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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 | 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="http://www.boystowntraining.org/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://www.boystowntraining.org/</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;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Common Sense Parenting Urges Parents to Catch Kids Doing Good! Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Common Sense Parenting Urges Parents to Catch Kids Doing Good! <p>So many times, parents only communicate with their kids when they are caught doing things wrong. With Boys Town's Common Sense Parenting (CSP) classes, however, parents are encouraged to praise children when they "catch them doing good!"</p><p>For a Lincoln parent, Maria, it has made a huge difference in interacting with her children.</p><p>Maria attended a Common Sense Parenting class at the Indian Center in Lincoln in cooperation with the Society of Care. A mother of three, she was raised under very different conditions. She grew up in a Hispanic home and is married to a Native American. She was able to correlate the two cultures.</p><p>In Maria's second class, the Common Sense Parenting trainer shared how positive behaviors should result in positive consequences and negative behaviors should result in negative consequences. The trainer shared that many times children are receiving the opposite, so instead of receiving a reward or an encouraging word for doing something well at school, the child is instead just ignored by the parent.</p><p>The teaching hit home for Maria. She became emotional and said she realized she was not identifying when her children did well in school. She needed to praise them more.</p><p>Now, each week Maria she comes back to class sharing her success stories of helping her children learn social skills. And, she has also learned to stay calm through the parenting skills taught in her CSP classes.   </p><p>Maria now shares how impactful the class was for herself and her family. She wants to continue to be a part of Common Sense Parenting classes in Lincoln.<br></p>2019-02-22T06:00:00ZNewsNebraska;#
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;#