Welcome to Idaho Operation: Military Kids
Military youth and families, Idaho supports and honors you! Idaho OMK offers many fun activities for youth, opportunities to meet other military children, and access to networks of support. The local website includes additional details about opportunities available to you, registration forms, and a calendar of events.
Visit University of Idaho, 4-H Extension Operation: Military Kids or email firstname.lastname@example.org for event registration and more information.
Idaho's Operation: Military Kids program strives to meet the needs of military children of deployed Guard and Reserve personnel by making them more visible to their surrounding community, providing them with life-skills training, and just plain having fun. There are more than 6,000 guard youths in Idaho, with 60% residing in the Treasure Valley area. This initiative is part of a national USDA/Army youth development initiative that operates through the 4-H Extension Office of the University of Idaho. A Statewide Steering Committe works as a team and includes military Family Assistance staff, 4-H and Extension staff, community volunteers and youth. The team plans activities to help youth learn targeted life skills and to inform community members of the unique stresses and challenges that Guard and Reserve families face in times of conflict and war.
Our Activities for Youth and Families: Hero Packs, ExpressYourself: Leadership and Team Building Workshop, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) days including Robotics, GPS training, and eco workshops. Free training in public speaking (Speak Out for Military Kids/SOMK), babysitting classes, Military Family Camps with the Idaho National Guard, and Sports and Fitness days that include fishing, archery and shooting sports.
Current partners include 4-H Extension, American Legion, Army Reserves Child and Youth Services, Army Once Source, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Idaho Air National Guard, YMCA, and many more. If you are interested in joining the team, email us at email@example.com.
Getting involved in this initiative will give you the opportunity to learn professional skills, help organize OMK programs, and serve the youths and families of military members in your own community! Recieve Ready Set Go Training. View a list of service areas here.
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View our 2012 Annual Report here.
2012 Idaho OMK Team
Linda Gerber-State Military Liaison
Barry Lockard-Asst. OMK Coordinator
Elizabeth Dallas-Asst. OMK Coordinator
Jill Murphy-Asst OMK Coordinator
Brian Sokolowsky-Army Reserves Child & Youth Services Regional Coordinator
Lyle & Judy Gessford-Idaho State Elks Association
Mountain Home Air Force Base Youth Programs
LeAnn Edwards - National Guard State Youth Coordinator
Dan Ashley-Veteran's Center
Major Jim Hicks - National Guard State Family Programs Director
James Lindstrom, EdD - State Director, 4-H Youth Development
Matt Barley - Idaho JFSAP
CJ Watson - Boys and Girls Club Unit Director
Shiela Schumacher - SERCO
TBD - Adjudant, Dept of Idaho, The American Legion
Camille Cashland - ID Dept. of Education
Tsgt April Norman - National Guard Family Readiness
Vickie Burnet - University of Idaho Boise Ctr of Higher Education
Darren Bunshee - Military Family Life Consultant
Marilyn Culp - 4-H Volunteer, SE Idaho
Brian Luckey - Ada Co. 4-H Extension Educator University of Idaho
Angie Nelson - Les Boise Federal Credit Union