Father Val J. Peter

Advisory Board

For 20 years from 1985 to 2005, Father Peter was Executive Director and now is Executive Director Emeritus of Girls and Boys Town, the original Father Flanagan's Boys' Home. He presided over the expansion of Boys Town from little house on the prairie to sites in 17 states and the District of Columbia.

Besides the Village of Boys Town, Nebraska, which includes more than 70 homes, 500 youth, two schools and a vocational career center, Father Peter oversaw programs stretching from coast to coast, directly caring for more than 43,000 troubled boys and girls each year, directly assisting 250,000 children and families through the Girls and Boys Town National Hotline and indirectly assisting more than 1 million children and families. These programs were initiated to make Father Flanagan's dream of changing the way America cares for his children a reality.

Father Peter is now in a position as Emeritus to spend more time working with wonderful organizations such as the Parents TV Council and the thousands of alums around the country.

Father Peter stresses, "the most important thing we can do here at Girls and Boys Town is not only to heal the wounds, but to make these children whole again – so they can become a strong, positive force to touch other lives."

Father Peter has served on the boards or committees of more than 20 national and local organizations and has published 11 books and more than 50 scholarly articles. He holds doctorate degrees in canon law and theology. His service to children as a youth advocate, educator and friend, has spanned more than four decades.

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