Community Engagement Council Spotlight: Boys Town Nevada

Nov. 25, 2020


Boys Town Nevada has served the Las Vegas community since March of 1991 and benefited more than 12,000 area youth, according to John Etzell, executive director of Boys Town Nevada.

Etzell recently presented an overview of his organization to UNLV’s Community Engagement Council. He shared information about Boys Town Nevada’s mission and explored opportunities to expand partnerships with UNLV.

The mission of Boys Town of Nevada is “changing the way America cares for children and families.” This is accomplished through the delivery of several life-changing youth care and health care services that meet each child and family where they are, so they receive the right kind of care, at the right time, in the right way.

Boys Town Nevada’s offerings include in-home family services, care coordination services, parenting for success classes, behavioral health clinics, and its LIFT Together multi-component, community-based intervention program. Additionally, Boys Town is internationally recognized for its research in hearing, language, and related communication disorders, and in childhood neurobehavioral disorders.

In the past, Boys Town Nevada has partnered with UNLV’s School of Public Health, the College of Education, and the School of Medicine. Looking ahead, partnerships are being explored with the William S. Boyd School of Law, Lee Business School, and the School of Social Work.

To learn more about Boys Town Nevada, please visit its website,

Each month, the UNLV Community Engagement Council hosts presentations by nonprofit or government leaders who share information on their organizations and discuss partnership possibilities with council members. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend these presentations. Contact the UNLV Office of Community Engagement at to learn more.