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​​​​Booster Banquet with Anthony Robles​​​​Booster-Banquet-with-Anthony-Robles.aspx​​​​Booster Banquet with Anthony Robles<p>​​Please join us on Tuesday, April 28 to hear NCAA Wrestling Champion, Anthony Robles, speak at the 53rd Annual Boys Town Booster Banquet at The Embassy Suites in LaVista! <a href="" target="_blank">Purchase your tickets or tables now​</a>!</p><p>Born with one leg, 2011 NCAA Champion Anthony Robles became an unstoppable force in college wrestling who now shares his strategy for success—a limitless belief in self and the motivation to do things other people wouldn't have thought possible.</p><p>Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for social hour and silent auction followed by dinner and our program at 7 p.m. The first part of the program will be recognizing the 2019 <em>Competing with Character</em> award winners who will share their stories of success thanks to Boys Town athletic programs. Next, our Boys Town athletes will be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments this school year and a presentation of the Alumni Hall of Fame inductees. An exciting live auction will follow and the evening will conclude with our outstanding keynote speaker. This is a kid-friendly event that will be over by 9 p.m. <a href="/boosters/Pages/default.aspx">Learn more here​</a>. <br></p><p>Sponsors are still needed for this event. If your company is interested in being a sponsor, please contact Herb Hames at 531-355-3322 or <a href=""></a>.</p><p>We hope to see you April 28!​<br></p>2020-04-28T05:00:00ZEvent<img alt="Anthony Robles" src="/boosters/PublishingImages/Pages/default/Anthony-Robles---Headshot.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Annual Blue Water Bash July 25, 2020! Blue Water Bash July 25, 2020!<p>Join us for the ninth annual Boys Town "Blue Water Bash" on Saturday, July 25! This fun-filled summer party will benefit Boys Town's Okoboji Camp. <a href="" target="_blank">Get your tickets today! </a></p><p>Don't forget to take a moment to browse the dozens of silent auction items up for bid while enjoying heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. Be sure to register your phone for early access and mobile bidding. To register, text <strong>boji20 </strong>to <strong>76278</strong>.</p><p>We'll also have live music throughout the evening! The band performing will be the Fishheads.  After the live auction, the dance floor will be open! This is definitely a party at the lake you don't want to miss!</p><p>Sponsorships are still available for this event. <a href="" target="_blank">Register online </a> or contact Melissa Steffes for more information at <a href="mailto:melissa.steffes@boystown.or?subject=Blue%20Water%20Bash"></a>.</p><p>Thank you to our 2020 Blue Water Bash Chairs Melissa, Irving and Bear Jensen!</p><h3>Date</h3><p>July 25, 2019</p><h3>Time</h3><p>6:30 p.m.</p><h3>Location</h3><p>Boys Town Okoboji Camp<br> 1501 Okoboji Boulevard<br> West Okoboji, Iowa </p>2020-07-25T05:00:00ZEvent<img alt="Fish Head Band logo" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/FIshhead-logo2020.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent



Vida’s Forever Family’s Forever Family<p>​​Two days before Christmas in 2019, Vida received an early gift of a forever family when she was adopted by April and Joey Falk.<br></p><p>Vida had spent three years in Boys Town Nebraska foster homes prior to her adoption. Now 14, she is doing well in school, plays volleyball and just enjoys the everyday activities that go along with being a teenager.</p><p> Boys Town believes every child deserves a happy home and a loving family. For more than 100 years, this principal has driven our mission to change the way American cares for children and families. </p><p> Vida is just one of the hundreds of children every year who find their forever family through Boys Town.​<br></p>2020-02-27T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Vida Adoption" src="/locations/nebraska/PublishingImages/Vida.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Vida Adoption" height="443" src="/locations/nebraska/PublishingImages/Vida.jpg" width="400" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town National Hotline Receives Donation from American Legion Town National Hotline Receives Donation from American Legion<p>On Thursday, November 14, the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation (ALCWF) presented Boys Town National Hotline with a check for $17,500, the second donation they made last year. The ALCWF awarded the Hotline these funds to reach more people needing help by creating advertisements for sites such as Facebook and Instagram. </p><p>The Boys Town National Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for people to call and get help in a time of need. It is staffed by specially trained Boys Town counselors and is accredited by the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). Along with the Hotline phone number, there is also a website called Your Life Your Voice.