We save children from abuse, care for kids with behavioral disorders, and teach parents new skills to strengthen their families.
Boys Town (Father Flanagan's Boys' Home)
For 100 years now, Boys Town has held true to the words of our founder, Father Edward Flanagan: "There are no bad boys. There is only bad environment, bad training, bad example, bad thinking." In 1917 he opened a home for wayward boys in Omaha, Nebraska, and from the start, his approach was a revelation. Unlike many orphanages or work farms of his day, Father Flanagan's home focused on academic achievement, the development of marketable skills, and teaching leadership through self-government.
Inspired by Father Flanagan's timeless values, Boys Town has continuously adapted to the changing needs of America's children and families. Since the 1970s, through our applied research and performance analytics, we have developed and refined an effective model and replicated it across the country. Today, in nine states and the Nation's Capital, the Boys Town Model:
- Teaches life-changing skills to children - both boys and girls - and their families.
- Helps children and families build healthy relationships.
- Empowers children and families to make good decisions on their own.
- Cares for children in a family-style environment.
- Supports children and families in religious practices and values.
In recent years, Boys Town has increasingly focused on preventative services. We have taken lessons learned from our residential Family Homes and implemented them in the community, reaching into the neighborhoods, schools, and homes where America's families are fighting for self-reliance.
We are continuing to innovate: We are using sophisticated MRI technology to make new discoveries in childhood brain development. The Boys Town National Hotline is engaging teens in crisis on the web and via mobile text-messaging. We are conducting applied research to learn what works best at the lowest cost, and we are sharing those findings with others.
While our primary objectives center on the safety, stability, and health of the children and families in our care, our mission ultimately calls for something bigger: Demonstrating that our approach works, replicating it at sites across the country, and bringing it to scale for maximum impact. In this way, like Father Flanagan before us, we are changing the way America cares for children and families.
Donate Through Workplace Giving
One of the best ways to support Boys Town is to donate through your workplace giving program (or the Combined Federal Campaign if you're a Federal employee). If your employer does not have a payroll deduction campaign or does not offer the choice of giving to Boys Town, ask about bringing America's Charities to your workplace. America's Charities works with employers to develop employee-friendly, cost-effective workplace giving campaigns that benefit charities like ours.