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​​​​Booster Banquet with Anthony Robleshttps://www.boystown.org/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/Pages/​​​​Booster-Banquet-with-Anthony-Robles.aspx​​​​Booster Banquet with Anthony Robles<p>​​Please join us on Tuesday, April 28 to hear NCAA Wrestling Champion, Anthony Robles, speak at the 53rd Annual Boys Town Booster Banquet at The Embassy Suites in LaVista! <a href="https://attend.boystown.org/HomeCampus/BoosterBanquet/" target="_blank">Purchase your tickets or tables now​</a>!</p><p>Born with one leg, 2011 NCAA Champion Anthony Robles became an unstoppable force in college wrestling who now shares his strategy for success—a limitless belief in self and the motivation to do things other people wouldn't have thought possible.</p><p>Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for social hour and silent auction followed by dinner and our program at 7 p.m. The first part of the program will be recognizing the 2019 <em>Competing with Character</em> award winners who will share their stories of success thanks to Boys Town athletic programs. Next, our Boys Town athletes will be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments this schoolyear and a presentation of the Alumni Hall of Fame inductees. An exciting live auction will follow and the evening will conclude with our outstanding keynote speaker. This is a kid-friendly event that will be over by 9 p.m. <a href="/boosters/Pages/default.aspx">Learn more here​</a>. <br></p><p>Sponsors are still needed for this event. If your company is interested in being a sponsor, please contact Herb Hames at 531-355-3322 or <a href="mailto:herb.hames@boystown.org">herb.hames@boystown.org</a>.</p><p>We hope to see you April 28!​<br></p>2020-04-28T05:00:00ZEvent<img alt="Anthony Robles" src="/boosters/PublishingImages/Pages/default/Anthony-Robles---Headshot.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent

 

 

