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Promoting the resilience of military children

BG Marianne Watson

Director of Manpower and Personnel

National Guard Bureau

[email protected]

Promoting the Resilience of Military Children

National guard children data
National Guard Children Data

  • Air Guard

  • 0-5 years: 26,552

  • 6-12 years: 36,373

  • 13-18 years: 28,324

  • Total 91,249

Army Guard

0-5 years: 93,044

6-12 years: 107,916

13-18 years: 76,861

Total 277,821

  • Military children located in every ZIP Code

  • Individual mobilizations and cross leveling service members to prepare units for mobilization impedes any safety net for military children

Strategic planning child youth
Strategic Planning Child/Youth

  • Develop key messages and implement methods (the Educator Tool Kit) to educate stakeholders on National Guard Child and Youth programs and issues

  • Provide access to Child and Youth program information to Service Family members via the Joint Services Support and Joining Community Forces portals

  • Compile and Evaluate States best practices for supporting Child and Youth through deployment support/resiliency training by utilizing both Service Staff and NGB Guard Teen Panel for evaluating curriculum as well as measured effectiveness

Yellow ribbon programs for child youth
Yellow Ribbon Programs for Child/Youth

  • Pre-Deployment

    • Stress Management & Coping Skills

    • United Through Reading

  • During Deployment

    • Sustainment & Resilience

    • Project Y.E.S!

    • Operation: Military Kids

    • Operation Purple Camps

  • Post-Deployment

    • Family Connection & Reintegration

    • Hero Award Presentation

  • Throughout the Deployment Cycle

    • 4-H Youth Development Programs

  • Child and Youth Behavioral (CYB) Military Family Life Consultant (MFLC)

  • Community Resources

Guard teen panel
Guard Teen Panel

  • Mission is to Connect, Support and Inspire National Guard Youth Nationwide

  • Youth directed, adult facilitated national program

  • 12 Youth delegates

  • Way Ahead: Instrumental role in reviewing child & youth programming for Yellow Ribbon events; Increased ownership in identifying issues facing National Guard Youth

What is joining community forces jcf
What is Joining Community Forces(JCF)?

  • A communicationinitiative that focuses on grassroots solutions in support of Veterans, Military members, and Families

  • Expands on First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden’s national-level “Joining Forces” campaign

  • Implemented at the Community Level

  • Volunteers in Service to America (VISTAs) available to assist in the identification of resources or resource providers


  • Strengthen state Inter-Service Family Assistance Committees (ISFACs)

  • Foster a sustainable network of local support

  • Facilitate governmental/non-governmental, non-profit, corporate partners and local citizen collaboration

  • Fill service and information gaps

JCF Collaborations

Joining Community Forces

VISTA Placement & Involvement (CNCS)

Community Covenant

Build & Sustain Community Capacity



nationally and

in 54 states.

States will promote


resources .

Each state applies for a VISTA grant through CNCS’s State Office.

State/Local Community Covenant signings are the launching events for a Community Forces.

States can customize available Community Capacity Building templates.

Phase 1 what
Phase 1 - What

Optimizing the Aggregate Impact of Military/Family/Veteran Support Services at Community Level

  • The goal of JCF is to create and maintain a service provider network within each focus area.

  • A service provider, whether governmental or non-governmental, will be able to enter the network in each of the areas in which they provide services.

  • JCF’s “No Wrong Door” model allows a Veteran, Military member, or Family member (VMF) to enter the JCF network at any time, from any location, and through any point.


Behavioral Health

NGO Provider




Community Behavioral Health


Across Mission Communities

Substance Abuse Treatment

Within Mission Communities




Optimize Network Providers through Cross-Referrals: “No Wrong Door”

Phase 1 - Website

Search + Refer

Drive Gov/NGO’s to Website

NGO’s Complete Profile Online




  • Service providers are encouraged to participate in the JCF network by registering their services on the JCF website.

  • Once a service provider completes the online profile and are approved by the local Community Force or Inter-Service Family Advisory Committee (ISFAC), their organization will be available for searches and referrals.

  • Each organization will have a brief description of services available, geographic area to which they service, a link to their website, and referral contact information.

  • Online Search

  • Printable Local Directory

  • Brief Descriptions

  • NGO’s/Gov commit to train staff to make referrals

  • Organization:________

  • Program Summary:____

  • Web Site:__________

  • Phone number:_____

  • 100 VISTA

  • 460 FAC’s

  • 54 SFPD’s

  • 91 AFRPM’s

  • 54 State VA Directors

  • 54 TAG

  • 50 Governors

JCF Completes Gov Profiles Online


  • VA

  • Services:___________

  • Area:______________

  • Referral Contact:_____

  • DoD

  • Organization:________

  • Program Summary:____

  • Web Site:__________

  • Phone number:_____


Mental Health

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Phase 2 find fill the gaps
Phase 2 – Find & Fill the Gaps

  • Showcase New or Improved Services Where Gaps Exist

  • Leverage Website to:

  • 1. Provide toolkit for community assessment/engagement

    • Army Community Covenant (Best Practice)

    • Community Blueprint (Best Practice)

  • 2. Provide checklist of possible “gaps”/solutions

    • Community Blueprint (Best Practice)

  • 3. Provides additional manpower (optional)

    • Corporation for National & Community Service’s (CNCS) Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA)

JCF fills the gaps between governmental services and needs of military/family/veterans through community collaborative support

  • In addition to referrals, the JCF website provides a place to share best practices, community assessment and engagement strategies.

  • A toolkit is provided to jump start the process of community capacity building at the national/state/local levels. The toolkit consists of contacts for organizations who are already engaged in community capacity building.

  • CNCS’ Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) Concept Package, provides a template to assist states in applying for a VISTA grant; and community capacity building resources, such as capacity building guides and gap analysis techniques.

Phase 3 sustainment
Phase 3 – Sustainment


Monthly ISFAC/Community Force Meetings to engage partners on an ongoing basis

Provide feedback to community on what VMFs need

Best Practice Example: Welcome Sign - Network Partner sign/logo in store front of town/city

  • Two of the primary best practices identified for sustainment are the Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee (ISFAC) and Community Force meetings. These committees are conducted at the state and/or local levels to bring JCF network providers and military program managers together in person to share best practices; identify and communicate the needs of VMF; and coordinate resource requirements.

  • Another sustainment best practice highlighted is identifying each JCF network service provider by either a sign in their store front or special logo for their marketing materials. Through this sign or logo, VMF can readily identify providers who support them and are ready to assist.

  • Community Force

  • Network Provider

State Web Site Template

Communicating Specific Community Solutions

Communicating Network Providers

Communicating Volunteer Opportunities

Way ahead
Way Ahead

  • Joining Community Forces: Building Partnerships at the National, State and local level

  • Outreach Campaign to Educational Institutions

  • National Youth Symposium focusing on resiliency and life skills

  • Build C/Y Deployment Cycle Support Program