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Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Ford donates engines to Boys Town auto program Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Ford donates engines to Boys Town auto program <p> <a href="" target="_blank"><em>This article is written by Molly Bernard. It was posted on on October 13.</em></a></p><p> <strong>BOYS TOWN, Neb. —</strong> New engines, never used in a car, are now giving students a chance to learn from the newest technology.</p><p>Bo Rhudy, an alumni of Boys Town High School, brought four engines from Michigan to Omaha. All four engines were donated by Ford.</p><p>"'Cause when you see one of these motors, they ain't like what you and I grew up with, where you can just climb under the hood and tear it apart," said Rhudy.</p><p>These engines won't be under a hood. Instead they'll be in a classroom at Boys Town High School. </p><p>"Teach the students on what it is to rebuild them -- to get them back to running condition -- and be able to hold down a job in the future," said Jeremy Kreikemeier, the automotive, welding and small engines instructor at Boys Town.</p><p>Ford's donation will help to drive the education forward for students participating in the trade program at Boys Town.</p><p>"They're new engines, so that way we can have the opportunity to learn the new technology of what's being released," said Kreikemeier.</p><p>Ford's donation doesn't end here.</p><p>"Next time they get rid of engines, which will probably be another six months, they said we'll get more if we need them," said Rhudy.</p><p>Rhudy is excited to help with the donation, but he's even more excited the trade program at Boys Town has been successful after being restarted last year.</p><p>"I think it's such a terrific thing to be doing what they're doing now and starting this type of activity again," said Rhudy.<br></p>2018-10-15T05:00:00ZNewsNebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town National Hotline: on call for the community Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town National Hotline: on call for the community <p style="text-decoration:underline;">​<a href=""><em>This article is written by Adam Priester. It was posted on on October 4.</em></a></p><p><strong>BOYS TOWN, Neb. (WOWT) --</strong> Tonight the tenth annual Boys Town National Hotline Fundraiser collected donations to support their cause. People taking the calls say that the decision to dial the number can be life changing.</p><p>Calls to the Boys Town National Hotline are on the rise. Increasing every year since at least 2012.</p><p>"The support that we get is literally life saving." says training supervisor Diana Schmidt.</p><p>No matter what kind of crisis, having someone to talk it through with could make all the difference. Staff here are specially trained to de-escelate problems, helping people make better decisions when emotions may cloud their judgement.</p><p>Schmidt explains, "If they can get themselves to just reach out to call us text or chat, then we can really talk them through it and there's just a magical thing that happens you are honest about what's going on."</p><p>Making that magic is exactly the mission here. Last year alone more than 150 thousand phone calls came in. Counselors also responded to 30-thousand emails, texts and webchats.</p><p>Celebrity suicides and current events can cause a wave of calls.</p><p>"When Kate Spade died by suicide and then Anthony Bourdain...that call volume, they were record numbers." says Schmidt.</p><p>Even when calls flood in, the work is all worth it for the counselors on the other end of the line.</p><p>"You know you're making a difference. It's a small difference in an individual's life but it really has a ripple effect throughout their family and I believe that's what Boys Town sees in the hotline is that it makes a stronger family, it makes a stronger individual and it absolutely makes a stronger community." says Schmidt.</p><p>The number for the hotline is 1-800-448-3000 and is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you would like to donate to the hotline, you can follow visit their website <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a>.</p>2018-10-08T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Hotline" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Hotline_newspg.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Robertsons Put Family First as Family-Teachers at Boys Town Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Robertsons Put Family First as Family-Teachers at Boys Town <p>For Aaron and Kendal Robertson, the opportunity to become Family-Teachers<sup>®</sup> at Boys Town put them on a career track to not only help kids but also to help themselves. </p><p>"I became a Family-Teacher because I wanted to do something that made a lasting impact on someone else's life," Aaron said. "Many of the youth in our home had never done well in school or played on an organized sports team. Some of my proudest moments as a Family-Teacher have been watching them earn all A's and play in their first athletic competitions."</p><p>The Robertsons had just welcomed their first child before coming to Boys Town in 2012. The rewards and challenges of working with troubled youth in a Boys Town Family Home have only been enhanced by the joy of raising their own kids.</p><p>"I was a new father when my wife and I became Family-Teachers," Aaron said. "The things that were important to me changed when my son was born. I wanted to be around for my son (and now a daughter, as well) as much as I could. Going to work for 60 to 70 hours a week away from the home was too difficult of a sacrifice for me. Choosing to be Family-Teachers allowed my wife and I to be with our own children each day of their pre-school years. Raising our children at Boys Town has given them the opportunity to practice the same social skills we teach to the youth. My own children learned how to follow instructions, accept decisions and greet others by watching our interactions with the Boys Town youth."