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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><span style="background-color:transparent;">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. </span><a href="https://attend.boystown.org/nebraskaiowa/BlueWaterBash/" style="background-color:transparent;">Get your tickets today!</a><br></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 24700.</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><h3>Date</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> Terrace Park, Iowa <br></p>2019-07-20T05:00:00ZEventIowa;#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:Robert.giddings@boystown.org">Robert.giddings@boystown.org</a> or 402.498.1190.</p><h3>Date:</h3><p>October 3, 2019</p><h3>Time:</h3><p>6:30 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 | Halftime Appreciation for Godfather’s Pizza Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Halftime Appreciation for Godfather’s Pizza <p>On January 29, Boys Town honored longtime sponsor, Godfather's Pizza, during halftime of the Cowboy's varsity basketball game against Ashland Greenwood. </p><p>Godfather's has been a corporate sponsor to Boys Town since 2004 when Ron Gartlan, Godfather's CEO, agreed to put the Boys Town National Hotline<sup>® </sup>phone number on their pizza boxes. Since then Godfather's has contributed over $2 million to Boys Town.</p><p>Godfather's employees over the years have been great supporters to our mission. Kathy Johnson, Godfather's Senior Vice President, joined the Boys Town's booster organization and helps with the annual banquet. Ron Gartlan sponsored the Family-Teacher Appreciation Dinner that recognizes the unsung heroes of Boys Town. The "Godfather" himself often visits campus to read to the grade school kids.</p><p>Not only is Godfather's actively involved with Boys Town in many ways, they also encourage new employees to visit our campus and take a tour to gain a better understanding of what we do. </p><p>"Godfather's is more than a corporate sponsor providing financial support. Every employee is connected to our mission," said Herb Hames, Campus Development Director. "We feel proud that we can provide their employees with parenting tips, crisis support and kid advice on a regular basis. And we here on campus, love Godfather's pizza." </p><p>This week's game had a big turnout of Godfather's employees to come cheer on the Cowboys and watch Ron Gartlan receive a framed Boys Town basketball jersey in recognition of the company's support throughout the years. </p><p>Halftime is not enough time to thank Godfather's Pizza for all the work they have done throughout the years to help spread our mission of changing the way America cares for children and families. </p>2019-02-08T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Godfathers_03.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Boys Town Appreciation for Godfather's Pizza" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Godfathers_03.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Parent Thanks Boys Town in a Big Way Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Parent Thanks Boys Town in a Big Way <p>Twelve years ago Theresa Cole and her family were facing challenging times, their seven year old son was angry and violent. They didn't know what to do. </p><p>The family made the difficult decision to remove their son from the home and place him in the care of the Boys Town Residential Treatment Program. </p><p>The family already had a small connection to Dennis Vollmer, Boys Town Residential Treatment Center Director, because his son and another one of the Cole family sons played football for Skutt Catholic High School. </p><p>"We had an <em>extremely</em> committed family dealing with a young man with severe behavior issues. By using the Boys Town model we were able to turn his behavior around significantly," said Dennis. </p><p>For eighteen months Boys Town worked closely with the Cole family and their son offering intensive therapy and counseling.  </p><p>"He has learned and adapted from the skills taught at Boys Town to become the successful young man that he is today," said Dennis. </p><p>Eventually their son returned home but the family kept a close connection with Boys Town and continued with therapy. Now their son is a high school graduate and is now working part-time and enrolled in an online university.</p><p>"I credit Boys Town with changing him to a happy adult with goals," said Theresa.  "Our family will forever be grateful to this organization that truly saves children and saved our family." </p><p>In the hopes of giving back to the organization that gave to Theresa and her family she applied for an employee grant on behalf of Boys Town through her place of employment, HM Insurance Group. </p><p>Boys Town graciously received the $5,000 grant on November 29<sup>th</sup>. </p>2019-01-24T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Parents Thank Boys Town" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/parentsThankBT.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town’s South Omaha Office Celebrates Las Posadas Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town’s South Omaha Office Celebrates Las Posadas <p>On December 13, Boys Town in collaboration with El Museo Latino celebrated Las Posadas in South Omaha for the 4<sup>th</sup> year. </p><p>Posada is Spanish for "lodging" or "inn". This Christmas celebration reflects the journey of Mary and Joseph traveling from place to place looking for somewhere to stay before the birth of Jesus. </p><p>Today, Posadas consists of singing the traditional Christmas songs. One group of singers are "Inn-keepers", and another group are "pilgrims".  The "pilgrims" sing asking for a place at the Inn.  The "Inn-keepers" respond by singing there is no place for them. The pilgrims then go from house to house singing, until someone invites them in.</p><p>The event was held at El Museo Latino. Guests enjoyed activities, music, refreshment and the traditional Posadas singing. </p><p>"Las Posadas is important to the South Omaha community because it is a tradition that many families we work with celebrate," said Regina Costello, Director of Community Support Services. "It is also an opportunity for us to learn about other cultures and traditions."  </p><p>The community collaboration had volunteer support from First National Bank, Bank of the West, and Oath.<br></p>2019-01-02T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Las Posadas" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018-Posadas-3.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Las Posadas" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2018-Posadas-1.jpg" width="400" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Trades Program Receives $20,000 Grant from First National Bank Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Trades Program Receives $20,000 Grant from First National Bank <p>The trades program at Boys Town High School received a $20,000 grant from First National Bank. The grant will support the cost of trades courses in the coming new year.</p><p>"We believe the better prepared youth are to continue their education or enter the workforce after they leave Boys Town, the more likely they will be to achieve their goals and develop as productive, contributing members of society," said Herb Hames, Boys Town Senior Development Director.  </p><p>The grant will help fund vocational instructors, travel for local field trips and the purchase of tools and supplies. These materials are needed for student projects and for Boys Town's growing enrollment into the trades program. </p><p>The trades program at Boys Town went away in the 90's but about six years ago Boys Town decided to bring them back. Since then the trades program has grown from 25 students to now over 200 students involved in these programs.</p><p>"At First National Bank, we believe that an individual's life and job skills have a direct correlation to their employment status and overall financial wellness," said Alec Gorynski, Vice President, Community Development and Corporate Philanthropy.  "We are proud to partner with Boys Town to improve economic self-sufficiency by providing education, training and life-skills improvement that helps young men and women gain employment, advance their careers and improve their financial well-being."</p><p>Thanks to this generous grant from First National Bank the education of many students at Boys Town will continue to develop and in turn will create a prosperous community.<br></p>2019-01-02T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Trade Grant" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Apprenticeship.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Welding Program Becomes Registered Apprenticeship Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Welding Program Becomes Registered Apprenticeship <p>"Every child that came to Boys Town back in the 1930's had to learn a trade. That was something that was near and dear to Father Flanagan's heart. He was convinced that these kids would not turn out the way they needed to without understanding hard work and learning a skill." </p><p>These are the words that were spoken by Jeff Peterson, Director of Home Campus Youth Care, on November 13 at the signing of the Boys Town Welding Program as an official registered apprenticeship in the state of Nebraska, which is a United States Department of Labor designation.</p><p>This apprentice program will be the equivalence of two years of post-secondary education at a trade school or community college. </p><p>Thanks to this program students will get an early start to the trade life and it will help link seniors to apprenticeships and internships as they transition out of Boys Town after graduation.</p><p>Current Boys Town Mayor, Nolan Heinrich, has taken some of the welding classes and he now knows he wants to go on to a two-year college after Boys Town to become a professional welder. </p><p>The trade programs at Boys Town went away in the 90's and about six years ago Boys Town decided to bring them back. Since then the trade schools have grown from 25 students to now over 200 students involved in these programs. </p><p>This new Trade Life Program has been made possible thanks to a partnership with Nebraska Welding Ltd. </p><p>"One of the core values of Boys Town trade life programs is partnership with strong public or private partners," said Michelle Tauber, Trade Life Program Manager, "Boys Town's partnership with Nebraska Welding is important because it provides our youth a realistic path into a lifelong career field." </p><p>The owner of Nebraska Welding Ltd., Alan Wear, spoke of the importance of this program for not only students but also for a thriving community.</p><p>"Business hates uncertainty, right now in trades there is a lot of uncertainty. But I also think youth hate uncertainty," stated Alan. "When you're a young man or lady graduating from Boys Town at 18 it's uncertain. Your whole life is changing in front of you. This program is what they need." </p><p>Also in attendance at the ceremony was Lt. Gov. Mike Foley, state and federal Department of Labor representatives and Senator Robert Hilkemann.