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  • Thursday, Jul 17, 2014
    Central Florida

    Boys Town Central Florida leadership was recently featured on Flashpoint with host Mike Holfield. Watch this video to see Greg Zbylut, Executive Director, Bethany Lacey, In-Home Family Services Director and Dr. Jason Gallant, Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic Director on the…

  • Friday, Jul 11, 2014
    Nebraska/Iowa

    This is an image Boys Town held a neighborhood block party Friday, June 6 to celebrate a successful first year in the Ames Plaza community. Boys Town employees were on hand to work booths offering information on Boys Town services to attendees. People from the neighboring…

  • Monday, Jul 07, 2014
    Central Florida

    This is an image Tekoa came to Boys Town a year and a half ago full of anger. Last month, she received the honor of Student of the Month in her eighth grade class.“She’s extremely smart,” said Camesa Irvin, Tekoa’s Family-Teacher. “She comes home…

  • Thursday, Jul 03, 2014
    Nebraska/Iowa

    The following article was posted July 2, 2014 on wowt.com. The 2014 College World Series is over but it is still bringing money into Omaha. On Wednesday, the CWS and NCAA Teamworks gave out more than $80,000 to local sports…

  • Tuesday, Jul 01, 2014
    Nebraska/Iowa

    This is an image Attendees at the Viva Omaha Heritage Festival didn’t have to look far to see Boys Town’s involvement in the celebration of diversity. In fact, because of the organization’s enthusiasm and assistance, Boys Town’s booth was assigned to be directly in…

  • Monday, Jun 30, 2014
    South Florida

    This is an image Andres Reyes Munguia and Glendy Lemus had reached their breaking point.Domestic violence. Andres’ drinking. The danger the couple’s tumultuous relationship posed to their three young children –  4-year-old Noibi, 6-year-old Jose and 8-year-old Beberlin – and the real possibility that…

  • Monday, Jun 30, 2014
    Iowa

    This is an image Addiction is a powerful, deadly intruder that robs people of everything they hold dear.Jennie and Ryan Knie know this to be true from experience. Their addiction to methamphetamine separated them from their beloved 4-year-old daughter, Micah. The Knies were a young…

  • Friday, Jun 27, 2014
    Nebraska/Iowa

    This is an image Volunteers from Kiewit Corporation’s Women in Information Technology (WiiT) group recently created and donated decorative wreaths for Boys Town Nebraska/Iowa Family Homes. Once a month, the WiiT group meets to work on special projects for nonprofits in the Omaha area.…

  • Friday, Jun 27, 2014
    California

    This is an image Thanks to local high school student Robert Shipma’s Eagle Scout project, Boys Town California’s Cherry Family Home is beautiful this summer. “I chose Boys Town as the site for my project because I wanted to do something to help the…

  • Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014
    North Florida

    This is an image The following story is written by TaMaryn Waters, Tallahassee Democrat, and was posted on tallahassee.com on June 9, 2014.Just beyond a short trail from the campus of Boys Town North Florida, a brick house is undergoing an HGTV-like transformation. Soon…

  • Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014
    Louisiana

    “You don’t have to be a product of your environment; you can be whoever you want to be.”That’s the message U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite shared with Boys Town youth when he visited last month.Polite and his brother were raised by…

  • Monday, Jun 16, 2014
    Nebraska/Iowa

    This story is written by Amanda Brandt, Omaha World-Herald, and was posted on omaha.com June 8, 2014.Celebration at Boys Town salutes effort by adults who have earned back their parental rightsThe sound of laughter filled Boys Town’s Great Hall on…

  • Monday, Jun 16, 2014
    Nevada

    This is an image This story is written by Dorothy Huffey, Las Vegas Review-Journal, and was posted on reviewjournal.com on June 14. Boys Town Nevada had its 10th annual gala, “Journey of Hope,” at The Venetian in late May, honoring Norm and Sharon Jenkins.…

  • Monday, Jun 16, 2014
    California

    This is an image The Orange County Department of Education-Safe Schools and Support Services Department/Conexiones Program presented a certificate of appreciation to Boys Town California at a surprise ceremony last month.“Boys Town is honored to receive this recognition because it is a true sign…

  • Monday, Jun 16, 2014
    New England

    This is an image Every spring, volunteers from Raytheon work with Boys Town New England staff and kids to help clean up the Bazarsky campus in Portsmouth, RI to make it look beautiful for summer. This year, 50 volunteers came to help with various…

  • Friday, Jun 13, 2014
    Central Florida

    Chance Shaw is considered by most to be a bright, capable student. So why did the 16-year-old intentionally slack off his schoolwork, ensuring failing grades and a seat in summer school? He chose the path of least resistance. Socializing was more important…

  • Friday, Jun 13, 2014
    New England

    This is an image Boys Town New England raised $70,000 on May 2, 2014 at its Spirit of Youth Gala, honoring PARE Corporation employees. PARE Corporation. is a civil engineering group located in Lincoln, Rhode Island. For nearly 20 years, PARE employees have generously…

