Take a moment to think about someone who had an impact on your life. Someone who supported you during a difficult time or provided guidance as you learned a new skill. Who was this person? A parent? A teacher? A coach? A 4H Adviser? A friendly neighbor? Regardless of who assisted you, or what support they provided, you likely feel a deep appreciation for that relationship.
Once again, Operation: Military Kids (OMK) is reaching out to communities throughout South Dakota to help raise awareness of our military families and kids, during April, which has been designated as Month of the Military Child. This month long celebration of our brave military kids, began way back in the early 1980’s as a way to thank, honor, and recognize their contributions to our country as a member of a military family.
January is National Mentoring Month, a time to celebrate mentoring and the positive difference it can make in the life of a young person. A new report titled The Mentor Effect shows that mentoring improves academic, social and economic outlooks for youth which in turn benefit communities as well.
Many families will hit the road during the summer months looking forward to a fun family getaway. While the destination may be the ultimate goal, the process of getting there can prove to be a positive memory-making experience as well. Yet, the process of getting there often involves a lengthy drive, which can lead to restless young passengers and stressed out adults.
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a very informative training, paid for and presented by The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC.) The purpose of the training, entitled “Supporting Military Children through School Transitions: Foundations” was to assist and prepare educators and other professionals to recognize and address transition concerns that impact military children.
After a study was conducted in 2011, by the (ISC)² ® Global Information Security Workforce, it was discovered that for the first time ever, that more cyber security workers are needed and there are not enough personnel available to fill these openings. The ability to fill these positions is being hampered because there are not enough trained certified workers available.
Ah, summer! The season often brings to mind carefree days, outdoor fun, and community celebrations. Another common, but not so welcome happening taking place during the summer is summer learning loss. Summer learning loss refers to the occurrence of students forgetting some of what they learned during the previous academic year.
Do you like attending summer camp? Do you have family members who are currently serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces? Operation Military Kids and the Army National Guard invite you to join them in Rapid City, South Dakota, as they present the 2014 Military Youth Leadership Camps, Star Search! and Explore!
As parents, guardians and those working with young people, we want to do all we can to prepare them for life success both in and out of school. One basic, yet often overlooked approach which is key to unlocking the door of life success is social emotional learning (SEL).
On Tuesday, April 15, South Dakota and the nation celebrated “Purple Up! For Military Kids Day!” It is OMK’s hope that everyone wore something “purple” on that day, sending a sign to our military youth that South Dakota honors them and appreciates their contributions to our country. It is OMK’s hope that there was… “Purple, Purple, Everywhere!”