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cinco-de-mayo-parade-honors-south-omaha-heritageCinco de Mayo Parade Honors South Omaha HeritageNebraska
Cinco de Mayo Parade Honors South Omaha Heritage
Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017

​The South Omaha Cinco de Mayo parade and celebration is one of the largest in the Midwest. The parade features floats, marching bands and other entertainers marching along the historic 24th Street in South Omaha. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the France-Mexican War. The celebration honoring the history of South Omaha, Mexican heritage and culture began in the 1930s and has continued to be held annually since its start.

This year's celebration extended over five days. It began on Wednesday with a historic exhibit and moved into Thursday and Friday with a Miss Cinco de Mayo pageant as well as musical performances, then extended into Saturday with the annual parade, carnival and fiesta and finally concluded on Sunday with Mariachi Mass, performances and the carnival.

The Boys Town South Omaha office participates in the parade and sets up a booth every year to show their support within the community. About 80 adults and youth volunteered their time to help with various aspects of the Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 5, 2017. Volunteers helped set up floats, pass out promotional items and run the booth at the event.

Many youth from the Boys Town Family Home Program volunteered their Saturday to pass out informational pamphlets, balloons and candy during the parade down 24th Street. Youth also assisted with the booth by giving away donated toys, stuffed animals and books, passed out additional informational pamphlets and encouraged children of all ages to participate in the bean bag toss game while cheering on all those who participated.

"Boys Town's participation in Cinco de Mayo reflects not only our partnerships within the South Omaha community, but also an opportunity to share Father Flanagan's mission with our families, friends and the community." Chris Miller Director of South Omaha Operations said. "I'm thankful for all of the organizational support from Boys Town's families and volunteers to help make this event so successful."

boys-town-awarded-grant-from-omaha-community-foundation-Boys Town Awarded Grant from the Omaha Community FoundationNebraska
South Omaha Location
Friday, Jun 9, 2017

Boys Town is able to carry out its mission of Saving Children, Healing Families® through the support of the community and generous donors who believe in our mission and the impact we have on the children and families we serve. Boys Town recently received an investment from the Spring Fund for Omaha, a grant from the Omaha Community Foundation reserved for large non-profits, totaling $25,000 that will be dedicated to uplifting the clients of the South Omaha Initiative.

The Fund for Omaha is a grant from the Omaha Community Foundation, a foundation that facilitates charitable giving, simplifies the philanthropic process and gives donors more financial flexibility. The Omaha Community Foundation aims to connect people who care about the community with people and nonprofits who are doing their part to make Omaha the best it can be. This grant was awarded based on organizational strength, understanding of needs for the Omaha population, strength of strategy and management of resources in order to optimize performance of the organization.

"This is very important for Boys Town because it gives community validation for the Boys Town strategic plan to focus on prevention of children and families entering the juvenile justice and child welfare systems," said Melissa Steffes, Boys Town Community Engagement Development Officer. This investment will be used to strengthen more South Omaha families and keep more children safe through the Boys Town South Omaha Initiative, which aims to provide support in a high needs Omaha community.

"We are thrilled to have the Omaha Community Foundation's investment in the Boys Town South Omaha Initiative where we are committed to the timeless values of our founder, Father Edward Flanagan, who believed that all children deserve safety, stability and a family's love," said Steffes.

Going forward, the Spring Fund for Omaha will have a profound impact and benefit for the South Omaha community, and for that we are grateful to the Omaha Community Foundation.

bt-unveils-inclusive-statue-for-100th-anniversaryBoys Town unveils inclusive statue for 100th anniversaryNebraska
New Statue
Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017

This story is written by Erin Hassanzadeh. It was posted on ketv.com   June 6, 2017.

After 100 years of serving children and families, the vision of Boys Town is still shifting and adapting. The new bronze statue on its campus is a reflection of that change.

"Having a young lady appear on our statue is all part of that -- to reflect the fact that we serve children and family today at Boys Town," said Thomas Lynch, the Boys Town director of community programs.

"Boys Town is about families now and not just about boys," said Matthew Placzek, the statue artist.

Dozens, including Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, attended Tuesday's reveal.

The statue was loosely inspired from a picture of two former Boys Town youth.

"We didn't want to make it just an exact portrait of two people but kind of the bond between all the children here at Boys Town," said Placzek.

"Boys Town means a lot to me. They've helped me since I've been here since the sixth grade. They helped me learn and grow a lot and made into the guy I am today," said Jason Landin, the Boys Town mayor.

The piece, titled- "The Work Continues," is 7 feet tall and was crafted in Omaha. It was cast in bronze in Colorado before returning to the Boys Town campus. The statue it replaced will now be in the Boys Town Hall of History. The public is encouraged to come see the new statue anytime.

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Packed for hope
Thursday, Jun 1, 2017

The Junior League of Omaha recently partnered with Boys Town Foster Family Services for their "Project Hope Pack" campaign to benefit youth Foster Care. The purpose of this campaign is to provide children bags filled with comfort items as they enter foster care. This assimilation can be very difficult for many, so providing youth with items such as toiletries and personal items can help ease this sometimes tough transition.

"One of the goals for our children is stability and the least amount of trauma possible during their foster care transitions. Often times, children arrive in our program with only the clothes on their back." Matt Priest Director of Boys Town Nebraska Foster Family Services said. "We appreciate the support of Junior League of Omaha through their Project Hope Pack with providing these care kits. Every child will receive a back pack with comfort items they can permanently call their own, which we believe can make a child's move to a foster home a bit easier."  

Over 100 bags were donated to Boys Town Foster Family Services and will be distributed to youth as they enter Foster Family Services. Boys Town extends a thank you to Junior League of Omaha for their Project Hope Pack initiative.

boys-town-block-party-encourages-a-safe-violence-free-summerBoys Town Block Party Encourages a Safe, Violence-Free SummerNebraska
Block Party
Thursday, Jun 1, 2017

This story is written by Taylor Berth. It was posted on ketv.com on May 26, 2017.

Friday marked the last day of school for Omaha Public Schools students. Boys Town held its fourth annual block party in celebration and in hopes of getting kids involved during the summer months.

The Ames Avenue Boys Town office hosted the block party, which included food, face painting, games and bounce houses. The event was also held in conjunction with Harmony Week, which is designed to highlight the importance of taking part in positive alternatives to violence to ensure a safe summer.

The problem is "Kids running around late at night, doing bad things, doing drugs," said the Rev. Steven Boes, national executive director of Boys Town. "I think there are many alternatives to that and if parents involve their children, they have less chance of that happening. Keep the kids busy with sports, with going to church, with activities during the summer, getting out and seeing Nebraska and seeing all the delights around Omaha, the fun things to do."

Vendors were also present at Friday's block party, some offering financial counseling, access to job applications and mental and physical health information. Herb Hames represented the FBI as a volunteer with the Omaha Citizens Academy Alumni Association.

The association has an outreach program for the FBI and community.

"Down time is troubling time," Hames said. "You've really got to work with the environment and such to keep them busy doing fun stuff. There are a lot of great organizations in Omaha that do just that. In this day and age when all the news is bad, bad, bad, it's nice to look at the good in people and it's nice to understand that this is still a great place."

Staff members at the Boys Town Ames Avenue location work to support kids and families through behavioral health services, the Ways 2 Work auto loan program and through consultants who work with the families in their own homes.

bt-seniors-looking-to-succeedBoys Town Seniors Looking to SucceedNebraska
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

This article is written by Andrea Braswell. It was posted on 3newsnow.com on May 21, 2017.

Seniors smiled in their caps and gowns as they greeted family after receiving their diplomas.

Some say they are now looking towards the future.

"I'm excited to continue my studies in Criminal Justice and run track and cross country."

Many students say Boys Town helped lead them in the right direction.

"It's pretty incredible just like how far I've come since I first got here, and how much I've matured since I first got here."

Sadie Johnson is adopted, her mother says seeing her progression is heartwarming.

"I feel very proud of everything she has accomplished."

"She's heading to Wayne State for an art degree, she has earned scholarships and monetary awards."

These students were at risk before coming to Boys Town, staff says they are now heading down the right path.

"Our kids have overcome an awful lot and they come from all parts of the country."

"They are all at risk kids that have done their best and they are all taking the next step on their journey into life."

Some seniors call it bittersweet as they step into their future and have to part ways with close friends. 

"I got to know a lot of people and they've become my family and it will always be that way and always stay that way."

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Boys Town Foster Parent: Bob Head
Friday, May 5, 2017

Growing up on a farm in Essex, Iowa, Bob Head learned the value of selflessness, giving and working hard at a very young age. Even after graduating from Iowa State and working as a Stockbroker, Bob never strayed from these lessons and values that his close knit family instilled in him.

Attending Christ the King Catholic Church in Omaha, Bob and his wife, Willow, offered a life of service to their community and those in need. When a group of Vietnamese men were in need of sponsorship, Bob and Willow took this project on. Bob says hearing the quote "Reach Out to Others" by Bishop Fulton Sheen was a big inspiration in his life. He learned that people are created to be a service to the Lord.

After 46 years of marriage Willow was diagnosed with cancer, an illness that would eventually take her life. This did not deter Bob. Bob thought of his wife when he was told of six Sudanese "lost boys" coming to Omaha as refugees. Bob supported these young men, finding them apartments, employment and furniture while also teaching them to drive. When Bob needed help, he recruited his friends to help with the process.

Bob recalls discussing foster parenting with Willow for a number of years. When asked about why he continues to give back, Bob said "serving others is why God created us. It is our mission." When he first explained his plan, Bob's daughter warned him that he was too told to be a foster parent and was in over his head. Despite this, Bob was not deterred and proceeded with the steps necessary to become a licensed foster parent. Now, at 82, Bob is a first time foster parent of two boys, ages 15 and 16.

Bob says the joy in seeing the change and attitude of the boys in his care is worth everything he does. While there are stressful moments that all parents go through, Bob wouldn't change a thing. "I feel born again…more energized," Bob shares. Remaining persistent, faithful and keeping a focus on education has made all the difference.

Bob has no plans to slow down and looks forward to helping his foster son's transition back home and helping additional youth. When asked about what his wife would say about his calling of being a foster parent, Bob smiled and said "she'd think I'm nuts."

texas-youth-elected-mayorTexas Youth Elected by Peers as Mayor of Boys Town, Nebraska Nebraska
Jason Landin of Laredo, Texas Elected 117th Mayor of Boys Town
Thursday, May 4, 2017

A Texas teenager has been elected mayor of Boys Town, Nebraska.

The Rev. Edward Flanagan, who founded the home for wayward youth, conceived the self-government system in 1926 as a tool to build character and a sense of community among its residents. Boys Town is small incorporated village on the western edge of Omaha.

Jason Landin, of Laredo, Texas, was elected Tuesday as the 117th mayor. The new vice mayor is TiJaih Davis, of Baltimore.

The 16-year-old Landin runs track and cross country and is a student council member. Davis is 17 and a football captain who also runs track.

The election process was made famous in the 1938 movie "Boys Town." Mickey Rooney portrayed Whitey Marsh, a young tough who turns his life around and becomes Boys Town mayor.

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Boys Town Senior Prom
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Boys Town High School students in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) honored a 10 year tradition and strapped on their dancing shoes for a night of fun with Remington Heights residents.

Boys Town Senior Citizen Prom took place on April 19, 2017, at Remington Heights in Omaha. Before the prom, Stevie Gass, Boys Town HOSA teacher, taught the students dances from the 1940s so they would know how to get down and boogie with the residents. Students spent the evening dancing and getting to know the residents, with most excitingly stating that it was just as fun as their own senior prom – maybe even more so!

 "I tell my kids this is their final exam," said Gass. "I look for compassion, integrity, kindness, and respect when the students are with the senior citizens. They never fail to amaze me! The senior citizens fall in love with the kids, and they give them a workout on the dance floor. I have to say this is my favorite night of the year!"

Along with the dancing, residents also enjoyed one of the Boys Town students singing with the band and beautiful corsages donated by Dian Van Trees. Mrs. Van Trees is a long-time supporter of the Boys Town mission and in the past has provided scholarships to Boys Town students in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program. After touring Boys Town with her husband years ago, she fell in love with the Boys Town mission and wanted to do her part to see the kids succeed.

