GANG Youth Program 2013 Holiday Newsletter


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GANG Youth Program 2013 Holiday Newsletter

  1. 1. Go GUARD JOURNAL V O L U M E 2 I S S U E 2 H O L I D A Y E D I T I O N 2 0 1 3 SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST:  Building Resiliency In Children  Healthy Holiday Recipe  Family Warrior Weekend Schedule  7 Habits For Effective Teens Workshop Series BUILDING RESILIENCY IN CHILDREN To be Strong, Children need unconditional love, ab- challenges, they need to know that they can control solute security, and a deep connection to at least one what happens to them. adult. Children with a wide range of positive coping strateSometimes the best thing parents can do to help gies will be prepared to overcome almost anything children is to get out of their way. and far less likely to try many of the risk behaviors that parents fear. Children live up or down to adults expectation of them. Listening to children attentively is more important than any words parents can say. This applies to routine situations as well as times of crisis. Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD MS Ed, FAAP A Parents Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens Nothing parents say is as important as what children see them doing on a daily basis. Children can only take positive steps when they have the confidence to do so. They gain confidence when they have solid reasons to believe they are competent. INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Building Resiliency Healthy Holiday Recipe 1 Laugh Out Loud Family Warrior Weekend 2 Tori Says!!!! If children are to develop the strength to overcome 3 HEALTHY HOLIDAY RECIPE ICED BROWN BUTTER SUGAR COOKIES 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1cup granulated sugar 1 cup powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 tablespoons half and half 3 large egg yolks 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt BLOG CORNER 9 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/3 cup pearlized sugar or turbinado sugar 3 1. Preheat oven to 350°. 7 Habits Training 3 2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat; cook 6 minutes or until dark brown. Pour butter into a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Add granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 2 minutes). Add egg yolks, and beat at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute). 3. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, salt, and baking powder; stir with a whisk. Add flour mixture to butter mixture; beat at low speed just until combined. Turn dough out onto a sheet of wax paper; knead gently 7 times. Roll dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with a 2 1/2-inch star-shaped cookie cutter into 32 cookies; reroll scraps as necessary. Arrange cookies 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake, 1 batch at a time, at 350° for 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool cookies completely on wire racks. 4. Combine powdered sugar, half-and-half, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, stirring with a whisk until icing is smooth. Spoon about 3/4 teaspoon icing onto each cookie; spread to edges. While icing is wet, sprinkle each cookie with 1/2 teaspoon pearlized sugar. Dry on wire racks
  2. 2. PAGE 2 L.O.L...laugh out loud For each issue of the GO GUARD Journal we will have a section dedicated to laughing. It is up to you, as readers, to keep this section going. You can submit your own personal jokes at each yellow ribbon event or submit them at For each issue four jokes will be selected and published into the next issue of the GO Guard Journal. HAPPY LAUGHING!!!! To all our military youth thank you for your sacrifice. “Kids ServeToo”. 2014 Schedule February 7-9 Why were the early days of history called the Dark Ages? Because there were so many Knights!!! An Ideal homework excuse Teacher: Where is your Homework? Student: I lost it fighting this kid who said you weren't the best teacher in the school. What was Camelot ? A place where people parked camels. Ha Ha!!!!! For Transitioning Combat affected service members/Veterans (in any way) during OEF/OIF/OND and their immediate families (ALL AGES) February 29– March 2 For more information and to register, please visit April 11-13 Registration fee: Refundable $50 per family August 15-17 (scholarships available) September 12-14 QUESTIONS? November 7-9 Contact Kate Lipton at (404) 295-5295 CTL Will-A-Way in Winder, GA Or by email at & CTL-Camp Dream in Warm Springs Georgia Family Warrior Weekends are provided in partnership with The Scott Rigsby Foundation GO GUARD JOURNAL
  3. 3. PAGE 3 THE GEORGIA NATIONAL GUARD J9 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT We are delighted to share that the J9 Christmas ornament is proudly displayed on the White House Christmas tree. One Christmas ornament from each JFHQ which represents the Guard Families within the state/territory/DC was handcrafted and placed on the tree, alongside many other participating National Guard Programs throughout the country. Dr. Jill Biden decorating the National Guard Tree at the White House. Our ornament (made by The State Youth Program) representing the Georgia National Guard Joint and Family Services is right next to the arrow in the picture above. This beautiful ornament was created by our Georgia National Guard State Youth Program staff. We extend our best wishes to our Guard family during this Holiday. Things To Do During The Holiday Come celebrate the 2013 holiday season by taking a stroll through the glowing 21-acre Park or a spin around Atlanta's only outdoor ice skating rink located amongst the glittering lights on the Great Lawn. Disney Junior Live! Go GUARD JOURNAL Join us for this brand new live show, Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure, featuring Sofia the First & Jake and the Never Land Pirates at the Cobb Energy Centre
  4. 4. VOLUME 2 ISSUE 2 PAGE reaching the home stretch in their classes. Everyone is trying to bring their grades up, and the work put into these last few weeks could mean the difference between an A or a B in the class! While many students are paying for tutors, buying study books, and even joining study groups, a large On behalf of the Georgia majority of military kids are unaware National Guard State Youth of the resources available to them. Council, I would like to wish is an interactive website everyone safe and happy available for free to military kids. It holidays! As the holidays apoffers real tutors all day, every day. proach and the school semester Help is offered for just about any comes to a close, students are grade level and subject. So don’t let 4 TORI SAYS…. bad grades turn you into Scrooge this holiday season, get the help you need to raise your grade! The State Youth Council hopes everyone has a great holiday break! Tori Socia GANG SYC President BLOG CORNER There is no story like another…. But there’s mine. My dad is in the GA National Guard . He was deployed for 14 months to Iraq . This was when I was in 1st/2nd grade and my brother and I were so little the only memories we have are either stories that have Even today, I still have attachments to these things and even call upon them for been told to us or faint memories . They help sometimes. I know now these did not have Yellow Ribbon Events like things helped me cope today. When my Dad deployed, I found myself alone in my room a lot, isolated from the world. During this time I found myself becoming more attached to certain things. These things helped me clear and ease my mind during this time of distress. My dad also works with FEMA and is going to South Korea as a CHEMICAL OFFICER . I hope everything goes well for him! YEAH!!! Chloe SYC Zachary SYC 7 HABITS TRAINING, IT’S A “WIN WIN” WORKSHOP SERIES LOCATION: DOBBINS ARB January 21, 2014 TIME: 5:30PM –7:00PM January 28, 2014 Youth Ages 12-17 February 4, 2014 PRESENTERS: Kara Coleman, MSW, LCSW February 11, 2014 Mark Richards, BA, MA