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Wednesday, February 15th and Thursday, February 16th Boys Town New England Career Fair, February 15th and Thursday, February 16th Boys Town New England Career Fair<p>​​<img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/BT-New-England-Career-Fair-Ad1290x300.jpg" alt="New-England-Career-Fair.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />​<span style="background-color:transparent;"></span></p><p> <span style="background-color:transparent;">We are </span> <span style="background-color:transparent;">ex</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">panding to meet the needs of our community. Come and be part of the positive change by becoming a Boys Town New England employee!</span></p><p>We are hiring for several positions and want to interview you. Check out our available opportunities at our <strong>Career Fair on Wednesday, February 15</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> and Thursday, February 16</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong>.</strong></p><p>Available opportunities include:</p><ul><li>Supervisor Care Coordination Services</li><li>Transport Specialist/Driver<br></li><li>Care Coordination Consultant</li><li>Bilingual Care Coordination Consultant</li><li>Foster Family Services Consultant MA</li><li>Foster Family Services Supervisor</li><li>Family Home Program Clinical Supervisor</li><li>Overnight Youth Care Worker</li><li>Youth Care Worker</li><li>Family Teaching Couple</li></ul><p></p><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"> <span style="font-size:18px;background-color:transparent;">>   </span><span style="font-size:18px;background-color:transparent;">Onsite interviews for most positions</span></blockquote><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"> <span style="font-size:18px;background-color:transparent;"></span><span style="font-size:18px;"><br></span><span style="font-size:18px;background-color:transparent;">><span style="color:#00537f;font-style:italic;">   </span>Hiring B</span><span style="font-size:18px;background-color:transparent;">onus</span></blockquote><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"> <span style="font-size:18px;"><br></span><span style="background-color:transparent;font-size:18px;">><span style="color:#00537f;font-style:italic;">   </span>Great Benefits</span></blockquote><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"> <span style="font-size:18px;"><br></span><span style="background-color:transparent;font-size:18px;">><span style="color:#00537f;font-style:italic;">   </span>​Matching 401k Plan</span><br></blockquote><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"> <span style="background-color:transparent;font-size:18px;"><br></span></blockquote><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="">Learn more and see open positions here</a>.​</span></p><p> <strong>Call to reserve an interview, contact Katie Bresko at 401-835-8352 or send an email to </strong> <a href=""> <strong></strong></a><strong>.</strong></p><p> <b>Date and Location:</b><br>Wednesday, February 15, 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Providence Office | <a href="">294 W Exchange St, Providence, RI </a> <br><span style="background-color:transparent;">Thursday, February 16, 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Portsmouth Office | </span> <a href="" style="background-color:transparent;">58​ Flanagan Rd, Portsmouth, RI </a> <span style="background-color:transparent;"> </span></p>2023-02-16T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
A Rewarding Reunification Rewarding Reunification<p></p><p>Boys Town New England's Care Coordination Services Consultants advocate for youth and families to ensure that they receive appropriate services from community-based providers.  We would like to shine a light on a successful reunification.<br></p><p>Boys Town made initial contact with Danielle in February of 2022, after she lost custody of her son, due to domestic violence and substance use.  Without any family support, she felt alone and overwhelmed, and didn't know what to do or where to start her efforts to get her eight-year-old son, Andre, back. Through Boys Town's Care Coordination and Visitation Program, Danielle received intensive support from Program Consultant, Lily Rielly, who helped her to identify her strengths and areas where improvement was needed.<br></p><p>Lily persistently pushed Danielle and motivated her to attend her counseling, classes, and screenings. Lily genuinely wanted to help Danielle in her efforts to ensure that her son would be returned to her care.  “Danielle just needed reassurance that she was doing the right things and that it would all turn out," said Lily.  <br>Danielle stated “It was possible for me to improve thanks to all the resources I was given, the positive reinforcement, and things to look forward to.  I received major emotional support.  I would've been lost without Boys Town."<br>Boys Town monitored the families progress for nine months while Danielle continued in services.  