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Annual Blue Water Bash July 30, 2022! Blue Water Bash July 30, 2022!<p>​​​​​<img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2201-055-03d-BWB-Social-Media-1290x465_std.jpg" alt="Boys Town - Blue Water Bash" style="margin:5px;width:1253px;" /><br></p><p></p><p> <span style="background-color:transparent;"></span></p><p>The 11<sup>th</sup> Annual Boys Town "Blue Water Bash" is on Saturday, July 30! Join us under the big tent for a fun-filled summer party benefiting Boys Town's Okoboji Camp. With your help, our youth and families can continue to have the opportunity to experience a safe and memorable family vacation. <strong>Mark your calendars</strong> and <a href="" target="_blank">get your tickets today!<br></a></p><p>Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open bar as you browse the dozens of silent auction items up for bid and then get ready to raise your paddle for the exciting items in our live auction. Be sure to register your phone for early access and mobile bidding! To register, text <strong>boji22 </strong>to <strong>76278</strong>.</p><p>We'll also have live music throughout the evening from B2wins and 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 greatly needed for this event. Give Boys Town kids a summer vacation they'll never forget!  <a href="" target="_blank">Register online</a> or contact Melissa Steffes for more information at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>Thank you to our 2022 Blue Water Bash Chairs Jamin and Scott Trautman!</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <a class="btn" href="" target="_blank">Register Today!</a></p><h3> ​​​Date</h3><p>July 30, 2022</p><h3>Ti​me</h3><p>6:00 p.m.</p><h3>Locati​​on</h3><p>Boys Town Okoboji Camp<br> 1501 Okoboji Boulevard<br> West Okoboji, Iowa <br></p>2022-07-30T05:00:00ZEventtext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent



In the News: ‘Maddie the Mayor’ Reflects on Time as Mayor of Boys Town the News: ‘Maddie the Mayor’ Reflects on Time as Mayor of Boys Town<p>​<a href="">This article was posted by KMTV on June 13, 2022.</a><br></p><p>BOYS TOWN, Neb. (KMTV) — In 1926, Father Edward Flanagan established a system of self-government at the Village of Boys Town.</p><p>Each year, a new student is elected mayor.</p><p>Maddie Hagan has just completed her term as Boys Town's 121st mayor.</p><p>She campaigned on a message of "one love," as she described it, during the pandemic. "When we were apart, unifying the campus," Hagan continued. "We are a family."</p><p>Tony Jones, vice president of the Successful Futures Program at Boys Town, described Hagan as a natural leader.</p><p>"She embodied what Father Flanagan's mission was. And that is to help young people to become the best they can become," Jones said.</p><p>Who Hagan is today stands in contrast to who she was three years ago, when she came to Boys Town.</p><p>"I thought I would be leaving within the week," Hagan said.</p><p>However, she began to develop trust and grow.</p><p>"My reaction was very hesitant towards how they were treating me because, in my past, I was only shown kindness and niceness if it was in (the) benefit of someone else for an ulterior motive. And with the Skartvedts (family-teachers), with Boys Town, there's no ulterior motive other than making you better (by) helping you. I think, when that clicked, things just started rolling."</p><p>Hagan says she was "very broken" when she arrived on campus.</p><p>Today, she's confident and excited about her future which includes an internship at Boys Town she's already secured.​<br></p>2022-06-20T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Maddie" src="/PublishingImages/Blog/Maddi-beacon-banner.jpeg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
In the News: New 988 Mental Health Hotline Rollout in Nebraska the News: New 988 Mental Health Hotline Rollout in Nebraska<p>​​ <a href="" target="_blank"><em>This article was posted by WOWT on June 14, 2022.</em></a><em> </em></p><p>OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - 911 is the universal number for help, soon 988 will be the number to call for mental health emergencies.</p><p>6 News is On Your Side with what you'll want to know about the rollout in Nebraska.</p><p>The current 11-digit number for the <a href="" target="_blank">National Suicide Hotline </a>is being shrunk down to save lives.</p><p>“We recognize that when people are in a crisis it can be difficult to remember a longer digit number, which is why we are moving into that 988 direction," said Michelle Nunemaker.</p><p>988 is intended to combat the growing problem of mental health issues in America. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people.</p><p>By July 16th all service providers will support 988 and when you dial the number you'll be routed to local responders.</p><p>“If you are calling 911 and it was handled on a national basis that would be very confusing. With this transition to where I'm calling 988 locally, I'm talking to people locally, I'm connected to services locally," said Kyle Kinney, program manager at Boys Town.</p><p>All 988 calls in Nebraska will go through ​<a href="/hotline/Pages/default.aspx?_gl=1%2a1por5e%2a_ga%2aMzQyMTM5NzY2LjE1NDkzMDk3MjA.%2a_ga_LR5Y032XEE%2aMTY1NTQ5NjQ5Mi4xMzUuMS4xNjU1NDk2OTE3LjA." target="_blank">Boys Town</a> but working the national hotline is not new for them.