Navy Region Southwest Family Readiness Team snapshots from Fourth Quarter
Child & Youth Program Fleet & Family Support Program S napshots Fourth Quarter FY-2011Ombudsmen & Family Readiness Volunteer Recognition CeremonyFFSC San Diego, Armed Services YMCA, San Diego NavyLeague, and USO San Diego collaborated withrepresentatives of the Navy, Coast Guard, and MarineCorps to host the 2011 USN/USCG Ombudsman andUSMC Family Readiness Volunteers RecognitionCeremony at the Sheraton Harbor Island. Over 300USN/USCG Ombudsmen and USMC Family ReadinessVolunteers were honored with certificates ofappreciation and recognition gifts and over 750attended the event. 2nd Annual Individual Augmentee (IA) Beach Bash The Second Annual San Diego IA Beach Bash recognized sacrifices of IAs and their families during these challenging assignments. The event was a collaborative effort of Naval Base Coronado, Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR), FFSC San Diego, NRSW Marketing, Child and Youth Programs, School Liaison Officers, and base leadership teams. Over 450 Sailors and families attended to enjoy free food, music, beach activities, kids’ crafts, and more. IA families were able to see deployment locations on a world map at the event.Kids’ ZoneNaval Base Coronados Child Development Centersprovided a fun and entertaining "Kids Zone" for thechildren of previous and currently deployed IAs. Thisevent significantly contributed to making the IA BeachBash a fun day for all.Bayview Hills Branch Coronado Fallon Lemoore Murphy Canyon San Diego Village at Serra Mesa(619) 556-1275 (619) 545-6071 (775) 426-3333 (559) 998-4042 (858) 277-4259 (619) 556-7404 BranchChina Lake El Centro Gateway Village Monterey Point Loma Ventura (619) 556-1277(760) 939-4545 (760) 339-2241 Branch (831) 656-3060 (619) 553-8306 (805) 982-5037 (619) 222-5548
Exercise Citadel Rumble El Centro CYP participated in exercise Citadel Rumble by evacuating the CYP Center due to a raw sewage spill. Children participated by simulating a raw sewage spill on them and receiving medical checks.Family Readiness Group (FRG) Advanced Training at Microsoft StoreFFSC San Diego conducted a very successful pilotFRG Advanced Training at the Microsoft Store inSan Diego for FRG leaders. Comments receivedincluded, “Great training!” “We would never havediscovered this or tried it on our own.” “Can wedo more training like this?” This was a great way tospark interest and participation in FRG events.The training focused on creating a movie using thepictures and video clips taken during the class. Itwas a fast-paced training, but it held everyonesinterest. Missoula Childrens Theater (MCT) in San Diego San Diego CYP teamed up with MCT, an organization which works with children around the world developing life skills through participating in the performing arts. Auditions were held for a part in the production of the "Wiz of the West." Rehearsals and three different workshops (Improvisation, Mime, and Makeup) were conducted. Approximately 37 children participated in the workshops. Over 60 parents and children attended the play. Laughter, smiles and video cameras were seen and heard throughout the entire production.
Coastal Trail Walk for Suicide PreventionIn recognition of National Suicide PreventionAwareness Day FFSC Monterey clinicianspartnered with Suicide Prevention Services ofMonterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties inhosting a walk. FFSC provided information onservices available for military families affected bysuicide and was on hand to talk to participants. Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Training Naval Support Activity Montereys SAPR advocates recently participated in refresher training. One of the highlights of the all day training was a presentation by the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center (MCRCC) on by-stander intervention and the services provided by MCRCC.FFSC San Diego Host Job FairFFSCs semi-annual Job Fair held at the ScottishRite Center netted a large turnout of 71prospective employers to network with more than650 transitioning service members, familymembers, and retirees seeking employment.Eighty people attended the two “How to Work aJob Fair” information sessions and 55 people tokkadvantage of the on-the-spot resume reviewsconducted by FFSCs Career Specialists.
The Family Readiness Express Makes New Inroads The Family Readiness Express (FRE) routinely visited San Diego area Child Development Centers and participated in several local Back to School Fairs. The FRE staff takes information and resources to the families in the general community to facilitate ease of access. This past FY the FRE contacts with customers increased by over 96%.Emergency ExerciseFFSC Monterey staff participated in a commandemergency preparedness exercise by establishingthe Emergency Family Assistance Center (EFAC)and Family Information Call Center (FICC). Duringthe scenario FFSC staff and other EFAC membersprovided information and referrals to severalvolunteers who were “role-playing” victims. Exceptional Family Member Program POC Training FFSC San Diego EFMP Liaisons annually offer several classes to train Command Exceptional Family Member Points of Contact (POC). Presentations include a representative from the EFMP Coordinators office at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), an Ombudsman serving on FFSC San Diegos EFM Coordination Committee, a School Liaison Officer and representatives from other San Diego agencies.