  • Monday, Jun 09, 2014
    Central Florida

    This is an image Imagine living in fear of your child. Even for the strongest parent, the worry and constant conflict would exact a tremendous toll – depression, anger, frustration and exhaustion.   This was a way of life for Jessmil Ferrer and her family.…

  • Friday, Jun 06, 2014
    North Florida

    This is an image Imagine being a child and having to take care of yourself every day. That was life for Tatyana and Jordon, even when they were little. Their mother had substance abuse problems and wasn’t around much. Their father was never part…

  • Thursday, Jun 05, 2014
    New York

    This is an image Boys Town New York welcomed more than 260 guests to the Conrad Hotel on April 30 for their Spring Gala. The evening celebrated exceptional business and nonprofit leaders who have made outstanding contributions to support the young people in need…

  • Thursday, May 29, 2014
    South Florida

    This is an image The doctor is in! As of May 5, Boys Town South Florida Development Director Noemi Coltea is officially Dr. Noemi Coltea. After attending a combination of night, Saturday and seminar courses, Coltea obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Adult and…

  • Thursday, May 22, 2014
    Nebraska/Iowa

    This is an image Dressed in their best, Boys Town Nebraska youth attended the Boys Town Senior Citizens Prom on Wednesday, April 23. For the third year, youth chatted and danced with a group Remington Heights residents and brought smiles to their faces. Brightly…

  • Monday, May 19, 2014
    Washington D.C.

    This is an image On a bright April morning, Boys Town Washington D.C. and The Ritz Carlton joined together to plant the “Seeds of Hope” for the seventh year.This April 26, volunteers from The Ritz Carlton and the Renaissance Hotels joined with Boys Town…

  • Thursday, May 15, 2014
    Central Florida

    This is an image Congratulations to Dr. Jason Gallant, Chief Psychologist at Boys Town Central Florida’s Behavioral Health Clinic (BHC). Dr. Gallant is the recipient of the University of Florida’s (UF) College of Education’s 2014 Outstanding Young Alumnus Leadership Award. It is given to…

  • Wednesday, May 07, 2014
    Nebraska/Iowa

    This is an image Boys Town youth today elected Samuel (Sam) Saintizaire of Greenacres, Fla., the 114th mayor of the Village of Boys Town. Emily Colling of Omaha, Neb. was elected vice mayor.  Saintizaire is 17-years-old and says he wants to be a leader…

  • Monday, May 05, 2014
    Texas

    This is an image Boys Town Texas welcomed more than 700 runners and spectators to the Race for the Prevention of Child Abuse on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Valero Energy Corporation Headquarters. The 5k/10k run/walk participants were given t-shirts, a bag full of…

  • Monday, May 05, 2014
    New York

    This is an image Stability is a key part of a safe, happy childhood. Without it, a child faces uncertainty and may seek belonging in the wrong places.Fifteen-year-old Rashad was once in that predicament. Growing up, his father and grandmother shared custody of him,…

  • Thursday, May 01, 2014
    New England

    This is an image This story was first posted on ProvidenceJournal.com on April 5, 2014. It is written by Bob Kerr. You may also view a video of this story on Turnto10.com.The house in North Smithfield was quiet, too quiet. Sure, it was nice to be…

  • Thursday, May 01, 2014
    Nebraska/Iowa

    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 Elizabeth…

  • Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014
    New England

    This is an image Little Johnnel was a healthy 4-month-old baby in the fall of 2010.On a crisp November day, he was at home being watched over by his father. Mom was at work. According to arrest records and press reports, Dad became agitated…

  • Monday, Apr 28, 2014
    Nebraska/Iowa

    This is an image For high school students, prom is a rite of passage. And with that rite of passage comes the nerve wracking question, “What am I going to wear?” And for a young lady, this can be an even more troublesome matter.To…

  • Monday, Apr 28, 2014
    California

    We have a great team of Volunteer Family Mentors, including Yoshi Mercado. Mercado started her time with Boys Town California as a Child Care Assistant, but wanted more interaction with the families and parents.  She became a volunteer shortly after being…

  • Monday, Apr 28, 2014
    Central Florida

    This is an image Recently, former Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs tight end, Lonnie Johnson, visited Boys Town Central Florida’s Intervention and Assessment (I&A) Center where he spoke passionately to the youth about overcoming obstacles and creating goals.One of several children in the…

  • Friday, Apr 25, 2014
    South Florida

    The teen lay motionless, sprawled across the bathroom floor. An empty pill bottle was just beyond his fingertips. His breathing was shallow. His skin was cool and moist.“How many pills did your son take?” asked the kneeling paramedic bent over…

  • Friday, Apr 25, 2014
    Nebraska/Iowa

    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 state…

  • Thursday, Apr 24, 2014
    Louisiana

    This is an image Sometimes things happen in families that are beyond the control of parents and their children. Unfortunately, for the safety and well-being of every family member, a temporary separation is often the best option.That was the dilemma Jenna and her family…

  • Thursday, Apr 24, 2014
    California

    This is an image For most of her young life, Carrie was left to fend for herself. Carrie’s father was a drug addict and her mother was in jail, so she had no parental guidance or involvement. Her adult sister tried to keep the…

