Gift Shop to pay $70 via check, cash or credit card during normal business hours.</li><li><a href="https://boystowngifts.org/collections/new-arrivals/products/boys-town-license-plate" target="_blank">Shop and pay online</a> at your convenience!</li><li>Please send your completed DMV application to: <br> Melissa Farris, Marketing <br> Boys Town National Headquarters <br> 14100 Crawford St <br> Boys Town, NE 68010</li></ol><p>Take your support to the streets for Boys Town! Add your name to the list today!</p><p>If you have any questions, please review our <a href="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/Documents/Boys_Town_License_Plate_FAQs.pdf" target="_blank">FAQs</a> or contact Melissa Farris at <a href="mailto:melissa.farris@boystown.org">melissa.farris@boystown.org</a>.</p>2019-07-30T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/bt-plate.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Effort to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestone Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Effort to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestone <p>​The effort to have Servant of God Father Edward J. Flanagan canonized a saint took a step forward today with the presentation of the Positio to Congregation for the Causes of Saints, along with a letter of support from Archbishop George Lucas.<br><br><a href="https://www.omaha.com/news/metro/effort-to-canonize-boys-town-founder-edward-flanagan-reaches-key/article_abb43a73-7e5c-59aa-a62e-a7b67a0b4af1.html?fbclid=IwAR3a4lPKoGHPBfp9iCfbcb_biLC0dMs6kY0E3ps6Z05RTHb1myqLaIsyB0U" target="_blank">Read more in this article</a> published by the Omaha World-Herald on July 22, 2019. <br></p>2019-07-30T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/about/PublishingImages/flanagan.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/canonization.jpg" width="300" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />All;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Visits Boys Town North Florida Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Visits Boys Town North Florida <p>​On Wednesday, July 3, the Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, Chad Poppell and his Assistant Secretary of Child Welfare, Patty Medlock visited the Boys Town North Florida site. </p><p>At the North Florida site Poppell and Medlock met with Marcus Lampkin, Executive Director, Boys Town North Florida; Greg Zbylut, Executive Director, Boys Town Central Florida; Tyler Tuszynski, Boys Town Director, State Advocacy and Public Policy; and Anne Martin, Boys Town North Florida Board Chair. </p><p>Poppell and Medlock had the opportunity to tour the North Florida site where they visited a Family Home and got the chance to talk to some of the youth living in the home. The visit also gave Boys Town leadership the availability to have a great discussion with the Secretary and his assistant on all of the services that Boys Town provides to the community to help children and families.</p><p>Poppell was very interested in Boys Town Central Florida's Intervention and Assessment program, as 'cross-over' or 'hard placement' kids with juvenile justice histories are a particular area of focus right now in Florida. </p><p>On June 6, the Administration for Children and Families informed states that they will be able to name prevention services in their state plans. Due to this fact Poppell was very interested in learning about Boys Town's long history and evidence-supported programs such as In-Home Family Services, Common Sense Parenting<sup>®</sup> and On the Way Home<sup>®</sup>.  </p><p>"Advocacy and Public Policy are working with the Boys Town Florida sites to influence our local lead agencies as well as the Departments of Children and Families and Juvenile Justice on viewing Boys Town as a leader in quality care for children and families," said Tyler Tuszynski.</p><p>In the state of Florida, Boys Town has several employees working on a multitude of topics including Residential Group Care, Family First Prevention Services Act implementation and Legislative issues in partnership with Florida's largest child welfare advocacy group, the Florida Coalition for Children.</p><p>These are some of the positive moves being made in Florida to benefit the children and families of the state. Thank you to the employees at the Boys Town North Florida and Central Florida sites and Advocacy and Public Policy who are making a direct impact on the work being done there. </p><div class="hidden-gal"> <a title="Group" class="image-group cboxElement" href="/locations/north-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/group.jpg">image 1</a> </div>2019-07-23T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Chad Poppell" src="/locations/north-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Chad.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />North Florida;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Aces for Boys Town New England Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Aces for Boys Town New England <p>Boys Town New England was chosen by the International Tennis Hall of Fame as one of 10 local non-profits to receive donations from the "Aces for Rhode Island" initiative at their 2019 Hall of Fame Open. </p><p>"The opportunity to be a charity partner for the International Tennis Hall of Fame's 'Aces for Rhode Island' provides us incredible exposure at a nationally recognized tennis tournament. Not only does this give us the chance to spread awareness of the great work we do for local children and families, but it provides our youth a chance to get involved as well," said Amanda Baker, Development Director, Boys Town New England. </p><p>On July 16, two world-renowned tennis players, Zhang Ze and Gong Maoxin of China, visited the Boys Town New England campus and conducted a mini-clinic to teach our youth how to play tennis.</p><p>Boys Town Assistant-Family<sup>®</sup> Teacher, Amaury Tavarez, shared how one of the youth thought it was "awesome to learn a new sport from a professional athlete''. Which Amaury thought was incredible to hear from a child who normally doesn't like outdoor activities. </p><p>"This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience we could not have offered without the Hall of Fame's support," said Amanda. "It was wonderful to get our kids, none of whom have ever played or knew much about the sport, out of their comfort zone learning something new. After this experience it looks like we might have some budding tennis players here at Boys Town New England." </p><p>The youth who attended the mini-clinic were invited out to watch Zhang Ze and Gong Maoxin's second match on Thursday, July 18.