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Keeping Kids Safe This Summer Kids Safe This Summer<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​Support Summer Camp for Kids in DC​</span></p><p>Every summer, Boys Town Washington DC conducts a summer camp that offers fun and educational experiences to local youth to keep them safe, fed and occupied for 7 hours, four days a week for seven amazing weeks.</p><p> As schools go on summer break, some children lose what they need most to stay safe and healthy…</p><ul><li>Access to regular, nutritious meals</li><li>Access to full-time supervision and a safe environment</li><li>Access to school-based mental health care</li><li>Access to social enrichment and learning opportunities​​<br><br></li></ul><p> Any one of these losses can add more stress, more trauma and more pain to already vulnerable lives. <a href=""> <strong>But you can make this summer instantly brighter by sending a child to camp!</strong></a> <br></p><p>Average cost per child for camp is $600, but any amount is greatly appreciated and will be put to good use. Please make your secure donation using the form below.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> <a class="btn theme-11" href="">Donate Today​​</a></p>​ <p>​<br></p>2023-05-26T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/keeping-kids-safe.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Employee Spotlight Spotlight<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​Meet Shana, one of our Family Centered Services Specialists. Shana has been a part of our Boys Town team since November of 2015 and is our longest standing direct care provider. Shana is our Boys Town representative for Family Treatment Court in Woodbury County and is a fantastic mentor when we have new employees join our team. Shana is great at teaching skills to families.</span></p><p><strong>Some fun facts about Shana:</strong><br>1) She is a diehard Nebraska Cornhuskers Fan, along with her husband and two boys. <br>2) She is an avid advocate and voice for Autism Awareness, which stems from her passion to support her son, Trey, who is on the spectrum.<br>3) She is a big fan of anything Disney or “Schitts Creek" related</p><p>Shana says what she enjoys most about her work is, “being in the homes with families and watching most of them learn and grow. Knowing that what I do matters even though it is not often celebrated, and my role is not always welcomed at the start. Seeing a family be successful and finding the good in horrible situations."<br></p>2023-05-19T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Shana" src="/locations/iowa/PublishingImages/Shana.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Employee Spotlight Spotlight<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​Meet Doug, our newest “On The Way Home" Supervisor, working with Juvenile Court Youth in District 5 (Des Moines Area) and District 1 (Waterloo Area). Doug helps Consultants teach parents and youth skills that aid in the youth returning home from court ordered placement. Doug was recently promoted from being an OTWH Consultant and has been with Boys Town since May of 2021. Doug is great at supporting his team, talking through situations and completing assignments in a timely manner.</span></p><p><strong>Some fun facts about Doug:</strong><br>1) He plays the bass guitar.<br>2) He loves spaghetti.<br>3) He has a 1-year-old, long-haired cat named Nahla.<br>4) He has been married for a long, long time and is expecting his first grandchild, June 21st!</p><p>Doug says what he most enjoys about his new position is the opportunity to coach and influence others to help families in need.<br></p>2023-05-19T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Doug" src="/locations/iowa/PublishingImages/Doug.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Elects the 123rd Mayor Town Elects the 123rd Mayor<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">BOYS TOWN, Neb. – Boys Town youth today elected Jafar Liebers of Lincoln, Nebraska, the 123rd Mayor of the Village of Boys Town. Abby Masonbrink was elected Vice-Mayor.  </span><span style="background-color:transparent;">​</span></p><p>Jafar Liebers is 16-years-old, and his campaign theme was: Jafar: True to Boys Town, True to You. “I want to show campus that I love Boys Town and the youth," said Liebers. “I love helping and advocating for people, I want to be a voice for campus". One goal of his as mayor is getting more attendance to the girls sporting events at Boys Town.<br></p><p>Jafar is involved in Student Council, Peer Ministry, and is the Battalion Command of the JROTC and Chief of Cadets for the Village of Boys Town Police Department. His goal is to attend Creighton University to study Business and Photography.  His Family-Teachers are Jeff and Hilary Jackson.<br></p><p>Abby Masonbrink plays for Boys Town's volleyball, softball, and swimming teams. She is also on the National Honors Society and has a role as a Peer Minister. After graduation, Abby wants to become an ultrasound tech, move to Denver, Colorado and start a family. Abby's Family-Teachers are Beki and Louie Reyes.​<br></p><p>Father Edward J. Flanagan conceived the self-government system at the Village of Boys Town in 1926 as a tool for its citizens to build character, citizenship and a sense of community. The process was made famous in the 1938 Academy Award-winning movie “Boys Town," where Mickey Rooney's portrayal of Whitey Marsh, a tough young boy who turns his life around and becomes Mayor of Boys Town.​<br></p>2023-05-11T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Mayor 2023" src="/locations/north-florida/PublishingImages/Mayoral-2023-Photo.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
