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Boys Town’s Class of 2019: A New Journey Begins

May 15th, 2019     By Father Steven E. Boes, President and National Executive Director, Boys Town

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Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage and confidence.                
~ Og Mandino, American Author

On May 19, 100 girls and boys who learned how valuable they are as their lives were reshaped at Boys Town will proudly walk across our Music Hall stage. Dressed in blue caps and gowns, they will shake hands with me and other Boys Town leaders and receive their high school diplomas, a moment many of them never thought would be possible.

When the 2019 Boys Town High School graduation ceremony is over, there will be smiles, tears and laughter as our graduates celebrate with their friends and families and enjoy one of the biggest days of their lives.

As one journey for our graduates ends, another begins. Now, they'll be taking the next step in their lives, whether it's entering the workforce, continuing their education or serving in the military. Some may return home while others move on to independent living.

They won't be alone. Everything they've learned at Boys Town will go with them, and they'll continue to benefit from the support, the love and the resources Boys Town offers to our former youth. They'll go into the world with the relationships they've forged with their fellow graduates, their Family-Teachers, their teachers and counselors, and everyone who played a role, big or small, in helping them grow and thrive. They'll also make new friends and renew relationships as members of the Boys Town Alumni Association®, which helps former youth maintain strong ties with their Boys Town family.

Since I became Boys Town's National Executive Director in 2005, I've had the pleasure of sending nearly 1,500 young men and women into their futures. Each arrived at Boys Town with his or her own story of brokenness and despair. Each followed a different path to healing and finding hope. Each will make a special and unique mark in the world, using the skills, qualities and talents they acquired or polished as citizens of the Village of Boys Town, Nebraska.

Not all of our former youth make a smooth transition into young adulthood. There are stumbles, start-overs and tough challenges. Sometimes, it takes a long time for the lessons that were learned to kick in and get a former youth moving forward. But being given a second chance, and knowing that the people who are closest to you have faith in you and will always be there to help can have a miraculous, lasting and transformative effect.

It's been happening at Boys Town for more than 100 years and it will continue far into the future.

That's why we believe so passionately in the life-changing work we do with youth here at Boys Town. It's also the reason why we are so grateful for our supporters – caring people like you – whose commitment to our mission ensures we can help kids for generations to come.

We ask that you keep our newest graduates, and all of our kids, in your prayers. They pray for you, too, and appreciate everything you do.

Congratulations, Boys Town Class of 2019, and thank you, Boys Town supporters!

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