Omaha Home for Boys hosts annual Fair Deal Open for at-risk youth

Posted at 7:51 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 08:51:08-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Omaha Home for Boys hosted it's annual Fair Deal Open for at-risk teenage boys. The event was held at the Oak Hills Country Club with a professional golf player, who taught the teens how to take a swing.

RaeAnn Knoell, Marketing and Communications Manager at Omaha Home for Boys, said "the boys are very excited to be here today. We love these opportunities to take advantage of different learning opportunities out in the community. It's a great chance to get boys out of the classroom, and doing activities that a lot of youth maybe take for granted."

The teenage boys usually end up at the home because they were court ordered. The goal of Omaha Home for Boys is to prepare the teens for their future, and teach them life skills and how to live independently.

"We're helping at risk youth with things like employment, education, transportation, basic life skills, really any of those things that they need connected with to transition into being successful productive adults," Knoell added.

Some teens told 3 News Now that their life has changed because of the home. One of the teens said that Omaha Home for Boys helped him get off the streets.

The Fair Deal open honors Ed Young, who lived at the home once with his brother. "We're here to celebrate a life that was completely changed due to Omaha Home for Boys. Gregg Young's father and unce were both at Omaha Home for Boys and they want to carry on that legacy, and making sure Omaha Home for Boys is here 100 years from now and 200 years from now," said Allison Brown-Corson, Development Manager for Omaha Home for Boys.

The home was founded 100 years ago and serves 400 youth, both female and male, and families.

The event was sponsored by Gregg Young of Omaha.