A special thanks to Stevie Gass, for putting on this event year after year, to Mrs. Van Trees for donating the beautiful corsages and to Remington Heights for helping create a memorable night for Boys Town students.

nebraska-quarterback-visits-boys-town-high-schoolNebraska Quarterback Visits Boys Town High SchoolNebraska
Nebraska Quarterback Tommy Armstrong speaking to Boys Town
Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017

There is one thing that bonds all Nebraskans together: Husker football. That's why it was an honor to have Tommy Armstrong, University of Nebraska quarterback, come speak to the students about the impact of mentors, the value of education and the importance of taking advantage of opportunities.

Armstrong and his two siblings were raised by his single mother, who was his biggest influence growing up because of her incredible work ethic and immense support she provided. "She taught me to overcome adversity," Armstrong said. "My mentors encouraged me to stick with sports ... tune out distractions. It was not just football, but school in general. They helped me become the person that I am today and helped me become the leader that I am today."

Along with emphasizing the value of mentors, Armstrong also highlighted the value of education. School was a reality check for Armstrong and he knew he wouldn't be able to achieve anything on or off the field without an education. "Take advantage of your education and opportunities that school gives you. Don't just go to college for football, go to better yourself," said Armstrong.

After speaking, several students were able to ask questions and after the lunch period all students received a Tommy Armstrong signed photograph.

Armstrong's message resonated with the youth and mirrored the mission of Boys Town: Take advantage of education, value mentors and relationships with loved ones and work to be the best leader you can be. Seeing Tommy Armstrong thrive this season and hearing about how he has overcome adversity serves as motivation for the youth and employees at Boys Town alike.

For more on Tommy Armstrong's visit, check out the Omaha World-Herald article written by Kevin Cole.

hallofhistorynewexhibitoffersglimpseofmodernboystownHall of History New Exhibit Offers Glimpse of Modern Boys TownNebraska
Hall of History Remodel
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017

​​​​​Each year, around 30,000 people visit Boys Town's Hall of History to learn about our humble beginnings and the vision that Father Edward Flanagan had for the organization. 

Opening in 1986, the museum filled its space with memorabilia, newspaper clippings, an Oscar statue, and many more artifacts that showed what life was like for kids not only at Boys Town but also in America. 

This year, the Hall of History received a major facelift for the first time in its 30-year existence. 

"Over the last 30 years, we have refreshed exhibits every five to six years; however, this is the first major update since 1986," explained Tom Lynch, Director of Community Programs and the Hall of History. 

To design the new exhibit, Lynch and his team went back to its roots commissioning the design firm Eisterhold Associates of Kansas City, Missouri to do the job. Eisterhold were the original designers of the Hall of History and have a history of working on museums that involve civil rights. In fact, they have designed exhibits for both the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and the Rosa Parks Museum and Library and Children's Annex in Montgomery, Alabama. 

Eisterhold set its sights on designing Boys Town's Hall of History in 1986 because of Father Flanagan's commitment to helping boys of all races and religions. 

"We were excited to bring this project to Eisterhold," said Lynch. "The same designer that worked with us 30 years ago, worked on the new exhibit, as well." 

In 2015, Eisterhold laid the blueprint for the design of the new exhibit. The new exhibit was built by McCullough Creative in Dubuque, Iowa and transferred to the Hall of History in fall 2016.  

The exhibit offers a glimpse of the modern Boys Town, educating visitors on Boys Town programs and issues Boys Town youth face today through interactive presentations and videos. Each Boys Town site is represented on a large map, and a whole wall is dedicated to the care we provide children and families through the Boys Town National Research Hospital.  

In addition, special artifacts, such as the Centennial Coin Bill signed by President Barack Obama, and a window from Saint Patrick's Church in Omaha are also in the exhibit. Boys Town youth also will display artwork. 

"The intent was to show visitors how our children live in the Village of Boys Town and across the United States. Coming to this exhibit, they get a feel for what it's like to be a Boys Town youth or family," said Lynch. "A lot visitors to the new exhibit have said they didn't realize the scope of Boys Town's work and are interested in learning more."

To see the new exhibit, stop by the Hall of History Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. To schedule a group tour, contact Tom Lynch at 402.498.1186.

foster-family-services-serving-the-community-by-serving-a-mealFoster Family Services: Serving the Community by Serving a MealNebraska
Foster Family Services
Monday, Jan 23, 2017

​​​​Mugs of hot chocolate, grandma’s famous roasted ham, and your second (okay, maybe third) holiday cookie of the evening: Hearty meals with lots of sugary snacks in between is a staple part of holiday celebrations across the country. However, not being able to put food on the table is a harsh reality for families in need during the holiday season.

With this in mind, the Boys Town Nebraska Foster Family Services staff decided to go a step further during the holiday season and give back to the community on a more personal level through by partnering with In-Home Family Services to help a Boys Town family. On December 22, Foster Family Services generously donated a meal to a family in need just in time for the holidays.

This tradition began three years ago when Foster Family Services heard about a family in need and jumped at the chance to help the family and spread some joy. After donating the funds and purchasing the food, the staff picked up the holiday meal for the family. This experience ended the program for the year on a perfect note, so they decided to maintain the tradition and it continues to this day.

Matthew Priest, Director of Boys Town Nebraska Foster Family Services, says that this is just one small way his generous staff goes above and beyond when it comes to caring for the community. “While our staff is committed to helping others as part of their career at Boys Town, giving back on a personal level is just as important to us.”

Foster Family Services is a community-based program where professionally-trained foster parents provide care and support to children of all ages. While their incredible staff work with families in need throughout the year, this tradition is a great way to support families in the community who would appreciate this gesture from the staff. This tradition is just one small way Foster Family Services works to support other programs in the Boys Town's Integrated Continuum of Care®.

Thank you, Foster Family Services, for being an inspiration through your caring and generosity this holiday season. It’s employees like the Foster Family Services staff that maintain Father Flanagan’s vision and what make Boys Town® the unique nonprofit that it is today.

changing-communities-boys-towns-south-omaha-officeChanging Communities: Boys Town's South Omaha OfficeNebraska
South Omaha Office
Monday, Jan 23, 2017

In 2014, Boys Town opened an office in the heart of South Omaha, Nebraska, as part of community initiative efforts outlined in the Strategic Plan.

"We went into the community and listened to see what the community needs and how Boys Town fits in as part of Father Boes' initiative to concentrate services in areas of high need," said Chris Miller, Director of South Omaha Program Operations.

Nearly three years after opening, the office is making huge leaps to help children and families in the high-risk Omaha community. Now a staff of 12, the office has a new three-year strategy to take their programs and services even further.

This three-year strategy focuses on establishing community partnerships, offering an array of services to children and families, collaborating with other organizations and providers for the benefit of the community, demonstrating a clear physical presence, generating new and innovative ways to fund Boys Town services, implementing data collection, and establishing a marketing plan.

"Our overall goal is to strengthen families, keep youth in school, out of trouble and safe at home," said Miller.

Both Miller and Regina Costello, Manager, South Omaha Programs, were brought into the South Omaha office last summer with the responsibility of leading the charge on this three-year strategy and growing the programs. Specifically, the two were tasked with beginning both Care Coordination Services and the Parent Connectors Program.

Care Coordination Services is an intensive, family-centered case management program designed to help families navigate through complex systems such as the mental health care system, school systems and available community programs. Through the Parent Connector program, parents can speak to a peer-parent from the community who has been in a similar situation and who can help the family navigate the path to helpful services.

"We spent time last summer at both the California and Nevada sites being trained on these programs," explained Costello. "We are now at the one-year mark since beginning these services in South Omaha."

That one-year mark has brought success to the office and has helped grow Boys Town's presence in the community. So far, the South Omaha office has helped 551 children and 221 families through Care Coordination Services, Parent Connector Program, Common Sense Parenting® classes, Behavioral Health Services, and a Community Speaker Series.

"Someone is coming in our door every day for help," said Costello. "That's why our location in the community is so important. Word of Boys Town's presence in the community is spreading."

The South Omaha office is unique to the community because it helps non-system children and families. This means that children and families are able to receive help before a crisis occurs and the police or State of Nebraska gets involved. "Helping non-system families is imperative to the community. These families now have access to programs and services designed for early intervention," Miller said.

In addition to its location on one of the main streets in the community, Boys Town also has a staff member whose office is located in South High School. "Our staff is easily accessible and it removes barriers for students or families looking for help," added Miller. "We are also looking to partner with the middle schools that feed into South High School so we can connect with families even before high school."

The South Omaha office also uses community events for outreach and to bring awareness to their services by setting up a booth or participating in a parade. Just recently, the office staff and additional Boys Town volunteers took part in the community's annual El Grito Celebration – a parade and festival celebrating the Mexican Independence Day and National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Both Miller and Costello agree that without their staff, the South Omaha office would not be as successful as it is today.

"The staff understands that work is outside of a regular 8 to 5," Costello said. "Our staff is very dedicated to the mission and a lot of them are from the community and are graduates of South High, so they want to see the community change for the better."

Going forward, Costello and Miller want to continue to spread the word about Boys Town in South Omaha and foster community partnerships. They do, however, realize there will be some challenges along the way.

"It's a challenge because we're on the front edge of the mission," said Miller. "We are living in the grey area and need to learn as we go."

Miller, Costello and the staff at South Omaha are excited to see where the office will be in the next few years and to witness firsthand the changes they can bring to the South Omaha community.

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Tom Lynch receiving DAR Award
Monday, Jan 23, 2017

​​​Congratulations to Tom Lynch, Director of Community Programs, Boys Town Nebraska, on his recent receipt of the Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award. 

The Daughters of the American Revolution formally known as DAR, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to historical preservation, promotion of education and encouragement of patriotic endeavors. This organization was founded in 1890 and has since grown nationally to 3,000 chapters with 185,000 members who dedicate their time and efforts to DAR’s mission that values God, home and country. ​

The Omaha chapter of the Nebraska State Daughters of American Revolution awards a National Community Service Award every year to a deserving recipient who values the organization’s main goals of historical preservation, education and patriotic endeavors. 

Kim Justus, the Current Public Service Director of Omaha DAR, is in charge of finding a member within the community whose values align with that of DAR’s. Kim then compiles information regarding their service to the community and submits this to the National DAR Committee for review. The decision whether the nomination is accepted is ultimately up to the National DAR Committee.

“Thinking about this year’s recipient and all the important things that the DAR does, I realized that Tom Lynch also has the same visions and values.” Justus said. “When I thought of his extensive work with the Boys Town Hall of History and his involvement with many different community outreach programs, I knew he would be the perfect person for the award.” 

Tom has worked with Boys Town for over 30 years and continues to preserve Boys Town’s rich legacy in the Hall of History.

“Community engagement has allowed me to reintroduce Boys Town to the Omaha community. Many people are surprised by the current Boys Town programs and are eager to learn how they can help the Home through volunteering and giving.” Lynch said. 

Through his knowledge and expertise, Tom and other volunteers have been able to maintain a large archive filled with nearly 100 years of history. This also includes many relics and photographs that are on display at the Hall of History.

“It was an honor to be able to present Tom with the national award for outstanding community service for his ongoing efforts in preserving history, honoring our troops and promoting education,” Justus added.

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Your Life Your Voice
Monday, Jan 23, 2017

The Boys Town National Hotline® recently partnered with Nebraska Medicine and Omaha Public Schools in an effort to provide lifesaving information to more at risk youth in the Omaha community. Nebraska Medicine's mental health-related initiatives aligned perfectly with the Hotline's efforts within the Omaha community. By partnering with Omaha Public Schools, Nebraska Medicine and the Hotline are able to reach a large number of students across the Metro.

The partnership between these three organizations will provide Hotline materials such as posters, wallet cards, banners, pencils and many other small items containing the Hotlines contact information to 85 different schools across Omaha. Over 52,000 students in the Omaha community will be given potentially lifesaving contact information due to the large donation of $25,000 from Nebraska Medicine and the support of Omaha Public Schools.

"We are so grateful for this opportunity to reach the students of Omaha Public Schools," said Ginny Gohr, Director of the Boys Town National Hotline. "We are a national hotline, but Omaha is our home, and we want all of the students in Omaha to have our contact information in case they ever need someone to listen."

Boys Town extends a thank you to Nebraska Medicine for the substantial donation and to Omaha Public Schools for their support. With the help of these two organizations, the Boys Town National Hotline will be able to serve more youth within the Omaha community.

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