Spring 2018 Newsletter

Spring 2018 Newsletter Boysville

By the time Diamond was 15, he had already attended 16 schools. He was behind academically. He had become frustrated with his situation. He needed a glimmer of hope.

Read our Spring 2018 newsletter and learn how Diamond found Boysville and how we were able to provide a safe, family-friendly environment for him to become a responsible adult!

Spring 2018 Newsletter

Diamond in the Rough

 

By the time Diamond was 15, he had already attended 16 schools.  He was behind academically.  He had become frustrated with his situation.  He needed a glimmer of hope.  Hope came when he found Boysville.

“My mother was a young mother with no real support system, so she made the best with what she could.” said Diamond.  “My dad was incarcerated when I was young.”

When Diamond arrived in the shelter at age 15, he had already been written off by the system that was supposed to save him.

“Boysville offered stability,” said Diamond.  “I started my sophomore year living at Boysville.  I had the opportunity to grow…knowing I was going to eat three meals a day plus two snacks, knowing that my clothes were going to be washed and knowing that I had clothes.”

At Boysville, he was surprised to have so many adults want him to succeed.  As he was behind academically, Boysville provided tutoring, as well as enrolled him into an evening credit recovery class so he could graduate on time.

“Boysville really is like a family,” said Diamond.  He saw that the staff was really committed to his own personal development and growth.  “To have people actually believe in you and want the best for you and who could see the best in you…I flourished.”

Diamond graduated and began his college career.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist in 2008.  An entrepreneur, businessman and artist, Diamond currently owns and manages, L.e.d. Ninja Room Design.

Even more important than graduating from college is Diamond’s commitment to his family.  He has been married to Monica for 12 years and has three children.

Diamond continues to give back to Boysville.  He provides guidance to the youth living at Boysville.  “I’ve mentored over 20 young men who lived at Boysville,” said Diamond.  He shares his story with them to show that by making the right choices and taking advantage of the support system, they can be successful in life.

Boysville Welcomes the 2018 Board of Directors

The Boysville Board of Directors kicked off the New Year with a new slate of leaders.  Daniel Lasater, senior vice president with Texas Capital Bank accepted the gavel from outgoing president, David Angulo, law partner for GCAK, Inc.  Lasater praised Angulo for his yearlong commitment to leadership over the 75-year-old agency.

Paula Tucker with David Angulo, Board President 2017

Joining Lasater on the leadership committee:  Nicholas Valenti, an investment advisor for Platinum Wealth Services will serve as vice president; Scott Matlock, senior vice president for Broadway Bank will serve as treasurer and Chad Lewis, sales representative for Stryker, Corp will serve as secretary.

David Angulo with Daniel Lasater, Board President 2018

New members on the board include Mae Escobar, owner of aMAEzing events and Shirley Sharon, vice president with Frost.

The Boysville board includes:

Brandon Arceneaux (Reeltime Partner, LLC); Ted Cleveland (EFI Global, Inc.); Ben Crawford (Rush Enterprises, Inc.); Mae Escobar (aMAEzing Marketing Group, LLC); John Hanna (Texas State Farm); David Luschen (City Public Service); Casandra Matej (Visit San Antonio); Richard O’Neil (Davison, Troilo, Ream, & Garza); Chad Ogden (Center for Disease Detection, LLC); John Robb (Frost); Vaughan Ruple (   Edward Jones Investments); Sharon Shirley (Frost); Tom Shank (Pfizer Innovative Health); Cathy Smith (Synergy Media & Advertising); Ray Stadler (Stadler Custom Homes); Kathryn Stohr (Boysville Auxiliary & Thrift Store); Mike Yantis (Yantis Company).

 

Board Retreat 2018

The board attended a half-day retreat to discuss the strategic plan for Boysville and goals for 2018.

Boysville, Inc., established in 1943, began as a home for orphaned boys.  Today, Boysville cares for boys and girls, birth through 23, who cannot remain in their home due to abuse, neglect, and abandonment.  Boysville’s mission is to provide a safe, family environment for children in need so that they may become responsible adults.

2017 Annual Report

In 2017, Boysville cared for over 330 children in our on and off-campus programs.  Check out our annual report for more information.

 

 2017 Annual Report Final

Over The Edge

Over The Edge Charity Rappelling Event San Antonio | Boysville Inc.

Boysville, in collaboration with Over the Edge Global and Marriott RiverCenter Hotel, brings an unforgettable experience to San Antonio! A Two-Day Urban Rappelling Fundraising Event benefiting the children of Boysville. This adrenaline-packed signature rappelling event, April 6-7, 2018, is designed for individuals or teams and requires no pre-training regimen. The ideal “Edger” is any man, woman, or child (with waiver) who is 16 or older and who raises $1,000 for the kids of Boysville.

You Can Give Hope for a Better Tomorrow

By the end of this year, over 300 children will call Boysville home. With your help, they will have the childhood they deserve.

Big Man On Campus

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Tyrese holds the record for the fastest completion of a Rubik’s cube on campus. It only takes him 34 seconds and he can easily do it blindfolded. Tyrese gives us one of his signature smiles as he is showing us just one of his many skills.

At 18, Tyrese is an easy going young man. Always smiling and he always has a story to tell. Since he arrived with his siblings five years ago, he has been brightening our daily life with jokes and laughter. As one of the senior boys on campus, Tyrese is often looked to as a big brother and a role model with good reason; he knows how to be a success.

At 16, Tyrese began working at Bill Miller’s with the goal in mind to save for his first car. Since then, he has combined those earnings with the allowance he receives from Boysville to purchase his first car. But first, he had to get his driver’s license. Recently Tyrese finished his driving requirements, with the help of his brave mentor, and now has his license and a car.

