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Boys Town Celebrates 1 Year In North Platte

This article is written by Adam Uhnerik of 10/11 News. It was posted July 31, 2015.

A group in North Platte is helping parents with troubled teenagers. Boys Town is seeing a growing need for their services in North Platte.

During a lunch on Thursday the conversation centered around how Boys Town helps troubled families and kids by offering a different type of service.

"It's a preventative service because we are preventing the kids from having to be removed from their home and for example go to a group home or be placed into another home," said Dave Reed with Boys Town.

They do that by visiting families and kids right in their home.

"It can be defiance in the home and really not having the skills to work with a teen. Sometimes it can be other skills or resources they need that they are not sure how to access," said Reed.

In turn they give families tools, skills, and resources they need to help them get through tough times.

"Especially the single parents and divorced parents they need a little bit of guidance maybe some parenting skills or just brushing up on banking items and stuff like that," said Terry Scott with Guardians of the Children.

Scott works with kids through the group guardian of the children he says groups like boys town are really needed in our area.

"There is a lot of drug abuse and alcohol abuse with our youth," said Scott.

Scott says he likes how boys town works with families in their own home.

Helping kids and families lead a better life.