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54th Annual Boys Town Booster Banquet Annual Boys Town Booster Banquet<p>​​<br></p><p style="line-height:28px;font-size:16px;">Each spring, Boys Town student-athletes are recognized for their outstanding accomplishments during the schoolyear. While we will not be able to come together in person for the 2021 Booster Banquet, our goal remains the same: to raise funds for sports equipment, uniforms and other necessities.</p><p style="line-height:28px;font-size:16px;"><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><span style="font-weight:600;"><a href="" target="_blank">Join us on April 27th for a virtual event</a></span></span> featuring special guest speaker Anthony Robles, silent auctions and recognition of our student-athletes.</p><p style="line-height:28px;font-size:16px;">With your <span style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><a href="" target="_blank">support</a></span>, the Boosters ensure that every child who comes to Boys Town has the opportunity to play sports. This support of Boys Town athletics guarantees that our boys and girls have an outlet where they can have fun and learn valuable life lessons.​<br></p><p>​​​</p>2021-04-27T05:00:00ZEvent<img alt="Booster Banquet" src="/PublishingImages/booster-banner-tablet.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Annual Blue Water Bash July 24, 2021! Blue Water Bash July 24, 2021!<p><img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/BWB-banner.jpg" alt="Boys Town - Blue Water Bash" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>Join us for the 10<sup>th</sup> Annual Boys Town "Blue Water Bash" on Saturday, July 24! Whether you join us under the big tent for this socially distanced event or virtually, this is sure to be a fun-filled summer party benefiting Boys Town's Okoboji Camp. <a href="" target="_blank">Mark your calendars and get your tickets today!</a></p><p>Stay tuned for more information as we continue to navigate the safety of this event and be sure to register your phone for early access and mobile bidding on our exciting auction items! To register, text boji21 to 76278.</p><p>Sponsorships are greatly needed for this event. <a href="" target="_blank">Register online</a> or contact Melissa Steffes for more information at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>Thank you to our 2021 Blue Water Bash Chairs Melissa & Irving Jensen and Barry & JoAnne Sackett!</p><h3>Date</h3><p>July 24, 2021</p><h3>Time</h3><p>6:00 p.m.</p><h3>Location</h3><p>Boys Town Okoboji Camp<br> 1501 Okoboji Boulevard<br> West Okoboji, Iowa </p><p><br></p>2021-07-24T05:00:00ZEventtext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent



PetSmart Donates 1,250 Stuffed Animals to Boys Town as Christmas Gifts Donates 1,250 Stuffed Animals to Boys Town as Christmas Gifts<p> <span style="background-color:transparent;">​PetSmart is dedicated to helping brighten the holiday season for the girls and boys at Boys Town. For the fourth year, PetSmart teamed with Boys Town and donated stuffed animals as Christmas gifts. </span><br></p><p>“Our West Maple PetSmart team was overjoyed to team with Boys Town for the 2020 Chance and Friends donation drive," said Martin Weverka, PetSmart Store Leader. “We tallied around 350 toys donated by our loyal Pet Parents, many of whom make it a yearly tradition to make a donation."</p><p>In addition, the two other local PetSmart stores donated another 800 stuffed animals for a grand total of 1,250 gifts! The stuffed animals were handed out over Christmas to Boys Town youth, patients and children and families in North and South Omaha who receive Boys Town's In-Home Family Services.  </p><p>PetSmart is committed to giving to worthy charities like Boys Town.</p><p>“We start the donation process in October and carry on until our supplies are exhausted," Weverka said. “As a company, the PetSmart Charities program received over 2 million nationwide donations for 2020. “</p><p>PetSmart was especially pleased to see the Boys Town kids' reactions and words of gratitude for the stuffed animal gifts.   </p><p>“We got a kick out of seeing your residents display their toys in your <a href="" target="_blank">Light the Town video​</a>," Weverka said. “It's reassuring to us to know that we helped play a role in someone's Christmas this year."</p><p>PetSmart is looking forward to working along side Boys Town in the future.