</p><p>Registered apprenticeships are in seven schools across the state of Nebraska and now Boys Town is joining in on that. This is a great way to expose high school students to different options besides four-year schooling and produce valuable workers to the industrial arts field. </p><p><img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Apprenticeship2.jpg" alt="Welding Apprenticeship" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>2018-12-12T06:00:00Z<img alt="Welding Apprenticeship" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Apprenticeship1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;MARGIN:5px 5px;" />Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Youth Receives a Half Dollar from Patrick Kennedy Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Youth Receives a Half Dollar from Patrick Kennedy <p>On Sept. 16, Boys Town youth, Istamar Duran, had the opportunity to meet Patrick Kennedy, nephew of John F. Kennedy, and an advocate for mental illness and suicide prevention. </p><p>Kennedy was the keynote speaker at the Kim Foundation's annual luncheon in Omaha, Nebraska, which Istamar was able to attend thanks to a mutual friend of her Family-Teachers, Sarah and Andrew Seaman. </p><p>Patrick Kennedy previously served 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives as Rhode Island's First Congressional District. One of the most pivotal parts of his term in office was being a lead sponsor to the <a href="https://www.cms.gov/cciio/programs-and-initiatives/other-insurance-protections/mhpaea_factsheet.html" target="_blank">Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act</a>, which was signed into law by George W. Bush in 2008. </p><p>Sarah Seamen, Family-Teacher, explained that Istamar has had issues in her past with drug use and that she is someone who tends to be moved by hearing inspiring stories from others. Kennedy himself dealt with mental illnesses such as depression and bipolar disorder and also struggled with addictions, so being able to hear his story was very motivating for Istamar. </p><p>Sarah also said that during Kennedy's presentation he mentioned Boys Town several times because he used to have an office in Rhode Island that was right across the street from Boys Town New England. He stated that we were so lucky to have a place like Boys Town in our community. </p><p>After his presentation, the Seaman's and Istamar went up to thank Mr. Kennedy for supporting Boys Town's mission and during that time he reached into his pocket and handed Istamar a Kennedy half dollar. </p><p>"It was a very cool experience meeting him," said Sarah, "The work that he is doing is very in line with how we approach things here at Boys Town. Especially by treating addictions as an illness to the brain and not something that is a character flaw." </p><p>During Kennedy's stay in Nebraska he also made a stop at Boys Town National Research Hospital<sup>® </sup>where he visited with James Blair, PhD, Director, Center for Neurobehavioral Research in Children, and discussed the brain research that Boys Town is doing and how it relates to the mental health need of our community. </p>2018-12-12T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Kennedy" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Kennedy.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | In-Home Family Services Consultant Receives Award Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | In-Home Family Services Consultant Receives Award <p>​Jake Cunningham, In-Home Family Services Consultant, received the Lucy Nevels Child Care Worker of the Year award on October 18, at the Nebraska Association of Homes and Services for Children (NeAHSC) Annual Conference. The award is a recognition of a staff member who goes above and beyond to help children and families in the community.</p><p>NeAHSC members represent a range of in and out of home services offered to youth and families in Nebraska which include child welfare, juvenile justice and treatment services, this makes Boys Town a perfect fit to be a member agency.</p><p>Jake has been working at Boys Town since September of 2015 and since then he has already made a huge impact on the Omaha and surrounding communities. </p><p>In-Home Family Services supervisor Brad Vipond states that the work Jake does for Boys Town Nebraska makes him an incredible asset to the team, program and organization. </p><p>"Jake always goes above and beyond with his families.  He is a consultant that lives the mission beyond his role as a Family Consultant. He sees our goal beyond tasks, behaviors, or dysfunction," said Brad. "This is why he is so successful with difficult situations and family struggles. He, not only understands the model, but is able to utilize and implement it naturally." </p><p>What Jake has done for Boys Town is nothing short of incredible and it is people like him who pour their life's passion into their work to make a lasting impact. </p><p> "When I started working at Boys Town, I remember feeling excited to come to work and surround myself with like-minded people.  I still feel that excitement today," said Jake. "Boys Town has supported my efforts to help families and helped me develop into a well-rounded child care worker. I am very grateful to work here and for the opportunities I have experienced through my career here." </p><p>Congratulations to Jake on this much deserved award and for making a difference in the lives of so many.</p>2018-11-12T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Jake" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Jake_news.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#