Nadia Islam

Welcome New Board Member: Nadia Islam

Why did you become involved with Boys Town South Florida?

  • I first heard of Boys Town South Florida through their Executive Director Bethany Lacey, who was a member of my Leadership Palm Beach Class in 2023. I was interested in a non-profit that was actively delivering mental health services to vulnerable and at-risk populations, especially at home, in a post-covid world where so many of children’s needs have been abandoned.

What do you wish other people knew about Boys Town?

  • Boys Town serves the most at-risk youth and families in the region, but it also provides much needed therapy services to all families who are trying to provide mental health services for their children, but are limited by insurance constraints. Anyone using insurance can receive therapy and other mental health services at Boys Town and know that they are receiving quality care in the hands of highly educated, compassionate professionals, who are driven to serve their community, rather than enhancing profitability.

What is your favorite program/service that Boys Town South Florida provides?

  • This is a personal choice, but family group therapy through their Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic is such an exceptional tool. When families go through difficult and life altering transitions, such as death or divorce, gently guided conversations in the presence of a compassionate mental health professional can be the difference between growth or regression. It was an absolute blessing for my family as we went through a difficult period.

What will others be surprised to know about you?

  • I think people are surprised to find that I love the cold and the mountains and I am not particularly fond of the ocean or the warm weather.

Favorite Quote:

  • “And still, after all this time, the Sun never says to the Earth, you owe me. Look what happens with a love like that. It lights up the whole sky” - Hafiz