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Youth Inspired By Father Flanagan’s Mission

Father Flanagan’s mission ​to help the youth of America has inspired many people nationwide for nearly one hundred years. Cameron Garemani is one of many who work to achieve Father Flanagan’s dream of improving the lives of kids every year. What started as the need to complete charity hours for school, has turned into Cameron’s lifelong desire to serve Boys Town.

Sixteen-year-old Cameron Garemani attends high school in Southern California. When his school required the kids in his class to fulfill a service hour requirement, Cameron began a quest to find a charity that he was passionate about. His mother, Kristin, is close friends with Denise Walsh, a Boys Town Nevada Board Member, who educated Cameron about the many different programs Boys Town has to offer.

Inspired by the mission of Boys Town, Cameron became involved with Boys Town Nevada’s Journey of Hope Gala in 2014. He personally solicited more than $4,000 worth of auction items for the event but Cameron’s work did not stop there. The day after the gala, he toured the Family Homes. It was there that he realized that the boys and girls in the homes were teenagers just like him, and his desire to help became even stronger. As the time to start gathering items for the 2015 Gala came around, Cameron was already hard at work. He more than doubled his fundraising from the previous year, raising nearly $10,000 in solicited auction items and cash donations through fundraising events he hosted.

In honor of his efforts, Father Steven Boes, Boys Town Executive Director, named Cameron an Honorary Citizen of Boys Town, saying, “It is truly touching when young adults exemplify compassion and support for others.  Your dedication to Boys Town Nevada says a lot about your character and leadership abilities.”

When asked how his work with Boys Town has given him a different perspective of the world Cameron said, “It helps me to see how many problems there are in families all around the United States and how easy it can be to fix these problems with the amazing programs that Boys Town has created.”

As Cameron begins his senior year of high school in the fall, he plans to remain involved with Boys Town. He will serve as the co-chair for the Journey of Hope 2016 Gala, determined to make it the most successful event yet. Even once he graduates high school Cameron intends to continue his work with Boys Town in some capacity, as Boys Town is a charity that has “touched his heart.”