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  • Monday, Apr 25, 2016

    This is an image The month of April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. With approximately 3 million cases of child abuse reported in the U.S. each year, violence toward children is a real and significant threat to the lives of youth across the country.…

  • Friday, Apr 22, 2016

    This is an image Boys Town staff from Nebraska and Iowa showed their support for the Prevention of Child Abuse as they raced in the second annual Metropolitan Child Advocacy Coalition’s Child Abuse Prevention Council Race for Prevention of Child Abuse on April 9,…

  • Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016

    This is an image This article is written by Joseph Morton, Omaha World-Herald. It was published on Omaha.com on March 15, 2016. A key advisory committee will consider designs today for new Boys Town commemorative coins. Last year, Congress authorized the U.S. Mint to…

  • Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016

    On March 8, Boys Town and Millard Public Schools hosted a free Family Fun Night for parents who are English Language Learners (ELL). Forty-two parents and 85 children attended the event at Sandoz Elementary, participating in activities like pizza-making, family…

  • Monday, Mar 21, 2016

    This is an image This article is written by Lee Rood of the Des Moines Register. It was posted on desmoinesregister.com on March 14, 2016. In May, Jaclyn and Andrew Taylor will watch five of the eight young women who live in their home…

  • Monday, Mar 07, 2016

    This is an image As a youngster, Sam Saintizaire made a big move with his parents from the family’s native Haiti to the United States. In his teens, Sam was always on the move with a crowd of peers who often were involved in…

  • Wednesday, Mar 02, 2016

    This is an image For the fifth year in a row, Boys Town Foster Family Services is collaborating with the Boys Town Research department and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln to help support The Letterbox Club. The program, which originated in the United…

  • Tuesday, Mar 01, 2016

    This is an image To viewers, Josh Temple is a popular TV personality who can build anything, fix anything, or flip any distressed property into a beautiful new home. To the residents of Boys Town, he’s just Josh: a kind-hearted and easy-going guy who…

  • Monday, Feb 08, 2016

    This is an image This article is written by Miranda Christian and was published on kmtv.com on February 5, 2016. This Sunday, the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers will battle it out in Super Bowl 50. One Broncos player has a special connection…

  • Thursday, Feb 04, 2016

    This is an image This article was written by Erin Grace and originally appeared in the Omaha World Herald on February 4th, 2016. As most Omaha schoolchildren got to laze about on yet another snow day, Boys Town High senior Chanel Wright strapped on…

  • Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016

    This is an image This was submitted by Janet Goodman, print buyer and mentor at Boys Town. It was published January 25, 2016 by the Omaha World-Herald. I absolutely love mentoring because it’s a one-on-one opportunity to show these kids that someone cares. Everyone…

  • Friday, Jan 22, 2016

    This is an image In the words of Father Flanagan, there is no such thing as a bad boy. That said, there is such a thing as an extraordinary one, and Oliver Egr certainly fits the bill. This year, the 9-year-old raised funds to…

  • Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016

    This is an image This story was written by Pat Heys, mentor at Boys Town and was originally published by the Omaha World Herald on January 18, 2016. I have always enjoyed working with kids. The story of how I started mentoring at Boys…

  • Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016

    This is an image The holidays are a busy time for everyone, but Boys Town Nebraska/Iowa’s Foster Family Services was even busier than most over the holiday season. In December, they hosted multiple successful fundraising events, including a partnership with Warrior Fitness, a training…

  • Tuesday, Dec 22, 2015

    The SpartanNash Foundation presented a $10,000 grant to Boys Town on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at the Elkhorn Family Fare Supermarket.The grant will help underwrite the Boys Town youth garden, which supports the nonprofit organization’s mission of changing young people…

  • Friday, Nov 06, 2015

    When it comes to the history of Boys Town, Tom Lynch is your guy. As Director of Community Programs and the Hall of History, Lynch not only has 98 years of Boys Town history memorized, but also Father Edward Flanagan’s…

  • Thursday, Nov 05, 2015

    This is an image This story was written by Colleen Fell and was published on November 4th, 2015 in the Omaha World-Herald. Each terra-cotta roofing tile is handmade and sent by boat from Turkey before arriving at Boys Town. The tiles are being used…

  • Monday, Nov 02, 2015

    This is an image This story is written by Miranda Christian and was posted on KMTV.com on October 29, 2015. Last season the Boys Town football team made it to the first round in playoffs but lost by one point. Friday night’s game is…

  • Friday, Oct 23, 2015

    This is an image For the seventh year, the Southwest Omaha Rotary Club hosted the Fine Wine and Hors d’oeuvres tasting and silent auction to benefit the Boys Town National Hotline on Thursday, October 8. More than 375 people gathered at The Club at…

  • Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015

    This is an image This article is written by Marjie Ducey, World-Herald staff writer. It was posted October 17, 2015 at neprepzone.com. Words can’t explain, Dominick Barrett says, how he feels when he turns on the TV and sees older brother Shaquil playing football…

  • Monday, Oct 19, 2015

    Omaha South High School is the largest school in the state of Nebraska. More than 2,400 youth in grades 9-12 are part of the South High student body. Nearly 90 percent of those students qualify for free or reduced lunch.…

  • Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015

    This is an image This article is written by Roger Buddenberg, World-Herald staff writer. It was posted October 9, 2015 on omaha.com. Monsignor Peter Dunne, who worked alongside the founder of Boys Town, the Rev. Edward Flanagan, died late Thursday in his residence at…

  • Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015

    This is an image If you have been to Dowd Chapel on Home Campus recently, chances are you have seen a large sign hanging on the altar. That sign reads “Thank You Boys Town Police From Wegner School!” After hearing of violence against police…

  • Monday, Oct 12, 2015

    It’s hard to get out of bed in the morning when the only constants in your life are nasty jokes, vulgar taunts and shameful putdowns… all lobbed at you by former friends.    In elementary school, Anna was sensitive and studious.…

  • Friday, Oct 09, 2015

    This story is written by Grant Schulte of The Associated Press. It was published October 4, 2015 on journalstar.com. The homes at Boys Town were already showing their age when a hailstorm swept through the historic village two years ago,…

  • Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015

    This article was written by April Christenson and published in the September issue of Her Family magazine. Jennifer Nguyen is bright and soft-spoken. Sitting in the living room of her family teachers’ home on the Boys Town campus, the high school senior…

  • Thursday, Sep 24, 2015

    This article was written by Roger Hamer. It was published by WOWT NBC Omaha on September 23, 2015. All parents want their kids to go to college but not all kids are a good fit. That trend can set back…

  • Monday, Aug 17, 2015

    This is an image When DeAaron Ross-Mays talks about his future, his words are confident but not boastful. His tone is determined, but not cocky. The 18-year-old Michigan native has good reason to be self-assured. He earned his high school diploma from Boys Town…

  • Friday, Aug 14, 2015

    Summer is filled with fond memories of long days at the lake soaking in the sun for many children. Due to the continued support of many, Boys Town has been able to provide this experience to their youth for many…

  • Monday, Aug 10, 2015

    This is an image From the founding of Boys Town in 1917, Fr. Flanagan emphasized the importance of athletics, believing that sports play a therapeutic role in the lives of children. Sports help kids stay fit and active in conjunction with teaching them important…

  • Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015

    This is an image This article published in July/August 2015 Omaha Magazine. It is written by Andy Williams. Chris and Lori Mathsen received a surprise phone call recently that reminded them why their planned one-year stay as live-in family teachers at Boys Town has…

  • Monday, Jul 27, 2015

    Boys Town's South Omaha office held its Inaugural Speaker Series on Wednesday, June 17 at the South Omaha offices, spreading awareness in the community on gang-related issues. Beto, a former gang member, shared his powerful story about being incarcerated for…

  • Friday, Jul 24, 2015

    Boys Town Nebraska and Iowa families will benefit from an $80,500 grant from United Way of the Midlands. The grant was recently awarded to help fund three Boys Town community programs in Nebraska and Iowa. “The support of United Way…

  • Monday, Jul 20, 2015

    Josh’s downward spiral began in the sixth grade. That’s when the bullying started. “Everyone” in the entire school was after him, Josh felt. There was no place to hide. In seventh grade, he had sleepless nights, terrified of what the…

  • Friday, Jul 17, 2015

    This is an image "It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving".  -Mother Teresa            No matter the size of the donation, big or small, it is the love behind it that holds inherent value. Lon and Marie Ruhter, Boys…

  • Monday, Jul 13, 2015

    This is an image From baseball exhibits at the Hall of History to the most elite college baseball teams practicing at the Village of Boys Town, baseball has always been an important part of life at Boys Town’s Nebraska campus thanks to the NCAA…

  • Monday, Jun 22, 2015

    This is an image Boys Town® employees from 14 departments were in full force wearing blue spirited t-shirts ready to volunteer and work booths offering information on services at the second annual Ames Avenue Block Party on Friday, May 29. More than 800 attendees,…

  • Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015

    This is an image This article is written by Michael O’Connor, World-Herald staff writer. It was published June 16, 2015 at Omaha.com. An effort that began more than a decade ago to seek sainthood for the Rev. Edward Flanagan, the founder of Boys Town,…

  • Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015

    This is an image From April to May 1, a group of 30 Japanese child welfare agency directors and staff received training on social skill techniques for at-risk youth using the Boys Town Model. For over 12 years, they have attended Boys Town trainings…

  • Monday, Jun 08, 2015

    This is an image On May 7, Boys Town Director of Central Nebraska Operations, Dave Reed, was one of three recipients of the For the Love of Children award for his accomplishments in successfully expanding Boys Town Services in Central Nebraska. The inaugural For…

  • Monday, Jun 08, 2015

    Robert was an only child raised by a mother who had severe health problems. This sometimes kept her from parenting Robert properly and holding a steady job. Growing up in a poor home without much supervision, Robert did what he…

  • Monday, Jun 08, 2015

    As a single parent with three children, Monica constantly struggled to make ends meet. A high school dropout, she had to work long hours to pay the rent, put food on the table and otherwise provide for her family. Her…

  • Friday, May 22, 2015

    This is an image This article is written by Kim Carpenter, World-Herald correspondent. It was published May 4, 2015 at livewellnebraska.com. When Jackie Toman was having difficulty understanding her then 2-year-old son Wesley, she and her husband, Benjamin, sensed something was wrong. “I couldn’t…

  • Friday, May 22, 2015

    This is an image On Sunday, May 17, more than 80 students graduated from Boys Town High School. After graduation, more than half of the students plan to enroll in a two-year or a four-year college program. The remaining half of the graduates will…

  • Friday, May 22, 2015

    This is an image This article is written by the Omaha Division. It was published May 1, 2015 at thefbi.gov.com. The Omaha Division honors Brigadier General Randolph Scott for dedication to improving the conditions of at-risk children and families needing support services. Since retiring…

  • Friday, May 22, 2015

    This is an image Boys Town Nebraska Family Helpline (NFH) has been taking phones calls and creating a safe haven for crisis communication since January 2010. NFH has now taken more than 20,000 calls and assisted more than 13,000 families in 88 counties throughout…

  • Friday, May 22, 2015

    This is an image Former NBA Star and Duke University Blue Devil, Shane Battier, visited with Boys Town youth at Wegner School on Tuesday, May 5. Battier, a six-time divisional winner of the NBA Sportsmanship Award, spoke to youth about staying positive and working…

  • Friday, May 15, 2015

    This is an image On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, the Mexican Consulate in Omaha, which serves Nebraska and Iowa (MCO) together with Boys Town Nebraska/Iowa and the Law Firm of Dornan, Lustgarten & Troia PC, LLO inaugurated the “El Rincon de los Ninos” (The…

  • Friday, May 15, 2015

    This is an image The Syracuse, Nebraska, Junior High Student Council officers visited Boys Town on Monday, April 20, for their annual field trip excursion. It was the ninth consecutive year the group chose to come to Boys Town. Student Council sponsor Sallie Agena…

  • Monday, May 11, 2015

    This is an image Boys Town Nebraska/Iowa marched along in a parade and provided information about Boys Town programs during Cinco de Mayo celebrations in South Omaha on Saturday, May 2. The celebration attracts people from all over the region each year, which allows…

  • Monday, May 11, 2015

    This is an image On Tuesday, May 5, Boys Town elected Jennifer Nguyen as its new Mayor and Tessa Miller as Vice Mayor. Seventeen-year-old Nguyen has lived at Boys Town since she was 12-years-old and is the captain of the soccer team, a member…

  • Friday, Apr 17, 2015

    Boys Town participated in the Inaugural Peace through Service event in honor of National Youth Violence Prevention Week on Wednesday March 25, 2015 at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Office of Civic & Social Responsibility (UNO’s OCSR). Lead sponsor, Omaha…

  • Monday, Apr 06, 2015

    This is an image This article is written by the Omaha World-Herald Editorial Board. It was published April 5, 2015 at omaha.com. For generations, Boys Town has earned national recognition for its excellence in helping young people. A key part of that success is…

  • Monday, Apr 06, 2015

    This is an image From Family-Teacher to Information Technology (IT) Computer Support Analyst at Boys Town, Jered Turner has made a leap in his career within Boys Town. Turner first became interested and started working as a Family-Teacher because his wife always had a…

  • Monday, Apr 06, 2015

    This is an image We asked our kids in Wegner School to answer that question. Here are some of their responses. They will bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eyes. Please be encouraged…Father Peter 1. I think the main…

  • Friday, Apr 03, 2015

    Brittany came to Boys Town at age 14, having attempted suicide several times. She suffered from anxiety and depression and believed she had nothing to live for. Brittany and her two siblings had been raised by their mother. The kids…

  • Friday, Mar 27, 2015

    This is an image The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation has given a collection of musical instruments to the music program at Boys Town High School. With a total value of about $22,000, the collection includes clarinets, xylophones, bell kits, saxophones, trumpets, flutes and baritones…

  • Friday, Mar 27, 2015

    This is an image Boys Town High School youth received a special surprise when Kenny Bell, University of Nebraska-Lincoln wide receiver, arrived to speak on Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Skip Palrang Auditorium. While speaking to the youth, Bell reinforced the importance of…

  • Friday, Feb 27, 2015

    This is an image This article is written by Nick Beaulieu. It was published February 26, 2015 at nebraskahoops.com. The other basketball players at St. John’s rec center in New York City couldn’t believe it. Knowledge Darby always spent time around the gym as…

  • Thursday, Jan 29, 2015

    This is an image Each holiday season, Boys Town youth participate in Operation Christmas Child (OCC). OCC’s mission allows a way for donors to plan for and provide a customized Christmas gift to a child in need. It allows the donor to make a decision…

  • Monday, Jan 19, 2015

    This is an image This article is written by Brett Schulte of The New York Times. It was posted January 18, 2015 at nytimes.com. BOYS TOWN, Neb. — Juan Lopez, 17, lives in this home for wayward and neglected youths because he “got in…

  • Friday, Dec 26, 2014

    This is an image Boys Town, the Omaha Chabad Center and the Omaha community celebrated the start of Chanukah Wednesday, Dec. 17 during the fourth annual Omaha Menorah Parade and Celebration. The parade kicked off at the Hall of History at the Village of…

  • Thursday, Jul 31, 2014

    This is an image Taking a trip up to the Okoboji area is a popular pastime for Siouxlanders in the summer but also for campers. It's the site of Boys Town Okoboji Camp, a camp for at risk kids. And it offers much more…

  • Thursday, May 01, 2014

    The slew of daunting problems Elizabeth Sanchez-Moran faced would cause most families to crumble. But with Boys Town’s help, she refused to let that happen. Elizabeth’s family was referred to a Boys Town program after her children were removed because…

  • Friday, Apr 25, 2014

    This is an image Stan and Marcia Smith were ill-prepared to become new parents. When Marcia gave birth to twin boys with serious medical problems, the responsibilities they faced were suddenly overwhelming. A few months after the boys went home from the hospital, the…

  • Friday, Apr 18, 2014

    When Ana Cardenas was 8, someone put a gun in her hand and ordered her to patrol the family’s land. If she saw a trespasser, she was to shoot to kill. Born into the Mexican Drug Cartel, the little girl…

  • Monday, Mar 31, 2014

    This is an image  Every day, more than five children die as a result of child abuse. Many of these children are under the age of four. Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all…

  • Monday, Feb 24, 2014

    Turning around a troubled home and the life of a hurting child never happens overnight. But through perseverance, commitment and the help of Boys Town’s In-Home Family Services®, Zachary and his dad can now say they are a family again.            …

  • Friday, Jan 03, 2014

    Sometimes, good intentions are not enough to keep a family together. There has to be action behind a parent’s resolve to keep his or her children safe and make sure their needs are being met. That was the dilemma facing…

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