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Thomas’ Story: A Follow Up

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Thomas Jefferson McRae Jr., Boys Town Alum

Thomas’ Story: A Follow Up

Earlier this year, we introduced you to Thomas. As a young child, Thomas was passed around from relative to relative, sexually abused and even shot by a stray bullet. Thomas eventually ended up at Boys Town and successfully went on to college and even an internship on Capitol Hill. He is continuing to succeed and have a positive impact on society. Here is his latest update.

I’ve progressed a lot since the video was posted. Not only would I like to extend gratitude towards all the help I received while in Boys Town, but also to those that helped me before I was placed at Boys Town. Those guys helped shape me and made an impact on my life while my time at Boys Town was just adding the finishing touches to areas in my life that needed improvement.

I’m proud to announce that in December I will finish college and walk across the stage May 7th, 2016 from Cheyney University of PA with a degree in Psychology. Currently I have a few options on the table to where I may chose to work and I thank Jesus for that! I realize how much of a blessing it is to say that.

Meanwhile I’m working with Boys Town this summer as a youth supervisor and it has been a learning process. Yet, it has been very humbling coming from a youth in the system to now working with youth in the same system now being on the other side.

All in all, I would like to thank Jesus for all he has done in my life. I would like to thank all my family, friends, and supporters who have believed in me and encouraged me in all my decisions. Finally, I would like to thank Boys Town for allowing me and trusting me to be a voice and an advocate for youth.

Thank you,

Thomas Jefferson McRae Jr.

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