• Educational Success
  • Safety and Resilience

For over 100 years, the Village of Boys Town has been a safe haven for children who have suffered adverse experiences, trauma, and other challenges. Since 2012, Boys Town has been working to implement a comprehensive prevention strategy that goes beyond serving individual youth and families to impacting communities to build wellness through the LIFT Together system. 

This workshop will present LIFT Together, a multi-component community-based prevention intervention system that uses family- and school-based programs to generate community-wide impact. Participants will understand LIFT Together as a comprehensive intervention implemented in collaboration with schools and other service providers to address specific community goals, such as preventing and reducing school disciplinary referrals. Participants will be introduced to the Boys Town Model of Care and components of LIFT Together, which are both universal and targeted, and include parent training, schoolwide social emotional learning interventions, care coordination, and family preservation. 

LIFT Together outcomes are measured at the population level instead of upon individual children and families. This presentation will consider on the implementation of universal prevention programs at three sites: Nebraska, Nevada, and Rhode Island. Evidence presented corresponds to routine clinical and implementation data collected for three programs (Boys Town Education Model, Common Sense Parenting, and Care Coordination). 

Learning Objectives:

  • Overview of LIFT Together as a "community prevention intervention system"
  • Specific elements of LIFT Together (needs assessment, capacity building, planning, program delivery, and evaluation)
  • Evaluation techniques and strategies for the success of the prevention interventions


  • Scott Hartman, senior director national training services, Boys Town
  • Jasney Cogua, director of community initiative, Boys Town
  • Susan Lamke, director of national training, Boys Town

Scott Hartman
Senior Director National Training Services
Boys Town

Scott Hartman combines his 28 years of practice in education and human services with research, practical strategies, and humor to promote/support Boys Town Education and its positive impact on children, families, and communities. Hartman has held positions as a classroom teacher, an education consultant, and has provided leadership and direction to residential programs and Boys Town National Training and Evaluation programs, including Program Audit, to ensure quality and fidelity to Boys Town’s model of care.

Jasney Cogua
Director of Community Initiative
Boys Town

Jasney E. Cogua is the director of community initiative at Boys Town. Cogua has a doctorate in comparative sociology from Florida International University. In her current role she is focused on establishing and guiding LIFT Together, a multi-tier, multi-component community-based community implementation system that uses Boys Town’s family- and school-based programs to generate community-wide impact.

She has worked in program implementation and program evaluation, primarily with the Latino community, for over 10 years as a project director, project evaluator, and principal investigator. Her research addresses behavioral health access and disparities across ethnic and gender minorities. She has been a part of several university, foundation, and SAMHSA/BJA-funded projects involving deep understanding of the Latino community, family relations, and drug addiction recovery for youth and adults. Additionally, she has held faculty and research positions at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University.

Susan Lamke
Director of National Training
Boys Town

Susan Lamke has 20 years of experience training and consulting to schools, agencies, and individuals across the country implementing the Boys Town Education Model. She has coauthored several books regarding behavior management in schools including Specialized Classroom Management, Safe and Healthy Secondary Schools, and Well-Managed Schools. Lamke’s bachelor’s in elementary education, master’s in family and youth services, and teaching experiences provide her with the understanding and knowledge to support others in implementing the model.