</p><p>Your Life Your Voice provides kids and families the opportunity to ask their questions via phone, text, chat, or email. There is also a mobile app that works as a mood journal for kids to track their thoughts and feelings. By tracking these, they can identify potential triggers and get tips for dealing with situations. Children can also access free, personal counseling via phone, email, chat, or text on the mobile app. </p><p>The Hotline has also partnered up with Omaha schools to provide a Safe Schools Hotline. This service provides a phone number, available 24/7, for callers to speak anonymously with Hotline Crisis Counselors about concerns, including bullying, depression, suicidal or self-harm thoughts, substance abuse, relationship issues, and violence. Most of the calls are from people concerned about a student after seeing something on social media or hearing thoughts of self-harm or suicide. When they call a counselor about this issue, the counselor can notify the school with information so the at-risk student can get help. This hotline currently serves 52,000 Omaha Public School students in 82 schools as well as Millard, Bellevue, Ralston, Plattsmouth, and Brownell-Talbot school districts.</p><p>Last year, Boys Town National Hotline received 127,000 calls and 23,000 web contacts (emails, chats, and texts). They also had over 950,000 visitors to Your Life Your Voice. </p><p>By using the donation from ALCWF for advertisements on sites such as Facebook and Instagram, more people will find out about the Boys Town National Hotline and reach out when they need help or know of someone who does. Boys Town is very thankful for the generous donation from American Legion Child Welfare Foundation.</p>​ 2020-02-03T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/BTLogo-Home.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Creighton University Medical Students Volunteer with Boys Town Day School University Medical Students Volunteer with Boys Town Day School<p>Creighton University medical students recently volunteered with the Boys Town Day School to create a "sensory path" for children to use for self-control when they are referred to the office.</p><p>Several months ago, Scott Butler, Director of Boys Town Day School, received an email from Tom Lynch, Director of Community Programs, about a group of medical students wanting to volunteer at Boys Town. Butler thought this would be the perfect time to complete the goal of creating a sensory path.</p><p>At the start of the school year, the Day School, Intervention and Assessment, and the Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility implemented the Take 5 program for self-control teaching. Take 5 is a program that teaches students different types of self-control strategies they can use in the classroom. The program is divided up into five sections: breathing practices, exercise and movement, drawing and journaling, concentration and relaxation, and talk or touch. There are five different activities in each strategy, giving students 25 different ways to maintain control of their emotions. </p><p>The Day School staff wanted a sensory path that represented the various Take 5 strategies and Butler knew that Sarah Borchers, a paraprofessional for the Boys Town Day School, would be the perfect person to lead the group of volunteers. She is currently enrolled in a Master's program to get her elementary education and special education degree. She researched sensory paths, collaborated with teachers and an interventionist, and communicated with the medical students to establish several volunteer sessions. Sarah also recruited Day School staff to stay and help with the project.  "This project was something I felt passionate about because I believe sensory pathways help students learn self-regulation and self-control strategies," said Borchers. "It gives them another option to use for self-control and helps them to be successful in the classroom." </p>2020-01-31T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/BTLogo-Home.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Staff and Boys Town Foster Parents receive NeAHSC Awards Town Staff and Boys Town Foster Parents receive NeAHSC Awards<p>Mandi Ahrens and Andy and Kim Schnatz received awards at the Nebraska Association of Homes and Services for Children (NeAHSC) fall conference.</p><p>The NeAHSC is a collection of providers across Nebraska that support, promote, and improve the quality of care for children and families through advocacy, education, cooperative efforts among members, and effective communication between providers and the State of Nebraska. Members represent an assortment of in and out of home services to youth and families including child welfare, juvenile justice, and treatment services.</p><p>At the fall conference each year, three awards are presented. Award recipients are decided through nomination letters from agency administrators, supervisors, and co-workers. The nomination committee then carefully reviews and selects an individual based on job performance, role model, and level of dedication along with other qualities that make the candidate an outstanding employee.</p><p> <strong>Youth Care Worker of the Year<br></strong></p><p> <img class="page-suppt-cont-alt" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/NeAHSC-Awards-3.jpg" alt="Mandi Ahrens, In – Home Family Services Consultant" style="width:323px;height:432px;" />Mandi Ahrens, In – Home Family Services Consultant, received the Youth Care Worker of the Year award after being nominated by Scott G. Butler, Ed.D., Director of Boys Town Day School. Mandi works at the Boys Town Day School where she provides home and community-based services to youth and families, working with up to 10 families at a time.</p><p>"This award was very important to show the strong collaboration between home and school. I appreciate that Dr. Butler was willing to open his school doors to someone who does not have an education major. It shows the need for these types of services within the school that can be extended into the home," said Mandi. "The support and collaboration with In-Home Family Services and the Day School has allowed me to use my experience in another important way. I have had a lot of great role models and mentors while working with families and I am excited to continue to do this type of work. I am hoping this allows other schools to open their doors as well to family support type work as it is much needed at this time."</p><p>"Mandi is not a professional who leads parents and students to solutions, nor does she push them into certain directions. Mandi embraces her families where they are and walks alongside them," said Butler. "She does this by finding strengths in both the children and the family and builds upon those strengths. If you are a parent who has felt judged or shamed by a school or other organization that has struggled to embrace your child, Mandi's approach brings a seed of hope that maybe, just maybe, my son or daughter has a brighter future than I thought was possible."</p><p> <strong>Foster Parent(s) of the Year</strong></p><p> <img class="page-suppt-cont" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/NeAHSC-Awards-2.jpg" alt="Andy and Kim Schnatz, Boys Town Foster Parents" style="margin:5px;width:450px;height:300px;" />Mandi was not the only Boys Town representative who was honored during the conference. Andy and Kim Schnatz, Boys Town<sup> </sup>Foster Parents, also took home an award. They received the Foster Parent(s) of the Year Award. They earned this award by being outstanding contributors to youth in foster care and serving as role models to foster children, their birth parents, and the community. They open their home generously to some of the most vulnerable children, helping live out Father Flanagan's mission of saving children and healing families.</p><p>"We are touched on getting this award. There are so many great foster parents out there and for us to be chosen is very humbling. We are so grateful for all the help and support along the way. It really does take a team and we could not have done it for many years without help. Most importantly, we could not have done it without God," Andy and Kim said about winning this award.</p><p>The Schnatzes were nominated by Matt Priest, Director of the Foster Family Services program. Priest accepted the award on behalf of Andy and Kim Schnatz and said, "The foster care world needs more families like the Schnatzes. They have taught me everything I have needed in my twenty – year foster care career. They have set an example to others in that they epitomize a team approach to parenting. They have never claimed to be experts in how foster care works when they are exactly that. They've attended support groups and supported other foster parents in their experiences."</p><p>We want to thank Mandi and the Schnatz family for their hard work and dedication to Boys Town<sup>®</sup>. It's because of people like them that we can continue to live out Father Flanagan's mission.</p><p> <br> <br> </p><p> <br> <strong></strong></p><p> <strong></strong></p>2020-01-23T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Mandi Ahrens and Andy and Kim Schnatz" height="606" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/NeAHSC-Awards1.jpg" width="500" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Lawmakers Look to Improve Juvenile Justice in Nebraska Look to Improve Juvenile Justice in Nebraska<p><img alt="Boys Town Youth speak to the Legislature's Judiciary Committee Thursday about the Juvenile Justice in Nebraska. From left to right: Nikole Shell, Josh Reed, Emmanuel Kuot, and Lolita Becerra. " src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/juvenile-justice-pic.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p><em>Boys Town Youth speak to the Legislature's Judiciary Committee Thursday about the Juvenile Justice in Nebraska. From left to right: Nikole Shell, Josh Reed, Emmanuel Kuot, and Lolita Becerra. </em></p><p>Legislature's Judiciary Committee held a hearing at the South Omaha Metro Community College to talk about juvenile justice on Thursday. For three hours the committee listened to testimony ranging from truancy to detention. Some of the most powerful testimony came from the young people who had been in the system as a child, such as Boys Town Mayor, Josh Reed. Listen to what Josh and other Boys Town youth had to say on <a href="" target="_blank">WOWT</a>. </p>2019-10-24T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Youth" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/juvenile-justice-pic-rollup.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
In the News: Boys Town Youth Shaquil Barrett’s Unique Path to the NFL the News: Boys Town Youth Shaquil Barrett’s Unique Path to the NFL<p>​Shaquil Barrett left Baltimore at 15 to join his older brother at Boys Town. In his time at Boys Town he learned that everything was earned, including playing football.  After graduating in 2010 and playing football for University of Nebraska-Omaha and Colorado State, Barrett fought his way to get on the Broncos active roster in 2015. Now, In his first Tampa Bay Bucaneers season as outside linebacker, he is off to the NFL's best sack start since 1984. Read the full story on Shaquil Barrett from <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Tampa Bay Times</span></a>.</p>2019-10-07T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Shaquil Barrett" height="266" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Barrett1_resized.jpg" width="400" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent