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Go Guard Youth Program Newsletter 2013

  1. 1. GO GUARD JOURNAL V O L U M E SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST:  Message From State 2 I S S U E 1 F A L L 2 0 1 3 MESSAGE FROM YOUR STATE YOUTH COUNCIL Youth Council  Money Management  Scholarships for Military Youth  Blog Corner  Upcoming Events INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Kara’s Corner “Laugh Out Loud “ Manage Money 3 Blog Corner 3 Scholarship Opportunities 3 Kiddie Corner 4 State Youth Council usually has By the end of the event, most members of all ages in attendance . kids will have bonded with new friends that they will stay in touch for years to come . 1 Tori Says “Lets Connect”. Most Kids today wouldn't choose to spend their weekend in a hotel at a Yellow Ribbon event. They would rather be with their friends . What many kids don't know is that Yellow Ribbon Events are a great way to make new friends! Yellow Ribbon events typically begin with icebreakers and games to get to know everyone, but that can only happen if kids are willing to attend and participate The Georgia National Guard Mark’s Remarks Upcoming Events 2 5 6 We are EXCITED!!!!!! Our Youth Programs are ever expanding, our community partnerships are growing stronger and our youth leadership has never been better. Put them all together and you have Georgia National Guard’s greatest youth program ever! We are determined to pull out all the stops in connecting our youth to resources and each other. Please continue to take advantage of the opportunity to build on these connections by utilizing “Go Guard Journal” to take advantage of resources that can make those connections stronger. Remember “Kids Serve Too!” Kara B. Coleman, Child & Youth Services Director We want all military kids to know that it’s these connections that make a difference we can support each other through friendship lets be here for each other. State Youth Council 2013
  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 Knock Knock. Whose There? Cereal Cereal Who? Cereal Pleasure to Meet You! mark.d.richards17.nfg@mail.mil . How many eggs does it take to make a stink bomb? A Phew!!! For each issue four jokes will be selected and published into the next issue of the GO Guard Journal. What is full of holes but can still hold water? HAPPY LAUGHING!!!! A sponge Manage your Money To all our military youth, thank you for your sacrifice. “Kids Serve Too!” Honey!!!! Right now, where do you keep your money? Is it hidden in the bottom of your drawer ? Or scattered throughout your room. Where ever it is learning where to keep your money is a good start to managing it . Keeping your money in the bank can be a really good start because it’s safe and makes it easier to keep track of it . If you don't have a bank account yet, here are some tips 1. Ask your parents about their bank. Most likely your parents already have a relationship with a bank. Ask them to talk to their bank about savings accounts for kids. 2. Do some research with your parents. At your age when you put your money in the bank it most likely will be a savings account . You and your parents should see what banks offer in terms of interest rates , minimum balances and the number of withdrawals you can make. 3. Think about location and hours. You will want to choose a bank whose hours work for you and your parents. 4. Talk to your parents about banking. Choosing a bank is a great start to managing money. Talk to them about ways to making extra money and tips on how you should spend and save. For more information visit the website Military Youth on the Move GO GUARD JOURNAL
  3. 3. VOLUME 2 ISSUE 1 PAGE kickoff weekend where we set many goals for the State Youth Council to accomplish. Our first major goal is to assist in every way possible with the Christmas Assistance Program Toy Drive. Other goals set by members include increasing the number of youth in attendance at Yellow Ribbon events and consistently updating the The Georgia National Guard State Council blog and other social medias. Make sure to keep an eye out Youth Council is back and for Georgia National Guard State stronger than ever with many Youth Council members to be acnew members and officers! As tively involved in your community! the newly elected President, I have high hopes that this Council Rock on!! Tori Socia will be the most influential group GANG SYC President of youth yet! We had a great TORI SAYS…. BLOG CORNER It was hard when my dad deployed, but I learned to cope in many ways. The biggest way of coping was staying active. I was involved in the student band at church, participated in 4H events and swam on the swim team. Doing fun activities for me was a stress reliever and when I got back from them I was energized to go back to my daily life. Having a parent deployed is hard but staying active is very important . Being a part of military’s youth has been a wonderful life changing experience. I don't believe I would be who I am now if I hadn't gone through deployment or the absence of a parent . My Mother is a Captain in the GA National Guard and even though she has been deployed once, that one deployment made ME, who I am today. Having a sibling to support me really helped me to cope with my mom not being present. I am now a “newby” to the GA National Guard Youth Council and I am thrilled to hear other peoples stories on how their life as a military child has affected them! Anna SYC Scholarship Opportunities Military Family Foundation Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship Program mlitaryscholarships.org mlitaryscholarships.org Scholarships Jack Kent Cooke Support Trusts www.mobc-online.org Arial SYC 3
  4. 4. *Kiddie Korner* MARK’S -OUT REMARKS Child & Youth Services Director Georgia National Guard Family Program Office CNGC 1000 Halsey Avenue, BLDG 447 Marietta, GA 30060 Office: 678-569-5860 “It takes a village” is one of my favorite quotes. It means that we need each other. Together we can meet each other’s needs. Our youth program connects youth throughout our Guard family so that they can support each other. Peer Support is an important ingredient to resiliency. We are super excited about Youth Programs this year as we will develop more partnerships within and outside of our Guard family that will provide the growth our Guard Children need. -Mark Richards
  5. 5. Photo Gallery Upcoming Events CAP PROGRAM 12/13 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens Workshop Series 1/14 “JUMP START YOUR FUTURE” COLLEGE/CAREER WORKSHOP 4/14 Please check out our website for information on upcoming events! http://www.georgiaguardfamilyprogram.org Youth Link