She then completed Boys Town's Common Sense Parenting Classes, mental health counseling, substance use counseling, batterer's intervention, and attended toxicology screenings. <span style="background-color:transparent;"> </span></p><p>“I worked with Danielle and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families to assess and document Danielle's positive steps forward, and verbalized that Andre should be allowed to return home," said Lily.<br>In December of 2022, Andre was returned to his mother's care, and she now appreciates every moment.  “I'm proud of having custody of Andre, being sober, and obtaining a car and housing," said Danielle.  I would absolutely, one hundred percent, recommend Boys Town.  I was nervous at first, but with Boys Town, we found a rhythm and it worked for me."<br></p><p>Olivia Behrens, Director of Community Based Services states “Reunification is important because children thrive best in their natural home setting.  People deserve another chance to improve for themselves and for their children.  We all have setbacks in life, and it is important to allow parents to learn from their mistakes and help them move past them, so they can raise their children the best way they know how."</p><p>Lily credits this mother's success to her willingness to collaborate with Boys Town to resolve her problems. “I know it can be a traumatizing experience having your child removed from your custody," said Lily.  “I am proud to provide empathy and positivity when its needed.  Seeing Danielle and Andre get into a new routine, in a new home, with a new outlook on life, made everything worth it. They were always a ray of sunshine in my week, but it makes me incredibly happy to know that they're going to do just fine without me there."</p><p><span style="background-color:transparent;">B</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">oys Town's Care Coordination Program provided guidance and tools when Danielle felt frustrated and hopeless.  Today, this mother and son have a strong relationship and are on a smooth path to a positive future.</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">​</span></p><p>​</p>2023-02-03T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Danielle-Andre.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Hands to Sew and a Heart to Serve to Sew and a Heart to Serve<p><span style="background-color:transparent;">​​​​​</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">Twelve-year old, Eliza Jones, is a budding entrepreneur. After her Grandma taught her how to sew, she started her own little company, sewing and selling inspirational pillows that each include a message of encouragement. Business has been good and that's when Eliza decided she wanted to do more. Today, for every pillow she sells, she donates a pillow to Boys Town's Foster Family Services to be shared in care bags that are given to each young person entering foster care. To date, she has donated 50 pillows.</span></p><p>According to Matt Priest, Director of Boys Town's Foster Family Services, Eliza chose to work with Boys Town as her parents are currently in training to become Boys Town Foster Parents. “Eliza is such an amazing and thoughtful person," said Priest. “We include her inspirational pillows in our comfort backpacks, along with things like stuffed animals, personal hygiene products and journals. The uplifting messages that Eliza includes on each pillow provide comfort and encouragement for our kids at a time when they need it most."</p><p>On behalf of the entire Boys Town family, we thank Eliza for inspiring all of us with her kindness and caring support. ​​​​<br></p>2023-02-03T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Pawtucket Family Success Family Success<p>​​​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​​LIFT Together with Boys Town</span><sup style="background-color:transparent;">SM</sup><span style="background-color:transparent;"> has partnered with the Pawtucket School District since 2016, with the goals of strengthening schools and families, engaging parents and decreasing negative classroom behavior to support a positive school climate and culture. The service includes In-Home Family Services, which provide life-changing care to families that are struggling with their children's behaviors. Specially trained Family Consultants work with families in their own homes, helping them to improve parenting skills, create a safe, nurturing home environment and use resources in the community to solve problems on their own.</span></p><p>Eight-year-old Christopher would be pulled out of class on a weekly basis for being out of his seat, throwing things or disrupting others. His mother, Silvia, was receiving calls on a regular basis, and would have to pick him up at school.  </p><p>Silvia was referred to Boys Town New England's LIFT Together program's In-Home Family Services in September of 2022. Wendy Bravo, an In-Home Family Service consultant, worked with Sylvia in her home to strengthen her parenting skills and manage Christopher's disruptive behaviors.</p><p>“My stress level was extremely high," Silvia said. “I could not understand why Christopher's behaviors were so significant at school. I was also caring for Christopher's younger sister, and I was overwhelmed."</p><p>Wendy implemented a calm down kit strategy. This helped Christopher identify and choose an object that would help calm him down. Items he enjoyed were fidget toys.