In-Home Family Services Help Busy Mom Connect with Her Kids, Which Also Helps Her Business Family Services Help Busy Mom Connect with Her Kids, Which Also Helps Her Business<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​Tonya's journey with Boys Town North Florida began when her children's school-related behaviors started affecting their home life, and she realized she needed help to make a change.</span></p><p>After trying other methods without success, she accepted help from Monica and Boys Town North Florida's In-Home Family Services program. Monica's guidance not only helped Tonya's family overcome these challenges, but also played a pivotal role in Tonya's entrepreneurial journey, leading her to become a successful business owner with her American Caribbean soul food truck, Xclusive Eatz.</p><p>During their visits, Tonya shared her love for cooking, and she would serve Monica food while discussing her family's goals. Monica encouraged Tonya to start selling her food, and eventually connected her to a community event called Frenchtown Rising. Tonya's food was an instant hit.</p><p>Tonya's success in the food industry has been recognized by celebrities such as Trick Daddy, who endorses her. Tonya met Trick Daddy through her godbrother, and they are now like family.</p><p>However, before her culinary success, Tonya faced challenges with her children's behavior in school, leading to a Department of Children and Families call. Her kids were influenced by others in school, and their behaviors started making their way back into the home. Though Tonya was hesitant at first, she was willing to try In-Home Family Services.</p><p><img src="/locations/north-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/in-home-family-services-help-busy-mom-connect-with-her-kids/food.jpg" alt="food.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px 10px;" />Tonya's dedication and hard work paid off both at home and with her business.<br></p><p>Thanks to Monica's suggestions in the home, Tonya was able to adjust her children's actions. The positive results allowed Tonya to concentrate more on her business.<br></p><p>She completes catering orders for clients and cooks twice a month for Gadsden Re-entry Center. Within a few months of working with Monica, Tonya got her first food truck and is serving her food all around the Tallahassee area.</p><p>Tonya's motto is, "If you don't believe in yourself, no one else will." Thanks to her determination and the help of IHFS, Tonya's Xclusive Eatz is now thriving, and her delicious food is enjoyed by many. Consider checking out her delicious creations on Facebook or Instagram at: @XclusiveEatzTally.<br><br></p>2023-05-05T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Xclusive Eatz" src="/locations/north-florida/PublishingImages/xclusive-eats.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Hope, Help and a Bright Future for Washington, DC Family, Help and a Bright Future for Washington, DC Family<p>​​Julie needed help.<br></p><p>A difficult pregnancy caused her to lose her job of 12 years. When her mother fell ill and tragically passed away, Julie and her infant son, Christopher, lost the home the three of them had shared.  Without any other options, they moved into a one-bedroom apartment with her sister. Determined to improve their lives, Julie enrolled in classes to become a medical assistant.  </p><p>“I was working and going to school, but I wasn't making enough to afford a place to live in DC," Julie said. “I finished the Medical Assistant program and worked in a doctor's office. Then I started night school taking cosmetology classes after work."</p><p>While Julie burned the candle at both ends doing her best to provide for she and Christopher, he was having trouble at school.  </p><p>“He was having issues with behavior and attendance in first grade," she said. “One of the advisors at his school referred us to Boys Town Washington DC's Care Coordination Services."</p><p>Through this initial service, the family was also connected with a Boys Town therapist for support with her son's behavioral and speech issues. The cross-departmental team effort was so seamless and cohesive that when the school initiated an IEP process, both her Care Coordination provider and her son's Behavioral Health therapist attended the IEP meeting with her at his elementary school.  </p><p>“I was so grateful for that," Julie said. “For the whole team to show up, it showed the school that he had a solid support system. The events and activities that my son took part in with Boys Town also helped him to become less reserved. He was very shy, and the summer camp helped him open up."</p><p>When Julie received word that she had been selected for a housing program that would allow she and her son to gain a home of their own after eight years, Boys Town helped them furnish it. Christopher, now in the fourth grade, is planning an illustrious career as an educator. Julie was so moved by the impact Boys Town services had on her family that she is now a volunteer.  </p><p>“It means a lot to me," she said. “I don't know if I can ever give back as much as they have given to me, but I am going to keep trying!"</p><p>Your gift helps assure that families like Julie's have the support and the resources they need to thrive.</p><p>Can we count on your pledge today?</p><p>From all of us at Boys Town Washington DC, thank you for your generosity and your commitment to community.​<br></p><p> <a class="btn" href="" target="_blank">Make a Pledge Today!</a> </p><p>​<br>​<br><br></p>2023-05-04T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Julie" src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/BrightFuture.