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Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Annual Blue Water Bash July 20, 2019! Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Annual Blue Water Bash July 20, 2019! <p>Join us for the eighth annual Boys Town "Blue Water Bash" on Saturday, July 20! This fun-filled summer party will benefit Boys Town's Okoboji Camp. <a href="https://attend.boystown.org/nebraskaiowa/BlueWaterBash/">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 from Yesterdays Catering and an open bar. Be sure to register your phone for early access and mobile bidding. To register, text boji19 to 52182.</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="https://attend.boystown.org/nebraskaiowa/BlueWaterBash/">Register online</a> or contact Melissa Steffes for more information at <a href="mailto:melissa.steffes@boystown.or?subject=Blue%20Water%20Bash">melissa.steffes@boystown.org</a>.</p><p>Thank you to our 2019 Blue Water Bash Chairs Joe and Jamie Johns!<br></p> <span aria-hidden="true"> <img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/FIshhead-logo.jpg" alt="Fishheads" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:285px;height:371px;" /> <h3>Date<br></h3> <p>July 20, 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 <br></p></span>2019-07-20T05:00:00ZEvent<img alt="Youth Ambassadors" height="286" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Youth-Ambassadors.jpg" width="430" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Iowa;#Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Hotline Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Annual Fundraiser October 3 Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Hotline Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Annual Fundraiser October 3 <p>The Boys Town National Hotline invites you to celebrate their 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary at their annual  fine wine and hors d'oeuvres fundraiser "Thirty and Thriving" on Thursday, October 3! <a href="https://attend.boystown.org/nebraskaIowa/ThirtyAndThriving/" target="_blank">Register today</a> to purchase your tickets and sponsorships! All proceeds will benefit the Boys Town National Hotline.</p><p>This business casual event will feature a wine tasting as well as live and silent auctions at A View on State.  </p><p>If you have any questions, please contact Bob Giddings, Development Director, at <a href="mailto:bob.giddings@boystown.org">bob.giddings@boystown.org</a> or 402.498.1190.</p><h3>Date:</h3><p>October 3, 2019</p><h3>Time:</h3><p>6:00 p.m.</p><h3>Location: </h3><p>A View on State<br>13467 State St.<br>Omaha, NE 68142</p>2019-10-03T05:00:00ZEventNebraska;#

 

 

Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Irish Tea with Miss Nellie Flanagan Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Irish Tea with Miss Nellie Flanagan <p>On May 22, Boys Town hosted an Irish Tea with Miss Nellie Flanagan at the Father Flanagan House.</p><p>The hostesses of the event were Cassi Mossburgh, Manager, Hall of History Museum and Father Flanagan House, Christa Monti, Visitor and Tour Coordinator, Pam Christensen, Gift Shop Clerk and Guide, and Bev Vazzano, dedicated Boys Town volunteer.</p><p>Boys Town invited ladies from nearby church groups and the Lady Order of Hibernians to attend this event. The 25 attendees had the opportunity to tour the Father Flanagan House, and learn how Father Flanagan's older sister, Nellie Flanagan, kept the house in order while serving as her brother's housekeeper for all his years at Boys Town. They also had the chance to hear about the rich Irish heritage of Boys Town while enjoying some Irish tea and scones. Each guest received a tissue carnation corsage that was made by the Boys Town art class. </p><p>"The key to events like the tea is community engagement. Museums have the power to excite, educate, and enlighten. We want each guest to have a rich and memorable experience while visiting Boys Town," said Cassi Mossburgh. </p><p>If you missed this tea the luck of the Irish is on your side because Boys Town will be hosting another one in December 2019. This tea will be "Christmas tea at Boys Town" and it will highlight what it was like during the holidays in the 1920's and focus on Irish Christmas traditions. Guests can also see how Father Flanagan decorated his house for an Irish Christmas. </p><p>Anyone is welcome to attend this festive December event. Admission is $25.00 and all proceeds are going towards new equipment for the Boys Town art class. </p><p>To make reservations contact Cassi Mossburgh at 531.355.1187 or Cassi.Mossburgh@boystown.org.<br></p><p class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox" style="text-align:center;"></p><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read f2c4917b-c8d4-4f5d-a054-1369fc3500f9" id="div_f2c4917b-c8d4-4f5d-a054-1369fc3500f9" unselectable="on"> </div><div id="vid_f2c4917b-c8d4-4f5d-a054-1369fc3500f9" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div><p></p><br>2019-06-07T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="tea" src="/locations/nebraska/PublishingImages/Attendees.