  • Friday, Apr 18, 2014
    Nebraska/Iowa

    This is an image 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 was…

  • Friday, Apr 18, 2014
    New England

    This is an image The Easter Bunny made a guest appearance at Boys Town New England's Easter Egg hunt April 12. This event would not have been a success, without help from volunteers from OceanPointe Christian Church! Boys Town New England is grateful the…

  • Thursday, Apr 17, 2014
    Texas

    This is an image The siblings were 11 and 8 when they entered foster care. Parental drug use and neglect had made it impossible for big brother Brandan and little sister Moira to stay with their own parents.  Early on, it became clear that…

  • Thursday, Apr 17, 2014
    Washington D.C.

    This is an image Madeline Collington stood at the crowded McDonald’s counter with her two adopted daughters, Nia and Charleah. The scene inside the fast-food joint nearly overwhelmed their senses; the hurried shuffle of staff, the din of chatting customers. Rising above the ruckus,…

  • Monday, Apr 14, 2014
    Iowa

    This is an image Sitting in a jail cell, Brandee Steffes knew her life was spiraling out of control. She desperately longed to be with her baby boy, Pierce, and realized she could lose him for good. It was up to her to change.The…

  • Friday, Apr 11, 2014
    Nebraska/Iowa

    This is an image Upon receiving news that the life jackets for the annual Boys Town Nebraska/Iowa Okoboji trip were worn thin, Cabela’s marketing manager, Erin Natalicchio, and her team donated and delivered thirty life jackets on behalf of the outdoor outfitters retailer. “I applaud…

  • Friday, Apr 11, 2014
    New York

    This is an image Thanks to $31,000 in funding from the New York City Council, Common Sense Parenting® classes are now offered in many boroughs of New York that are in dire need of resources for parents.For the first time in site history, multiple…

  • Monday, Apr 07, 2014
    Nebraska/Iowa

    This is an image This story was featured in the April 2014 issue of Edge Magazine. It is written by Jack Shotbolt.Stories of amazing transformations of Boys Town teens have surfaced over the years, and one impressive example is that of Anne Polland from Valley, Nebraska.Starting at…

  • Friday, Apr 04, 2014
    Nebraska/Iowa

    This is an image In the eight years that Stevie Gass, Boys Town Nebraska/Iowa Health Services Teacher, has offered the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) class to the youth at Boys Town High School, every one of her students has passed the state exam. In…

  • Friday, Apr 04, 2014
    Washington D.C.

    Almost all at-risk kids and troubled families need help to get back on their feet. Some just need a small boost of care and services to create the momentum that will help them make necessary changes. Others, like Marie and…

  • Friday, Apr 04, 2014
    California

    Boys Town California recently piloted a Common Sense Parenting® (CSP) program for the male inmates of the Orange County Department of Corrections. Beginning in January of this year, two CSP classes were offered to well-behaved inmates that were interested. This…

  • Monday, Mar 31, 2014
    All

    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 levels…

  • Friday, Mar 28, 2014
    Louisiana

    This is an image Boys Town Louisiana Executive Director, Dr. Dennis Dillon, has been appointed as a Community Leadership Network Fellow by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.  This award is targeted to individuals who can be transformative social change agents in their communities so…

  • Friday, Mar 28, 2014
    South Florida

    Domestic abuse against women comes in many guises. The worst is when the victim takes the blame for the beatings she endures at the hands of an angry, often intoxicated husband or boyfriend. That’s where Louise found herself after an…

  • Monday, Mar 24, 2014
    South Florida

    When the opportunity to add a new element of diversity to its workforce and serve Haitian families and children in Palm Beach County came along, Boys Town South Florida was quick to answer.Last fall, the site began providing the Parent-Child…

  • Friday, Mar 21, 2014
    Nebraska/Iowa

    The death of five year-old Peyton Benson on January 15, 2014 inspired Boys Town Nebraska to join other local organizations to combat gang violence in north and south Omaha neighborhoods.Peyton Benson was eating breakfast at her kitchen table when a…

  • Friday, Mar 21, 2014
    Washington D.C.

    This is an image Dsean, Tayvon, and Dashawn from the Boys Town Washington, D.C. Family Home® program are the first youth to complete the new Health Rocks Healthy Living Program. The Health Rocks class, taught by Boys Town Washington, D.C. employees Taylor Dufrene, Care…

  • Friday, Mar 14, 2014
    Washington D.C.

    This is an image It has not been a quiet winter for the East Coast. Boys Town Washington, D.C. has seen its fair share of wind, snow and ice. When an elderly couple living near the campus reached out for help, Family-Teacher® Payton Wynne…

  • Thursday, Mar 13, 2014
    North Florida

    This is an image We often hear about the benefits Boys Town provides for the youth that go through the programs, but there is another group that stands to gain from the outstanding techniques encouraged in Treatment Family Homes and classes: the biological children…

  • Friday, Mar 07, 2014
    Washington D.C.

    This is an image In Washington D.C., Martin Luther King Day, is observed by many as a day of service spent bettering the community in memory of the late Dr. King. The youth in Mark and Charrisse Ifill’s Family Home participated by cleaning up…

  • Friday, Mar 07, 2014
    South Florida

    Understanding. Comprehending. Accepting. Achieving. When a Boys Town South Florida Family Consultant works with a family that is trying to deal with their child’s behavior problems, these are the results that services hope to achieve. Reaching these goals can be…

  • Monday, Mar 03, 2014
    Louisiana

    Boys Town Louisiana announced today their participation in the ReFresh project. The local organization recently signed a lease and will be moving into the new ReFresh  building on 300 N. Broad Street beginning in April of this year. The 60,000…

  • Monday, Mar 03, 2014
    Central Florida

    This is an image Boys Town Central Florida received a grant from the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF), a McCormick Foundation Fund for the 5th time since 2008. Boys Town was one of 25 organizations to receive $600,000 worth of grants dedicated to assisting…

  • Friday, Feb 28, 2014
    Nevada

    This is an image Even after losing his freedom in youth detention facilities numerous times, Nick would always go back to his old ways. And trouble and misery would always follow.  In 2011, after two stints in juvenile detention and being on parole, Nick was…

  • Friday, Feb 28, 2014
    Washington D.C.

    The support Boys Town Washington, D.C. provides is great, but so are the needs of D.C. families. When In-Home Family Services (IHFS) Consultant, Travis Loggins Santiago, realized that a family he was helping would not get much for Christmas, he…

  • Monday, Feb 24, 2014
    Nebraska/Iowa

    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.            …

  • Monday, Feb 24, 2014
    Nebraska/Iowa

    This article first appeared on NebraskaRadioNetwork.com on February 19, 2014. It is written by Karla James. Boys Town is expanding into South Omaha. Executive Director Father Steven Boes says they are setting up a new office near 25th and L Streets…

  • Friday, Feb 21, 2014
    Washington D.C.

    Boys Town Washington D.C. In-Home Family Services (IHFS) families found themselves in need this holiday season. Several families were in crisis and Thales’s Sunshine Committee came to the rescue. Thales employees quickly organized a food drive where hundreds of canned…

  • Friday, Feb 21, 2014
    Central Florida

    This is an image April Karos knows that in order to help her son get better, she had to first help herself. With assistance from Boys Town Central Florida and its In-Home Family Services and Common Sense Parenting® programs, she was able to do…

  • Monday, Feb 17, 2014
    California

    This is an image Boys Town California Community Support Program® staff, families, and volunteers enjoyed a fun evening of food and gifts as they celebrated the end of a successful year on December 19.One hundred people participated in the event held at the Courtyard…

  • Friday, Feb 14, 2014
    Washington D.C.

    Daniel Alston knew his first case as a Family Consultant at Boys Town Washington D.C. would be a special one. For starters, the family coincidently shared the same last name.  As time went on, Daniel learned that the Alston family…

  • Monday, Feb 10, 2014
    Texas

    This is an image Two years and eight months.That’s how long Janie and Enrique Perez had to wait for the little girl they call “God’s Grace” to become part of their family.The couple’s adoption of little Rachel Grace Perez is a story of patience,…

  • Monday, Feb 10, 2014
    Nebraska/Iowa

    This is an image After Sonnie Sawkee of Lincoln, Nebraska visited the Village of Boys Town with her church group, she was eager to use her knitting talents and connections to give Boys Town youth a warmer winter.Since her visit in the fall of…

  • Thursday, Feb 06, 2014
    Central Florida

    In November Boys Town Central Florida partnered with Evans High School to bring Common Sense Parenting® classes to parents in Orange County. Six parents completed the course that ran from November 7, 2013 - December 19, 2013. One of the parents…

  • Thursday, Feb 06, 2014
    Louisiana

    New Orleans is benefitting from some unlikely donors this winter as the youth at Boys Town Louisiana cheerfully donated some of their money to the less fortunate.In the fall of 2013, both Chris Osterbuhr, a former Boys Town employee, and…

  • Thursday, Jan 30, 2014
    North Florida

    It may be winter, but in sunny Florida that just means another perfect weekend to enjoy time outside. December 6-8, Boys Town North Florida hosted a series of sporting events at the Golden Eagle Country Club to raise money and…

  • Thursday, Jan 30, 2014
    Louisiana

    Even though they no longer work at Boys Town, they never really stopped working for Boys Town.For the past three years, former employees Tom and Chris Osterbuhr have been working with their daughter, Katelyn, to bring Boys Town youth 25…

  • Friday, Jan 24, 2014
    Iowa

    This is an image Former South African President and human rights champion, Nelson Mandela, once said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to a man in his own language, that goes…

  • Friday, Jan 24, 2014
    Washington D.C.