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Central Iowa Staff Escapes for a Team-Building Adventure Iowa Staff Escapes for a Team-Building Adventure<p></p><p>The Boys Town Central Iowa team recently put themselves on the clock for a team-building adventure at Breakout Games in Urbandale, Iowa. With only one hour to crack codes, find hidden clues, solve puzzles and more, the Central Iowa Staff had to work together, value everyone's input and be team players (almost a regular day at the office) to “escape" the themed room.</p><p>The team broke into two rooms, “Mystery Mansion" and “Operation Casino," for the hour-long escapade. The crew in the “Operation Casino" room solved the mystery and escaped with 28 seconds to spare. After all that teamwork, the group went to El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant for lunch and time to catch up with each other.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/locations/iowa/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Team-Building-Adventure-2.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:375px;" /><br></p><p>​</p>2023-05-04T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/iowa/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Team-Building-Adventure-roll.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="" src="/locations/iowa/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Team-Building-Adventure-1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Thank you for making our Inaugural Golf Tournament a success! you for making our Inaugural Golf Tournament a success!<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​​​​​​​​​It was a beautiful morning for the Boys Town Washington D.C. Inaugural Golf Tournament! From the gorgeous weather to the friendly competition – fun was had by all! Most importantly the tournament raised significant funds in support of Boys Town Washington DC's workforce development programs which empower youth throughout our region.</span></p><p>Thank you to all who attended, donated, and sponsored the event. A special thank you to our premier sponsor <a href="" target="_blank">ManTech</a>.</p><p>On behalf of the Boys Town Board of Directors, staff, and our amazing clients, thank you again for your generosity. We hope to see you again next year for our 2nd Annual Golf Tournament.</p><p>With gratitude,​​<br><span style="background-color:transparent;">Kichelle Coleman</span></p><p><span style="background-color:transparent;"><img src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/thank-you-for-making-our-inaugural-golf-tournament/DC-Golf-Tournament.jpg" alt="DC-Golf-Tournament.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></span></p>2023-05-03T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Golf Balls" src="/locations/north-florida/PublishingImages/IMG_0016.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Axe to Grind Northern Iowa Team Meet Up to Grind Northern Iowa Team Meet Up<p>The Boys Town Northern Iowa team met up at Axe to Grind in Sioux City, IA last week to enjoy food, fellowship, and fun! It was a great turn out and many tried out axe throwing for the first time!</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox" unselectable="on"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 84aa364d-b130-4ac5-befc-36a945ecc647" id="div_84aa364d-b130-4ac5-befc-36a945ecc647" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_84aa364d-b130-4ac5-befc-36a945ecc647" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div><p><br></p><br>2023-05-03T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Halff Associates Hosts Cookout for Boys Town North Florida Youth Associates Hosts Cookout for Boys Town North Florida Youth<p></p><p>Recently, Boys Town North Florida youth got treated to a backyard barbeque by a local design and engineering firm, Halff Associates. Volunteers from Halff Associates grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, and participated in games, including kickball and cornhole.</p><p>The barbecue event was the result of April Banta’s, a graphic designer at Halff, efforts to reconnect with Boys Town. Several years ago, April volunteered for an organization and saw an opportunity to involve Halff Associates nonprofit organization, Halff Community Initiative, in supporting Boys Town. She expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to give back, saying that she has “always had a big heart for helping youth that are going through hardship.”<br></p><p>Overall, the barbecue was a great success in bringing together volunteers and the Family Home Program youth. The event not only provided a fun day for the kids, but also demonstrated the power of community involvement and giving back.</p><p>Halff Associates hopes to host more events at the campus soon to raise awareness about the challenges that some youth face, and the importance of giving back to the community. “I am grateful to work for a company that encourages and facilitates giving back. Halff's financial donation, along with the Backyard BBQ, is hopefully just the beginning of how we can help.”<br></p><p>​<img src="/locations/north-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Halff-Associates-Hosts-Cookout.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>2023-05-01T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/north-florida/PublishingImages/Halff-Associates-Hosts-Cookout-roll.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="" src="/locations/north-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Halff-Associates-Hosts-Cookout-main.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent

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