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Class of 2019 Graduation Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Class of 2019 Graduation <p>"We must agree, I think, that we do not build schools, either public or private, for the purpose of turning out diplomas, but rather for the purpose of turning out young men and women shaped for life." –Father Edward J. Flanagan, Boys Town founder. </p><p>On Sunday, May 20, Boys Town celebrated 100 young men and women as they graduated from Boys Town High School in a ceremony held at the Music Hall on Home Campus. </p><p>The students graduating are from 17 different states across the United States who entered the Boys Town program in order to find their second chance at a successful life. Twelve of the graduates are members of the National Honor Society and two students received a National Service Award. </p><p>This year's commencement speaker was Congressman Don Bacon. Bacon is a retired United States Air Force Brigadier General and current U.S. Representative for Nebraska's 2<sup>nd</sup> congressional district. </p><p>After graduation, almost 80 percent of students plan to enroll in a two-year or four-year college program. The remaining graduates will enlist in the military, join the Job Corps or enter the workforce in a skilled position. </p><p>Boys Town supporters had the opportunity to share words of advice and congratulations for the graduates by filling out ecards. These cards were sent in from people all over the country, showing the seniors that support for them goes beyond the Boys Town campus. Big thank you to those who took the time to send in words of encouragement for all of the recent graduates. </p><p>Now, join us in congratulating the Boys Town High School Class of 2019. Their hard work along with the support and guidance of Boys Town has brought them to this moment of success. Boys Town wishes all the graduates a happy and healthy future. <br></p>2019-06-03T05:00:00ZNewsNebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | The American Legion benefits Boys Town National Hotline Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | The American Legion benefits Boys Town National Hotline <p>The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation (CWF) presented a $17,500 check to the Boys Town National Hotline<sup>® </sup>on Friday, April 19.</p><p>The CWF has awarded $766,761 to 24 nonprofits across the country; Boys Town is honored to be one of the selected. The nonprofits were determined during the annual meeting of the CWF board of directors in Indianapolis on Oct. 14, 2018. The grants were awarded to youth-serving nonprofits that seek to enhance the lives of children by addressing their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs.</p><p>The grant money Boys Town has graciously received will go towards social media ads for the Hotline's text services which will help reach thousands of youth who may need this crisis-assistance support.  </p><p>"This grant allowed the Hotline to expand its reach to young people through additional social media promotion such as Instagram, Facebook and Google.  Every time that the Hotline promotes its texting services, we see an immediate increase in the number of teens who reach out for help," said Ginny Gohr, Director, Boys Town National Hotline. "We can't thank the American Legion Children's Foundation enough for giving us this opportunity to let young people know that they don't need to handle their problems alone."</p><p>In 2018 the Hotline received 129,053 calls and 28,226 website contacts. Thanks to the CWF we will be able to promote more resources to the public which in turn will help save lives.  </p><p>The Boys Town National Hotline is a 24/7 crisis, resource and referral number for both kids and parents.  For more information, go to their website at <a href="/hotline/Pages/default.aspx">www.boystown.org/hotline</a>.</p><p>Boys Town extends a big thank you to The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation for believing in our mission. Thanks to the generous donation the Hotline can continue to save lives and heal the hurting.  </p>2019-05-23T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="American Legion Check to Boys Town" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/check.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town elects its 119th mayor of the Village of Boys Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town elects its 119th mayor of the Village of Boys <p><em>This article was written by Teia Goodwin. </em><a href="https://fox42kptm.com/news/local/boys-town-elects-its-119th-mayor-of-the-village-of-boys-town" target="_blank"><em>It was published to FOX 42 KPTM on May 7, 2019.</em></a></p><p>Boys Town says today, its youth elected Josh Reed of Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, as the 119th mayor of the Village of Boys Town. </p><p>Boys Town says that Ja'had Hart of Erwin, North Carolina, was elected vice mayor.