</p><p>“Boys Town, we've been operating it for Nebraska since it began in 2005, so very much feel prepared for that transition. very excited about it," said Kinney.</p><p>Kinney says that crisis counselors are trained in suicidology, crisis de-escalation, safety planning, and Nebraska resource navigation. But if a situation does need emergency services like 911, the hotline is equipped to forward those calls.</p><p>With an easier number to remember, Kyle Kinney anticipates a higher volume of callers but says he's excited to continue servicing the community.</p><p>988 is funded by the state and federal government but officials at Boys Town say they can always use volunteers to support operations.​<br></p><p>​</p>2022-06-20T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town - New 988 number for the Hotline" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/988.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Safe 2 Help App Allows for Anonymous Reporting of School Safety Threats in all Nebraska Schools 2 Help App Allows for Anonymous Reporting of School Safety Threats in all Nebraska Schools<p>​<em>​​This article was originally written by Jon Kipper on May 27, 2022 and posted on </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em><br></p><p></p><p>School safety is on the forefront of nearly every parent's mind right now and it's something that Nebraska schools have recently honed in on using technology.</p><p>The Safe 2 Help app started in the Omaha area. It was so widely successful that its use was expanded across the state.</p><p>1,300 reports have been made so far, some of which may have quietly saved lives.</p><p>“We are excited because yes, we are making a difference," said Jolene Palmer, Director of School Safety for the Nebraska Department of Education.</p><p>After legislative approval last year, the app is available to every school in Nebraska.</p><p>Palmer said the app gives voice to the voiceless and is 100% anonymous, which can be an especially helpful feature for rural schools.</p><p>“Everybody knows who comes out of the principal's office, everybody knows who comes out of a counselor's office and then there's a little bit of hubbub and then they start talking to students and everybody knows then who has told," said Palmer.</p><p>The way it works is simple.</p><p>Students, staff and individual can make a report on the app. The report then goes to experts at Boys Town who decide whether it's a life-threatening matter and tell law enforcement, or simply inform school staff.</p><p>Palmer said the expertise of Boys Town is key.</p><p>“It is a natural fit that they have been phenomenal partners."</p><p>The most frequent reports are mental health-related issues, suicide concerns and bullying, but Boys Town has received dozens of reported threats as well: some of which were deemed credible.</p><p>“We know that six of them actually ended up being credible threats and were thwarted," said Palmer.</p><p>All schools located within Sarpy County have another way to report potential threats to school safety called "TIPS," which schools receive directly and can relay to law enforcement if the threat could be life-threatening.</p><p>Check out the full story from <a href="$" target="_blank">KMTV</a> and <a href="$" target="_blank">Omaha World Herald</a>.<br></p>2022-06-03T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Safe2Help" src="/PublishingImages/Blog/safe2help-banner.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town celebrates class of 2022 graduates amid nationwide rise in teen anxiety and depression Town celebrates class of 2022 graduates amid nationwide rise in teen anxiety and depression<p><em>​This article was originally written by Laura Sambol and published on </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em> on May 13, 2022.</em></p><p>OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The Boys Town class of 2022 is graduating from high school.</p><p>The celebration comes at a time when nationwide, teen anxiety and depression appear to be on the rise.</p><p>Boys To​wn is a local nonprofit specialized in helping children in need. There, hundreds of children live on a campus where they receive care and guidance for a wide range of behavioral, emotional and academic issues.</p><p>Student Maddie Hagan is reaching a milestone she never thought possible.</p><p>“I'm glad I made it to this point because three years ago I never imagined I'd graduate from high school," Hagan said.</p><p>The 18-year-old is one of 55 students in her class. Many students came from cities overcome by gangs, or towns torn apart by addiction.</p><p>Hagan says Boys Town helped her turn her life around. She said, “Before coming to Boys Town I was a really broken individual. Here I am rest assured that when I go to bed at night I'm in a safe place, and a lot of people can't say that."</p><p>Executive Director of Home Campus, Angela Powers, says Hagan's story is not unique.</p><p>“Our kids come from all different backgrounds," Powers said. “They have issues with behaviors, issues with mental health. They've been through more in their lives that most people will ever have to endure."</p><p>Powers said she noticed even more kids struggling during the pandemic.</p><p>“I would say over the past few years we are seeing more anxiety and depression. We are absolutely seeing it being a challenge for kids to really go outside their comfort zone," she said.