</p><p>“Pairing with Boys Town allowed us to reach a big part of the community, “Weverka said. “Many of us have had interactions with Boys Town in some form or manner. Thank you again for your efforts to make the donation drive a success." <br></p><div> <a class="image-group cboxElement" href="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Petsmart-4-kid-1.jpg" style="box-shadow:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.25) 0px 0px 12px;margin:0px 3% 15px;border:5px solid #ffffff !important;"> <img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Petsmart-4-kid-1.jpg" alt="" style="border:0px solid;display:block;height:200px;" /> </a>​ <a class="image-group cboxElement" href="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Petsmart-4-kid-1.jpg" style="box-shadow:rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.25) 0px 0px 12px;margin:0px 3% 15px;border:5px solid #ffffff !important;"><img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Petsmart-4-kid-2.jpg" alt="" style="border:0px solid;display:block;height:200px;" /> </a> </div>​<br>2021-03-03T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Petsmart-4-kid-0.jpg" width="535" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
In the News: Shaquil Barrett: from Boys Town to the Super Bowl the News: Shaquil Barrett: from Boys Town to the Super Bowl<p><a href="">This article ​is written by Rex Smith and was published on on February 2, 2021</a><br></p><p>Shaquil Barrett played a huge role in the Tamba Bay Buccaneers NFC Championship over the Packers.<br>He recorded three sacks and two tackles for loss.<br>In 2019, Barrett was the NFL’s sack leader.<br></p><p>Long before he was pressuring opposing QB’s in the league, he relied on the structure that Boys Town provides.</p><p>His older brother Kevin was already at the school and was seeing success.<br>“<em>When there were a few environmental challenges back at home, Shaquil came out here as well</em>,” Aaron Groff said.<br>Groff, currently the Admissions Coordinator at the school, was a wrestling and football coach back then.<br></p><p>He connected with Barrett and saw a resilient young man who doesn’t like a lot of attention, but will work his tail off behind the scenes.</p><p>“<em>Some of what has separated Shaquil has been things like work ethic, and it sounds kind of cliché, but it absolutely the truth,</em>” Groff said.<br>Barrett went on from Boys Town to play football at the University of Nebraska Omaha. After the school dropped its football program, he transferred to Colorado State University.<br>He had a good career there, but went undrafted in the NFL Draft.<br></p><p>Barrett signed with the Denver Broncos in 2014 and stuck. He was part of the team that won Super Bowl 50.</p><p>He’s since moved on to Tampa Bay and the rest is history.<br>Barrett’s success is well documented at the school.<br>If you look around, you’ll find state trophies with his name on, and memorabilia from his accomplishments in the league.<br></p><p>He’s setting quite the example for the younger generation.</p><p>“<em>I think there’s a lot of life lessons for our kids by just watching Shaquil Barrett, who Shaquil is</em>,” Groff said. “<em>And, yes, he’s in the NFL and, yes, he’s in the super bowl, but it’s also how he’s done it. He’s pieced together a seven or eight year career in the league, and along the way, he’s not tripped up. He’s continued to live clean and do the right things to where we can tell our kids this is someone that you emulate because this is someone who competes with character and does it the right way.</em>”<br>Groff is excited to watch Barrett in his second Super Bowl.<br>They stay in touch and try to meet in person at least once a year.<br></p><p>They exchanged texts after the Bucs advanced to the big game.</p><p>Groff’s message for Shaq is simple.<br>“<em>I almost tell Shaquil the same thing almost every time I text him: compete with the warrior spirit and enjoy the journey. He does a nice job with both of those things,</em>” Groff said.<br>Super Bowl LIV is Sunday, February 7.<br><br></p>2021-02-05T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Shaquille Barrett - Boys Town" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Shaquille-Barrett-Boys-Town.JPG" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Receives Mask Donation from National Service Cooperative Town Receives Mask Donation from National Service Cooperative<p>Recently, Boys Town received 5,000 N95 masks from a generous donation by the National Service Cooperative and AllPoints Foodservice Parts & Supplies. </p><p>Shari Smith, Vice President and General Manager of National Service Cooperative, saw a website post that Stacy Romero, Executive Administrative Assistant for Youth Care at Boys Town, posted last year asking for masks. </p><p>AllPoints Foodservice Parts & Supplies had N95 masks to share and asked Shari to find a charity to donate them to. Shari remembered seeing the website post from Stacy and reached out to her. After Shari and Stacy talked about the many direct care programs at Boys Town, Shari offered to give the entire donation of masks to Boys Town.