</p><p>Josh Reed is 17-years-old and says he wants to be an advocate for things wanted on campus by the students of Boys Town. </p><p>"I want to be the person who anyone can talk to. I want to be the voice for all of the students' concerns."</p><p>Boys Town says that Josh is a captain on the Boys Town cross-country team and competes for the track team. </p><p>Boys Town says that Ja'had Hart is on the Boys Town basketball, football, baseball, and track teams. </p><p>Boys Town says for 100 years, it has been a beacon of hope for America's children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs. </p><p>In 2016, Boys Town says that almost 500,000 children and families across the United States were impacted by its programs.</p>2019-05-17T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town 119th Mayor" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/119th-mayor.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | The Kitchen is Open Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | The Kitchen is Open <p><em>By Chef Brian Young, Boys Town Culinary Program</em></p><p>This fall, something sweet is stirring inside Boys Town's Career Readiness Center. Twenty-one aspiring chefs are mixing, mashing, simmering and steaming their way toward potential culinary careers.</p><p>After a decades-long absence, culinary arts is back and proving to be as popular as apple pie. </p><p>The <em>Intro to Culinary Arts</em> class is at capacity, filled with seniors who, after graduating from Boys Town next spring, can continue their culinary education in college or transition directly into the workforce. Either option is viable thanks to Boys Town's Trade Life Program, which offers graduates financial and independent living support as they pursue employment or continued education in vocational trades ranging from auto mechanics to health occupations. </p><p>As for Boys Town's would-be Wolfgang Pucks and Julia Childs, much must be learned before they become chefs de cuisine, from basic kitchen terminology (Mise en place means what?) to safety (Oven mitts are your friend!) to sanitation (Wash! Lather! Rinse! Repeat!).</p><p>That's why the course begins in the classroom, not in the kitchen. </p><h3>Cleaning, Cutting and Cooking </h3><p>Students start by learning the ins-and-outs of cleanliness, including how to sanitize cookware and equipment, and how to properly handle and store food to avoid cross contamination and bacteria. They also study personal hygiene. This foundational information will prepare them, if they choose, to earn an accredited certificate in food safety, providing a leg up in their careers.</p><p>In addition, significant classroom time focuses on a chef's most essential—and dangerous—tool, the knife. Before brandishing the real thing, students practice with plastic lettuce knives. They learn how to properly grip and maneuver safely around others with knife in hand. Cutting, chopping, sharpening and other related skills are a point of emphasis because knowing how to handle a knife makes a chef more efficient while making food more uniform and visually elegant.  </p><h3>Modern Appliances</h3><p>Once the etiquette, terminology and safety procedures are understood, students transition to a modern kitchen. Thanks to generous donors, students have access to a full complement of culinary equipment—six-burner stove; flat top grill; convection oven; deck oven; three-door reach-in cooler and freezer; three-compartment sink; stainless steel wire racks; and dish machines and handwashing stations.</p><p>There's even a dining space where students can practice "front of the house skills," such as positioning tables and greeting customers. </p><p>All these tools of the trade get heavy use as students practice various cooking methods, from baking and broiling to braising and sautéing. This hands-on experience mirrors that of a college culinary course, and the goal is to make this a dual enrollment/dual credit course with Boys Town's academic partner, Metro Community College. (A second-level class is planned for the spring semester, so students can try their hand at meat cutting and sauce making, too!)    </p><h3>A Rich History</h3><p>Boys Town has a long, rich history of culinary education.</p><p>During the Home's earliest days, boys helped the nuns prepare daily meals. When the Career Center was built in the 1940s, an official culinary arts program began. Hundreds of youth went through the program, which involved running a small restaurant on site. Boys made wedding cakes and other pastries for staff, and they catered the annual volunteers' luncheon. </p><p>The possibility of running an on-site restaurant may be an option in the future but, for now, today's students are simply excited to make their favorite foods (like mac-n-cheese!) and turn their culinary passions into satisfying careers. </p><p><em>Chef Brian Young is the Culinary Arts instructor. Before joining Boys Town, Brian was an adjunct professor at Metro Community College in Omaha. His culinary career has included stops at famed eateries in New York, Aspen and Napa, and a stint working for legendary chef Thomas Keller.  </em></p>2019-05-08T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Culinary Chef of Boys Town" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/banner-culinary.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | A Job With Lasting Impact Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | A Job With Lasting Impact <p>Boys Town teachers are at the heart of our home campus program. They take on a lot of responsibility not only to educate but to help troubled youth  find hope and a second chance at making things right. </p><p>Stevie Gass is one of those teachers who makes a lasting impact on the students that she works with, so much that a student went out of their way to make her a special gift— a metal-welded rose. </p><p>Stevie teaches the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at Boys Town which gives students a head start if they are interested in pursuing a career in the medical field. </p><p>One day Stevie was teaching a section on elderly care to her class and she explained to the students how different stages of life impact what a person thinks about. For example, teens think about leaving the nest and becoming independent. But in Stevie's stage of life she's been reflecting on her successes and failures. Stevie told her class that if given the opportunity she would love to go back in time and tell her mother how sorry she was for how she acted in her teenage years and give her mother a rose. </p><p>As news does, this story spread to other students on campus and a few hours later a boy from the welding program, which is another Career Readiness Program that is offered, showed up with a gift for Stevie. The gift was a rose that he had welded and painted that day.</p><p>Stevie was incredibly moved by this gift and said, "It touched my heart because it feels like it was a message from my mother."</p><p>This generous act from a Boys Town student puts into perspective why so many people, like Stevie, dedicate their lives to the Boys Town mission and the youth that we serve. </p><p>Tuesday, May 7 is National Teacher Appreciation Day and Boys Town would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our teachers that work endlessly to serve our youth and give them hope for a successful future.</p><div class="hidden-gal"> <a title="Rose" class="image-group cboxElement" href="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/rose_opt.jpg">image 1</a> </div>2019-05-08T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Stevie" height="400" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Stevie_opt.jpg" width="300" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Teens, Family Find Compassionate Connections through Boys Town Services Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Teens, Family Find Compassionate Connections through Boys Town Services <p>It was nine months that changed a family and connected two teenage girls and their parents to the help they needed. </p><p>Isabella was struggling with school attendance and substance abuse. She also was constantly fighting with her parents and her four siblings. Sofia had been diagnosed with depression and desperately needed therapy.</p><p>The girls' parents weren't sure where to turn for assistance. But the staff at Omaha South High School, where Isabella and Sofia attended classes, referred the family to Boys Town's local office.</p><p>Soon after, a Boys Town Family Consultant was working with the family, arranging for testing and appointments for Isabella with medical specialists, including a psychiatrist and a psychologist. Isabella eventually would be diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADHD), which led to the development of a focused treatment plan that could help address her emotional and behavioral issues. She also entered a diversion program through the Juvenile Assessment Center, where experts addressed her drug use. In addition, her mom worked with Omaha South staff to develop an Individualized Education Plan for Isabella, which helped improve the teen's attendance and academic progress and connected her parents to valuable formal supports at the school.</p><p>During this same time, the Consultant helped arrange for Sofia to begin therapy for her depression. The treatment plan also included getting Sofia a mentor and having her participate in community volunteer activities. Sofia's parents then attended Boys Town Common Sense Parenting<sup>® </sup>classes, where they learned strategies for teaching new skills to Isabella, Sofia and the couple's other three children and strengthening family relationships.    </p><p>After nine months of Boys Town services, the family had met all its goals. It was a long and challenging journey, but in the end, with the support and tireless efforts of Boys Town staff and the hard work and love of Isabella's and Sofia's parents, the family was able to remain safely together in their home and was empowered to move forward with confidence.  </p>2019-05-08T05:00:00ZNewsNebraska;#