Mission: Changing the way America cares for children, families and communities by providing and promoting an Integrated Continuum of Care® that instills Boys Town values to strengthen body, mind and spirit.
This past month on December 12, 2017 Boys Town celebrated it's 100th anniversary as an organization! Making it to 100 years of saving children and healing families would not be possible without our amazing employees.
In honor of our upcoming centennial, for November we “popped” in to visit our employees and thank them for all that they do!
Boys Town has been a leader in the care and treatment of children and families since its founding in 1917 by Father Edward J. Flanagan. Through Boys Town's Integrated Continuum of Care, we provide a range of research-proven services. Children and families begin services at the level that best suits their needs, and then move up or down the Continuum until they get better.
Boys Town’s outreach is national in scope, with treatment and care programs at more than a dozen sites across the country and our focus is on implementing our unique Integrated Continuum of Care. The Continuum provides a tightly integrated spectrum of research-proven services based on the consistent delivery of the Boys Town Model. Children and families can begin services in the Continuum at the level that best suits their needs. As they progress or their needs change, they can move from treatment levels of more intensive care to ones of greater independence and empowerment. This unique approach enables us to help more children and families in more ways, with the same expectations for positive results.
Every day, through programs nationwide, Boys Town reaches out to help children and heal families who are most in need. We lift them up, heal their emotional, physical and spiritual wounds and put them on paths to brighter futures. We have an unwavering belief in the positive potential that exists in every child and 90 years of experience, skill and knowledge developing youth and family services that provide lasting, life-changing results.
Too many children and families are stuck in an ineffective care system that leaves them confused rather than improved. Boys Town is boldly charting a new course of cost-effective care that that helps at-risk children and families build brighter futures. We’re sharing the research-proven results of our Integrated Continuum of Care with other agencies so they can understand its value in helping children and families. We’re urging others to embrace the Continuum as a way to repair the current system that often is dysfunctional and ineffective.
The Need for Reform
Source: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (2009)
A High Price to Pay
The price paid by society for not saving these children is staggering.
|Value of saving a high-risk youth at age 14|
(Cohen & Piquero, 2009)
|Career criminal||$2.7 – $4.8 million|
|Heavy drug user||$840,000 – $1.1 million|
|Dropping out of high school||$390,000 – $580,000|
Whether you’ll be working directly with children and families or providing vital support, your contribution helps kids get better and families stay together. Being a Boys Town employee is a mindset, where caring for those in need is the number one priority.
Boys Town is steeped in a tradition that began with a dream in 1917 by Father Edward J. Flanagan. That dream, carried on today, is to change the way America cares for children and families. Each Boys Town employee, in no matter what capacity, must be committed to making that dream a reality.
The commitment of our employees has allowed us to grow into a nationally recognized leader in the care and treatment of at-risk children and families. Boys Town’s thought-leading Integrated Continuum of Care is unique and helps ensure children and families get the right treatment, at the right time, in the right way. All services in the Continuum are based on the research-proven Boys Town ModelSM that helps us deliver both immediate and long-term life-changing benefits to those in our care.
The Integrated Continuum of Care must be brought to life by compassionate and dedicated employees – and that’s where you come in! Our direct-care employees receive extensive training before they begin working with children and families, and can count on continuous support and consultation once they’ve started providing treatment.
At Boys Town locations across the country our employees help children and families conquer despair and darkness and build brighter futures. Come join our mission to save children and heal families!
Father Steven E. Boes
National Executive Director
"Family, Loving and Supportive – These 3 words to me describe Boys Town in the truest way." - Amy, Senior Crisis Counselor
"I’ve never come across a human service agency in my area that treats families not like a number, but like a person. Boys Town truly believes in the ability people have to be successful and they strive to help their families succeed." - Maria, Parent Trainer
"Regardless of the changing times or issues in our society, Boys Town consistently seeks alternative approaches to meet the current needs of the children, families and communities we serve with integrity." - Evelyn, National Senior Training Consultant
"I like that my co-workers are truly focused on the mission and they are great people of high integrity." - Stacy, Executive Adminstrative Assistant
I have been working at Boys Town full-time (More than 10 years)
Every day when I come to work I feel good about what I do. I don't work directly with the youth but I know that I am making a difference in children's life. Boys Town's Mission is about changing the way America cares for children and families by providing and promoting a continuum of care that strengthens body, mind and spirit.
I truly love my job!
I don't have any. Boys Town is a non-profit and the wages reflect that.
Advice to Management
As with any management it's always important to listen to your employees - the ones on the front lines - be that working directly with the youth to the networking person setting up firewalls to keep the kids their information safe. They are the key to keeping a healthy and happy working environment. When you feel your ideas are valued then you will feel valued.
We interviewed with a woman that called me a word that rhymes with witch. That should have been a big red flag. I was a Pediatric nurse and my husband was a school teacher. She was much more offensive than teens we encountered.