</p><p>On January 21, Shari Smith, Robert Smith, Director of Business Development at National Service Cooperative, Patrick Duffy, President of National Service Cooperative, and Patrick's wife, Kristy, came to Boys Town to donate the 5,000 masks. Girls from the Skartvedt home on Boys Town's Home Campus met with Shari, Robert, Patrick, and Kristy to accept the donation. </p><p>Boys Town is very appreciative of the National Service Cooperative and AllPoints Foodservice Parts & Supplies for their donation. These masks will help ensure that staff and youth at Boys Town stay safe! </p>2021-02-03T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Mask Donation" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Mask-Donation.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Awarded Grant from FNBO Town Awarded Grant from FNBO<p> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Accent1"><strong>Vulnerable families enjoy greater access to educational opportunities and have more flexibility thanks to FNBO's generous grant supporting the LIFT Together with Boys </strong><strong>Town</strong><sup class="ms-rteFontSize-1"><strong>SM</strong></sup><strong> program.</strong></span></p><p>The $9,410 Workforce Stability Grant allowed Boys Town education specialists to provide training and resources to staff at the Salvation Army Kroc Community Center in South Omaha.<br>The ongoing pandemic has disproportionately affected South Omaha families. In Douglas County, for example, Hispanics account for more than 30 percent of COVID-19 infections with most of the positive cases concentrated in the zip codes where these families live.</p><p>Many before- and after-school programs remain suspended and the pandemic has forced schools to adopt a hybrid schedule of in-person and online learning. As a result, many parents have had to either drop out of the workforce or leave their children unsupervised because they cannot work from home or access child care programs.<br><em> </em><br><em class="ms-rteStyle-Emphasis">LIFT Together and the Salvation Army KROC Center will provide supervision and educational opportunities on remote-learning days for students from a dozen elementary schools at the newly established KROC Academy. By providing a safe place for children to gather and learn, parents will be able to return to the workforce and regain their financial footing</em><em class="ms-rteStyle-Emphasis">.</em></p><p>Boys Town education experts conducted a Well-Managed Schools workshop for KROC Center staff on November 12. The workshop touched on all the key components of the Boys Town Education Model®. This school-based intervention strategy emphasizes positive behavior support, relationship-building techniques and social skills instruction. By learning components of the Model, staff will be able to encourage, correct and reinforce youth in the same way their classroom teachers do. This will build consistency and establish uniform expectations for students when they are learning remotely and in person.</p><p>Along with the training, Boys Town also will provide books, posters and downloadable activities to help students learn social and study skills. These resources will empower students to become better problem-solvers, manage their stress and build their self-esteem.​<br></p><p>While the fallout from the pandemic continues to be severe, especially in communities of color, Boys Town and its LIFT Together partners in South Omaha are working hard to bring more stability and normalcy to the lives of those most at risk.​<br></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Boys-Town-Awarded-Grant-from-FNBO/fnbo_kroc.jpg" alt="fnbo_kroc.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-4" style="margin:5px;" /> <br> </p>2020-12-21T06:00:00Z<img alt="Kroc Center" height="329" src="/locations/nevada/PublishingImages/KROC-1.jpg" width="380" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
LIFT Together with Boys Town: Year at a glance Together with Boys Town: Year at a glance <p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">The ongoing pandemic has put more children in our community at risk, both academically and emotionally, while creating economic and employment uncertainty for families.</span></p><p>Responding to these challenges, LIFT Together with Boys Town<sup class="ms-rteFontSize-1">SM</sup> has adapted and expanded its outreach and support services. When Omaha Public Schools moved to a hybrid schedule of in-person instruction and learning at home, Boys Town and its community partners developed an action plan to ensure students, particularly in South Omaha, have adequate supervision and support on their remote-learning days.</p><p>Boys Town staff are helping at-risk families create schedules, obtain educational materials and access essential resources so their children can successfully learn at home. Our Common Sense Parenting<sup>®</sup> trainers are hosting virtual parenting cafés and classes to empower caregivers with the skills they need to support their children's educational, emotional and behavioral success.