</p><p>Every ace scored in the tennis tournament will result in raising funds for local non-profits, including Boys Town New England.  Aces for Rhode Island is a community initiative that uses the Open as a vehicle to raise funds to support important local causes.</p><p>The pledges start at a minimum of 5 cents per every ace served, with the option for the donors to give a higher amount. It is expected that there will be approximately 350 aces during the tournament. Those pledging can choose to have their funds from the aces go to their charity of choice from the ten participating non-profits, or have the contributions split equally among all of them.</p><p>The participating non-profits offer programs and services that align with the work of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, whether it's enhancing children's lives, promoting active/healthy lifestyles or education. </p><p>Boys Town New England extends a huge thank you to the International Tennis Hall of Fame for choosing us as one of your non-profits in the "Aces for Rhode Island" initiative this year. We appreciate the special experience that our youth got to partake in and your aid in helping us raise funds to continue saving children and healing families in the local community. <br></p><p>​</p>2019-07-19T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Tennis" src="/locations/new-england/PublishingImages/BannerPhoto.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />New England;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Finding Her Future: McKenna's StoryFinding Her Future: McKenna's Story<p>Entering high school, McKenna felt lost and broken. She intentionally defied her family and continued to make bad decisions. Her issues grew beyond what her family could manage so they reached out to Boys Town for help. At Boys Town, McKenna learned the tools and the confidence she needed to turn her life around. She graduated from high school and will enter college with a full-ride scholarship. More importantly, her relationship with her family has never been stronger.</p>2019-07-17T05:00:00ZNewsSouth Florida;#NewsEventAltLink
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Youth and Volunteers Spend a Day Planting Seeds of Hope Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Youth and Volunteers Spend a Day Planting Seeds of Hope <p>The poet Alfred Austin once said, <em>"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul."</em> </p><p>This sentiment was on full display during the 13<sup>th</sup> annual Boys Town Washington DC's "Planting Seeds of Hope" event, which took place June 1 on the site's eight-acre campus.   </p><p>"It was great to see our kids work alongside our board members, donors and corporate sponsors and build connections with each other," said Wesley Tomlinson, Development Coordinator for Boys Town Washington DC. "The kids are able to use the skills they learned at Boys Town in a unique way with new people, while also joking around with and learning about one another."</p><p>Volunteers joined youth and staff to help plant, hoe gardens, and landscape and beautify the campus grounds. They also planted flowers around each of the five Family Homes.</p><p>The volunteers and kids started off the day by taking a group picture. Then they broke into teams. One group went to plant the tomato garden. Another went to till the main garden and plant seeds and other starter vegetables. The third group went to the herb boxes and tilled and planted herbs. After that, the groups put mulch down, did some weeding and planted flowers.</p><p>"We are lucky to have a great partner, the Ritz Carlton, and they donate all the fruits, vegetables and flowers we plant on campus," said Tomlinson. "Also, we were excited this year to have some of our other corporate sponsors attend the event and participate, including MCN Build, Turner Construction and Marriott."</p><p>The volunteers from those companies worked side-by-side with the kids from the Family Home Program and some families served through Care Coordination Services. </p><p>The day wrapped up with a barbeque for all those who participated.   </p><p>"It's neat to see the kids learning about gardening and planting from people who really enjoy those activities," Tomlinson said. "Most kids have never planted before, and it's amazing to see their reactions when they go out later at harvest time with their Family-Teachers<sup>®</sup> and see the results of their efforts."</p><p>And the volunteers enjoyed the day, too. "They loved teaching the kids about planting and gardening," Tomlinson said. "Many of them are really invested and asked us to send pictures so they could see the progress of the garden unfold."    </p>2019-07-02T05:00:00ZNewsWashington DC;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Louisiana Welcomes Brandi Nye, Board Chair Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Louisiana Welcomes Brandi Nye, Board Chair <p>Boys Town Louisiana is pleased to welcome Brandi Nye as Boys Town Louisiana's Board Chair, effective this month. Brandi succeeds Timothy Thomas, who has served as Chair since July 2017. </p><p>Brandi is employed by Entergy as an Innovation Architect. A Boys Town Louisiana Board member since 2015, Brandi is thrilled to help lead an organization that is dear to her heart.  </p><p>"When I reflect on the impact that Boys Town makes in the lives of those we serve, one story from a Boys Town alumna immediately comes to mind. This alumna, as a child, had been in and out of dozens of foster homes that never seemed to work out, with her usually running away. Eventually, she found her way to Boys Town and to the first home that she never felt she had to run away from. When I asked her what made Boys Town a different experience, she recalled that when you enter most foster homes, the introduction is, 'Welcome to our home.' But when she entered a Boys Town home as a new youth, she vividly remembers being greeted with, 'Welcome to your home.'<br></p>2019-07-02T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Brandi Nye" src="/locations/louisiana/PublishingImages/BrandiNye.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Louisiana;#text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent

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