Welcome to Operation: Military Kids Volunteer Training For Deployment Cycle Support Yellow Ribbon Youth Outreach Activities. Participants will:. Know background information about Operation: Military Kids (OMK) Explore the impact of the various stages of Deployment on Kids
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Operation: Military Kids
Deployment Cycle Support
Yellow Ribbon Youth Outreach Activities
* Base Operations organization, not units
** Assigned away from military installations, e.g. Army Recruiters, ROTC Instructors
• Selfless Service
• Personal Courage
Reserve Component Families
• Impulsive acting out
• Anticipation/hyper vigilance
• Other examples?
Effective helpers need a combination of
— Knowledge about the constellation of stressors and coping strategies of the child/youth
— Appreciation of the child/youth’s point of view and their reasons for unconscious choices of coping modes
— Skills in working effectively with children and youth; communicating easily and warmly, gaining trust, and helping them talk openly and completely
— Self-Awareness of own biases and belief systems in regard to each kind of stressor and coping strategies
face of adversity, and develop social, academic, and vocational
competence despite exposure to severe stress or simply the stress
that is inherent in today’s world.
Nan Henderson, Nancy Sharp-light & Bonnie Bernard (1999)
Resilience does not come from rare and special qualities, but from the everyday magic of ordinary human resources in the minds, brains, and bodies of children, in their families, and relationships, and in their communities.
Ann S. Masten, University of Minnesota, 2000What is Resilience
Betts, S.C. (1995). The ecology of youth development: Risk and resilience. Realizing youth potential together. Tempe, AZ: University of Arizona. (Based on The Ecology of Human Development originally created by Dr. Urie Bronfenbrenner)
Essential Elements of Youth Development and resilience.
Source: National 4-H - Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Iowa State University Extension
Targeting Life Skills Model –1996
Patricia A. Hendricks
• and resilience. Expressed verbally and nonverbally
• “I see what is right with you no matter what has happened in the past, no matter what challenges/problems you face right now”Step One in Fostering Resilience:Always Communicate the “Resiliency Attitude”
• and resilience. Honestly acknowledge problems/challenges
• And…focus more prominently on individual strengths and positive supports! (Reframing)Step Two in Fostering Resilience:Focus on strengths with same or even greater meticulousness than used in characterizing weaknesses
• and resilience. Resiliency is a lifespan process that ebbs and flows
• Resiliency doesn’t happen by putting a kid through a program
• Connection(s) with caring adults with high expectations and who offer opportunities for involvement create resilient childrenStep Four in Fostering Resilience:“Never Give Up!” Attitude
Operation: Military Kids and resilience.
Deployment Cycle Support
Yellow Ribbon Youth Outreach Activity Guide
Step 1 Experience Youth do before being told or shown
Step 2 ShareYouth describe the experience and their reaction
Step 3 Process Youth discuss what was most important about what they did
Step 4 Generalize Youth relate the project and life skill practiced to their own everyday experiences
Step 5 Apply Youth share how they will use the project and life skill practiced in other parts of their lives
Benefits of Mixing Age Groups and resilience.
Strategies for Mixing Age Groups and resilience.
Environment for Mixing Age Groups and resilience.
Thank You for volunteering to support the children and youth of our deployed service members!