</p><p>LIFT Together is an initiative that connects schools, homes and community organizations in an effort to improve students' behaviors, stabilize families through improved parenting and strengthen communities. The goal is to address problems before they reach a level where children are unsafe, not at school and at risk of entering the juvenile justice or child welfare systems.</p><p>Every day in the metro area, LIFT Together is transforming lives and offering hope…</p><p><strong>School Partnerships</strong><br>Omaha South High Magnet School<br>Holy Name School<br>All Saints Catholic School<br>R.M. Marrs Magnet Center<br><strong> </strong><br><strong>Community Partnerships</strong><br>Latino Center of the Midlands<br>Completely Kids<br>Salvation Army Kroc Center<br>Mexican Consulate<br><strong> </strong><br><strong>Youth and Families Served</strong><br>183 youth transformed<br>37 families stabilized<br>182 moms and dads inspired in 10 parenting cafés<br>119 families (with 269 children) empowered in Common Sense Parenting classes<br>586 adults uplifted through other outreach and parent-training efforts<br><strong> </strong><br><strong>Teachers and Students Served</strong><br>75 teachers and 6 administrators supported and empowered through specialized training, impacting 524 students​<br></p>2020-12-21T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
South Omaha Family Shows the Power of Courage and Resilience Omaha Family Shows the Power of Courage and Resilience<p>​<span class="ms-rteStyle-Accent1"><strong>His mother murdered. His father jailed. His future endangered. Henry had every reason to feel angry and confused because tragedy and trauma were seemingly inescapable.</strong></span></p><p>When he was very young, Henry's family was forced to flee deadly violence in their native El Salvador. The family was granted asylum in the United States, and Henry moved into the  home of his aunt, Bea.</p><p>Bea was doing her best to raise her own children, working two jobs to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. She loved her nephew but was quickly overwhelmed by his erratic behaviors, angry outbursts and academic failures.</p><p>Fortunately, a referral to Boys Town Nebraska from Henry's school, Marrs Middle School, provided Bea a much-needed lifeline. A Boys Town Family Consultant began working with Bea and Henry in their home. Addressing Henry's behavioral issues – verbal aggression, negative interactions with adults and classmates, school absences, low grades and self-harm – was priority number one.</p><p>Through patience, persistence and specific skill teaching, the Boys Town Consultant provided Henry with the tools he needed to experience success. Henry learned how to express his feelings appropriately, ask for help, deal with frustration and use problem-solving skills to channel his feelings in healthier, more helpful ways instead of blindly acting out. The Consultant also taught Bea parenting skills, including how to correct misbehaviors, set appropriate boundaries and use praise to reinforce and encourage her children's positive behaviors.</p><p>While the family made significant and steady progress, there were setbacks. At one point, Henry relapsed into old habits and landed in juvenile detention. The situation could have derailed the family, but it turned into a blessing. The Consultant was able to team up with Henry's probation officer, school counselors and service providers from South Omaha's Latino Center of the Midlands. Working together, they were able to provide additional help and much-needed encouragement to the family.</p><p>The collaboration paid off. Henry successfully returned home and has since stayed out of trouble. He's regularly attending school, studying hard and taking control of his emotions and his life. Bea, too, found a renewed sense of hope and optimism. With the Consultant's help, she moved her family into more affordable housing which allowed Bea to reduce her work hours and have more time to be an engaged parent. In addition, an anonymous angel gifted a vehicle to the family. They now enjoy the benefits of reliable transportation and greater freedom.</p><p>Demonstrating remarkable courage and resiliency, Bea and Henry worked hard to improve themselves and their relationships. Now, their futures have never looked brighter.​<br></p>2020-12-21T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
In The News: Boys Town Kicks Off Holiday Season with Drive-Thru Event The News: Boys Town Kicks Off Holiday Season with Drive-Thru Event<p>To kick off the Holiday season, Boys Town’s Home Campus hosted a virtual tree lighting. Though the event looked a little different this year, it was still a wonderful way for youth on campus to make new Christmas memories.  Read about the event on <a href="" target="_blank" style="color:#954f72;"></a>.​<br></p>2020-12-10T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent