Our Passion

Strength in Numbers

Many top employers in the U.S. have made great strides toward prioritizing diversity and inclusion for employees. But ensuring every single individual within an organization feels truly valued and heard goes far beyond compliance with programs such as affirmative action. It requires a constant commitment from everyone in the company […]

A Voice for Others

Providing leadership opportunities for youth has long been recognized as an effective way to help develop character, build solid communications skills, and encourage personal growth. That’s been the Boys Town approach for more than 100 years. In fact, the Village of Boys Town has its own government system that was […]

Community of Camaraderie

Most people have experienced a degree of trauma in their life, and some of these traumas can leave a lasting impact and change their behavior. When you serve in the military, exposure to various traumas can lead to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.) While there are many ways […]

The Power of Care at your Fingertips

For as long as she can remember, Jillian Ridpath had a passion for helping others. Her caring nature and ability to connect with people led her to find her true calling. As a nurse health coach at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), Ridpath helps members navigate their […]

Holidays with Heart

For most people, the holidays invoke warm feelings of gathering around a table for a special meal, exchanging gifts, and spending time with loved ones. But for many of the boys and girls at Boys Town, they haven’t had those same opportunities prior to living there. That’s why Boys Town […]

Geri and Bob’s Road to a Healthy Retirement

The crunch of a gravel road and rolling fields spotted with cattle and crops lead visitors to Geri and Bob Burianek’s home, nestled between Crete and Pleasant Dale, Nebraska. Here, they built their life together on farmland owned by their family for more than 100 years. Geri and Bob have […]

Taking the Wheel to Improve Health and Inspire Others

Doug Palank has been comfortable behind the wheel of a bus since age 18. But he didn’t get in the driver’s seat of his own health journey until 2018. “There was a season in my life where a conversation about health wouldn’t have made any sense,” said Palank. “I referred […]

Election Day

Many Omaha citizens may not have realized that two mayoral elections took place last month in the community. One was for the City of Omaha, and a second election voted in 17-year-old Maddie Hagan as this year’s Mayor of Boys Town—a tradition the small city has held the majority of […]

Raising the bar without skipping a beat

Grant Petersen is stronger than he looks. At just 10 years old, he is a Nebraska weightlifting champion with sights set on going to the Olympics someday. “I’m always trying to lift more than myself,” Grant said about what motivates him. At Nationals in December 2020, that meant a 21-kilo […]

Fostering Humanity through Humor

Ask anyone what their favorite section of a newspaper is, and many will say the funny pages. Whether it’s Peanuts, Blondie, or other timeless classics, good comics have a way of cutting through people’s differences and bringing them together, even if it’s just for a moment. It’s what creative Jeff […]