    Boys Town has joined with the District of Columbia Justice Grants Association (JGA) and a number of organizations in Washington, D.C. to lower the number of truant elementary school students in the area. In late September 2012, JGA sent out…

  • Thursday, Jan 23, 2014
    Louisiana

    With his mother in a downward spiral of substance abuse and an always-absent father, Darrell appeared doomed to become just another sad statistic.But thanks to Boys Town Louisiana, Darrell got an opportunity to redirect the trajectory of his life.State authorities…

  • Thursday, Jan 23, 2014
    North Florida

    This is an image For Rub Prophete, coming to Boys Town North Florida was an opportunity to find his “A” game, both in school and in life. At 17, Rub was missing a lot of school and wasn’t doing well in the classroom when…

  • Monday, Jan 20, 2014
    Nebraska/Iowa

    With Boys Town’s help, a single mother was able to keep a vow and keep her family together.Loni had a history of alcohol abuse that often put her kids in danger. When she was drinking, her two teenaged sons were…

  • Monday, Jan 20, 2014
    Nevada

    This is an image Twelve Days of Christmas may be overwhelming, but luckily you don’t need a partridge, four calling birds or nine ladies dancing to celebrate the Twelve Days of Boys Town. From December 1-12, Boys Town Nevada’s Friends Committee spearheaded and solicited…

  • Monday, Jan 20, 2014
    Iowa

    This is an image Twelve Boys Town Iowa employees in Sioux City, Iowa volunteered to assist with the Annual “Goodwill Christmas Shoe and Mitten Party” in December.Sioux City Public Schools invited low-income families to attend the Goodwill sponsored event. Youth from kindergarten through eighth…

  • Monday, Jan 20, 2014
    New York

    This is an image Thanks to GAP Inc., who donated 60 boxes of new clothing to Boys Town New York for their annual In-Home Family Services® shopping event, 100 families arrived at the site to enjoy a wonderful Christmas shopping experience in December. Other…

  • Thursday, Jan 16, 2014
    New York

    This is an image On December 27, 2013 youth from Boys Town New York’s Intervention and Assessment (I&A) Homes, and Non Secure Placement (N.S.P.) homes, participated in the second annual Holiday Hoopfest. Former New York Knicks forward Hollis Copeland was on hand, as well…

  • Thursday, Jan 16, 2014
    Central Florida

    This is an image The night was bright with holiday spirit and Christmas lights at Boys Town Central Florida on Sunday, December 8. Community members were invited to join Boys Town employees and youth for the site’s annual Christmas tree lighting and open house.…

  • Thursday, Jan 16, 2014
    South Florida

    This article was published on StarTribune.com on January 13, 2014. It is written by Kelli Kennedy.After his father was diagnosed with cancer, a 15-year-old Champaign, Ill., teen started skipping school, erupting in angry outbursts, yelling at teachers and punching holes…

  • Monday, Jan 13, 2014
    South Florida

    Starting over as a parent after you’ve already raised three kids of your own is never an easy task.But when Sylvia’s 6-year-old granddaughter Melanie was left alone when her parents were arrested for criminal activity, Sylvia knew what she had…

  • Monday, Jan 13, 2014
    Texas

    Geoffrey and Pam Farmer are Boys Town Texas Foster Parents for one simple reason: So they can love and guide children who can no longer live at home and prepare and place them on the right path for life’s journey.…

  • Friday, Jan 10, 2014
    New England

    Boys Town New England welcomed 100 community members to their annual Christmas tree lighting on Thursday, December 12.  Before the tree was lit, guests were directed into the family homes® on campus where the Family-Teachers® had cookies, milk, mini cinnamon…

  • Friday, Jan 10, 2014
    South Florida

    This is an image Dealing with a child’s mental health problems is a heartbreaking, confusing and frustrating experience for everyone in the child’s family.It takes extraordinary love and courage to accept that there is a problem and then to be open to the kind…

  • Friday, Jan 10, 2014
    Texas

    This is an image Boys Town Texas’s annual Christmas tree lighting on December 7 was a huge event this year with donations from a variety of organizations, a car show and a visit from Santa Claus.More than 100 people came to the event despite…

  • Friday, Jan 10, 2014
    California

    This is an image On Saturday, December 6, 2013, more than 100 guests at Boys Town California’s Magical Christmas Open House were given a truly magical experience as they made their way through each of the Family Homes®. The guests were given “passport books”…

  • Tuesday, Jan 07, 2014
    South Florida

    This is an image This story was published by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on January 1, 2014. It is written by Jan Engoren. Boys Town South Florida, an organization that works in homes and schools with families to enhance parenting skills, teamed up with…

  • Tuesday, Jan 07, 2014
    New England

    Matthew and Kathy Zoerhof have been Family-Teachers® with Boys Town New England since October 2011. Over the past two years Matthew and Kathy have gone above and beyond to provide support, healing and personal growth to not only the children…

  • Friday, Jan 03, 2014
    Nebraska/Iowa

    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 Roy…

  • Thursday, Jan 02, 2014
    Washington D.C.

