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BG Marianne Watson Director of Manpower and Personnel National Guard Bureau Promoting the Resilience of Military Children. National Guard Children Data. Air Guard 0-5 years: 26,552 6-12 years: 36,373 13-18 years: 28,324 - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED1Promoting the Resilience of Military ChildrenBG Marianne WatsonDirector of Manpower and PersonnelNational Guard

2UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIEDNational Guard Children DataArmy Guard 0-5 years: 93,044 6-12 years: 107,916 13-18 years: 76,861 Total 277,8213Air Guard 0-5 years: 26,552 6-12 years: 36,373 13-18 years: 28,324 Total 91,249

Military children located in every ZIP Code

Individual mobilizations and cross leveling service members to prepare units for mobilization impedes any safety net for military children

UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIEDStrategic Planning Child/YouthDevelop key messages and implement methods (the Educator Tool Kit) to educate stakeholders on National Guard Child and Youth programs and issuesProvide access to Child and Youth program information to Service Family members via the Joint Services Support and Joining Community Forces portalsCompile and Evaluate States best practices for supporting Child and Youth through deployment support/resiliency training by utilizing both Service Staff and NGB Guard Teen Panel for evaluating curriculum as well as measured effectiveness

4UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED4Yellow Ribbon Programs for Child/YouthPre-Deployment Stress Management & Coping SkillsUnited Through ReadingDuring DeploymentSustainment & ResilienceProject Y.E.S!Operation: Military KidsOperation Purple CampsPost-DeploymentFamily Connection & Reintegration Hero Award PresentationThroughout the Deployment Cycle4-H Youth Development ProgramsChild and Youth Behavioral (CYB) Military Family Life Consultant (MFLC)Community Resources

5UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIEDActivities vary among states, purpose is the same.

Education: (1) Life skills and (2) Resource and service awareness52,000 youth serves by programs led by our CYPCs60% were YR, 25 % Outreach (which did not include YR events or camps) and the remainder were a variety of special event activities ( but were not specified).Geographic dispersion sets guard youth at higher risk of isolation from peers

5Guard Teen PanelMission is to Connect, Support and Inspire National Guard Youth NationwideYouth directed, adult facilitated national program12 Youth delegatesWay Ahead: Instrumental role in reviewing child & youth programming for Yellow Ribbon events; Increased ownership in identifying issues facing National Guard Youth6UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED6Joining Community Forces7

UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIEDWhat is Joining Community Forces(JCF)?A communication initiative that focuses on grassroots solutions in support of Veterans, Military members, and FamiliesExpands on First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Bidens national-level Joining Forces campaignImplemented at the Community Level Volunteers in Service to America (VISTAs) available to assist in the identification of resources or resource providers

GOALSStrengthen state Inter-Service Family Assistance Committees (ISFACs)Foster a sustainable network of local supportFacilitate governmental/non-governmental, non-profit, corporate partners and local citizen collaborationFill service and information gaps

8UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIEDCommunity Covenant Build & Sustain Community CapacityState/Local Community Covenant signings are the launching events for a Community Forces.

States can customize available Community Capacity Building templates.

Joining Community Forces On-line presence nationally and in 54 states. States will promote available resources .

JCF Collaborations VISTA Placement & Involvement (CNCS)Each state applies for a VISTA grant through CNCSs State Office.

9UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIEDBoth a national and local on-line presence to promote community capacity building

Community Covenant State/local action will kickstart community engagement and focus public attention

VISTA Placement & Involvement The primary goal of Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) is poverty abatement by building community capacity opportunities in the areas of wellness, employment, and education CNCS trains VISTAs on Community Capacity Building Priority of hiring efforts for VISTAs: Military members, spouses, Veterans, and NG Volunteers

Build & Sustain Community Capacity Learn and implement best practices and trainings9Phase 1 - WhatOptimizing the Aggregate Impact of Military/Family/Veteran Support Services at Community Level10Optimize Network Providers through Cross-Referrals: No Wrong DoorWHATEducationEmploymentHomelessnessFamilyFinancial/LegalBehavioral HealthTricareSubstance Abuse TreatmentCommunity Behavioral HealthNGO ProviderVAAcross Mission CommunitiesWithin Mission Communities The goal of JCF is to create and maintain a service provider network within each focus area. A service provider, whether governmental or non-governmental, will be able to enter the network in each of the areas in which they provide services. JCFs No Wrong Door model allows a Veteran, Military member, or Family member (VMF) to enter the JCF network at any time, from any location, and through any point.UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIEDPhase 1 - Website11 Service providers are encouraged to participate in the JCF network by registering their services on the JCF website.

Once a service provider completes the online profile and are approved by the local Community Force or Inter-Service Family Advisory Committee (ISFAC), their organization will be available for searches and referrals.

Each organization will have a brief description of services available, geographic area to which they service, a link to their website, and referral contact information.Mental HealthEducationEmploymentWEB SITE100 VISTA460 FACs54 SFPDs91 AFRPMs54 State VA Directors54 TAG50 GovernorsNGOs Complete Profile OnlineOrganization:________Program Summary:____Web Site:__________Phone number:_____Online SearchPrintable Local DirectoryBrief Descriptions

NGOs/Gov commit to train staff to make referralsDrive Gov/NGOs to Website___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Search + Refer123JCF Completes Gov Profiles Online2VAServices:___________Area:______________Referral Contact:_____DoDOrganization:________Program Summary:____Web Site:__________Phone number:_____www.joiningcommunityforces.orgUNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIEDPSD-9 called for the creation of an integrated, sustainable governmental outreach system for coordinating non-profit, commercial, and public efforts the effects of which would motivate shared responsibility, inspire activism, and improve the quality of military family support services collaboration.The Presidential Report outlines the success of community-level support networks in supplying military families the support needed to maintain resilience and mission readinessThe IPT put NGB at the helm of the communications piece given its operational structure in all states/territories as well as its relationships with collective resources through the DoD, VA, DoL, etc.Joining Community Forces (JCF) is a communications initiative that expands on First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Bidens national-level Joining Forces campaign by focusing attention on community-level action in support of Service members, military Families and Veterans. An information conduit and marketing vehicle, fueled by a robust strategic partnership network of national-level organizations working to facilitate community-level collaboration. (segue into next slide)

11Phase 2 Find & Fill the Gaps

12 In addition to referrals, the JCF website provides a place to share best practices, community assessment and engagement strategies. A toolkit is provided to jump start the process of community capacity building at the national/state/local levels. The toolkit consists of contacts for organizations who are already engaged in community capacity building. CNCS Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) Concept Package, provides a template to assist states in applying for a VISTA grant; and community capacity building resources, such as capacity building guides and gap analysis techniques. Showcase New or Improved Services Where Gaps ExistLeverage Website to:1. Provide toolkit for community assessment/engagementArmy Community Covenant (Best Practice)Community Blueprint (Best Practice)2. Provide checklist of possible gaps/solutionsCommunity Blueprint (Best Practice)3. Provides additional manpower (optional)Corporation for National & Community Services (CNCS) Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA)JCF fills the gaps between governmental services and needs of military/family/veterans through community collaborative support


13 Two of the primary best practices identified for sustainment are the Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee (ISFAC) and Community Force meetings. These committees are conducted at the state and/or local levels to bring JCF network providers and military program managers together in person to share best practices; identify and communicate the needs of VMF; and coordinate resource requirements. Another sustainment best practice highlighted is identifying each JCF network service provider by either a sign in their store front or special logo for their marketing materials. Through this sign or logo, VMF can readily identify providers who support them and are ready to assist.SustainmentMonthly ISFAC/Community Force Meetings to engage partners on an ongoing basis

Provide feedback to community on what VMFs need

Best Practice Example: Welcome Sign - Network Partner sign/logo in store front of town/city

Community Force Network Provider


State Web Site TemplateCommunicating Network Providers Communicating Specific Community SolutionsCommunicating Volunteer OpportunitiesUNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIEDWay AheadJoining Community Forces: Building Partnerships at the National, State and local level

Outreach Campaign to Educational Institutions

National Youth Symposium focusing on resiliency and life skills

Build C/Y Deployment Cycle Support Program15UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIEDEducator Toolkit available for download on JSS website.

Annual Youth Symposium brings 2 outstanding youth from each state together for training, exchange of best practices, and fellowship to promote NG Youth Program focusing on resiliency and life skills.

Work with non-government agencies such as MCEC, NMFA, and Blue Star Families who focus on military families. .We share a productive working relationship with OSD MC&FP and DoED and DODEA and are well-represented by our staff in those venues at meetings and conferences and are only a phone call away if information is required. 15


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