</p><p>“These are not a reward, but can help when he is disruptive," Wendy explained. “For example, in class, his time out will include a fidget toy to displace a little bit of extra energy."</p><p>She said finding Christopher ways to earn positive rewards helped his treatment.</p><p>“Christopher expressed his like of Sonic the Hedgehog," Wendy said. “I created a task chart for structure and for Christopher to earn positive incentives using the character and the color blue, representative of Sonic. The chart lists his 'to do' chores for the morning and after school. Check marks identify when a task is completed and earns him rewards like time to play a video game."</p><p>Wendy explained how she uses her observations in the home to assist the youth at school.</p><p>“Once I observe a child's behavior at home, I go to the school to talk with their teacher and assistant principal to share what I've implemented for a home routine, so that the rewards system for positive behavior is similar during classroom time," she said. </p><p>“Christopher learns more at school," Sylvia said. “I'm so proud of him. Instead of phone calls to pick-him up at school, I receive messages from his teacher giving him a good report. Today he's having a great day and passed a level and a lecture."</p><p>Sylvia, like many parents, is eager to share the success she's seen.</p><p>“Since I started working with Wendy, my stress level is much better," she said. “I've applied what I've learned and see a difference in Christopher's behavior. Using the calm down method helped tremendously. Rather than yelling when we're upset, I stop and allow each of us to calm down and then have a conversation. Due to the fact he's able to take space and calm down, he's no longer throwing things when he's upset.  He gets over things faster and I'm able to deescalate the situation. I recommend the LIFT Together with Boys Town program because it helps families."​​<br><img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/New-England-Lift-Story4.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>​<br>2023-01-27T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/New-England-Lift-Story2.1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Letter from Executive Director, Bethany Lacey from Executive Director, Bethany Lacey<p></p><p>​I hope your 2023 has started on a positive note!  </p><p>While we are grateful for the accomplishments of last year with more than 3,000 children served, we recognize the community's need to expand behavioral and mental health services. To continue our prevention and early intervention services, I would like to share the Baker Act exams historic new highs among children in Florida.  </p><p>A new report* shows more than 38,000 exams were done on kids during 2020-2021. This is an increase of 77% just in the last decade. This data further supports what we already know; that children and families in our community are desperate for help, healing, and hope.</p><p>Boys Town South Florida is positioned to respond to this crisis. We are looking forward in 2023 to growing our programs and expanding our reach so we can increase our capabilities to serve even more at-risk children and families. We have expanded our Pediatric Behavioral Health Clinic and added more Psychologists who are English/Spanish bilingual. We are hoping to expand our school-based interventions through the LIFT Together with Boys Town<sup>SM</sup> and Primary Project Program to ensure every student and their families are set up for educational success to include their social/emotional wellbeing. </p><p>We are also hoping to expand our services in Broward County to ensure we are prepared to meet that need. We can't do it alone, we rely on our supporters, donors and community partners to effect positive change and enable us to help more families. We welcome an opportunity to share more about what we are doing through our community-based programs to be a change agent in our community and ask you to consider joining us by supporting our Mission. </p><p>Sincerely,​<br></p><p> </p><p>Bethany Lacey<br><span style="background-color:transparent;">Executive Director</span></p><p>*Citation: </p><p>Christy, A., Jenkins, K., Rhode, S., Barnes, A., Bogovic, S., Deaton, L., and Dion, C. (2022). Baker Act   <br>     Reporting Center Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Report. Tampa, FL: University of South Florida, Department of  <br>     Mental Health Law and Policy, Baker Act Reporting Center.​<br></p><p>​</p>2023-01-20T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Bethany-Lacey-Photo.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Welcome to the Board of Directors, Justine Morgan to the Board of Directors, Justine Morgan<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">Justine Morgan is a native Floridian whose drive and passion shine through in her community efforts. Justine serves on the Advisory Council at Arc Broward and Canine Assisted Therapies, and she joined the Boys Town South Florida board of directors in December 2022. She appreciates the unique comprehensive approach Boys Town offers by focusing on the child at hand, but also including their entire family and involving in various spheres such as in the school, the home, and in the community. As Justine explains it well, “If we want strong and resilient communities, we need to invest in families."