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56th Annual Boys Town Booster Banquet Annual Boys Town Booster Banquet<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​​​​Each spring at the Boys Town Booster Banquet, we come together to recognize Boys Town's student-athletes and raise funds for sports equipment, uniforms, camps and other necessities.</span></p><p>With your support, 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. </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"> <strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Join us on May 2nd, 2023 ​</a></strong></span><strong>​ </strong>for an inspirational evening including a silent auction, recognition of our student-athletes and our outstanding keynote speaker, <strong></strong><strong>Zach Miller. </strong> <br></p> <strong></strong> <p>A former University of Nebraska-Omaha football player, retired NFL player, country music artist, husband and father, Zach Miller is an inspiration for anyone who would choose to live their life to the fullest.</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 Competing with Character 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 keynote speaker. This is a kid-friendly event that will be over by 9 p.m.<br></p><p> <strong></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> </strong> <strong> </strong> <a href="" target="_blank"> <strong>Visit ​</strong></a></span><strong> today to see sponsorship opportunities, register for our silent auction and to support our student-athletes. </strong></p><p>We look forward to seeing you at the 2022 Boys Town Booster Banquet! <br> <br></p><p>Event Details</p><p> <strong>Date:</strong> Tuesday, May 2<sup>nd</sup>, 2023</p><p> <strong>Time:</strong> 5:30 PM</p><p> <strong>Location:</strong> Embassy Suites La Vista<br><em>12520 Westport Parkway, La Vista, NE 68128</em></p>​<br>2023-05-02T05:00:00ZEvent<img alt="" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Booster-2023-thumb.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent



Hands to Sew and a Heart to Serve to Sew and a Heart to Serve<p><span style="background-color:transparent;">​​​​​</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">Twelve-year old, Eliza Jones, is a budding entrepreneur. After her Grandma taught her how to sew, she started her own little company, sewing and selling inspirational pillows that each include a message of encouragement. Business has been good and that's when Eliza decided she wanted to do more. Today, for every pillow she sells, she donates a pillow to Boys Town's Foster Family Services to be shared in care bags that are given to each young person entering foster care. To date, she has donated 50 pillows.</span></p><p>According to Matt Priest, Director of Boys Town's Foster Family Services, Eliza chose to work with Boys Town as her parents are currently in training to become Boys Town Foster Parents. “Eliza is such an amazing and thoughtful person," said Priest. “We include her inspirational pillows in our comfort backpacks, along with things like stuffed animals, personal hygiene products and journals. The uplifting messages that Eliza includes on each pillow provide comfort and encouragement for our kids at a time when they need it most."</p><p>On behalf of the entire Boys Town family, we thank Eliza for inspiring all of us with her kindness and caring support. ​​​​<br></p>2023-02-03T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Omaha Everyday: Boys Town Everyday: Boys Town<p>Dave Webber from Omaha Everyday talks to former Boys Town Graduate and now Family teacher, Jeff Sweezy, and recent Boys Town Graduate and now college football player, Tyler Weeda-Carlson! The holidays at Boys Town provide an opportunity to do many things for the kids on campus. Learn more about their story on <a href="" target="_blank">WOWT</a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Omaha-Everyday.jpg" alt="Omaha Every Day " style="margin:5px;" /></a><br></p>2023-01-11T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Omaha behavioral health specialist shares advice on dealing with holiday stress behavioral health specialist shares advice on dealing with holiday stress<p><em>​​</em><span style="background-color:transparent;">Th</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">is article was posted on </span><a href="" target="_blank" style="background-color:transparent;">10/11 NOW KOLN/KGIN</a><span style="background-color:transparent;"> <br><br></span></p><p>OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - From decorating to family gatherings, the holidays can be a joyful time for many, but they can also be filled with stress, sadness, or even loneliness for others.<br></p><p>Dr. Natalie Jensen at the <a href="">Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health</a> sees more of her patients making appointments this time of year.</p><p>“I think if they've already identified a tendency towards depressive symptoms, then those can get magnified," Jensen said. “Honestly I think one of the biggest things I see is people putting a lot of pressure on themselves to feel a certain type of way, and then if they don't feel that way there's a lot of self-judgment."</p><p>Many can feel overwhelmed by the stress of buying gifts if their budgets are tight, or from hosting a family gathering.</p><p>“I think there can be decreased energy, more overwhelmed, lower tolerance for just the daily hassles, everything just feels harder, maybe a tendency towards pulling away from others, feeling kind of alone or self-isolating."</p><p>Dr. Jensen says it's alright to acknowledge those feelings.</p><p>“And then I think it can be helpful to respond rather than just react. So thinking about, what am I feeling, and maybe what's a step I can take that would be helpful in nurturing this feeling or just addressing it. Sometimes if we don't respond to our feelings and we just react that's when we maybe act in unhealthy ways. We lash out at a partner, we end up crying in the bathroom, which all of that's ok. But I think trying to be more attuned and responsive can go a long way,"</p><p>If you've lost a loved one, this time can be especially hard.