In 1917, Irish born Catholic priest, Father Flannigan started Boys Town after years of working with vagrant men. He determined that it was “better to build a boy than to mend a man.” His home for boys was truly unique in its day. Under his direction Boys Town grew to be a large community with its own boy-mayor, with schools, and even an official US post office.
Flannigan revealed his effective philosophy when he said, “There are few rules which apply to all boys and their troubles. The individuality which I seek to develop in each boy calls for special consideration, the finding of the one particular remedy”
Take Away: It is better to build a boy than to mend a man.