Boys Town

Boys town, NE


Doug Czyz


Boys and Girls

Call admissions department for current tuition.

12 to 18 months, depending on the circumstances

The Village of Boys Town provides care and treatment to over 500 girls and boys ages 10-17. Located near Omaha, Nebraska, the residential campus comprises 71 family-style homes. Each home features a family-style treatment approach, in which a specially trained married couple (called Family-Teachers) lives in the home 24 hours a day. They are the primary treatment agents.

Youth and Families Served
Youth admitted to Boys Town have experienced severe individual and/or family difficulties. Some have been involved in the juvenile justice system or the social service system. Many youth have experienced some type of out-of-home placement prior to coming to Girls and Boys Town. Specific characteristics of youth served are:

Serious behavioral problems
Lack of success in school
Inability to live at home
History of runaway behavior
History of aggressive behavior
History of drug or alcohol misuse
Victim of physical and/or sexual abuse
The populations served:
In general, the type of child who qualifies for placement at Girls and Boys Town is between the ages of 10 and 17, needs long-term placement (12 months or more), has not responded to local remedies like individual or family therapy, and can live safely in a family-style environment. For more specific admission criteria, please call (402) 990-5271

The populations served in the Village focus on youth whose behavior problems can be successfully addressed in a family-style treatment setting. Youth who are acutely dangerous to themselves or others, including actively suicidal youth or youth with psychotic-like behavior, would require treatment in a more secure environment

Educational Services
Boys Town operates two schools in the Village: Boys Town High School and Wegner Grade School. Both schools are fully accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education and the North Central Association. This accreditation includes meeting all guidelines for special education under IDEA. Teacher-to-student ratios average 1:10 and classroom size averages 10-12 students.

Many students coming to live at Boys Town are 2 to 3 years behind in reading. The Boys Town Reading Center has developed a specialized curriculum that, on average, yields two years of reading gains for each year of instruction. Our schools are built around the foundation of helping youth gain academic success.

Co-curricular Activities
Boys Town offers a wide range of opportunities for students outside the classroom. These activities are a vital component of our treatment environment. They include

Girl and boys cross country
The Voices of Boys Town
Girls and boys track
Marching band
Girls volleyball
Flag Corp
Girls and boys soccer
Boys football
Girls and boys basketball
Student Council
Summer camps for all sports

Athletic programs also provide character development through an established national curriculum called CHARACTER COUNTS! – Pursuing Victory with Honor. Student athletes receive character training as well as training in a team sport. Members of our coaching staff have been specifically trained in the CHARACTER COUNTS! Program. Athletics and other co-curricular activities are another way to teach life skills, values, and ethics to our students.

Therapy is available to residient at Boys town

Individualized Care
Each youth who comes to Boys Town has their own set of strengths as well as serious problems. Individualized treatment goals are developed for each youth during the first few weeks of placement. Youth are active members of the treatment team, together with parents, guardians, and other professionals. As much as possible, Family-Teachers work closely with parents and guardians to keep them involved and informed about a youth’s progress as family reunification is vigorously pursued.

Youth Empowerment
To help youth get better, we use a behavioral teaching model. It is neither a punishment model nor a standard counseling model. Our goal is not to frustrate youth, but rather to help them learn to get their needs met in pro-social ways. This requires a low tolerance for inappropriate behaviors coupled with high warmth and praise for appropriate behaviors. Ours is a self-help model. It is not a control model. It is a youth empowerment model. And it works! Formal research indicates that over 90% of our students graduate from high school. Former residents go on to become working and contributing adults for their families and communities.

Students asked to attend a service on Sunday there are two churches on campus and other churches will be supported

Family-Teachers assist youth via Boys Town Teaching Model by applying behavioral principles when teaching life skills, building appropriate relationships, and helping youth develop self-discipline. Our youth come from a variety of religious, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds. This diversity allows an opportunity to learn about and appreciate living together in harmony.

Please contact the admissions depart for tuition details

Boys Town

Residential Treatment Center


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