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  • 1. Military Families Internship: Building Partnerships to Strengthen Families and Communities Sally Koblinsky Alexandra BitontiFamily Science Department University of Maryland Jayne Fitzgerald Operation: Military Kids University of Maryland Extension
  • 2. Context• President Obama: Military families a national priority• Healthy People 2020• Extension’s Military Families Initiative• University of Maryland Land Grant Mission
  • 3. Military Families• 2 million troops deployed in OEF/OIF 55% married, 44% with children• 40% National Guard & Reserves• Challenges• Short supply of professionals trained to meet military family needs
  • 4. Internship Program Goals• Increase student knowledge of military culture and military families• Enhance professional development• Reach military families• Build partnerships• Improve community capacity
  • 5. Internship Basics• Capstone Family Science internship: 120-150 hours• Internship contract• Online Army OneSource course• Bi-weekly seminars• Military families panel
  • 6. Internship Sites• Walter Reed National Military Medical Center• Fort George G. Meade and Andrews Air Force Base• Operation: Military Kids/4-H Operation Homefront and Operation Second Chance• Easter Seals Military and Veterans Services• Women Veterans Interactive Foundation• Serving Together/Montgomery County Mental Health• State of Maryland/Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans• UMD Office of Veteran Student Life
  • 7. Issues Addressed by Interns• Family Readiness• Child and Youth Development• Respite Care• Spousal Employment• Veterans Employment Transition• Emergency Financial & Housing Aid• Mental Health Issues• Women Veteran Issues• Transition to College Life
  • 8. Warrior Family Coordination Cell Student Intern’s ExperienceAlexandra BitontiSenior, Family ScienceWalter Reed BethesdaWarrior FamilyCoordination Cell
  • 9. WFCC• Population• Duties and Responsibilities• What I Learned
  • 10. Extension Internships with Military FamiliesJayne FitzgeraldOperation: Military KidsUniversity of MarylandExtension
  • 11. Extension’s Military Initiatives• Operation Military Kids• Military 4-H Clubs• Military Extension Internship Program• Project Y.E.S.• Adventure Camps• Army Youth Development
  • 12. Extension’s Unique Opportunities• Help military children deal with deployments• Reach military families in rural areas• Reach Guard and Reserve families• Support families of injured service members• Connect military families with local community resources
  • 13. Operation: Military Kids Intern Projects• Yoga, Pilates, Zumba• Art• Babysitting• Speak Out• Health• Nutrition
  • 14. Midterm Evaluation: Military Families Internship Mean• Ability to Learn: Military Culture & Families 4.8• Written Communication Skills 4.7• Listening/Oral Communication 4.8• Creative Thinking & Problem-solving 4.7• Professional/Career Skills 4.7• Interpersonal/Teamwork Skills 4.7• Work Habits 4.9• Organizational Effectiveness Skills 4.8• Scale: 1 = Unsatisfactory, 5 = Exceptional
  • 15. Final Evaluation• Intern Goals: Level of Achievement• Professional Growth• Military Families Seminar Evaluation• Impact on Future Education and Career
  • 16. Recommended Strategies for Extension Educators• Assess local/state needs for assistance with military family issues• Build partnerships with the military, universities, and community agencies• Help students to increase work force readiness
  • 17. Questions• Sally Koblinsky koblinsk@umd.edu• Jayne Fitzgerald jefitz@umd.edu• Alexandra Bitonti abitonti@terpmail.umd.edu• Military Families Internship Article http://www.ncfr.org/ncfr-report/focus/military- families/internship Thank you!