</p><p>For Kendal, being a Family-Teacher let her do two things she loves.</p><p>"I have always enjoyed working," Kendal said. "But I also love being a mom. Being a Family-Teacher has let me do both. Family-Teaching was a job that allowed me to have a sense of purpose while investing in my own children. One of the greatest parts of being a Family-Teaching Couple is that not only did I get to be with my children full-time, so did my husband. In our world today, that's a rarity."</p><p>After nearly six years as Family-Teachers, the Robertsons recently accepted a new position as Boys Town's Campus Ministry Couple for Chambers Chapel, the Protestant church on home campus. Like Aaron and Kendal, many Family-Teachers move on to administrative or other support positions at Boys Town when they decide to leave the Family Home Program.   </p><p>Aaron said the opportunity for him and Kendal to continue a career at Boys Town would have never been possible without their experience as Family-Teachers.</p><p>"Faith in God is very important in our family," he said. "I am so grateful that Boys Town supported our desire to live out our faith with the youth in our home. Most of the young men that came into our home believed in God, but some were not sure what practicing faith was about. Kendal and I encouraged the boys to ask questions about God, church and prayer. We have experienced family sickness, personal victories and even death. It was always our desire to point the guys back to God during these life experiences. Our faith has allowed us to share in both celebrations and grief – and praying together."</p><p>At Boys Town, being a Family-Teacher is not just a job, it's a lifestyle. </p><p>Perhaps Kendal summed up the experience best.</p><p>"There is nothing magical about what we do," she said. "We believe we love through action and words, something as simple as saying, 'Good morning' or 'How was your day?' can be life-changing. Maybe no one has ever said those things on a consistent basis to the boys in the past -- and we say them every day."</p><p><strong><em>If you're looking to make a career change that will make a real lasting difference, contact us today!</em></strong></p><p>Boys Town is currently looking for qualified candidates to work with troubled youth as Family-Teachers on our Nebraska campus. For more information, contact Amy Kistaitis at 531-355-3299 or <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong></strong></span></a>.</p>2018-10-02T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Robertson Family" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/RobertsonPicture.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Kyle’s Mile Benefits Boys Town National Hotline® Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Kyle’s Mile Benefits Boys Town National Hotline® <div class="hidden-gal"> <a title="T-Shirt" class="image-group cboxElement" href="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/tshirt.jpg">image 1</a> <a title="Kyles Mile" class="image-group cboxElement" href="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/kyles_mile.jpg">image 1</a> </div><p>The 5<sup>th</sup> annual Kyle's Mile took place on Saturday, August 25, with proceeds benefiting the Boys Town National Hotline.</p><p>Kyle's Mile is a motorcycle ride event that was started by Byron Cooper whose son committed suicide on June 20, 2013. Byron has now dedicated his efforts to try and prevent others from being in similar situations such as Kyle.</p><p>Kyle's Mile is a ride that begins at Metro Harley-Davidson Suzuki Can-Am in Rapids City, Iowa and the participants make stops along the way before ending with a celebration that includes music and a raffle drawing.</p><p>This year 442 people participated in the ride raising a total of $14,000 for the Boys Town National Hotline.</p><p>"This is a great cause and Byron is doing really great things with this ride every year," said Stan Kontogiannis, Regional Major Gifts Officer for Boys Town. "My hope is that we can do more rides like this all over the country to spread awareness."</p><p>Byron was very happy with this year's Kyle's Mile and a date has already been set for next year's ride on August 24, 2019.</p><p> "Thank you to all who supported Kyle's Mile once again," said Byron. "Do not let it end where the ride did, keep an open ear and an open mind and be aware of those around you. You truly can change this world one person at a time."</p><p>If would like to participate or become a financial supporter to Kyle's Mile please contact Stan Kontogiannis at (402) 315-0156 or via email at <a href=""></a>.</p>2018-10-02T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Bikes" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/bikes.jpg?RenditionID=2" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Boosters Host Tailgate, Present Check for Sports Programs Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Boosters Host Tailgate, Present Check for Sports Programs <p>​On Friday, Aug. 31, Boys Town Boosters hosted a tailgate meal at the first home football game of the Cowboys' season and presented a check benefiting the Boys Town sports program at halftime. </p><p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Boys-Town-Boosters-Host-Tailgate/booster.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px 10px 5px 0px;width:300px;height:200px;" />The Boys Town Sports Booster Members served hamburgers and hotdogs at the game against West Point-Beemer. It is these members who are critical to the success of Boys Town's athletic department.  <br></p><p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Boys-Town-Boosters-Host-Tailgate/bbq.