ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development will receive an additional $106,668 for Operation: Military Kids (OMK). Through this program, ISU Extension provides education, outreach and support to youth of deployed military families. The new grant will benefit the 1,000 military kids in Iowa whose parents’ tours in Iraq have been extended.
According to Chris Gleason, OMK project director, “ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development will use this extra grant money to design and implement a variety of fun experiences for military kids to help them cope with the extended deployment. In addition, our goal is that these fun experiences will help the military kids build skills in communication, leadership, citizenship and personal life management as they relate to dealing with deployment issues.”
Gleason is encouraging ISU Extension county offices to submit ideas for experiences and programming in their areas. Dubuque County already is planning an After Hours event for military kids and families at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in June.
Operation: Military Kids is a partnership between the U.S. Army’s Child and Youth Services and USDA/4-H that works with children of National Guard and Reserve soldiers. For more information on Operation: Military Kids in Iowa, contact Gleason, firstname.lastname@example.org.