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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="">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="">Register online</a> or contact Melissa Steffes for more information at <a href="mailto:melissa.steffes@boystown.or?subject=Blue%20Water%20Bash"></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="" 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=""></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 | The Work Has Continued With Assistant Family-Teachers Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | The Work Has Continued With Assistant Family-Teachers <p>Assistant Family-Teaching, it's a job that requires no judgement and some good listening ears, according to someone who has been doing the job for more than 20 years. That person is Aaron Cobbs, he has been an Assistant Family-Teacher<sup>® </sup>(AFT) on Boys Town's home campus since May of 1998. </p><p>When Aaron first started his Boys Town career, he was no stranger to the program. Twenty-two years earlier, Aaron was a youth on Home Campus, graduating from Boys Town High School in 1982. It was during his time at Boys Town that Aaron met someone who changed his perspective on life, LaVerne Jennings. </p><p>LaVerne began her Boys Town career as an AFT in 1979. Since then, she has dedicated 30 years of her life to the mission and to helping youth grow and follow their dreams. In LaVerne's early years on campus Aaron was one of the youth that she got to inspire with her work. </p><p>"When I was a kid, she taught me to be a man with integrity and character," said Aaron. "LaVerne taught me to care for others, and not always think about myself. I feel that she plays a big part in me being the man that I am today."</p><p>Putting others before yourself is a rare quality these days but as an AFT it is one of the most important qualities you can showcase.  </p><p>"Aaron is a good role model not only for our kids but for adults as well. He inspires others to follow their dreams," said LaVerne. </p><p>Aaron is not only an outstanding role model to the youth he serves but also to his own daughter, Lindsey Cobbs, who followed closely in her father's footsteps by becoming an AFT in 2016.</p><p>"Lindsey has always had a very kind heart, and a passion for wanting to help others, so it doesn't surprise me that she wanted to work at Boys Town," said Aaron. "She thrives on seeing others be successful." </p><p>Lindsey has been an Assistant Family-Teacher for three years now, but she started off in the Summer Youth Enrichment Program, where she also got to work closely with LaVerne. </p><p>"I knew then she would be a great assistant one day. She is definitely a daughter of Aaron Cobbs. Lindsey leads by example and is someone you can count on for support," said LaVerne </p><p>LaVerne was right, Lindsey loved the Summer Enrichment Program so much and knowing that she was making an impact on the lives of others was all it took to get her to apply to be an Assistant Family-Teacher.</p><p>Lindsey knows she has a great role-model in her dad when it comes to working with the youth by displaying strength, compassion and understanding. When it comes to her own difficulties with the job she can always rely on her dad for some expert advice and an encouraging "you got this". </p><p>Regardless if they have been doing the work for three years or thirty years when asked what the most rewarding part of the job was, all three Assistant Family-Teachers had the same response—"Seeing the growth" that the youth make in their time here at Boys Town.  </p><p>"A lot of the kids are totally different people when they leave, then when they came here. It's so awesome seeing the changes in the way they think, and act," said Aaron. </p><p>Awesome is an understatement and it takes a lot of one-on-one work with the youth they serve to help them realize they have a whole life full of potential to go out there and follow their dreams. </p><p>"I am still following my dreams of helping kids get better and getting their second chance in life," said LaVerne. <br></p>2019-04-16T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Arron Lindsey Laverne" src="/blog/PublishingImages/Arron_Lindsey_Laverne.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | A Year of Triumph for Boys Town Family-Teacher Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | A Year of Triumph for Boys Town Family-Teacher <p>An award-winning year as a Family-Teacher<sup>®</sup>, a PhD and a baby on the way, 2018 was quite the busy year for Nicole Wilson who is a Family-Teacher<sup> </sup>on Nebraska's home campus. </p><p>"Nicole is the woman every parent wants their little girl to grow up to be. She is compassionate, dedicated, and ambitious," said Jordan Wilson, Nicole's husband and Family-Teacher.</p><p>Nicole and Jordan have been working at Boys Town for over five years as Family-Teachers. They currently oversee a boys' home in community three on Home Campus. In 2018, the couple won the <em>Dedication to Youth and Families Award</em> for their amazing work as Family-Teachers. This award was started in 2016 by a man whose daughter's life was impacted by Boys Town.  </p><p>This year was a little more hectic for the Wilson family though, specifically Nicole. Not only was she finishing her Human Capital Management PhD in the fall, but she was also getting ready to welcome a new baby girl into the family. In December, Nicole gave birth to baby Emma. The couple also has a seven-year-old son together. </p><p>In the month following the birth of her daughter, Nicole walked across the graduation stage in what was not only an outstanding achievement for her but a proud moment for her husband. </p><p>"Her ambition is the glue to our program. I get things done, but she gets them done the best they can be. Always striving to be better has been the motivation that allowed her to reach her PhD goals," said Jordan. "She inspires me daily to be a better husband, a better parent, and a better all-around person."