At one point, Tyrese was moved from Boysville to a foster home in the community. His case manager thought it would be a good fit for him.

“I knew as soon as I got there that I needed to go back to Boysville,” said Tyrese. He found that it was not as supportive and caring as Boysville. Ultimately, he called Paula Tucker, Boysville’s CEO and asked to come back.

“Tyrese is a smart young man,” said Paula. “All children should be find permanency in the community. Unfortunately, sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Tyrese advocated for himself to come back to Boysville. He called me directly and, of course, I said he could come back. He is thriving here.”

Now a Senior in high school. Tyrese is ready to start tackling the responsibility of adulthood.

“I wanted to get acclimated. I’m an adult now, and I wanted to start living with those responsibilities,” said Tyrese.

Tyrese has moved into our Supervised Independent Living Program. This program allows, youth to continue living at Boysville while attending school rather than aging out of the system. He is now responsible for managing his own time between school, work, and his responsibilities at home.

“It’s challenging, but if you can multitask and prioritize, it’s easy,” said Tyrese. “For instance, if I’m tired, I know it’s my responsibility to make sure I get up and go to school.”

Tyrese regularly challenges himself at school. He participates in DECA, a student organization that prepares young adults for career and college readiness through community oriented marketing and finance projects. In addition, he is in a career prep course that allows him to receive course credit for working.

Tyrese has also been attending an SAT Prep course on the Boysville campus to prepare for his upcoming college applications. He plans to apply to Texas A&M Corpus Christi. With the support of his Boysville family, and his signature tenacity, Tyrese will succeed in anything he sets his mind on in the future.

 

Family of Five (Or More)

Boysville family

Lourdes and Henry Aguilera have opened their home and hearts to over 17 foster children.

At any given time, Lourdes and Henry Aguilera house is full of children. Since 2011, the Aguileras have opened their home and hearts to over 17 foster children.

When asked why they would take on the challenge of being foster parents, their answer was simple, ͞”to help children.”͟

Their dedication to helping children in need is what makes them one of our most successful foster families. They understand that every child has their own unique history and personality, and they welcome them with open arms. As a family, they work to ensure that every child is treated with respect and compassion. From the moment they arrive, that foster child is a part of their family.

For one little boy, this was the best gift the Aguileras could have given him. Adrian* struggled with math, but had a dream to be on the A-honor roll. However, he was so far behind in school that it was very difficult for him to catch up. ͞

”He would cry and say he couldn’t do it,”͟ said Lourdes. ͞”But I wouldn’t let him quit.”    Together, they achieved his goal.

Although being a foster parent means that one day their children will leave them to reunite with their families or find a new home through adoption, each child holds a special place in their hearts. ͞

”You can say you won’t get attached, but you always do.”

Interested in becoming a foster care parent?  Click here for more information.

2017 Fall Coat Drive

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Charity Coat Drive San Antonio

Fall is upon us and colder months are quickly approaching! You can help keep a child warm by helping provide coats for this fall and winter. We are accepting gently used or new coats for all ages of children right now. It’s easy to give – just choose one of the options below!
 

Deliver Coats to Boysville

8555 E. Loop 1604 North
Converse, Texas 78109-0369

 

Purchase on Amazon

Can’t make the drive to our campus? You can purchase new coats on Amazon (Make sure to set Boysville as your charity of choice through Amazon Smile!) and simply set the shipping address to:

8555 E. Loop 1604 North
Converse, Texas 78109-0369

Boysville Achieves National Accreditation

Paula Tucker

Boysville, Inc. has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). Boysville, located in Converse, Texas provides a continuum of on-campus and community-based services for children, birth through age 23, who cannot remain in their home due to abuse, neglect or family disruption. Since 2000, Boysville has maintained a national accreditation status. Boysville consistently demonstrates the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services.

To achieve COA accreditation, Boysville first provided written evidence of compliance with over 3,000 COA standards. Thereafter, a group of specially trained volunteer Peer Reviewers confirmed adherence to these standards during a series of on-site interviews with trustees, staff and clients.

Based on their findings, COA’s volunteer-based Accreditation Commission voted that Boysville, Inc. had successfully met the criteria for re-accreditation and had zero deficiencies.

“We are more than pleased to maintain our national accreditation,” said Paula Tucker, CEO, Boysville, Inc. “Boysville is known for providing the best services for children in need in Bexar County. This is truly a testament to our programs as being top-ranked in the country.”

“We spent a year in preparation for this visit,” said Tucker. “As child welfare reform continues to roll out in Texas, we will continue to be leader in best practices for providing wrap around services for children in crisis.”

COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management, and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice. COA accreditation demonstrates accountability in the management of resources, sets standardized best practice thresholds for service and administration, and increases organizational capacity and accountability by creating a framework for ongoing quality improvement.

Founded in 1977, COA is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations in the United States and Canada. Over 2,000 organizations — voluntary, public, and proprietary; local and statewide; large and small — have either successfully achieved COA accreditation or are currently engaged in the process. To learn more about COA, please visit www.COAnet.org.

Boysville, Inc., established in 1943, began as a home for orphaned boys. Today, Boysville cares for boys and girls, birth through 23, who cannot remain in their home due to abuse, neglect and abandonment. Boysville’s mission is to provide a safe, family environment for children in need so that they may become responsible adults.

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San Antonio, TX, August 28, 2017
For Immediate Release
August 28, 2017

Contact: Beth Green
(W): (210) 659-1901ext 222
(C): (512) 496-1406
Email: bgreen@boysvilletexas.org