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px 5px 5px 10px;width:300px;height:200px;" />Because of the work the Booster Members do throughout the year, by securing sponsors, selling tables and donating fundraiser items, we are able to support our youth's sports programs on campus. Not only do these funds benefit Boys Town athletes but also all the children who use the track, gym and weight room during the school year. </p><p>A check of over $145,000 was presented at halftime from the funds that were raised at this year's Booster Banquet in May. </p><p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Boys-Town-Boosters-Host-Tailgate/bbq2.jpg" alt="bbq2.png" style="margin:5px 10px 5px 0px;width:300px;height:200px;" />"The Boosters have supported Boys Town kids and sports for over 50 years," said Herb Hames, Senior Development Director, Boys Town Nebraska. "The tailgate has become a tradition for many Boosters and their families. They love bringing their spouses and kids to serve food and drink, and watch a little football." </p><p>Big thank you to the Booster members who work year round to provide the best sports programs and facilities to Boys Town youth.</p> <br>2018-09-20T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Booster" src="/locations/nebraska/PublishingImages/check.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town joins county juvenile program Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town joins county juvenile program <p><em>This article was posted on <a href=""> </a> August 7, 2018.</em></p><p>PLATTSMOUTH—Cass County has a program aimed at early diversion of at-risk juveniles back on the right track of life.</p><p>And, on Tuesday morning, its Board of Commissioners signed an agreement with a world famous organization to help in this cause.</p><p>Father Flanagan's Boys Home, also known as Boys Town, will provide services to keep juveniles in school.</p><p>"Truancy is a big problem," said County Attorney S. Colin Palm. "We're trying to find effective ways to deal with it."</p><p>This is the first year the county will use Boys Town as one of its providers for various services for pre-adjudicated and/or juveniles enrolled in county diversion programs, according to Megan Duncan, diversion director. Boys Town has a good reputation and has professionals available 24 hours a day, she said.</p><p>Besides seeking Boys Town's help in keeping juveniles in school, the county also has agreements with two other agencies for their expertise. Owens Educational Services of Omaha provides tracking and electronic monitoring, while Heartland Family Services of Papillion offers crisis management teams to keep juveniles in the home when a crisis does occur.</p><p>The county has a $91,000 grant from the Nebraska Crime Commission for paying these agencies for their services.</p><p>"We're trying to do everything we can on the front end," Palm said. "If we can divert these kids early on, it increases our odds we won't see them later on."</p><p>On another matter, the commissioners approved the continuation of a long-standing agreement between the county and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for child support enforcement.</p><p>The enforcement comes out of the county attorney's office, which has one full-time individual dealing with enforcement, along with help when possible by an attorney there, according to Palm. Last year, his office had a budget of $46,107 to pay for that individual and supplies, according to Palm. The state also reimburses the county for providing this service that has to be done by someone, he said.</p>2018-08-20T05:00:00ZNewsNebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town 2018 Blue Water Bash exceeds fundraising goal Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town 2018 Blue Water Bash exceeds fundraising goal <p> <em>This article was posted on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>; July 30, 2018.</em></p><p>While organizers were still tallying donation totals Sunday night, Boys Town development officer Melissa Steffes confirmed the Seventh Annual Boys Town Blue Water Bash exceeded fundraising goals to raise $150,000 and net $100,000. The event welcomed more than 300 guests and featured speakers, live music by the Jonah and the Whales and a live auction. Funds raised from the event will be used to support the operating costs of the Boys Town Camp in Okoboji. (Above) Katie Thompson, high school junior Boys Town participant; Suzie Wilmot, volunteer co-chair of the 2018 Blue Water Bash; Lizzy Walton, high school senior Boys Town participant; and Eva Shine, volunteer co-chair of the 2018 Blue Water Bash, enjoyed the party together Saturday evening.</p> <br> <table><tbody><tr><td><p><img src="/parenting/questions-and-answers/PublishingImages/BWB2.jpg" alt="Blue Water Bash" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="padding-right:15px;width:380px;height:auto;" />Blue Water Bash guests Cecily Haggerty and Reagan Rosenberg discussed one of the live auction items, a trip to Florida.<br></p></td></tr></tbody></table> <br> <table><tbody><tr><td> <p> <img src="/parenting/questions-and-answers/PublishingImages/BWB.jpg" alt="Blue Water Bash" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin-right:15px;width:380px;height:auto;" />The O'Brien family was instrumental in founding the Blue Water Bash when it started seven years ago, the family; Peg (O'Brien) Reit, Tom O'Brien and Mary Ann O'Brien came together to celebrate what the camp has accomplished so far.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:left;"> <span style="background-color:transparent;"><br></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"> <span style="background-color:transparent;">Photos by Colin Van Westen<br></span></p> <br>2018-08-01T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Blue Water Bash" src="/parenting/questions-and-answers/PublishingImages/BWB1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#