</p><p>Being a Family-Teacher<sup> </sup>is no easy task; it requires love, patience, time and caring for other's children as they are your own. </p><p>"Nicole is a wonderful example of someone who lives out Father Flanagan's mission each day. She ensures that the boys in her home are extremely well taken care of.  She keeps them happy and well-fed while challenging them to meet their goals and stay connected to their families," said Natalie Samson, Director, Family Home Program. "I find it incredible that Nicole continued to maintain all of this while pregnant, taking care of her son and finishing her PhD program. I feel proud to have Nicole as a Family-Teacher."</p><p>Natalie also mentioned that both of the Wilsons do an excellent job at supporting the Boys Town community by leading events such as summer slip-n-slides, Okoboji vacations and guest visits.  In addition, Nicole serves on a number of Home Campus committees</p><p>Thank you to Nicole and Jordan Wilson for the work they do as Family-Teachers and congratulations on their achievements in 2018. <br></p>2019-04-16T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Wilson" src="/blog/PublishingImages/Wilsons.JPG" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nebraska Displays Pinwheels for Prevention Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nebraska Displays Pinwheels for Prevention <p>In one year, more than 3 million referrals are made to child protection agencies about the abuse and neglect of a child. Every April for Child Abuse Awareness month, communities all over the nation dedicate their time to spread awareness about this ongoing problem.</p><p>Project Harmony is partnering with other organizations in Omaha, Nebraska to continue to stand up against child abuse and neglect, through participation in the National Pinwheels for Prevention campaign.</p><p>This April, for the ninth year Boys Town Nebraska Foster Family Services is participating in Pinwheels for Prevention by placing 1,000 blue pinwheels at the Pacific Street entrance of the Boys Town National Headquarters. </p><p>Boys Town's display is one of many that is being put up across the Omaha area with the hopes to do our part in raising awareness. Boys Town's mission has been saving children since 1917, and supporting this campaign is another way to help end the fight against abuse and give children a voice.</p><p>The pinwheels are a symbols to remind our community that each child deserves a heathy childhood so that they may have a bright future. </p><p>"Boys Town Foster Family Services is honored to participate in the "Pinwheels for Prevention" campaign once again. We all have the power and responsibility to protect a child and this campaign brings to light the problem of child abuse in our communities. Together, we must prioritize safe and healthy families," said Matthew Priest, Director of Nebraska Foster Family Services.</p><p>Boys Town thanks Project Harmony for their endless support of serving children in need in the Omaha area. Through community partnerships we can all work together to end the harsh reality of child abuse.<br></p>2019-04-12T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Child Abuse Awareness" height="591" src="/locations/new-england/PublishingImages/April.jpg" width="468" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Justices Show Boys Town Students What It’s Like to Serve on Nebraska Supreme Court Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Justices Show Boys Town Students What It’s Like to Serve on Nebraska Supreme Court <p>​</p><p><em>This article is written by Scott Stewart. It was posted to </em><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em></em></span></a><em>.</em></p><p>Hands shot up into the air at the Boys Town Music Hall last Thursday afternoon as justices of the Nebraska Supreme Court fielded a variety of questions from students wondering how much money they made, how they remain unbiased and what it took to land a spot on the bench.</p><p>The court visited Boys Town High School as part of its high school outreach program. Students watched an oral argument and spent about a half hour peppering the justices with questions and occasionally filling the auditorium with laughter, smiles and a whistle at the mention of the justices' salaries.</p><p>Asked about whether having legal problems as a young person would prevent a career in the law, the justices told the Boys Town students to look up the story of Shon Hopwood, a Nebraska bank robber who eventually became a lawyer and Georgetown University law professor. Responding to a question about embarrassing moments, they also mentioned a time that a chair broke on the bench, causing a justice to fall backwards during an oral argument. </p><p>Shiann Janousek, a Boys Town senior from Fremont, said the visit provided her peers an opportunity to learn what goes into being a judge or an attorney.</p><p>"It gave all the students here an opportunity to see that firsthand and to know what it could be like to go through a court case or, if any of the youth want to go into law school, they got some better insight and information on how to do so," Janousek said. "It was really cool that we could ask questions afterwards because I felt a lot of the youth here understand what was going on."</p><p>The court heard oral arguments on State v. Manjikian, a case involving issues of double jeopardy and whether a defendant made a free, voluntary, knowing and intelligent plea of no contest. Students in attendance reviewed the case in advance, and Douglas County Juvenile Court Judge Douglas F. Johnson gave them an overview of the court process shortly before the session.</p><p>Among other issues, defense attorney Jason E. Troia of Dornan, Troia, Howard, Breitkreutz & Conway PC LLO asked the court to consider whether the judge should ask the defendant entering a no contest plea if they understand they are waiving a right to an appeal, too. Melissa R. Vincent of the Nebraska Attorney General's Office said that it's implicit in a no contest plea that the outcome can't be appealed. </p><p>Students watched the justices ask questions about precedence and how they should weigh American Bar Association recommendations against how courts have traditionally operated in Nebraska. After the hearing, the students were urged to look up a case – State v. Irish – that repeatedly came up in the oral arguments because it examines how the court assures a no contest plea is voluntary and intelligent. </p><p>Boys Town High School senior DeAngelo Speaks of Balitmore said he was surprised how quickly the arguments wrapped up. </p><p>"It was definitely more chill and laid back than any TV lawyer would be because it was like really brief, get to the point," Speaks said. "It gave me an insight on how hard these judges work and how hard their job really is. It's not just you put on a robe and become a judge. It really takes time." </p><p>Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican said it's important for high school students to have confidence in the court system and learn how democratic institutions operate. </p><p>"Part of our job is to communicate with the community – by community, I mean with the state as a whole – on the broader issue of what is the law, what is the court system, what is civic responsibilities and so forth, and we find that visiting high schools is one of the ways we can perform that part of our job," Heavican said. "Every time we go to a high school, we find it to be a learning experience for us and we are delighted by the whole process." </p><p>A few high schools are chosen annually to participate in the court's outreach program. Students at Scottsbluff High School will receive the court on April 29 to mark Law Day. Last year, the court visited Millard North High School, Grand Island High School and Schuyler High School. </p><p>Asked why the justices chose Boys Town by one of the students, Heavican said they look for schools that want to host an oral argument – which requires heightened security, with the State Patrol treating the meeting space as an official state courtroom. </p><p>"We got a very enthusiastic response from Boys Town," Heavican said. </p><p>Boys Town Superintendent Bob Reznicek described the visit as a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" for the organization's students and staff. John English, a Boys Town social studies teacher, said the event was a field trip that came to campus and provides a chance to connect real examples with classroom lessons. </p><p>The Nebraska Supreme Court also held oral arguments and a question-and-answer session Thursday morning at Creighton Law School. The court has visited the state's law schools annually for more than 30 years as part of its effort to raise awareness and promote civics education, according to a release.</p>2019-04-05T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/SupremeCourtBoysTown_opt.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Nebraska Supreme Court Justices" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/SupremeCourtBoysTown_opt.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Local High School sees Decrease in Office Referrals following Boys Town Training Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Local High School sees Decrease in Office Referrals following Boys Town Training <p>For over three decades Boys Town experts have been collaborating with educators, youth care workers and schools across the country to create safe and effective learning environments. </p><p>These individuals make up the Boys Town National Training Department, whose primary responsibility is to disseminate the Boys Town Education Model<sup>® </sup>to schools and agencies through educational resources and professional development offerings. This evidence-based and results-orientated model is made of three components: </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>A behavior management approach that is proactive rather than reactive.</li><li>A complete social skills curriculum that empowers students to make better decisions.</li><li>A consistent referral process that values teaching over punishing. </li></ul><p>In recent times the Boys Town Education Model, which originated in 1979, has extended its influence into the local educational arena. This past year, outstanding success has been observed at Omaha South High School.  In the summer of 2018, two workshops were conducted, the first an Administrative Intervention workshop for 18 of the school's administrative faculty, the second, a Safe & Healthy Secondary Schools workshop for 178 educators school-wide.</p><p>Following training, and a full semester of implementation, data showed that Omaha South experienced a significant decline in office referrals. Prior to training, Omaha South documented 2,329 referrals. In the fall semester of the following school year, referrals had decreased by 571.  A dramatic decline over a 12-month period. </p><p>When asked about the impact of this decline and its relationship to community development National Training Director, Susan Lamke stated, "I believe the service we provide is important to our community because it gives educators, youth care professionals, and parents practical strategies for supporting students in their social and emotional development.  This in turn, increases their chance of success in school, at home, and in their future careers". </p><p>In addition to professional development for educators, Boys Town provides other services for children and families in the South Omaha community. When students are struggling academically or suspended from school, they can continue their educational routine in a Positive Intervention Classroom at <a href="/south-omaha/pages/default.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Boys Town's South Omaha</span></a> office. This program aligns with Boys Town's Positive Alternative to Suspension model, which helps students acquire and practice social skills while remaining on track to complete academic requirements. </p><p>For more information on Boys Town National Training visit: <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a></p>2019-03-18T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Meet Our Trainers" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/meet-our-trainers.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Care Coordination Services Helps Families Find Solutions Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Care Coordination Services Helps Families Find Solutions <p>In a perfect world, there would be one place where you could go to find help to fix all your child's problems.<br></p><p>Unfortunately, that isn't how it works.<br></p><p>Many times, it takes several programs and numerous organizations to come together to help a child. That's where Boys Town's Care Coordination Services (CCS) can help.<br></p><p>Last year, a local family was referred to Boys Town's In Home Family Services program. The family sought help because their 15-year-old son was refusing to attend school at Omaha South High School and had a mental health diagnosis that contributed to that issue. The youth was referred to the Juvenile County Attorney for Truancy in May of 2018.<br></p><p>With the help of a Boys Town consultant, the family began to receive assistance in treating their son. Through CCS, the family was linked with several County-based services.<br></p><p>During the weekly home visits the Consultant used modeling, role-plays, and practice to continue to teach the parents to be independent and to advocate for their son. The Consultant also attended school meetings, IEP meetings, and court hearings to advocate for the family, monitor services with the providers, and to help the family navigate the meetings and hearings. <br></p><p>After nine months of attendance issues, the youth was able to enroll back at South High School this past November. When the parents and the youth attended court in December, the judge was amazed by all the linkages and progress the parents had made with their son. The family has since successfully completed services.<br></p><p>Teamwork paid off for this local family.<br></p>2019-02-22T06:00:00ZNewsNebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town and Public School Programs Help High School Students Through Turbulent Times Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town and Public School Programs Help High School Students Through Turbulent Times <p>​<em style="background-color:transparent;">In 2015, Omaha South High School and Boys Town implemented an alternative classroom for youth suspended from South High with the primary focus of providing a safe and positive classroom located at the Boys Town South Omaha office. The Positive Alternatives to Suspension (PAS) and Positive Intervention Classroom (PIC) programs are led by a South High school teacher and a Boys Town School Community Liaison who have been trained in Boys Town's Well-Managed Schools Curriculum to work exclusively with students who have been suspended or are at risk of suspension. This classroom serves 6-8 students daily by helping them to complete and catch up on missing assignments as well as teaching to the behaviors that led to their suspension or referral.  </em></p><p>Even when a student seems to be failing more often than he or she is succeeding, that student still needs to know someone cares and will continue to lend a helping hand. For one student at Omaha South High School that offers Boys Town services, that helping hand came from Shannan Garcia and Lori Negrete-Bobier.</p><p>Shari is a junior at Omaha South. She was assigned to the PAS/PIC program in the spring of 2017, which was the second semester of her freshman year. She is currently in the second semester of her junior year.  </p><p>Shari has struggled with an extreme amount of shyness, a lack of self-confidence, and lack of motivation toward attendance and academics. She said her anxiety to be in school is what gets in her way. She began using marijuana during her freshman year as a way to cope with her anxiety. She says she would leave school to "get high" and come back to school afterwards. She was getting behind academically in her classes due to these behaviors.  </p><p>Garcia, who is the School Community Liaison from Boys Town, and Negrete-Bobier, who is the certified Omaha South Transition Teacher, work in the PAS/PIC classroom. They try to develop relationships with youth. They began teaching Shari new replacement coping skills. They also tried to teach her skills on how to ask for help, accepting no for an answer, and how to talk to her parents about problems she was facing.</p><p>During Shari's first semester her sophomore year, she reported she quit smoking marijuana and used the skills she had been taught to cope when she started to feel anxious. Garcia and Negrete-Bobier used positive reinforcement to show their appreciation and went a step further in encouraging her to join an outside activity. Shari chose to join a jiu jitsu class and loved it. It not only helped her socially, but it also helped her with self-esteem and weight loss. She was excited to share her experiences with others.</p><p>Like any youth, Shari still had her struggles. She made small strides in her attendance at school. She was no longer leaving the building, but she would still not attend all her classes. She earned credits at a slower pace. When her jiu jitsu instructor had to close her business, Shari was discouraged. But she reached out to Negrete-Bobier for help. It was a huge step.</p><p>She used a skill she had been taught in reaching out for help. She sought help with her classes, as well. South High administration helped adjust Shari's schedule so that she would be attending the PAS/PIC Classroom every day for half of the school day. She ended up passing all five of her classes!</p><p>Shari currently has 24 credits of the 49 she needs to graduate. She is slightly behind, but plans on taking summer school to catch up on some of the mandatory academic classes.</p><p>Shari gave credit to Garcia and Negrete-Bobier for helping her get where she is today. She admits she wanted to quit school on numerous occasions, but she now sees the light at the end of the tunnel. She also knows it is going to take a lot of hard work to finish her task during summer school and her senior year.</p><p>But graduating is now a possibility for Shari.</p><p>Thanks to Garcia, Negrete-Bobier and the PAS/PIC program at South High, Shari now has a chance to do something she would have never imagined – graduating!  <br></p>2019-02-22T06:00:00ZNewsNebraska;#