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Tour tickets are not refundable after March 16th.
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TOUR 1 - Guided Tour of Boys' Town
Boys Town’s mission is to provide a place of support and safety for at-risk children and their families. Founded in 1917 by famed Father Edward Joseph Flanagan, who ministered to the homeless on the streets of Omaha, the work of the organization was profiled in a 1938 movie titled “Boys Town.” Boys Town is now one of the largest non-profit child-care agencies in the country, providing assistance to over 2 million people each year. Though there are locations all across the United States, the national headquarters remain in Omaha. We will tour the campus, learning about the history of the organization, stopping at several main attractions like the Father Flanagan house and museum.
In addition to its outreach programs for children and families, Boys Town also runs the Boys Town National Research Institute for Child and Family Studies. The institute’s applied research focuses on: the development and evaluation of interventions for at-risk youth and their families, understanding youth and family risk and protective factors related to child maltreatment and juvenile offending, and examining the behavioral-emotional, mental health, and educational problems of youth.
After touring the Boys Town campus, individuals affiliated with the research institute will discuss current social science projects, the role of social scientists and research analysts in the organization, and the contributions made to scientific literature on topics related to child and family interventions. For more information see the Boys Town website.
TOUR ORGANIZER: Dan Hawkins, University of Nebraska - Omaha
TOUR TIME: Friday, April 4, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
TOUR FEE: $10.00 – includes: transportation, guided tour by Boys Town guides, presentation of current applied research by Boys Town National Research Institute.
TOUR 2 - South Omaha: “Magic City”
The Magic City tour focuses on the growth of South Omaha, which was founded in 1884 because of the creation of the Union Stockyards. Waves of immigrants flocked to the community to carve out a new life while working in the packinghouses, breweries, smelting plants, and other businesses that grew up in the area. By 1890, South Omaha was the fastest growing city in the country. Today, South Omaha has been transformed into a vibrant area filled with small businesses, restaurants and art focused on the Hispanic community
ORGANIZER: Mary Ann Powell, University of Nebraska - Omaha
TOUR TIME: Saturday, April 5, 9:30 pm to 11:00 pm.
TOUR FEE: $12.00 – includes: transportation, guided tour