    This is an image Having grown up in a home that was constantly serving through the foster program, Dr. Rochelle Edwards, a Boys Town Washington, D.C. Foster Parent, was used to seeing new faces at the dinner table. As an adult, she can’t imagine…

  • Monday, Dec 30, 2013
    New York

    Boys Town could not be the effective organization that it is without the support of the dedicated and educated mentors that care for the program’s youth. Boys Town New York gives the site’s female mentors and supporters a unique learning…

  • Monday, Dec 30, 2013
    Central Florida

    This is an image This article first appeared on seminolechronicle.com December 11, 2013. It is written by Andy Ceballos.The holidays are here again, and an annual race in Winter Springs is an opportunity to lace up your shoes in the name of the season's…

  • Monday, Dec 23, 2013
    Louisiana

    This is an image Over 325 Boys Town staff and community members danced the night away to the tunes of the Phat Hats at the third annual Retro ReProm.Nine community leaders were nominated to vie for the “crown” of king and queen of Boys…

  • Monday, Dec 23, 2013
    Central Florida

    This is an image Boys Town Central Florida Executive Director, Greg Zbylut and Clinical Support Manager, Melissa Quinn represented Boys Town Central Florida in the “Covenant House Sleep-Out: Executive Edition”. At its first-ever Sleep-Out, the Orlando location of Covenant House hosted Quinn, Zbylut and…

  • Friday, Dec 20, 2013
    California

    This is an image Christmas gifts come in all shapes and sizes. But the best Christmas gifts are often the ones that can’t be placed in a box or wrapped in brightly colored paper. These are the gifts of the heart, and they last…

  • Friday, Dec 20, 2013
    South Florida

    This is an image On Saturday, November 23, Boys Town South Florida and the Junior League of Palm Beaches teamed up for the 23rd Annual Basket Brigade. Forming an assembly line, 150 volunteers filled baskets with the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner. The baskets…

  • Friday, Dec 20, 2013
    Central Florida

    Boys Town Central Florida is helping the Christmas Bikes for Kids organization make other children’s dreams come true this holiday season. As former recipients of the bikes from Christmas Bikes for Kids, Boys Town Central Florida is happy to lend a…

  • Thursday, Dec 19, 2013
    New England

    This is an image When Boys Town New England decided to use social media to fill Thanksgiving baskets for the families in In-Home Family ServicesSM (IHFS), they were hopeful, but unsure if their campaign would be successful. Boys Town staff used email and the…

  • Thursday, Dec 19, 2013
    Texas

    A little common sense can go a long way. In some cases, it can save a marriage. Boys Town Texas Parent Trainer Priscilla Ornelas has seen it firsthand. Not long after concluding a Common Sense Parenting® class, one husband and father…

  • Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013
    Central Florida

    This is an image This story was published December 14, 2013 on orlandosentinel.com. It is written by Lauren Roth. Devonte Mays can now envision a future with a job, a college degree and a family. Not so long ago, he couldn't picture anything beyond juvenile detention. Just…

  • Monday, Dec 16, 2013
    New York

    This is an image Jon Jelley has been named the Executive Director for Boys Town New York. Jon has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s in Youth and Family Services. He was born in the United Kingdom and before he came…

  • Monday, Dec 16, 2013
    Nevada

    This story published on 8NewsNow.com on December 4, 2013. It is by Kristen Joyce, Morning Anchor, and Kyle Zuelke, Photojournalist. Excitement builds at the Boys Town in northwest Las Vegas. The kids are receiving a little cheer for the holidays. The…

  • Monday, Dec 16, 2013
    Nebraska/Iowa

    This is an image For the 4th time in five years, the Boys Town Cowboys boys cross country team qualified for the state championship meet in Kearney, Nebraska. Coach Ron Stargel and Assistant Coach Thomas McGinn can’t help but be impressed by the hard…

  • Monday, Dec 16, 2013
    California

    This is an image On Saturday, October 12, 2013, Boys Town California hosted its annual “Night of Hope” at The Center Club in Costa Mesa to benefit their life-changing programs that benefit kids and families. Attendees bid on the silent and live auction items,…

  • Friday, Dec 13, 2013
    Nevada

    This is an image On a sultry July evening, while his mom, dad and siblings slept, little Liam Gifford crawled through a doggie door that led to the yard.Once outside, the 2-year-old wandered over to the family’s above-ground pool. It was filled with only…

  • Friday, Dec 13, 2013
    Louisiana

    This is an image Justin’s life was in a tailspin. His mother’s struggles with substance abuse made his home chaotic and unstable, and he was failing in school and hanging out with the wrong crowd in the neighborhood.   Angry and uncertain, Justin lashed out…

  • Friday, Dec 13, 2013
    Iowa

    This is an image Red Ribbon Week is a national weeklong campaign to raise awareness of the harmful effects of drugs, provide drug prevention resources, and advocate for families that have been, or may be, affected by drug abuse. Siouxland Cares and ELKs Lodge…

  • Friday, Dec 13, 2013
    Central Florida

    This is an image From juvenile detention, to a Boys Town Family Home, to speaking at a Boys Town Central Florida fundraising event. De’Vonte Mays has really come a long ways. At age 11, growing up in a rough neighborhood and hanging out with…