</span></p><p>Boys Town South Florida is beyond fortunate to have Justine join our Board of Directors and is excited to jointly expand the organization's presence and elevate awareness of the preventive and early intervention services offered in Broward County. <br></p><p>Justine has a background in Business Administration in Marketing and Management from Florida Atlantic University. She is the Vice President, Capital and Community Relations for Habitat for Humanity of Broward, where she is responsible for developing the private and public partnerships critical to leading Broward County through the affordable housing crisis. <br></p><p>Fun Facts about Justine:</p><ul><li><span style="background-color:transparent;">H</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">as </span><span style="background-color:transparent;">a six-year-old mastiff named Chewy that weighs more than her</span></li><li>For fun, she rides horses and trains in hunter/jumper discipline </li><li>Loves reading and learning about the Civil War and visiting historic battlefields<br></li></ul><p>Favorite Quote: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." (Charles R. Swindoll, Pastor, Author, Educator)​<br><br></p>2023-01-20T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Justine-Morgan.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Spotlight: In-Home Family Services In-Home Family Services<p></p><p>Adriana was a troubled teenager that had fits of rage that would exacerbate to the point of having her parents Baker Act their daughter on two separate occasions. Hospital staff informed Adriana's parents that the uncontrolled eruptions of anger were used as a form of manipulation. But also, a behavior that was learned from her parents since both worsen the situation by demonstrating their frustration to Adriana. It was a vicious cycle of anger where Adriana's behavior would trigger a stress response in her parents, in which they would react in outrage which then would lead Adriana to increase her stance of defiance even more. <br><span style="background-color:transparent;"><br>It was a nonstop cycle of miscommunication and unchecked negative reactions between Adriana and her parents. When Claudia, our In-Home Family Services Consultant stepped in, she implemented the Boys Town's Model which focuses on helping the child by also engaging the whole family, including parental empowerment, and parenting skills to help provide clear expectations and positive discipline approach. By identifying resources that ease the family's specific stressors, the family was then able to build on their strengths to have a better foundation. The whole family started to see a positive change through the following methods:</span><br></p><ul><li>Implementing strategies that reinforced Adriana's positive behavior </li><li>Effective communication techniques that avoided disruptions on both sides </li><li>Developing habits of self-reflection to evaluate if past experience is impacting parenting skills</li><li>Building healthy coping skills </li></ul><p> <br>All these learned skills and guidance from the Family Consultant were critical for the parents and daughter to work on improving their relationships with one another. After a few weeks of the program, Adriana started to attend school regularly, being able to express herself in a calm manner, and learning to remove herself from stressful situations to reflect on the discussion at hand.</p><p>Today, Adriana has even picked up basketball as a hobby, which brought her closer to her father as they go outside to burn off some steam. Our evidence-based In-Home Family Services, delivered by our staff in partnership with the family, not only helped Adriana learn about self-control and coping skills, but it also gave her parents the tools needed to become better communicators, emotionally supportive of their daughter with healthy family routines. Adriana's transformation is evidence of a positive change that took place within the whole family. ​<br></p><p><br></p>2023-01-20T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/IHFS.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Thank you for Teaching Love with Boys Town you for Teaching Love with Boys Town<p>​On Tuesday, November 15, 2022, we kicked off our <em>Teach Love Giving Tuesday Campaign</em> with cheering, maracas, cow bells and all the enthusiasm in the world. Our youngest champion, Zoey Lacey, started right away and was able to raise 1/3 of her goal within the hour after kick-off! From there, the momentum just continued to build and together we have been able to raise a total of $18,268.00! This would not have been possible without our champions and their family members, co-workers, civic groups and church members, etc., who decided to support the mission the champions stand for. We at Boys Town South Florida can see how palpable the generosity has been in the past Giving Tuesday seasons, and we are grateful. Your donations go directly to preventative and early intervention services and programs we deliver to children and families of South Florida.  Thanks for Teaching Love with Boys Town! ​​</p>2023-01-20T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Teach-Love-Newsletter.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Jaxson Hayes Holiday Surprise for Boys Town Families Hayes Holiday Surprise for Boys Town Families<p>​​New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes surprised families at the Behrman Boys Town on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, delivering Christmas gifts with teammates Dyson Daniels and EJ Liddell. Check out all of the photos on <a href=""></a>​​​<br></p>2023-01-13T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/louisiana/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Jason-Hayes.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