</p><p>“Do what you can to support yourself, whether that is keeping a tradition that you maybe had with a loved one. For others it might be helpful to do something different, create a new tradition."</p><p>Dr. Jensen also recommends finding a support group to help.</p><p>Take time for yourself and focus on what you <em>can</em> control.</p><p>“If we've experienced loss or if we're experiencing financial strain, a lot of that is outside of our control. If you can find your locus of control and focus on what you can take control of, that can be helpful. So maybe if it's spending time with your family, if that's a priority to you, and then that means you say no to other invitations so you can really focus on that quality family time. Maybe it's 'I can't buy a very expensive gift', but I can buy something that's heartfelt and give it to a person I care about,"</p><p>f you're struggling with holiday blues, and those feelings stick around even into the new year, you can reach out to the Boys Town hotline. The specialists are available 24/7 via phone or text.</p><p>“I like the idea of radical acceptance and it's this idea of accepting the things that we can't change. It doesn't mean that we're happy with them or are ok with it but there's something about just accepting it and really making space for it, that I think is important," says Jensen.<br></p><p>Boys Town also offers the <a href="" target="_blank">Holiday Helps ebook</a>.<br></p>2022-12-20T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Christmas Tree" src="/PublishingImages/Christmas-tree.jpeg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
North Omaha Impact Award Ceremony Omaha Impact Award Ceremony<p></p><p>Boys Town programs and staff were recently honored with various awards after making a significant impact in the Omaha community.<br></p><p>First, the Spirit Award was presented to Boys Town from the North Omaha Community Care Council (NOCCC). This award was given to recognize those who have demonstrated exceptional public service and dedication to the health and wellness of the North Omaha Community. Boys Town was praised for its increasing partnerships and services that are focused on meeting unmet needs for the community. Staff members from both our youth care and health care teams attended the event to show the joint dedication to the community Boys Town has.<br></p><p> “Boys Town would like to thank North Omaha Community Care Council for this award," said Bridget Barnes, Director of Boys Town's Common Sense Parenting® Nebraska, who accepted the award on behalf of Boys Town. “We are happy that our services and diverse resources have played a role in improving the quality of health and education in the North Omaha community. We believe that 'We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.' Thank you for this wonderful honor to Father Flanagan's Boys Town." <br></p><p>Meanwhile, the awards recognizing the expertise of Boys Town staff kept pouring in!<br></p><p>At the Nebraska Association of Home and Services for Children (NeAHSC) annual conference, two Boys Town staff members were recognized.<br></p><ul><li> <strong>Supervisor/Administrator of the Year award:</strong></li><ul><li>Senior Director Lisa Pierce was honored for her outstanding work in the community with stake holders and advocacy for youth. Lisa oversees Boys Town Programs such as Foster Care, In-Home Family Services, Community Support Services-LIFT Together, Common Sense Parenting®, and Multisystemic Therapy. Lisa not only oversees these programs, but also volunteers her time on boards, in meetings, and is having conversations wherever advocacy is being discussed that could impact Nebraska's youth. Lisa has worked in this field for more than 20 years and is willing to have difficult conversations to ensure children's voices in Nebraska are being heard. </li></ul><li> <strong>Childcare Worker of the Year:</strong></li><ul><li>Bradley Vipond has been a Boys Town employee for more than 15 years and is currently a therapist with Boys Town's Multisy​stemic Therapy program. Brad has been a leader in advocacy for youth and has an engaging way of quickly diffusing situations and identifying underlying issues. Brad was recently tasked with assisting in the Fremont area, which had been previously underserved. He not only achieved that but had such outstanding outcomes that he now has a wait list! </li></ul></ul><p>Finally, please help us in congratulating Angela Wyatt, a lead multi-systematic therapist, on her "Whatever It Takes" award! This award, given by MST Institute, recognizes Angela's leadership in supporting MST teams. She took on many additional tasks, covered supervisions and more, while transitioning to the role of Lead Therapist -- all while carrying her own caseload. <br></p><p>These are just a few of the highlights of the amazing work and dedication of Boys Town Nebraska employees to better their communities and better themselves to further our mission to change the way America cares for children and families.<br></p><p>Congratulations to all! </p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox" unselectable="on"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 7ab2c1dc-9fe1-449f-9576-216f237eca67" id="div_7ab2c1dc-9fe1-449f-9576-216f237eca67" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_7ab2c1dc-9fe1-449f-9576-216f237eca67" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div><p> <br> </p><p>​​<br><br></p>2022-12-02T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Nebraska North Omaha Impact Award Winners!" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/NOCCCawardwinners.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Back to School 2022 to School 2022<p>​​Friday night football games, falling leaves and hot apple cider are just around the corner. That means it's back to school time for the children of Boys Town. Several weeks ago, 260 students headed back to class here in Omaha, fall sports began and the band and choir started rehearsing for their eagerly anticipated first concert of the year. When classes ended in the spring, our students had just celebrated the final beam being hoisted into place at the new Boys Town Education Center. This fall the exterior is nearly finished. Brickwork that is harmonious with the historical character of the Village of Boys Town is complete. Electrical and HVAC systems are in place, windows are being installed, and the interior drywall work will begin next month. Our ongoing research has shown time and again the powerful role of education in combating poverty, improving the standard of living and changing the trajectory of youth in need. Thank you for your commitment to Boys Town, which ensures the best possible education for generations of students to come. Like the Boys Town Education Center, our work is not yet finished. Both here in Omaha and in schools and communities across the country, we continue to educate, nurture and guide our young people as they navigate a complicated world.​</p><p>​<img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Education-Center-3.jpg" alt="Education Center" style="margin:5px;" />​<br></p>2022-10-12T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="School Photo" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/School-photo.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Youth Tee Up the Fun at Pinnacle Bank Championship Town Youth Tee Up the Fun at Pinnacle Bank Championship<p><span style="background-color:transparent;">Our Boys Town youth enjoyed a great day on the greens as they attended the recent PGA Korn Ferry Tour Youth Day as part of the Pinnacle Bank Golf Championship held on Saturday, August 13, at Indian Creek Golf Course in Omaha. Watching professional players in action and feeling the excitement of the event was a great opportunity for our youth and their families. Also, part of Youth Day, our kids had the chance to enjoy a variety of interactive games and activities, including a putt-putt course, a trick shot golf show and the chance to get some autographs from their favorite players.​</span></p><p><span style="background-color:transparent;">The highlight of the day was the First Annual RSM Putting Challenge, a charity fundraiser. As part of this event, charities were nominated to send two golfers to participate in a putting challenge, where they could compete for cash prizes for their organizations. Thanks to the generous $5K donation given to Boys Town by Bridgeport Investment Bank, BT Mayor and the Vice Mayor were invited to compete and were assisted by their own pro golfers/caddies, Garret Gamez and Andrew Nussbaum, who helped them “get into the swing."</span></p><p>Boys Town offers a HUGE THANK YOU to Bridgeport Investment Bank for their support of our Boys Town youth and the opportunity they provided for them to experience an official PGA Korn Ferry ​Tour Championship event.</p><p><img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pinnacle-Bank-Golf-2.jpg" alt="Pinnacle Bank Golf" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>2022-10-12T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Pinnacle Bank Golf" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pinnacle-Bank-Golf-1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
LIFT Together with Boys Town Hope for a Brighter Future Together with Boys Town Hope for a Brighter Future<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">Gabrielle was struggling in school. The seventh-grade student at All Saints Catholic School in Omaha couldn't make friends and there were days she didn't even want to go to class. She was struggling with negative peer relationships, talking back to teachers, exhibiting poor self-control, and failing to follow instructions. Gabrielle needed help.</span></p><p>That's when Boys Town stepped in.</p><p>Gabrielle was referred by school administration and her teachers to the school's LIFT Together with Boys Town™ program to work with a school support specialist. It was there that the specialist, Ms. Diaz, learned that Gabrielle came from a single parent refugee family.</p><p>Early in the school year, Gabrielle was receiving office referrals at least 2 or 3 times a week. Ms. Diaz worked through the referrals with her and began to develop some goals during skill teaching. While Gabrielle had a hard time engaging at the beginning, Ms. Diaz worked on developing a relation with her. It wasn't long before progress was made.</p><p>Most of the areas focused on targeted Gabrielle's problem behaviors. She worked on respecting others, following instructions, staying on task and self-control. Most of the interaction between Gabrielle and Ms. Diaz were one-on-one, maximizing teaching.</p><p><img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/LIft-2.jpg" alt="LIFT" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px 10px;width:400px;height:291px;" />Gabrielle was also encouraged to work with her peers in a positive manner. To increase her positive interactions with teachers and continue to track her behaviors, she filled out daily sheets which gave the opportunity to have teachers provide positive comments as well as feedback as needed on her behavior. Ms. Diaz reviewed the sheets every other day to track progress with Gabrielle.</p><p>As the year progressed, Gabrielle demonstrated positive progress in all referral areas and even became a leader with her peers. Because her behavior and relationship with school staff improved, so did her grades. She also worked with school staff to tour possible high schools she could attend in the future, which was a motivator for her to continue to make positive progress.</p><p>School administration was impressed with the improvement Gabrielle made with the help of Ms. Diaz and the LIFT Together program.<br></p><p>“Gabrielle was diligent in making a change and worked very hard to be the best version of her," Assistant Principal Dr. Oliver said. “She showed tremendous growth and it was beautiful to see the young woman emerge that those around her could see all along. She began to walk out her journey as a leader and I am so excited to see what she does in the future."<br></p>2022-10-12T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="LIFT" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Lift-1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent