2016 ANNUAL REPORT  |  3 2 | HANNA BOYS CENTER MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Since I started at Hanna in 2014, you may have heard me say that we are in the “change business.” We help young people change their lives every day. And we’ve been doing this effectively for more than 70 years. Boys choose to come to Hanna to radically improve their lives. Our job is to help them do just that. How this all happens is the magic of Hanna —  our special blend of faith, education and caring that restores boys’ hope and confidence, renews their natural tendencies to form and maintain meaningful relationships and instills in them the skills and resiliency they need to venture out into the world as successful young adults. We have helped thousands of boys. And we’re proud of the fact that more than three-quarters of our graduates are leading successful, functional and productive lives five years after they leave our care. But we have to ask ourselves: Is this good enough? Is there more we could be doing? Is there a broader community need we could be serving? We make a direct and significant impact on the lives of the roughly 130 boys we serve on campus each year. Yet right here in Sonoma County, there are more than 18,000 young people who have endured similar levels of childhood adversity and trauma. We know from research that these experiences lead to markedly higher rates of physical and mental illness later in life, as well as crime, unemployment and suicide. How might we use our decades of knowledge and experience to help more young people? Enter the Hanna Institute, our latest effort to have an even greater impact on this hidden public heath crisis. By training and coaching professionals in health care, social service, educational and nonprofit organizations, we’re leveraging our considerable skills and knowledge to help other youth-serving agencies tackle this problem among their own constituencies and build resilience in young people and their families. And we’re just getting started. So while our residential treatment program will always be at the core of what we do, we’re constantly exploring new ways to pursue our vision of a world where childhood adversity is no longer a life sentence of trouble, poverty and unhappiness. This is the vision that drives us today, and one that many of you care about. Thank you for joining us in this important work. Your support makes our mission possible, and for that we are truly grateful! Brian Farragher Executive Director Our Mission: Hanna Boys Center changes the lives of at-risk, motivated youth through faith, education and caring, helping them grow into productive members of society.