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  • Key Talking Points Review ‘Operation: Military Kids National Initiative’ slide with participants See additional information on next slide . . .
  • Key Talking Points: Review Operation: Military Kids National Initiative ‘Guiding Principles” and “States Involved’ slide with participants See additional information on next slide . . .
  • Key Talking Points Review Operation: Military Kids National Initiative ‘Program Components’ slide with participants Any questions?
  • Key Talking Points: Review Washington State Operation: Military Kids Project ‘Mission” and Project Components’ slide with participants See team member contact information on next slide . . .
  • Key Talking Points: Review WA State Operation: Military Kids Project Team Member contact information’ slide with participants Explain role of team members is to: Assist schools & communities in making connections with military related resources in local areas to support youth and families; Provide Operation: Military Kids project materials / resources to schools & communities to support them in the implementation of training at the local level; Provide technical assistance (to the degree possible) to local providers to assist them in further understanding the unique issues facing military (particularly National Guard & Reserve) youth impacted by the deployment of a parent or loved one.
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    • 1.  
    • 2. Military Kids in Our Own Backyards Washington State Operation: Military Kids
    • 3. Operation: Military Kids National Initiative
      • Designed to provide support to children/youth of Army National Guard and Reserve families that are impacted by the global war on terrorism that are geographically dispersed.
      • Supported by grant funds provided by USDA / Army Youth Development Project
      • Educating citizens in states about facts & challenges of military life & involving youth in affected communities
    • 4. Operation: Military Kids National Initiative
      • Guiding Principles:
        • Partnerships and joint commitment at the federal, state and local level are critical; Rapid response to the issues is necessary to affect change; Youth’s best interests are paramount; Programs must be replicable; Programs must be sustainable.
      • 50 States currently involved in national initiative
    • 5. Operation: Military Kids National Initiative
      • Program Components
        • Building Infrastructure - Identify target audiences, needs, partners & resources; Establish communication; Market program
        • Implementing Educational Outcomes – Educating community & providing direct support services (i.e. “Speak out for Military Kids”; Connecting with deployed parents; Working w/ media; Linkages to community services)
        • Providing Training on “Supporting the Children of Those Who Serve in the National Guard & Reserve” – Topics include understanding military culture & deployment; Issues & insights for families/youth; School/community responses to foster resilience; Creating action plans to provide support
    • 6. Washington State Operation Military Kids
      • Mission: “Reaching out to military youth . . . before, during and after their loved ones are deployed.”
      • Project Components –
        • Assist local communities in creating support networks for military youth “in their own back yard” when Soldier parents are deployed
        • Educate public on impact of deployment cycle on Soldiers, families, youth, schools & community
        • Collaborate with schools to ensure staff are attuned and can support the unique needs of military students
        • Become part of on-going 4-H Programs in locations where there are military families
        • Deliver direct service educational, recreational & social programs for youth living in civilian communities
    • 7.  
    • 8. *4-H State Military Liaisons serve as OMK State Team Leaders OMK State Team ------------------------------ The American Legion Representative County/State 4-H Extension Professionals Joint Family Support Assistance Program Representative Community Volunteer Partners Youth Regional & Local Boys & Girls Club Professionals School Personnel National Guard and Air Reserve Component Staff Military Installation CYS Staff OMK State Team*
    • 9.
      • OMK Roles and Responsibilities:
      • • Create Statewide OMK Community Support Networks
      • • Provide OMK Ready, Set, Go! Course to State OMK Partners
      • • Coordinate delivery of “Speak Out for Military Kids” OMK Speakers Bureau
      • Coordinate Hero Pack Project
      OMK State Team ------------------------------
    • 10. OMK State Team ------------------------------
      • • Deliver youth outreach service programs through Partner Organizations
      • Conduct Operation Boots On and Boots Off experiences for youth
      • • Coordinate Partner use of the OMK Mobile Technology Lab(s)
      • • Submit monthly OMK and year-end accomplishment reports to OMK Management Team
    • 11. OMK State Teams OMK State Wide Support Network ------------------------------ OMK Local Community Support Network OMK Local Community Support Network OMK Local Community Support Network OMK Local Community Support Network
    • 12. OMK Local Community Support Network OMK Local Community Support Network ------------------------------- Schools Veterans Organizations Local Military Components Faith Based Organizations B&GCA Private Organizations 4-H Civic Groups Others? Youth Serving Agencies/Organizations Local Businesses
    • 13. 4-H Professional Family Readiness Group Leader School Guidance Counselor American Legion & Auxiliary Representative OMK success is when multiple organizations come together to provide support to military children and youth in a local community. OMK Local Community Support Network -------------------------------
    • 14. • Each stage characterized by a timeframe and specific emotional challenges • Failure to adequately negotiate can lead to significant strife • Promoting understanding of deployment helps avert crisis and need for intervention/mental health counseling • Five distinct stages— — Stage One: Pre-deployment — Stage Two: Deployment — Stage Three: Sustainment — Stage Four: Re-deployment — Stage Five: Post-deployment The Emotional Cycle of
    • 15.