Lawmakers Look to Improve Juvenile Justice in Nebraskahttps://www.boystown.org/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/Pages/lawmakers-look-to-improve-juvenile-justice-in-ne.aspxLawmakers Look to Improve Juvenile Justice in Nebraska<p><img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/juvenile-justice-pic.jpg" alt="Boys Town Youth speak to the Legislature's Judiciary Committee Thursday about the Juvenile Justice in Nebraska. From left to right: Nikole Shell, Josh Reed, Emmanuel Kuot, and Lolita Becerra. " style="margin:5px;" /></p><p><em>Boys Town Youth speak to the Legislature's Judiciary Committee Thursday about the Juvenile Justice in Nebraska. From left to right: Nikole Shell, Josh Reed, Emmanuel Kuot, and Lolita Becerra. </em></p><p>Legislature's Judiciary Committee held a hearing at the South Omaha Metro Community College to talk about juvenile justice on Thursday. For three hours the committee listned to testimony ranging from truancy to detention. Some of the most powerful testimony came from the young people who had been in the system as a child, such as Boys Town Mayor, Josh Reed. Listen to what Josh and other Boys Town youth had to say on <a href="https://boystownprtemplate.cmail19.com/t/y-l-ujxzd-tktiidhlkh-d/" target="_blank">WOWT</a>. </p>2019-10-24T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Youth" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/juvenile-justice-pic-rollup.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
In the News: Boys Town Youth Shaquil Barrett’s Unique Path to the NFLhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/Pages/IntheNewsBoysTownYouthShaquilBarrettsUniquePathtotheNFL.aspxIn the News: Boys Town Youth Shaquil Barrett’s Unique Path to the NFL<p>​Shaquil Barrett left Baltimore at 15 to join his older brother at Boys Town. In his time at Boys Town he learned that everything was earned, including playing football.  After graduating in 2010 and playing football for University of Nebraska-Omaha and Colorado State, Barrett fought his way to get on the Broncos active roster in 2015. Now, In his first Tampa Bay Bucaneers season as outside linebacker, he is off to the NFL's best sack start since 1984. Read the full story on Shaquil Barrett from <a href="https://boystownprtemplate.cmail19.com/t/y-l-uyhujid-tktiidhlkh-d/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Tampa Bay Times</span></a>.</p>2019-10-07T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Shaquil Barrett" height="266" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Barrett1_resized.jpg" width="400" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Center to Open at Boys Town National Research Hospitalhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/Pages/ChildandAdolescentPsychiatricInpatientCentertoOpenatBoysTownNationalResearchHospital.aspxChild and Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Center to Open at Boys Town National Research Hospital<p>​Boys Town National Research Hospital provides a new pediatric mental health service to the community.  The Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m. The new facility is connected to Boys Town National Research Hospital-West. </p><p>"There is a real community need for inpatient psychiatric care for children," said Edward Kolb, M.D., MBA, Executive Vice President of Health Care at Boys Town and Director and Chief Medical Officer at Boys Town National Research Hospital. "With the opening of our new Psychiatric Inpatient Center, we help serve this need and become a community resource for families and for the physicians and providers who care for these families, by providing immediate intervention for children with severe behavioral and mental health crises."</p><p>The new 16-bed Psychiatric Inpatient Center will provide the highest level of care and safety for children, ages 5-18, who need psychiatric hospitalization. The Psychiatric Inpatient Center includes classrooms, a gymnasium, living spaces and an exercise room.  Patients receive treatment and care from a multidisciplinary team of board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists, pediatricians and pediatric specialists, highly trained psychiatric nurses, and social workers.</p><p>Upon leaving the Center, patients may be referred to one of Boys Town's lower levels of care, such as residential treatment, outpatient care, telehealth or in-home services to meet the behavioral and mental health needs of the child and family.</p><p>For some employees, today's ribbon-cutting was not only a special acknowledgement of the new facility, but also hit close to home. </p><p>"I want you to know that this is not just professional, but personal for me. I've had a couple of nephews come to Boys Town and before they came to campus they started out at a higher level of care like this," said Father Steven Boes, National Executive Director, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. "They needed the help of an adolescent psych unit and the residential treatment center before stepping down to another level of care." </p><p>Nick Basalay, M.D., who will be serving as a child and adolescent psychiatrist in the new facility, also shared his story and close connection to the facility. Dr. Basalay started at Boys Town 10 years ago as a Behavioral Health Technician in the Residential Treatment Center after graduating with a degree in Psychology. His job as a Behavioral Health Technician and his experience with one particular youth who turned his life around thanks to Boys Town is what inspired him to go to medical school to become a psychiatrist.</p><p> "I knew; not only psychiatry is what I wanted to do, but there was nowhere else I wanted to be practicing than here at Boys Town," said Dr. Basalay. </p><p> <strong>Watch the video below for full coverage of the ribbon-cutting ceremony.</strong></p><div class="hidden-gal"> <a title="Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Center Room" class="image-group cboxElement" href="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/RibbonCutting9-12_01.jpg">image 1</a> </div>2019-09-27T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Ribbon Cutting" height="333" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/RibbonCutting9-12_10.jpg" width="500" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
LIFT Together with Boys Town: Transforming South Omaha through Partnerships and Preventative Serviceshttps://www.boystown.org/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/Pages/LIFTTogetherwithBoysTownTransformingSouthOmahathroughPartnershipsandPreventativeServices.aspxLIFT Together with Boys Town: Transforming South Omaha through Partnerships and Preventative Services<p>​When a dad approached Omaha South High Magnet School Principal Ruben Cano during parent-teacher conferences last year and asked for help because his son was failing all his classes, Cano knew what to do.</p><p>He immediately walked the parent over to a table where two Boys Town staff members were sitting.</p><p>The Boys Town staffers helped the parent sign up for in-home services, and soon the man's son was getting the help he needed to get back on track in the classroom.</p><p>It was a personal example of how LIFT Together with Boys Town<sup>SM </sup>and the partnerships it has built with Omaha South and other organizations in South Omaha is generating community-wide collaboration and making more resources available to struggling students and their families.</p><p>Taking a largely preventative approach, LIFT Together brings parents, educators, coaches, behavioral health professionals and community members together to work in concert to achieve a broader "population" change in their communities. It works closely with its partner organizations so everyone speaks the same language and has the same goals – to promote positive engagement at schools, strengthen families and change communities.</p><p>Data collected recently on Omaha South ninth-graders indicate this collaborative approach is producing significant improvements in student behavior.</p><p>The data show that from the 2017-2018 school year to the 2018-2019 school year:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Disciplinary referrals decreased by 32% (from 1,954 to 1,334) </li><li>Total suspensions/expulsions were down by 41% (from 294 to 174) </li><li><strong>Moderate absences (when students miss from 10% to less than 20% of school days) decreased by 24% (from 151 to 120)</strong></li></ul><p>Establishing and developing effective partnerships in the community has been the key to this progress and to increasing engagement with South Omaha families. These partnerships make it possible for service providers to identify the problems individual students are facing, select resources that can best help them and then connect those students (and their families) with that assistance. </p><p>Although the partnership with Omaha South is established and strong, LIFT Together with Boys Town's focus for the current academic year is to establish stronger partnerships with other service providers and community organizations.</p><p>LIFT Together with Boys Town provides access to a number of Boys Town youth and family services, including:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>In-Home Family Services (home-based services)</li><li>Care Coordination Services (home-based services)</li><li>Parent Education (Common Sense Parenting<sup>®</sup> classes and topic-driven workshops)</li><li>Administrative Intervention<sup>®</sup> (training for school administrators)</li><li>Safe & Healthy Secondary Schools (teacher training to improve classroom behavior) </li><li>Positive Alternatives to Suspension (PAS) (program for students who are suspended or at risk of suspension)</li></ul><p>One common theme of all Boys Town's programs is the daily use of praise to recognize and increase the positive behaviors of students.</p><p>In the halls Omaha South, teachers wear bright red bracelets. One side reads "#Praise" and the other "4-to-1." The bracelets remind teachers to "raise the praise," to "catch their students being good" and to recognize their hard work and accomplishments, no matter how small.</p><p>The bracelets are a direct result of the training Omaha South teachers received from Boys Town and their everyday work with Boys Town National Education Training staff. The teachers have learned about the benefits of praise and other research-based behavior-management strategies. They've come to know and trust their partners from Boys Town. And they have taken it upon themselves to create a more supportive, motivational environment for every student.</p><p><a href="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/Documents/SouthOmahaSchoolLIFTTogetherInfographics.pdf">See the dramatic improvements we have seen after one year </a></p>2019-09-25T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent