Dwayne Cotton, Behavioral Health Technician at the Residential Treatment Center (RTC) at Boys Town National Research Hospital, received the Lucy Nevels Child Care Worker of the Year award from the Nebraska Association of Homes and Services for Children on October 13, 2016. This state award recognizes a direct-care staff member who goes above and beyond to help children and families in the community.
For over 15 years, Dwayne has worked as a direct-care employee. He began his career working with adolescent boys at the Boys Town Treatment Group Homes and currently works with both boys and girls at the Boys Town Residential Treatment Center.
Dwayne is an outstanding professional, colleague, mentor and youth advocate. He’s been an avid leader, both to his fellow co-workers and to the children he works with. His enthusiastic attitude towards helping youth and families is apparent every day when he comes to work. Dwayne is often heard motivating the youth and his co-workers saying, “We are a team and we can all do this! You help me and I’ll help you.”
Dwayne is known for his realistic yet warm and caring approach with every youth and volunteers to help the youth that struggle the most. He patiently listens to each individual story and invests in helping the youth become successful. His unique perspective with our African American children has been a guiding beacon for many. From teaching youth fishing skills to barbequing chicken on holidays, his high energy for what it takes to work with youth at this level of care is unmatched. With his philosophy of putting in the work at the grass roots level, alongside each youth, Dwayne has positively impacted hundreds of youth.
Congratulations Dwayne on your deserving award and continued dedication to the Boys Town mission!