  • Monday, Dec 09, 2013
    Nevada

    This is an image In October, 150 guests enjoyed a two-fold golf and glamour event to benefit Boys Town Nevada. The fun-filled day was graciously sponsored by the Bennett Family Foundation. The golf portion of the event began with breakfast and registration at Dragon Ridge…

  • Monday, Dec 09, 2013
    California

    This is an image Not long ago, Andy and Linda Harber found themselves in a situation they had never faced before: Being grandparents. Though they had raised two children in a wholesome home, they wanted to take extra steps to be sure they were…

  • Monday, Dec 02, 2013
    Nebraska/Iowa

    This is an image Boys Town Nebraska/Iowa youth had the special treat of being the first shoppers at the brand new Nebraska Crossing Outlet Mall! The kids helped with the 'soft opening' – sort of a test drive for the stores. Each youth received a surprise…

  • Monday, Dec 02, 2013
    New York

    Boys Town New York’s Bergen Street Non-Secure Detention Center, an Intervention and Assessment® (I&A) facility, hosted its 3rd annual Iron Chef competition and celebrated a day filled with good food, fun and friendship.Spearheaded by I&A Supervisor, Corey Hooper and Youth…

  • Monday, Dec 02, 2013
    New England

    This is an image On Saturday, November 2, John Florez, President and CEO of Drupal Connect and his team hosted a gathering at their offices in downtown Newport, RI to raise money and build awareness of Boys Town New England. Nearly 50 people attended…

  • Friday, Nov 22, 2013
    New England

    This is an image On Monday, October 28 youth and staff from Boys Town New England walked four laps around the Bazarsky campus in hopes of raising awareness about breast cancer. Maria Lawrence, an intern from Salve Regina University, organized the event.Each academic year…

  • Thursday, Nov 21, 2013
    New England

    This is an image This story was published in ProvidenceJournal.com on October 27, 2013. It is written by Bob Kerr of the Providence Journal. He sits in his wheelchair, smiling, reaching, talking in his way. Johnnel Diaz is 3 years old, and he has…

  • Friday, Nov 15, 2013
    California

    The first time Jason Perez walked into the Pena family home, he was shocked to see possessions piled from floor to ceiling in every corner. The house had the feel, look and smell of a packrat. The scene was disorderly and…

  • Friday, Nov 15, 2013
    Texas

    This is an image It was a beautiful fall morning when sixteen seniors and two teachers from Incarnate Word High School (IWHS) in San Antonio arrived on the Boys Town Texas campus, armed to beautify the grounds. As the young ladies got off of the…

  • Thursday, Nov 14, 2013
    Central Florida

    The heartfelt thank you card from a grateful parent reminded Boys Town Central Florida In-Home Family Services® Consultant, Justin Colson, how his efforts successfully change lives. When Colson began working with the Chavez family, 15-year-old Mark was struggling in school. He…

  • Thursday, Nov 14, 2013
    New England

    This is an image When youth Josh and Jake discovered they enjoyed gardening, they not only honed their green thumbs, they sharpened their entrepreneurial skills.  It began in September when volunteers from the Naval Academy visited the New England site to help landscape and…

  • Friday, Nov 08, 2013
    Washington D.C.

    The Boys Town Model® is a world-renowned structure founded in research, but it’s more than research proclaiming the merits of this system. Former youth, Dayar Brown, had the opportunity to visit Boys Town Washington D.C. as a program alum to…

  • Thursday, Nov 07, 2013
    Central Florida

    This is an image Nearly 350 people attended the Wings of Hope Foundation’s “Heart to Heart” Gala on Saturday, September 28 to benefit youth who have “aged out” of the foster care system and the agencies that help them. The night included gourmet cuisine,…

  • Thursday, Nov 07, 2013
    Texas

    This is an image Boys Town Texas is making sure all kids receive the care they need through a partnership with Children’s Hospital. Recently, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller visited and blessed one of Boys Town Texas’ community partners: the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio (formerly…

  • Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013
    South Florida

    This is an image Boys Town South Florida was awarded a $238,126 grant from the Quantum Foundation. The funds are to be distributed over the course of 28 months and will be used to support the Behavioral Health Clinic in Palm Beach County.“This is…

  • Monday, Nov 04, 2013
    Nebraska/Iowa

    This is an image On October 10, the Southwest Omaha Rotary Club held the fifth annual wine event at The Club at Indian Creek in Omaha to benefit the Boys Town National Hotline®. The event included a wine tasting and silent auction for the…

  • Monday, Nov 04, 2013
    New England

    On Saturday, September 27, volunteers from the Naval Academy Preparatory School of Newport, RI, spent hours refurbishing the campus of Boys Town New England. The 30 volunteers participated in various tasks including reconstructing gardens in front of the homes, office…

  • Monday, Nov 04, 2013
    South Florida

    For the third year in a row, Boys Town South Florida was awarded a grant from The Jim Moran Foundation. This year’s contribution was $156,000, which is to be distributed over the course of one year to fund In-Home Family…

  • Friday, Nov 01, 2013
    Washington D.C.

    This is an image On September 4, Boys Town Washington, D.C. launched D.C.’s first Awaiting Placement Program. This new service was made possible by the acquisition of a grant from the Department of Youth and Rehabilitation Services (DYRS).A long-time partner of the D.C. site,…

  • Friday, Nov 01, 2013
    Texas

    This is an image It was “Christmas in October” when Jacqueline Fentress and her mother, Kristina, arrived on the Boys Town Texas campus October 23rd. They came with a car filled with twenty-five Halloween costumes, dress-up clothes and bags full of accessories and make-up…

  • Friday, Nov 01, 2013
    Nevada

    Boys Town Nevada received a two-year, $2,000,000 grant this fall from the Engelstad Family Foundation to support and expand their family-based services. This is the fourth year that Boys Town Nevada has been awarded the grant. In addition to funding the…

  • Monday, Oct 28, 2013
    Louisiana

    Youth from the Boys Town Louisiana Family Homes® and the Intervention Home® learned a valuable lesson through their volunteer efforts for the New Orleans Mission and Bridge House. Assistant Family-Teacher®, Steven Mickle Jr. and Youth Care Worker, Hakim Ziyad reached…

  • Monday, Oct 28, 2013
    Texas

    This is an image What started as a small golf tournament to benefit a San Antonio charity years ago has transformed into a massive event that improves the lives of children nationwide. The Valero Texas Open Benefit for Children Golf Classic, a project of…

  • Monday, Oct 28, 2013
    Central Florida

    Since Boys Town Central Florida named Erica Vagle Common Sense Parenting® (CSP) Supervisor on July 1, 2013, the CSP program in Central Florida has tripled the number of families served in just a few short months. After accepting the position…

  • Monday, Oct 28, 2013
    South Florida

    Meggie was only 13, but her life already seemed to be going nowhere. She ran with the wrong crowd, lied to her parents and friends, and even began cutting herself as a way to deal with the misery of what…

  • Monday, Oct 21, 2013
    Texas

    This is an image Pam and Geoffrey Farmer happily opened their home to Grande Communications employees, Stephanie Cano-Qualls, Justin Collette and their families, for a “thank you” dinner July 31, 2013. Patricia Perez Saenz, Donor Relations Specialist and Joyce Horner, Development Director at Boys…

  • Monday, Oct 21, 2013
    New England

    This is an image On Saturday, September 28, Boys Town youth and staff volunteered at a very colorful 5K, “Color Me Rad.” With their involvement in the race and being the charity partner, “Color Me Rad” raised $17,500 in total for Boys Town New…

  • Friday, Oct 18, 2013
    California

    This is an image Kelly Escobedo was down to her last chance. Her children had been removed from her care, and she wanted to reunite with them. But time was running out. A long history of sexual abuse and drug use clouded a possible…

  • Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013
    New England

    The Providence Public Library transformed into a scene from the “The Wizard of Oz” during Boys Town New England’s 8th annual Hidden Treasures Gala — A Night in Oz — which brought to life the realization that dreams really do…

  • Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013
    Washington D.C.

    This is an image When Katrina first met Boys Town Family Consultant Travis Loggins-Santiago, she and her sons were on the verge of being evicted, Katrina had been without a job for seven months and the children were in trouble at school. Usually fun…

  • Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013
    North Florida

    This is an image For 11-year-old Noah, nightly meltdowns had become a way of life. When he was angry, he spit, shouted and balled up his fists. When his mother told him to do his homework, he would get so upset that he’d scream…

  • Monday, Oct 14, 2013
    Central Florida

    This is an image The loss of a loved one is a painful blow for any family. When adjusting to that loss results in conflict and turmoil in the home, the hurt goes even deeper. That was the situation Melanie and her son Daniel…

  • Thursday, Oct 10, 2013
    Louisiana

    Cory Edwards has only been in the Intervention and Assessment (I and A) program at Boys Town Louisiana for a short time, but his ambition and motivation have been evident since the day he arrived in late July. From day…

  • Monday, Oct 07, 2013
    Nebraska/Iowa

    When Erin Dittman, Boys Town Nebraska/Iowa Family Consultant, walked into the Jones’ home she immediately noticed that the there was only one bed for mom, grandma and the three boys. The boys, age 10, 14 and 18, were sleeping on…

  • Thursday, Oct 03, 2013
    North Florida

    A trip to the doctor led to a change in lifestyle for Family-Teacher® Trinity Mackley and the members of his Family Home®. After finding out that he suffered from high blood sugar and was pre-diabetic, Mackley decided it was time to…

  • Thursday, Oct 03, 2013
    Nebraska/Iowa

    This is an image On Tuesday, August 20 Kayla Soderling, Assistant Manager at DSW Westroads, dropped off eighty pairs of new and gently used shoes at the Boys Town Home Campus Clothesline. Boys Town youth and staff were ecstatic with the donation of the…

  • Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013
    North Florida

    On June 1, Boys Town North Florida youth joined with over 200 volunteers and gave up some of their summer free time to help out kids in need through a one-day community project called A FULL SUMMER. Many children depend…