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Boys Town Awarded Grant from FNBO Town Awarded Grant from FNBO<p> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Accent1"><strong>Vulnerable families enjoy greater access to educational opportunities and have more flexibility thanks to FNBO's generous grant supporting the LIFT Together with Boys </strong><strong>Town</strong><sup class="ms-rteFontSize-1"><strong>SM</strong></sup><strong> program.</strong></span></p><p>The $9,410 Workforce Stability Grant allowed Boys Town education specialists to provide training and resources to staff at the Salvation Army Kroc Community Center in South Omaha.<br>The ongoing pandemic has disproportionately affected South Omaha families. In Douglas County, for example, Hispanics account for more than 30 percent of COVID-19 infections with most of the positive cases concentrated in the zip codes where these families live.</p><p>Many before- and after-school programs remain suspended and the pandemic has forced schools to adopt a hybrid schedule of in-person and online learning. As a result, many parents have had to either drop out of the workforce or leave their children unsupervised because they cannot work from home or access child care programs.<br><em> </em><br><em class="ms-rteStyle-Emphasis">LIFT Together and the Salvation Army KROC Center will provide supervision and educational opportunities on remote-learning days for students from a dozen elementary schools at the newly established KROC Academy. By providing a safe place for children to gather and learn, parents will be able to return to the workforce and regain their financial footing</em><em class="ms-rteStyle-Emphasis">.</em></p><p>Boys Town education experts conducted a Well-Managed Schools workshop for KROC Center staff on November 12. The workshop touched on all the key components of the Boys Town Education Model®. This school-based intervention strategy emphasizes positive behavior support, relationship-building techniques and social skills instruction. By learning components of the Model, staff will be able to encourage, correct and reinforce youth in the same way their classroom teachers do. This will build consistency and establish uniform expectations for students when they are learning remotely and in person.</p><p>Along with the training, Boys Town also will provide books, posters and downloadable activities to help students learn social and study skills. These resources will empower students to become better problem-solvers, manage their stress and build their self-esteem.​<br></p><p>While the fallout from the pandemic continues to be severe, especially in communities of color, Boys Town and its LIFT Together partners in South Omaha are working hard to bring more stability and normalcy to the lives of those most at risk.​<br></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Boys-Town-Awarded-Grant-from-FNBO/fnbo_kroc.jpg" alt="fnbo_kroc.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-4" style="margin:5px;" /> <br> </p>2020-12-21T06:00:00Z<img alt="Kroc Center" height="329" src="/locations/nevada/PublishingImages/KROC-1.jpg" width="380" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
LIFT Together with Boys Town: Year at a glance Together with Boys Town: Year at a glance <p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">The ongoing pandemic has put more children in our community at risk, both academically and emotionally, while creating economic and employment uncertainty for families.</span></p><p>Responding to these challenges, LIFT Together with Boys Town<sup class="ms-rteFontSize-1">SM</sup> has adapted and expanded its outreach and support services. When Omaha Public Schools moved to a hybrid schedule of in-person instruction and learning at home, Boys Town and its community partners developed an action plan to ensure students, particularly in South Omaha, have adequate supervision and support on their remote-learning days.</p><p>Boys Town staff are helping at-risk families create schedules, obtain educational materials and access essential resources so their children can successfully learn at home. Our Common Sense Parenting<sup>®</sup> trainers are hosting virtual parenting cafés and classes to empower caregivers with the skills they need to support their children's educational, emotional and behavioral success.</p><p>LIFT Together is an initiative that connects schools, homes and community organizations in an effort to improve students' behaviors, stabilize families through improved parenting and strengthen communities. The goal is to address problems before they reach a level where children are unsafe, not at school and at risk of entering the juvenile justice or child welfare systems.</p><p>Every day in the metro area, LIFT Together is transforming lives and offering hope…</p><p><strong>School Partnerships</strong><br>Omaha South High Magnet School<br>Holy Name School<br>All Saints Catholic School<br>R.M. Marrs Magnet Center<br><strong> </strong><br><strong>Community Partnerships</strong><br>Latino Center of the Midlands<br>Completely Kids<br>Salvation Army Kroc Center<br>Mexican Consulate<br><strong> </strong><br><strong>Youth and Families Served</strong><br>183 youth transformed<br>37 families stabilized<br>182 moms and dads inspired in 10 parenting cafés<br>119 families (with 269 children) empowered in Common Sense Parenting classes<br>586 adults uplifted through other outreach and parent-training efforts<br><strong> </strong><br><strong>Teachers and Students Served</strong><br>75 teachers and 6 administrators supported and empowered through specialized training, impacting 524 students​<br></p>2020-12-21T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
South Omaha Family Shows the Power of Courage and Resilience Omaha Family Shows the Power of Courage and Resilience<p>​<span class="ms-rteStyle-Accent1"><strong>His mother murdered. His father jailed. His future endangered. Henry had every reason to feel angry and confused because tragedy and trauma were seemingly inescapable.</strong></span></p><p>When he was very young, Henry's family was forced to flee deadly violence in their native El Salvador. The family was granted asylum in the United States, and Henry moved into the  home of his aunt, Bea.</p><p>Bea was doing her best to raise her own children, working two jobs to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. She loved her nephew but was quickly overwhelmed by his erratic behaviors, angry outbursts and academic failures.</p><p>Fortunately, a referral to Boys Town Nebraska from Henry's school, Marrs Middle School, provided Bea a much-needed lifeline. A Boys Town Family Consultant began working with Bea and Henry in their home. Addressing Henry's behavioral issues – verbal aggression, negative interactions with adults and classmates, school absences, low grades and self-harm – was priority number one.</p><p>Through patience, persistence and specific skill teaching, the Boys Town Consultant provided Henry with the tools he needed to experience success. Henry learned how to express his feelings appropriately, ask for help, deal with frustration and use problem-solving skills to channel his feelings in healthier, more helpful ways instead of blindly acting out. The Consultant also taught Bea parenting skills, including how to correct misbehaviors, set appropriate boundaries and use praise to reinforce and encourage her children's positive behaviors.</p><p>While the family made significant and steady progress, there were setbacks. At one point, Henry relapsed into old habits and landed in juvenile detention. The situation could have derailed the family, but it turned into a blessing. The Consultant was able to team up with Henry's probation officer, school counselors and service providers from South Omaha's Latino Center of the Midlands. Working together, they were able to provide additional help and much-needed encouragement to the family.</p><p>The collaboration paid off. Henry successfully returned home and has since stayed out of trouble. He's regularly attending school, studying hard and taking control of his emotions and his life. Bea, too, found a renewed sense of hope and optimism. With the Consultant's help, she moved her family into more affordable housing which allowed Bea to reduce her work hours and have more time to be an engaged parent. In addition, an anonymous angel gifted a vehicle to the family. They now enjoy the benefits of reliable transportation and greater freedom.</p><p>Demonstrating remarkable courage and resiliency, Bea and Henry worked hard to improve themselves and their relationships. Now, their futures have never looked brighter.​<br></p>2020-12-21T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
In The News: Boys Town Kicks Off Holiday Season with Drive-Thru Event The News: Boys Town Kicks Off Holiday Season with Drive-Thru Event<p>To kick off the Holiday season, Boys Town’s Home Campus hosted a virtual tree lighting. Though the event looked a little different this year, it was still a wonderful way for youth on campus to make new Christmas memories.  Read about the event on <a href="" target="_blank" style="color:#954f72;"></a>.​<br></p>2020-12-10T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
In The News: 'That's really heartbreaking': The New Reality of Foster Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic The News: 'That's really heartbreaking': The New Reality of Foster Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic<p style="text-align:left;">​<span style="background-color:transparent;">COVID-19 has hit Omaha hard and foster homes are no exception. Matt Priest, Director of Foster Family Services at Boys Town, spoke with KETV to discuss the hardships the foster care system is dealing with. Read the full story on </span><a href="" style="background-color:transparent;"></a><span style="background-color:transparent;">.</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">​</span></p><p><br></p>2020-11-19T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
In The News: Boys Town National Hotline Bolsters Youth Suicide Prevention The News: Boys Town National Hotline Bolsters Youth Suicide Prevention<p>​<span style="text-align:center;background-color:transparent;">​The ongoing pandemic has disrupted mental health services in many schools while also contributing to increases in depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The Boys Town National Hotline is using Safe2HelpNE, a partnership with area schools, as well as their website, YourLifeYourVoice, to give young people access to free, supportive counseling and self-care strategies. </span><span style="text-align:center;background-color:transparent;"> <br></span><span style="text-align:center;background-color:transparent;">Visit </span><a href="" style="text-align:center;background-color:transparent;"></a><span style="text-align:center;background-color:transparent;"> to read the full article.</span><span style="text-align:center;background-color:transparent;">​</span></p><p><br></p>2020-11-19T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="suicide prevention" src="/about/PublishingImages/suicide-prevention.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Helps Family Rebound, Rebond Town Helps Family Rebound, Rebond<p></p><p>Sometimes life throws more challenges and obstacles at a family than the parents and kids can handle.</p><p>That was the situation a mom, a stepdad and their teenage daughter faced when mental health issues and the teen's out-of-control behaviors threatened to unravel their home.</p><p>Fortunately, a referral to Boys Town Nebraska from the daughter's high school, Omaha South, put the family on a positive path to recovery. (Omaha South partners with LIFT Together with Boys Town<sup>SM</sup>, a community-based initiative that offers comprehensive family- and school-based programs to generate community-wide impact.)</p><p>A Boys Town Family Consultant began working with the family in their home, first addressing the daughter's behavioral issues: verbal aggression; negative interactions with adults and classmates, school absences, low grades, depression, substance use and running away from home. As part of the intervention, the teen got a part-time job and began using Omaha South's positive intervention classroom (PIC). In this program, students who have been suspended can work with staff members to make up school assignments, stay current with homework and prepare to return to the classroom once the suspension is over.</p><p>The Family Consultant then helped arrange mental health services for mom and her daughter. Mom and the stepdad also completed Boys Town's six-week Common Sense Parenting® class, where they were able to build on their parenting strengths and learn new skills.  </p><p>When the Family Consultant started working with the family, the mom was desperate for help because she felt she had lost complete control over her daughter. In addition, mom's self-esteem was very low. At the end of the program, mom was able to set expectations for her daughter's behavior and give consequences to reinforce positive behaviors and correct negative behaviors. They both learned how to stay calm when talking about issues, and then work together to resolve them. All of these changes have helped the daughter be more respectful of her parents and have enabled mom and stepdad to become more confident in their parenting.</p><p>Every family has its tough times. Boys Town Nebraska is always there to help.​<br></p>2020-09-22T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent