NJ Operation: Military Kids
Operation: Military Kids (OMK) is the U.S. Army’s collaborative effort with America’s communities to support children and youth of National Guard, Army Reserve and Active Duty families impacted by the Global War on Terrorism. Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H staff lead the New Jersey OMK State Team in partnership with the National Guard, Army Reserve, the Military Child Education Coalition, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, The American Legion, and Schools. These and other community organizations are joining Army Child & Youth Services to support military youth before, during and after the deployment of a parent or loved one.
2014 Upcoming Programs
NJ Operation: Military Kids State Team Meeting - February 5
Interested in supporting military families, but don't know how to get started? Join the OMK State Team! This group is made up of caring adults from various backgrounds including youth development, military family support services, and local community organizations. We are always looking for new members and new ideas. The next NJ OMK State Team meeting will be on February 5th at 10:00am at the Burlington County Extension Office. Contact Elam@broken.aesop.rutgers.edu to learn more and to RSVP.
Support for Upcoming Event
If you have an upcoming event to support military youth and would like to request OMK support, please complete and return the Event Request Form to the OMK Project Coordinator.
Month of the Military Family - November
Help NJ honor our amazing military families this November (and every month!) for the Month of the Military Family. Check back soon for NJ’s 2013 Month of the Military Family plan! Contact Kelly Elam: Elam@broken.aesop.rutgers.edu for ways to celebrate!
Resource Carnival – November 13
Join OMK and tons of other vendors at the Resource Carnival! Pop in between 1500 (3:00 pm) and 2000 (8:00 pm) to pick up information for military members, spouses, family and friends, and the general public! Open to all ages, kids welcome; games and activities will be provided! Contact Lateasha Sass: email@example.com for more information!
Fun 4 Guards (4-H Club) – Wednesday Nights from October 9-30
Join the Fun 4 Guards 4-H Club in their next exciting session of meetings! Open to all military youth ages 8-12. This Fall they will be focusing on science and robotics activities! Meetings are held at the Joint Military Family Assistance Center in Bordentown. Contact Amanda Balas: Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to join!
Air National Guard and Reserve Youth Camp – August 20-22
The New Jersey National Guard Youth 4‐H Camp is offered by the 4‐H Air Force Military Partnership. Participants enjoyed a fun‐filled outdoor camping experience highlighting health & fitness, team building and communication. The camp was held at Lindley G. Cook 4‐H Youth Center for Outdoor Education, Branchville, NJ. Click here to see pictures.
Speak Out Military Kids (SOMK) Retreat - July 23-25
Teens ages 13-18 joined OMK for the annual SOMK Retreat, held at Rutgers University. Click here to learn more, see pictures, and hear the songs participants wrote.
NJ National Guard Youth Camp – July 14-20
The New Jersey National Guard Youth Camp was run by the National Guard Family Programs Office. Campers enjoyed a fun filled week of Sports, Arts & Crafts, Swimming, and Archery along with special activities highlighting Health & Fitness, Substance Abuse and Child Safety. Contact Amanda Balas at Amanda.email@example.com to learn more about next year's camp.
4-H Military Kids Club – Thursday Nights from May 16-June 27
Join us at the Bordentown Joint Military & Family Assistance Center for the 4-H Military Kids Club. Contact Amanda Balas at Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to get involved!
OMK is now sending newsletters to those who have requested to be on the OMK e-mailing list. Please click here to see the latest issue as well as back issues.
OMK News wants to publish your creative works!
We want to hear your thoughts regarding deployment and military life in any creative form you choose. Click here to find out more about contributing to the OMK News.
See what happend in our past, including Chef on the Go, Poster Contests, and other events on our Archived Events page.
For more information about Operation: Military Kids in New Jersey contact:
Kelly Elam, OMK Project Coordinator
email@example.com please replace "broken." with njaes.rutgers.edu, 973-285-8301, P.O Box 900, Morristown, NJ 07963
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