<br></p><p>Hagan considers herself fortunate. During her time at Boys Town, she got involved with soccer, swimming and cross county. Hagan joined the National Honor Society and became the 121st mayor of Boys Town.</p><p>Hagan plans to attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha starting this summer.</p><p>Check out the full story on <a href="$" target="_blank">WOWT</a>.<br></p><p>​</p>2022-05-17T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Graduates" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2022-Graduation.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Colby Johnson of Baltimore, Maryland Elected 122nd Mayor of Boys Town Johnson of Baltimore, Maryland Elected 122nd Mayor of Boys Town<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">BOYS TOWN, Neb. – Boys Town youth today elected Colby Johnson of Baltimore, Maryland, the 122</span><sup style="background-color:transparent;">nd</sup><span style="background-color:transparent;"> Mayor of the Village of Boys Town. Megan Lambert was elected Vice-Mayor. </span><span style="background-color:transparent;"> </span><span style="background-color:transparent;">​</span></p><p>Colby Johnson is 17-years-old, and his campaign theme was: Happiness for everyone throughout the campus. “I believe as Mayor I can set a good example and be a role model for all of campus," said Johnson. “I want to achieve happiness around the Boys Town community and be an encouraging leader."<br></p><p>Colby plays for the Boys Town Football team and participates in Track and restling. Colby plans to attend the University of Delaware State and study Sport Management. His Family-Teachers are George and Karie Woki.<br></p><p>Megan Lambert is captain of the Boys Town Volleyball team and captain of the Basketball team. She also is on the National Honors Society and has a role as a Peer Minister. After graduation, she wants to enroll in a four-year college to study criminal psychology. Her goal is to join the FBI. Megan's Family-Teachers are Kyle and Jodi Skartvedt.<br></p><p>Father Edward J. Flanagan conceived the self-government system at the Village of Boys Town in 1926 as a tool for its citizens to build character, citizenship and a sense of community. The process was made famous in the 1938 Academy Award-winning movie “Boys Town," where Mickey Rooney's portrayal of Whitey Marsh, a tough young boy who turns his life around and becomes Mayor of Boys Town.<br></p>2022-05-09T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Mayor" src="/PublishingImages/Blog/mayor.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
You made great things happen in 2021! made great things happen in 2021!<p>Thanks to our donors and friends, Boys Town was able to make a positive impact in the lives of children and families who sought help from us in 2021.</p><a href="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/Documents/2021-Impact-report.pdf" target="_blank"><img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/2021-Impact-report.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></a>2022-03-18T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Care Coordination Services Helps South Omaha Family Town Care Coordination Services Helps South Omaha Family<p>​Helping families get their feet on the ground is a goal of Boys Town Care Coordination Services in South Omaha. During the current immigration crisis, providing these services to new immigrant families is even more critical.</p><p>Recently, a Boys Town Care Coordination Specialist met with a mother of a family who came to the United States from Honduras this past summer. The family was referred to Boys Town by a school social worker at Central Park Elementary.</p><p>Sandra (mom) and Ariel (dad) are parents of Christopher, a first grader, and Thiago, a 7-month-old infant. The Specialist learned the family was living with the father's sister. Unfortunately, the youngest son had significant medical issues and was referred to Children's Hospital.</p><p>Boys Town always tries to connect families with providers that can help in a number of different areas. In this case, finding housing for the family was made a priority. Several additional needs were also identified, such as employment, transportation, medical insurance and school support.</p><p>The family was able to get rental help through the Nebraska Cash Assistance program to pay their deposit and two months of rent. They also were able to get help in finding clothes and household items from different organizations and individuals.</p><p>One organization, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, provided a bed for one of<br>the kids. Hearth Ministry Center and Heartland Ministry Center helped in supplying pantry and laundry services. And Omaha Public Power District helped in getting services running for the new apartment.</p><p>The Boys Town Specialist will now focus on teaching the parents how to use the Metro system for transportation, how to open a bank account, and help them recognize the value and name of each coin, along with other basic concepts of the American culture.</p><p>Boys Town continues to offer healing and hope to children and families.<br><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em class="ms-rteFontSize-4">"When you help a child today, you write the history of tomorrow."</em> <br>~Father Flanagan​<br></p> <br>2022-01-14T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent