The Program Your source of information on Family Programs from the National Guard Bureau VOLUME II, ISSUE IV Month of the Military Child-April 2006 Child and Youth Program Update Following the Boston Symposium, several activities have By Dr. Kathy Goedde enabled states to move forward with their child and youth Program Manager, Child and Youth Program, NGB-J1-FP programs. The first State Youth Coordinator Training was The National Guard Child and Youth Program was estab- held in Puerto Rico 31 January-3 February 2006. The draft lished in 2005 as part of a Department of Defense (DoD) State Youth Coordinator Manual, state assessment, and initiative to address the unique challenges of National budget worksheet were shared. Youth specific courses in- Guard children and youth. Through a coordinated effort, cluding Empowering Youth, Counseling vs. Coordinating, the Program Manager and seven regional coordinators as- and Diversity were provided. A partnership that will enable sist each state’s Family Program maximize the effectiveness State Youth Programs to expand into community-based child of their child and youth programs. and youth programs was introduced. Fi- Understanding that the accomplish- nally, the new youth online community web ment of a mission requires; vision, site was unveiled to great acclaim. affirmation, passion, accountability, Regional Youth Coordinators continue to and training; the National Guard support their states by holding region meet- Child and Youth Program applies ings, providing resources, and supporting all of the above to the accomplish- state events with their attendance and par- ment of its mission: to support the ticipation. Because of these efforts, the social, emotional, and academic needs of National Guard National Program now boasts 47 states with paid Youth Co- children and youth. ordinators with the remainder in the process of hiring for This is achieved by the structure of a strategic plan that those positions. The goal is 54. includes 17 areas of focus: Awards and Recognition, Child Thirty-three states are involved in Operation Military Kid Care, Command Support, Curriculum, CYS Initiatives, programs which are providing a variety of activities and re- Educational Support, Faith-based initiatives, Marketing, sources in the geographic areas in which these children live. Partnerships, Research, Resources, Retention, Service These include deployment/reunion activities, leadership Learning, State Support, Technology, Training, and Youth training opportunities, continued on page 2; Child Camps. New State Family Program Director Training By Mr. Michael Conner, Sr. plicants meeting the prerequi- Family Services Coordinator, NGB- site are accepted any remain- J1-FP ing seats are open on a first come first serve basis. The second State Family Pro- gram Director Initial Training The course introduces the new Course was held at the National SFPD to the duties and re- Guard Bureau Jefferson Plaza 1 sponsibilities of a State Family building in Arlington, Virginia Program Director. It outlines from March 13-17, 2006. The the components of the Na- twelve students that partici- tional Guard Family Program pated in this class included a and the various programs that Deputy J1, a Family Program support those components. It Manager and ten State Family identifies and defines the poli- Program Directors. The course is cies that regulate those pro- primarily for newly appointed grams. It provides the guid- State Family Program Directors ance to implement those Colonel Baker addresses the new State Family Program (SFPDs), however, after all ap- continues on page 4-SFPD Directors at NGB on March 15, 2006. V O L U ME I I , IS S U E I V T HE PR OGR A M PAGE 2 Division gram Manager. Taking care of our mili- tary children is a vital part of taking care Page 3 provides further information on the Soldier Family Life Consultants that of our families. are instrumental in our ability to Chief ’s Corner Congratulations goes out to the partici- strengthen our families and retain our soldiers. This is a resource to use in any pants in both sessions of the Guard Fam- stage of the deployment cycle. ily Management System Training held in This newsletter is full of valuable Little Rock, AR at the beginning of the On page 4, in honor of Volunteer Appre- information. On the front page, we month. As you will read on this page, ciation Week, we celebrate Brian Joli- pay tribute to “Month of the Mili- many participants left with positive im- coeur of Rhode Island who developed a tary Child,” with an article about pressions! I hope this is just the beginning wonderful project to benefit children of a the constantly improving and evolv- of a more effective way of keeping track of local Family Readiness Group. We con- ing Child and Youth Program, vital information. gratulate and thank him for his efforts! headed by Dr. Kathy Goedde, Pro- Guard Family Management System Training Roll-out By Ms. Edelina Villavicencio, has been a challenge to track requests Marketing & Communications Specialist, and make those requests accessible to NGB-J1-FP various employees within the same cen- ter. Participants were happy to hear Family Assistant Center employees about this new tool and couldn’t wait to and Wing Family Program Coordina- get it started in their own states. Some tors (WFPC) headed to the Profes- of the comments on evaluations were, “A sional Education Center (PEC) on the worthwhile application, thank you for week of March 6th to learn all about giving FACs this new tool.” Another the new Guard Family Management commented, “I love the program, it was System (GFMS), set to roll out in July nice to be able to add personal input and of 2006. suggestions.” Lourdes Gonzalez,156th This new tool for the Family Program AW, Puerto Rico said, “I’m excited about will assist Family Assistance Centers this new system.” The system is set to (FACs) throughout the United Sates begin in the FACs in July. Ms. Pattie Reynolds (WFPC-Maine) checking to be able to more effectively track out the GFMS program requests from service members and For more information on the Guard Family their families. Family Assistance Cen- Management system, please contact Mr. ters act as the primary entry point for ily may require during all the phases of Michael Conner at 703-607-5410 or at all services and assistance that a fam- deployment and beyond. In the past, it Michael.Conner@ngb.ang.af.mil. continued from page 1-Child and Many states provide deployment and character treasures that will be made communication/networking initia- reunion briefings, mock soldier readi- available as a resource to support com- tives through the provision of mobile ness processes (SRP’s) for children, grief munity-based unit/armory child and technology labs. programs, Youth Leadership Training youth programs. A curriculum to train weekends, Youth Financial Training unit/armory child and youth volunteers Several states have received grants Workshops, Survival Training, Service will be demonstrated. In addition to the to host National Guard Operation Learning opportunities (Statewide training opportunities, local Philadelphia Purple Camps designed for children Easter Egg Hunts, Operation Warm community resources will be utilized to of all military branches who are ex- Hug, Build-A-Bear), Character Counts demonstrate the impact of community periencing the deployment of a par- Training, Train the Educator Training, support on National Guard children and ent. Children who attend learn how as well as numerous other activities. All youth. Each state and territory will to cope with the challenges deploy- efforts reinforce that they are not alone choose two youth leaders to attend repre- ment creates. For more information and that there are many advocating on senting both the Army and the Air. The about Operation Purple Camps, click their behalf. event will culminate with a presentation on the picture below. by the youth representatives. The annual Youth Symposium which will be held in Philadelphia 23-27 July For more information on the Child and will begin the next phase of child and Youth Program, please contact Dr. Kathy youth programming. Themed ‘National Goedde at 703-607-5416 or via e-mail at Treasure’, State Youth Coordinators will Kathryn.Goedde@ngb.ang.af.mil train sample curriculums highlighting V O L U ME I I , IS S U E I V T HE PR OGR A M PAGE 3 Family Programs partners with America Supports You By Ms. Edelina Villavicencio, Marketing and the country’s men and women in & Communications Specialist, NGB-J1-FP uniform. The National Guard Family Program “What America Supports You has office has partnered with America Sup- done is connect America’s passion for ports You, a DoD program who’s mis- the troops to the troops.” Allison Bar- sion is to connect families and service ber, Deputy Assistant Secretary of members with military support organi- Defense for Public Affairs. zations. “They include traditional mili- tary and government programs, but The program has gained steady momen- also corporate, grass roots, and individ- cates, help for the wounded, letters tum during the past year, expanding to ual efforts to help meet the needs the and messages, military family sup- a vast network that includes 25 corpo- Defense Department simply can’t,” said port, scholarships for military chil- rate and 188 grass roots organizations. Allison Barber, Deputy Assistant Sec- dren, service aid societies, training for In next month’s issue of The Program retary of Defense for Public Affairs. Veterans, tragedy assistance, Veteran look for a pull out section of resources Barber, came up with the America Sup- service organizations, and video con- brought to you by America Supports ports You program concept and over- ferencing. You. sees its operations. Since it was created in November, These organizations provide services For more information on America Sup- America Supports You has provided a such as computer donation, a place for direct link between America’s public ports You, check out their website at frequent flier mile donation, gift certifi- www.americasupportsyou.mil Soldier Family Life Consultant Initiative By Maj. Zoilo Lopez requirements in accordance with (IAW) issues such as: grief, loss of home Readiness Officer, NGB-J1-FP AR 608-18, the Army Family Advocacy and possessions, employment loss, Program (FAP). The Office of the Secretary of Defense new life planning, financial losses, (OSD) recognized an emerging need to creating a support network, chil- • the goal is to prevent family dis- provide informal support to soldiers dren’s reactions, children changing tress by providing education and infor- and families in addition to the resident schools mation on family dynamics, parent edu- counseling services. cation, available support services, and Consultants can provide counseling The Soldier Family Life Consultants the effects of stress and positive coping in the follow areas: relationship (SFLC) program is out and will be dedi- mechanisms. The consultants aid in sup- counseling, crisis intervention, stress cated to providing seamless; in place porting the Reunion and Reintegration management, depression and grief centralized support, for as long as it Deployment Cycle. Consultants can pro- after loss, occupational and family may take, to make sure that service vide a wide range of educational services issues. members and their families achieve the to include information on the emotional highest level of functioning and quality impact caused by natural or man made For more information, click here for of life possible. SFLC will engage all disasters, mobilizations, and or deploy- the complete SFLC Standard Operat- National Guard service members or the ments. These consultants can be used ing Procedures (SOP). family member and help them under- during the following events at the re- stand what benefits are available. quest of the State Family Program Direc- tor or chain of command at a very mini- The components of the program are as mum. follows: Events where consultants might assist • utilizes licensed clinicians, with are: Marriage Enrichment Seminars, master’s degrees and at least five years Reunion and Reintegration Training, of experience in Social Work, Counsel- Mental Health Screenings, Pre- ing or a related clinical discipline. Con- Deployment activities, Family Day Ac- sultants are trained on military specific tivities, Freedom Salute Ceremonies, topics including a basic orientation to Natural or man made disasters, and the deployment cycle, military culture, Post-Deployment Activities. the chain of command, and reporting Consultants will assist in dealing with VOLUME I1: ISSUE IV T HE PR OGR A M PAGE 4 continued from page 1-SFPD pro- Your new State Family Program Directors grams and the procedures for de- are : Maj. Mary Jones – SFPD, MI; Maj. livery of the services within each Patrick Osmond – SFPD, UT; Maj. Harvey program. This course also pro- Fitzgerald - SFPD, SD; Maj. Robert vides tools for day-to-day opera- Crisostomo – SFPD, GU; Capt. James tions of the staff. The course is Hicks – SFPD, ID; 1st Lt. Gabriel Stokes – divided into four parts; Plans and Acting SFPD, CO; 1st Lt. Dale Janice Operations, Family Readiness, Cowan – SFPD, NC; Chief Warrant Officer Family Assistance, and Program Jennifer Sadler – SFPD, PA; Master Sgt. Services. Kathryn Gilding – SFPD, MT; Master Sgt. Jeannette Wittman – SFPD, MD. Also par- We congratulate all of our partici- ticipating in the training were: Maj. Garry pants and welcome them to the March 2006 SFPD Training Graduates! Porter – Dpty J1 NC; Maj. Dana Sanders- Family Program family! Udo – Family Program Manager, MA. Resource Information By Mr. Ron Lacasse training (necessary to provide required quarters) or 241655 (Wing) with PEC Resource Manager, NGB-J1-FP family support services) guard family 59220F for both RCCCs. member youth training support; Pro- Invitational Travel Authorization: The gram personnel TDY and local travel One restriction is that “ITAs may not be Invitational Travel Authorization (ITA) costs; contract services for program used to authorize travel and transporta- contains many rules that govern con- support; training, volunteer and family tion for Government contrac- ferences and travel orders. The follow- program support items; informational tors/contractor employees.” Refer to ing is included in the Air National items and recognition events are JFTR/JTR, Appendix E, or the Federal Guard Family Program. For the Na- funded as prescribed in NGR 600- Acquisition Regulations (FAR) b 31.205- tional Guard State Family Program, 12/ANGR 211-1; National, State, and 46. invitational travel of selected Guard local volunteer awards programs; pro- Family Program volunteers to attend gram approved volunteered reimburse- For more resource information, please command-approved family support ment. The Responsibility Center Cost contact Mr. Ron Lacasse at 703-607-5407 seminars, workshops, and meetings; Center (RCCC) is 891655 (State Head- or at Ron.Lacasse@ngb.ang.af.mil paid and volunteer staff development Eagle Service Project benefits Guard children in Rhode Island By Ms. Edelina Villavicencio What Brian did was a remarkable Marketing and Communications Specialist, thing, there were many happy children NGB-J1-FP and parents at Christmas because of his efforts.” -Lt. Col Robert Behm, Brian Jolicoeur wanted to do some- State Family Program Director for thing great for his community, he Rhode Island thought a good idea would be to collect donated bicycles and restore them, buy 1139 from Slatersville, Rhode Island), locks and helmets and present them to what he knew about bicycles to help children of National Guard service these children. Brian and his troop members in Rhode Island. worked on the bicycles from October Brian’s first step involved calling State to December of 2005. Brian Jolicoer and State Family Program Direc- tor, Lt. Col. Robert Behm with bicycles Brian Family Program Director for Rhode Throughout the project, Brian was repaired for his Eagle Scout project Island, LTC Robert Behm to ask him if careful to make sure all of the bicycles he thought this project was a good idea. were dismantled and reassembled ject fulfilled his requirement for the Eagle He then presented a thorough plan of safely for those working on them and Scout Service Project, the highest rank a how he intended to carry this out. those who would receive these items Boy Scout Can attain before the age of 18). First, he would need to collect the do- as gifts. When asked what Brian nated bicycles, coordinate bake sales hoped at the completion of his project, Brian has been quite busy this year! He and collect cans to raise money for ma- he said, “I just wanted to give some also earned the National Leadership terials, and teach his troop to assist kids a great Christmas.” Award from Philmont Scout Ranch in New him in repairing the bicycles. Brian’s Mexico. His future plans are to attend interest in bicycles started by helping In total, 23 bicycles were completed, 3 Norwich University in Vermont as a mem- his father when he was younger, he over the estimated 20 planned at the ber of the Corps of Cadets. was happy to teach his troop (Troop beginning of the project. Brian’s pro- Military One Source Contact the NGB-J1-Family Program Office Operation Military Col. Anthony E. Baker, Sr., Chief of Family Programs Division Child Care Anthony.Baker@ngb.ang.af.mil / 703-607-5405 Lt. Col. Richard Flynn, Chief Family Readiness Branch By Maj. Zoilo Lopez Richard.Flynn@ngb.ang.af.mil / 703-607-1476 Readiness Officer, NGB-J1-FP Lt. Col. Cory Lyman, Chief Plans and Operations Branch Operation Military Child Care is a Department Cory.Lyman@ngb.ang.af.mil / 703-607-5547 of Defense (DoD) initiative in partnership with Maj. Zoilo J. Lopez, Family Readiness Officer the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) to support Zoilo.Lopez@ngb.ang.af.mil / 703-607-5409 the child care needs of military parents who are Mr. Michael Conner, Family Services Coordinator activated/deployed in support of the Global War Michael.Conner@ngb.ang.af.mil / 703-607-5410 on Terrorism. This initiative helps eligible mili- tary families locate affordable child care options Dr. Kathryn Goedde, Program Manager Child & Youth in local communities. Military families who are Program using licensed/legally operating community- Kathryn.Goedde@ngb.ang.af.mil / 703-399-1244 based child care programs and providers will Mr. Ron Lacasse, Resource Manager pay reduced fees. Military families living near installations will be referred to on-base child Ron.Lacasse@ngb.ang.af.mil / 703-607-5407 care programs. Mrs. Pam Hall, GFAP/GFTB Program Manager Q. Who is eligible to participate? firstname.lastname@example.org / 571-451-9563 A. Families/child guardians of deployed Ac- Ms. Bobbie Krynicki, Senior Analyst tive Duty Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines Bobbie.Krynicki@us.army.mil / 574-229-2326 and National Guard and Reserve members serv- Mr. Darren Taylor, Analyst ing at geographically dispersed locations, in- cluding AGR, technicians, temporary tour, and Darren.Taylor@ngb.ang.af.mil / 703-607-5415 other special duty orders who are unable to ac- Ms. Edelina Villavicencio, Marketing & Communications cess care on military installations are eligible Specialist during the deployment period and for 30 days E.Villavicencio@ngb.ang.af.mil / 703-607-5526 after the return of the Military Parent. Ms. Tamara Washington, Administrative Specialist Note: The subsidy program is intended to help Tamara.Washington@ngb.ang.af.mil / 703-607-5411 support military spouses' employment, educa- tion, or special medical circumstances. Subsi- dies will only be provided to single parent fami- Was this information helpful? Would you like to submit an lies, families with a working spouse, or one who article of interest or be added to the distribution list? is enrolled in school. It will also be provided to We want to hear from you! families where the spouse is looking for work for a period of 60 days. Military Child Care E-mail your request/comments/submissions (no later than the services are not an entitlement and are subject 20th of each month to be considered for the following month’s to geographic availability of care and DoD and newsletter) to: Military Service Funding. email@example.com Q. How do you apply for Operation: Military Child Care reduced fee child care? Features for May A. A military member, spouse, or legal guard- • National Military Appreciation Month, pull out section devoted to ian contacts Child Care Aware toll-free at 1- organizations helping service members from 800-424-2246 or via the web at America Supports You www.childcareaware.org or you can call Mili- tary OneSource toll-free at 1-800-342-9647 and • GFAP Mid-level Conference May 1-5, 2006 a consultant will assist you with in accessing these services. Contents of “The Program” are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the US Government, the Depart- ment of Defense, or the National Guard. Any non-profit or profit organization listed in this publication is listed for informational purposes only.
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