Girls and Boys Town

Father Flanaganís Boysí Home, known as the original Boys Town, is a leader in the treatment and care of "at-risk" boys and girls and in the research and development of programs to meet the ever-changing needs of these children and their families. In 1996, Girls and Boys Town, a non-profit, non-sectarian organization, directly cared for more than 29,000 children, directly assisted nearly 380,000 children and families through the Boys Town National Hotline and indirectly assisted more than 750,000 children and families through other outreach and training programs.

Father Flanagan too often had observed the young and vulnerable attempt to escape despair through lives of crime. He vowed a personal war against afflictions of the young, especially those of homeless boys. On December 12, 1917, the world was exploding in a hundred places. On that same day, Father Flanagan opened the door of a modest house in Omaha, Nebraska, to about a half-dozen boys. The story of Boys Town had begun. Moral and religious training is integral to the Girls and Boys Town experience. All boys and girls attend religious services - Catholics in Dowd Chapel and Protestants in Chambers Chapel. Jewish children attend a nearby synagogue.

The Boys Town National Hotline at 1-800-448-3000, was established in 1989. It is a toll-free crisis, resource and referral service for troubled children and parents. It operates 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week with highly trained, professional operators and assists between 300,000 and 500,000 callers each year. Today, Boys Town also has emergency shelter services, a treatment foster care program, a family preservation program, and parent-training workshops.

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Rooney and Tracys to help celebrate the 65th Anniversary of 'Boys Town'
18 Jul 03 | A week-long series of events featuring Mickey Rooney and the Spencer Tracy family will help celebrate the 65th anniversary of the unlikely blockbuster movie about a place that is still relevant in helping children and families today.

Girls and Boys Town National Hotline (1-800-448-3000)Available to Help Families Cope with War Anxiety
20 Mar 03 | The Girls and Boys Town National Hotline is an available resource for children and parents experiencing stress and anxiety because of the war.

Girls and Boys Town And 25 Local Nonprofits Join Hands to Help Omaha's Children and Families
03 Jan 03 | For the sixth year, Girls and Boys Town is joining hands with local nonprofit organizations to help a growing number of children and families in need. These partnerships are especially important in tough economic times.

Girls and Boys Town Children Receive Hundreds of Special Presents from NBC's Today Show Toy Drive
16 Dec 02 | Christmas came early for the children at Girls and Boys Town. "The Today Show called in a favor from Santa," said Father Val Peter, Girls and Boys Town National Executive Director, to the children at Wegner Middle School.

Girls and Boys Town Children and Families Raise Thousands for Developmentally Disabled
25 Nov 02 | With a chill in the air, more than 500 of Girls and Boys Town kids, ages 10-18, and their families teamed up this weekend on Honey Sunday to raise more than $13,000 for The Ollie Webb Center. One bear at a time, they exceeded last year's sales.

"I Am Thankful To Have A Home and Food To Eat" Girls and Boys Town Youth Give Thanks for Some of Life's Most Basic Needs
22 Nov 02 | At Thanksgiving time we give our boys and girls an opportunity to reflect on their many blessings. We give them the chance to say "thank you" for these blessings.

Girls and Boys Town Long Beach Shelter An Important Resource for Runaways in Los Angeles County
15 Nov 02 | There are a significant number of teenage runaways in the Long Beach and Los Angeles areas," says Keith E. Diederich, Executive Director at Girls and Boys Town of Southern California.

Grand Island Shelter A Resource for Awareness and Prevention of Runaways in Central Nebraska
01 Nov 02 | There is a significant number of teenage runaways in Central Nebraska," says Dave Reed, Emergency Shelter Site Director at Girls and Boys Town of Grand Island. "In fact, about half of the 300 youth we help each year are runaways."

Alumni Dedicated Life-Size Flanagan Statue At Oct. 5 Ceremony In Celebration of 85th Anniversary
05 Oct 02 | More than 100 Girls and Boys Town children from the present and past joined a delegation of 12 officials from Ireland to dedicate a life-size statue of Father Edward J. Flanagan and form a Sister City relationship.

Girls and Boys Town Youth Elect Ashleigh Anikputa of Wayne, Nebraska, as 99th Mayor
07 May 02 | More than 400 Girls and Boys Town youth elected Ashleigh Anikputa, a 17-year-old junior of Wayne, Neb., as the 99th mayor of the world-famous Village of Boys Town, Nebraska.

Texas Native Olivo Appointed To Serve On Girls And Boys Town National Board
09 Apr 02 | Andrew C. Olivo, a Dallas, Texas, area attorney and civic leader has been appointed to a three-year term as a member of the Girls and Boys Town National Board of Trustees.

KUís Roy Williams to Speak May 2 at Girls and Boys Town Booster Banquet
14 Mar 02 | After winning another Big XII Championship and making his 13th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, University of Kansas Coach Roy Williams will be the featured speaker at Girls and Boys Town Booster Banquet on Thursday May 2.

"Reading is FAME" Program Hailed By Nation's Leading Teachers' Organization
25 Feb 02 | Girls and Boys Town's "Reading is FAME" has been selected by the National Education Association and the National Staff Development Council as an outstanding program that improves learning in schools.

Girls and Boys Town National Hotline Looks to Meet Needs of Growing Hispanic Community
24 Jan 02 | As the Hispanic population in the United States grows, the Girls and Boys Town National Hotline is reporting a substantial jump in calls from members of the Hispanic community.

Winnov Teams With Girls and Boys Town to Help Americaís Children
22 Jan 02 | Winnov L.P. ( a leading developer of cost-effective, high-performance streaming and video conferencing technology, today announced they are donating Videum Conference Pro conferencing kits to help Girls and Boys Town.



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