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  • Harmony

    Karen made one of the toughest decisions any parent has to make. She had her son Nick arrested and sent to Boys Town. Today, they're tighter than they've ever been, and Nick is on his way to a bright future. Watch their inspirational story and help save more children and families by sharing their story of healing and hope today!

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  • Courage

    Robyn thought that violence was normal in a domestic relationship. When she couldn't find the courage to leave her abusive boyfriend, the state stepped in and removed her three children from her care. Despondent over the loss of her kids and seeing no other way out, Robyn attempted suicide by overdosing on prescription drugs. It was at this point, that Robyn finally reached out for the help she and her family so desperately needed. Today, thanks to Boys Town, Robyn is on the path to recovery and a reunited family.

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  • Rescued

    Orphaned as a young boy, Edward was abused, neglected and humiliated by relatives for 12 years. After his aunt and uncle rescued him, they turned to Boys Town to help him adjust to life in a family. Edward's Boys Town Family Consultant helped him set goals, finish school and learn to trust again. Watch how your support helps kids like Edward replace hell and torture with hope and transformation.

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  • Blossoming

    After the death of her father, Annie ran wild, becoming increasingly rebellious with each passing year. At her wit’s end, Annie’s mother eventually sent her to Boys Town. After struggling initially, Annie flourished in her new environment, excelling both academically and athletically—eventually going on to become mayor and homecoming queen.

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  • Metamorphosis

    Depressed, sad and lonely, Jacob handed his mother a letter in 8th grade telling her that he wanted to kill himself. After several years of sending her son to counselors and psychiatrists, Jacob’s mother found hope for Jacob at Boys Town. Almost immediately there was a noticeable change in his demeanor. He was engaged and confident for the first time in years.

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  • Accomplishment

    When Alyssa got to middle school, she found that the girls who were her friends in elementary school had become her tormentors, mercilessly bullying her day in and day out. By the time she got to high school, things were so bad, she had given up on life, choosing to spend time in her room rather than face another day of humiliation. Eventually, the courts intervened and she was sent to Boys Town, where she ended up graduating with a 4.0 grade average.

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  • Achievement

    Growing up in the gang-infested streets of Chicago, Andy learned to fight at an early age. Eventually, his aggressive behavior landed him in juvenile detention. Faced with a choice between the possibility of jail and even early death, Andy ended up at Boys Town, where he got the family support he needed to turn his life around.

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  • Perseverance

    Sommer's biological mother and father were addicts who would often leave her and her siblings alone or with strangers when they went out looking for drugs. At one point, her father overdosed on heroin and slipped into a coma. Another time, he aimed a gun at her mother and fired, narrowly missing her. Such were the horrors of Sommer's everyday life. When Sommer first came to Boys Town, the idea of a safe, supportive family was just an abstraction. Today, Sommer is attending college, studying psychology with the intent of returning to Boys Town to help other kids in need.

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  • Opportunity

    Born to drug-addicted parents and in and out of foster care from the age of three onward, Josh eventually became the quarterback of the Boys Town football team and a natural leader in his Family Home. Today, Josh is a college student and on a path to a bright future.

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  • Transformation

    Isaac seemed destined for a future of poverty and crime. This feeling of hopelessness eventually led him to commit a serious act of violence—one that haunts him to this day. Thankfully, with the help of Boys Town and its team of educators and mentors, Isaac has gone from an at-risk youth to a young man with a promising future in law and leadership. Click on the video to see Isaac's miraculous transformation.

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  • Triumph

    Growing up on the mean streets of Chicago, simply making it through the day alive and in one piece was a victory for young Lily. Thankfully, she found Boys Town, which gave her the tools and support she needed to succeed. And today, Lily is a full-time nurse who has her whole life in front of her—unlike many of her childhood friends who are now behind bars or dead. See how Lily made the transformation from gang involvement to college graduate thanks to the support of people just like you.

    Lily's Story

  • Inspiration

    After losing her mom at a young age, Carley was moved around from place to place. It wasn't until she got to Boys Town that she finally had a place to call home. With the burdens of her past being lifted from her shoulders, she was able to find purpose and ultimately success. A recent graduate of Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing, she is now an inspiration to not only other children at Boys Town, but to her mentors and teachers as well.

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  • Boys Town Journeys

    At Boys Town campuses all across America, kids who have fallen through the cracks of society are being given a second chance, armed with the tools and skills they need to become happy, productive members of society. But it’s a journey, not an instant transformation. And every journey starts at the beginning.

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  • Choices

    It was a stormy night in Detroit about 20 years ago and Tony and his brother had just finished eating dinner out of a dumpster. A priest rescued them and made arrangements for them to come to Boys Town. Tony and his brother made a difficult and scary decision that he says was the one single decision that saved his life. Watch Tony's story and find out what he credits as the reason he and his brother aren't in prison today.

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​​​​​​​The ​​stories provided about the children and families in our care are real. In some cases, names my be changed and details altered to protect their privacy and therapeutic interests.

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