We know from more than a century of experience that successful student outcomes are largely dependent upon our ability to retain mature, knowledgeable staff at all levels. Why is this important? Direct care staff must model appropriate behavior that we expect students to learn, including truthfulness, following through with commitments, and how to respond appropriately to constructive criticism. We’re convinced that this kind of moral candor is essential to help troubled teenagers grow into responsible adulthood. And we realize that it often takes years of practice for staff to become fully effective in the myriad of relationship contexts their job requires. As our most precious resource, a well-trained staff makes Boys Republic a stronger agency.