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Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | In-Home Family Services Consultant Receives Award Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | In-Home Family Services Consultant Receives Award <p>​Jake Cunningham, In-Home Family Services Consultant, received the Lucy Nevels Child Care Worker of the Year award on October 18, at the Nebraska Association of Homes and Services for Children (NeAHSC) Annual Conference. The award is a recognition of a staff member who goes above and beyond to help children and families in the community.</p><p>NeAHSC members represent a range of in and out of home services offered to youth and families in Nebraska which include child welfare, juvenile justice and treatment services, this makes Boys Town a perfect fit to be a member agency.</p><p>Jake has been working at Boys Town since September of 2015 and since then he has already made a huge impact on the Omaha and surrounding communities. </p><p>In-Home Family Services supervisor Brad Vipond states that the work Jake does for Boys Town Nebraska makes him an incredible asset to the team, program and organization. </p><p>"Jake always goes above and beyond with his families.  He is a consultant that lives the mission beyond his role as a Family Consultant. He sees our goal beyond tasks, behaviors, or dysfunction," said Brad. "This is why he is so successful with difficult situations and family struggles. He, not only understands the model, but is able to utilize and implement it naturally." </p><p>What Jake has done for Boys Town is nothing short of incredible and it is people like him who pour their life's passion into their work to make a lasting impact. </p><p> "When I started working at Boys Town, I remember feeling excited to come to work and surround myself with like-minded people.  I still feel that excitement today," said Jake. "Boys Town has supported my efforts to help families and helped me develop into a well-rounded child care worker. I am very grateful to work here and for the opportunities I have experienced through my career here." </p><p>Congratulations to Jake on this much deserved award and for making a difference in the lives of so many.</p>2018-11-12T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Jake" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Jake_news.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | State Farm Donation Benefits Boys Town Youth Drivers Education Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | State Farm Donation Benefits Boys Town Youth Drivers Education <p>​On Friday, Sept. 21, State Farm presented a generous donation of $15,000 at the Cowboys' homecoming football game to help provide driver's education cost for the Boys Town youth. </p><p>State Farm's mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams. By providing this donation State Farm is truly making a difference in the lives of so many here at Boys Town. </p><p>In 2016, there were 2,820 fatal teen driving accidents and it continues to be the leading cause of death in teens. The donation will go toward educating Boys Town students to be the best drivers possible. </p><p>"The importance of driver education is not only a pivotal part of new drivers foundation, it also builds confidence," said Anthony Anderson, State Farm Agent. "Boys Town's stewardship of young people aligns with State Farms dedication to the drivers of tomorrow."</p><p>At the game the Nebraska State Patrol also demonstrated a "seatbelt convincer" showing the importance of wearing a seatbelt at all times. </p><p>Every year, approximately 75 Boys Town juniors and seniors take driver's education at Cornhusker Driving School. </p><p>Big thank you to State Farm on this generous donation for our youth at Boys Town that will ensure our youth receive the skills needed to become safe drivers in order to protect themselves and those in the community as well.</p>2018-10-22T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="State Farm Check Presentation" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/SF_checkpresentation.jpg?RenditionID=2" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nebraska;#
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="https://www.ketv.com/article/ford-donates-engines-to-boys-town-auto-program/23748371" target="_blank"><em>This article is written by Molly Bernard. It was posted on ketv.com 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="https://www.wowt.com/content/news/Boys-Town-National-Hotline-on-call-for-the-community-495226991.html"><em>This article is written by Adam Priester. It was posted on wowt.com 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="https://secure.boystown.org/Donate/?view=3"><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="mailto:amy.kistaitis@boystown.org"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>amy.kistaitis@boystown.org</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="mailto:Stan.Kontogiannis@boystown.org">Stan.Kontogiannis@boystown.org</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;#