Then and Now
Boys Town's Beliefs and Values Remain the Same
Whether it's 1917 when Father Flanagan founded Boys Town or 2020, our belief that EVERY child deserves a chance to be loved remains a core value at Boys Town.
Father Flanagan held certain beliefs and values that were ahead of his time. He believed that love, compassion, tolerance and inclusion, combined with teaching and good role modeling, are keys to helping struggling and troubled children get back on track and have a chance to build brighter futures. All these years later, it's remarkable to see and hear Father Flanagan talk about his philosophy of care and to know it resonates with and inspires so many today.
Boys Town Then
Then: If the future of our country is to be secure from dangerous enemies from within, parents and guardians of children must become more conscious of the responsibilities which God has placed upon them. We must become more virtuous in our own lives that may teach more effectively the lesson of proper citizenship by example as well as instruction. Kindness and love will open the heart of any problem boy. That heart will melt within the warmth of the sunshine of love. I have really never found a boy who wanted to be bad.
Boys Town Now
Now: Boys Town truly is an amazing place and I think many times people don’t realize how unique it is. This place is a huge melting pot for kids everywhere. We have students who come from all over the country. I can think of no other place in the world where kids from all different walks of life are slammed together with the expectation to get along and grow, and the funny thing is it works. Father Flanagan must have known what he was doing so many years ago. Without Boys Town some of us may not even still be alive. If that is not special or what some would call a miracle, then I’m not sure what is. Father Flanagan started this home with a dream and how could anyone say that his dream is not still alive today.