South FL Torres Family Success Story FL Torres Family Success Story<p>​<strong style="background-color:transparent;">Boys Town South Florida and Palm Beach County Community Helps Local Family Realize Christmas Miracle</strong></p><p>For Nelson Torres and his family, facing a challenge is nothing new. But sometimes those challenges are just too much to face alone.<br></p><p>Thanks to Boys Town South Florida and Care Coordination Consultant Brittany Paxton, the Torres family has a partner on the road to recovery.<br></p><p>Like so many across the country, Nelson lost his job during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the family lost their savings and dreams to one day purchase their own home. They had to bounce from hotels to family members' homes before finding a house, which they rented.<br></p><p>Nelson was able to find work, and he moved from a custodial position to that of a veterinary technician. He enjoys his job but works long hours compounded because without a vehicle, he must walk to and from work each day. Even with his job, it was difficult to make ends meet.<br></p><p>This past September, the family's landlord chose not to accept their attempt to budget and pay their rent and is now pursuing eviction. This development is devastating to Nelson and his wife, Raysa, especially considering their circumstances.<br></p><p>The couple is raising four children – their two daughters, a son, and their niece. Raysa and two of the children suffer with a devastating medical condition called Neurofibromatosis type 2, which causes tumors to grow along the nerves of the body. These tumors must be surgically removed and often lead to other serious issues such as hearing loss and facial weakness or paralysis. People with Neurofibromatosis type 2 may end up needing a wheelchair or another device to support their mobility.<br></p><p>Raysa lost her hearing after her last surgery. Due to the ongoing nature of the illness, she was unable to work. The parents have also had to watch their two children with the disease endure multiple surgeries. There have been brain surgeries and major spinal surgeries to remove tumors. The complications led to the children switching from a typical school setting to home school, where Raysa oversees their education. To get to their medical appointments and procedures, the family must arrange transport through Medicaid, which does not always work out as planned. For the oldest child's last surgery (an operation to remove tumors from her brain), the medical transport fell through, and the family was forced to spend a considerable amount of money on an Uber ride. <br></p><p>The family seemed to be facing a monumental battle. The stress Nelson and Raysa were under was unbelievable.<br></p><p>That's when they turned to Boys Town South Florida for help and Paxton was assigned to work with the family.<br></p><p>“I quickly learned just how special this family was," Paxton said. “No matter what they are going through, these family members supported and looked out for one another."<br></p><p>Raysa and Nelson would gush about their children and the things that make them special. They championed their goals and interests. The love they have for one another was palpable. Brittany quickly realized how critical their need was for a stable home and a reliable vehicle. A home would provide them safety, comfort, and health. A car would ensure they are able to get to their medical appointments, hospital stays, school, and work.<br></p><p>For a family that has been through so much, taking this burden off them would be the very least of what they deserve.<br></p><p>Paxton nominated the family for the Palm Beach Post's Season to Share campaign. Money raised by the newspaper goes to help selected struggling families and the organizations in their community that serve them. The family was selected to be featured and their story was published. An outpouring of community support came in.​<br></p><p>Through generous community donors the family received stable housing, a car, and $31,000 in monetary gifts. Boys Town South Florida was also a recipient of a $5,000 award to support its Mission.<br></p><p> “We are so thankful for the Palm Beach County Post's Season to Share campaign and the Palm Beach County community who pulled together to help this amazing family have a Christmas miracle," said Boys Town South Florida Executive Director Bethany Lacey.</p><p><img src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Torres-Family4.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>2023-01-11T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Torres-Family1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent

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