      • Military children and youth are vulnerable during major life changes, such as:
        • • Moving due to permanent change of station
        • • Parent absence due to long-term temporary duty
        • • Mobilization and deployment
        • • Changes in family demographics
        • • Graduating to junior/high school/post-secondary education
        • • Individual responses vary based on age, maturity, gender, personality, relationships, and coping skills
        • • OMK State Teams can ease transitions with awareness and preplanning
      Youth Transition Issues -------------------------------
    • 16. • Adjusting to new or temporary family configuration • Managing new situations, especially being “suddenly military” • Accommodating physical changes • Making new contacts • Acclimating to new places • Coping with changing schools, leagues, activities Social Issues & Needs
    • 17.
      • Reorienting to new classmates, teachers, schedules, and inconsistencies in school requirements and offerings, e.g.,
      • • Immunization requirements
      • • School calendars/scheduling
      • • Entrance and exit testing
      • • Course content and sequencing
      • • Discipline
      • • Graduation requirements
      • • Special Education qualification and services
      • • Records/credit transfers
          • • Informing teachers, counselors, and administrators about deployment and its impact on youth
      Educational Issues & Needs
    • 18. • Shock/surprise for Service Members & Family members • Anticipation of loss vs. denial • Train up/long hours away • Getting affairs in order • Mental/physical distance • Stress/arguments • Timeframe: Variable Stage One: Pre-Deployment
    • 19. Deployment and the Community Blanket Activity
    • 20. • Mixed emotions—grief and loss combined with relief • Disoriented/overwhelmed • Numb, sad, alone/lonely, feelings of abandonment • Sleep difficulties • Security issues • Frequent communication helps all cope • Timeframe: Approximately first month, potentially more State Two: Deployment
    • 21. • Separation anxiety • New routines established • New sources of support • Feel more in control—Able to cope • Independence • Confidence—”I can do this” • Phone contact unidirectional—initiated by spouse; may lead to feeling trapped as may miss call • Timeframe: Approximately months 2 through 18 Stage Three: Sustainment
    • 22. • Anticipation of homecoming • Excitement • Apprehension—“Will I have to give up my independence”? • Burst of energy; “nesting” • Difficulty making decisions • Time frame: Months 17–18 Stage Four: Re-Deployment
    • 23. • Honeymoon period • Loss of independence • Need for “own” space • Renegotiating routines • Reintegrating into family • Most important stage to get to know one another again— patient communication, going slow, and lower expectations are key • Timeframe: 3–6 months or more after deployment Stage Five: Post Deployment
    • 24. Adjusting to Reunion and Reintegration Activity
    • 25. • Fosters maturity • Growth inducing • Encourages independence • Encourages flexibility, adaptability • Builds skills for adjusting to separation and losses faced later in life • Strengthens family bonds • Civics—relationship with community • What other strengths may result from deployment? Strengths for Youth Resulting From Deployment
    • 26.
      • • Ready, Set, Go! Training Manual
      • • Speak Out for Military Kids
      • • Hero Pack Project
      • • Mobile Technology Labs
      • Educational/Recreational Activities
      Operation: Military Kids Core Program Components ------------------------------
    • 27. Ready, Set, Go! Training Contents ------------------------------
      • Chapter 1: Introduction to Ready, Set, Go!
      • Chapter 2: A New Reality: Impact of the Global War on Terrorism
      • Chapter 3: Operation: Military Kids—An Overview and Framework for Implementation
      • Chapter 4: Exploring Military Culture
      • Chapter 5: The Deployment Cycle: Mobilization and Deployment
      • Chapter 6: The Deployment Cycle: Homecoming and Reintegration
      • Chapter 7: Stress and Coping Strategies
      • Chapter 8: Impact of Grief, Loss, and Trauma
      • Chapter 9: Fostering Resilience in Children and Youth
      • Chapter 10: Understanding the Influence of the Media
      • Chapter 11: Building Community Capacity To Take Action
      • Chapter 12: Next Steps
      • Chapter 13: Additional Resources and Best Practices
    • 28. Ready, Set, Go! Chapter Framework ------------------------------
      • • Lesson Plan—includes purpose, training objectives, timeframe, and preparation/materials and activities
      • • Training PowerPoint Content—includes slides, materials needed, trainer tips, and “What to Do/What to Say” sections for trainers. Discussion and hands-on activities will help participants understand the topics presented
      • “ Must-Read” Background Material—to increase knowledge of trainers regarding topics presented
      • Evaluation—suggested reflection and application questions to measure impact and application of group understanding
    • 29. The Program: • Common program initiative for all OMK States • Program raises community awareness of issues faced by geographically dispersed military children and youth • SOMK is a youth-led program facilitated and supported by adults • Youth participants are both civilian and military connected youth • SOMK is a community service project that builds awareness and fosters community support Speak Out for Military Kids (SOMK)
    • 30. Outcomes: • Participants create a Speakers Bureau and presentations, then deliver informative briefings to a variety of audiences throughout the state. • Youth gain knowledge and skills in developing creative and informative presentations in a variety of different media. • Youth learn about the military lifestyle and culture, and gain empathy for issues that confront military families. Speak Out for Military Kids (SOMK)
    • 31. Resources: • OMK Ready, Set, Go! Training Manual • Speak Out For Military Kids Manual • OMK Core Partners • Military Points of Contact Speak Out for Military Kids (SOMK)
    • 32.
      • • Outreach effort of Operation: Military Kids (OMK)
      • • Salute to Military Children for their strength and sacrifices made while a parent is deployed
      • • Combined effort of all National OMK Partners
      • • Community Service Project that builds awareness and fosters community support for geographically isolated Military Families
      • Connect Military Youth with local support programs (BGCA Program, 4-H Clubs, etc.)
      • Young Hero Packs for preschool and primary age children; regular Hero Packs for elementary and middle school youth
      • Stateside support for units in Europe
      Hero Pack Project
    • 33. • A Hero Pack is a age-appropriate backpack that contains fun and educational material for the Youth and informational material for Parents • Each National OMK partner provides a variety of program items • Our goal is to provide material and activities to keep Youth and deployed Parent connected What is a Hero Pack?
    • 34. • Youth assemble Hero Packs and write letters of support to the families to include in the backpack • OMK State Teams find local donations to supplement Hero Pack items provided by National OMK Partners • Hero Packs are distributed to deserving Military Children impacted by deployment Hero Pack Implementation
    • 35. Mobile Technology Labs
    • 36.
      • Mobile Technology Labs
      • HARDWARE SOFTWARE
      • 10 Dell Latitude D620 10 Microsoft Office 2003 Professional
        • Intel Core Duo processor 10 Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0
        • 1GB RAM 10 Adobe (Macromedia) Flash 8 Windows XP Professional- w/ sp2 10 Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0
        • WXGA+ (1440x900 resolution) 10 Riverdeep KidPix Deluxe 4
        • 80 GB HDD 10 Hallmark Card Studio 2006
        • Gigabit Ethernet adapter
        • Dell Wireless 1490 802.11a/g
        • Dual-Band Mini Cards There are additional open source (free)
        • 8X DVD+/-RW free-to-download and system titles that
        • Floppy Disk Drive will be installed during the imaging
      • 2 Cannon ZR600 miniDVD Camcorder process:
      • 2 Dell All-in-one Printer 926 Audacity – audio editing software
      • 2 Cannon PowerShot SD600 Quicktime – Video/Audio playback
      • 2 Linksys 54g Wifi Router AVG Antivirus (free version)
      • 4 Plantronics USB Headset w/ boom mic
      • 2 5-6 outlet AC power strip w/ surge protector
      • 2 25-pack blank CD-RW disks
      • 2 25-pack blank DVD-R disks
      • 2 25-ft spools AC extension cords
    • 37. Other WA OMK Activities
      • Babysitting Classes
      • Camps
      • Yellow Ribbon Activities
      • Robotics/Computer Classes
      • Boots On/Boots Off
      • Other ideas?
    • 38. What Can We Do?
    • 39. Washington State Operation Military Kids Project:
      • Darleen Munson, WA OMK Coordinator (253) 445-4557 [email_address]
      • Kevin Wright, WSU Extension, 4-H State Programs Manager, (253) 445-4612, [email_address]
      • Mona Johnson, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, (360) 725-6050, [email_address]
      • Robbin Seeberger, Washington State National Guard Youth Program Coordinator, (253)512-7985, [email_address]
      • Mary Thomas, Wing Family Program Coordinator (509) 247-7009 [email_address]
      • Brian Sokolowsky, Regional Coordinator U.S. Army Reserve (360) 906-4190 [email_address]
    • 40.  
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