Operation: Military Kids (OMK) is the U.S. Army's collaborative effort with the National Guard, Army Reserves, and America's communities delivered by The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development to support children and youth impacted by deployment.
OMK’s mission is to connect military children and youth, specifically National Guard and Army Reserve children and youth who are geographically-dispersed, with local resources in order to achieve a sense of community support and enhance their well-being.
Operation: Military Kids Programming supports the following priority programming goals:
• Reintegration – promotion of the well-being of Army National Guard and Army Reserve Service members, their families and communities by connecting them with resources throughout the reunion phase during post deployment.
• Sustainment – promotion of the well-being of Army National Guard and Army Reserve Service members and their families during the stabilization phase in which the soldier has returned and is reconnecting with the family.
• Enhance and maintain healthy parent/child relationships throughout and beyond the deployment cycle.
• Connect geographically-dispersed military youth—paying particular attention to Army National Guard (ARNG) and Reserve (USAR) youth—with each other as well as community resources, activities, and events.
In support of the aforementioned goals, listed above, OMK programming delivers programming within the following content areas:
a. Academic, Mentoring & Intervention Services
b. Life Skills, Citizenship & Leadership Opportunities
c. Arts, Recreation & Leisure Activities
d. Sports, Fitness & Health Options
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