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Third Culture Kids

Third Culture Kids

September 16, 2021

Missie Wertz, military spouse and mother, shares how raising her two children overseas helped her to have a better understanding of the sacrifices military kids make and illuminated the richness as well as the challenges they have now as young adults.

 

Third Culture Kids is a definition that refers to someone who is raised in a culture other than their parents’ or the country where they are legally considered native for a significant part of their early development years. This podcast will explore this definition and relate it to military kids who have grown up OCNUS and how their unique upbringing has impacted them.

 

 Book: Third Culture Kids, Growing Up Among Worlds by David C. Pollak, Ruth E Van Raken and Michael V Pollack

 

Melissa (Missie) Wertz grew up on a farm in rural South Mississippi. In 1989 she married Stephen Wertz and they moved to their first duty assignment at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Over the next 30 years, they served three active duty tours in The Republic of Korea and one tour at Stuttgart, Germany.  Their daughter Rachel  (25) graduated from the American University of Rome in 2020 and now lives in Washington, DC. Their son Sam (23) will graduate from The American University of Paris in December 2021.

 

This podcast has been made possible thanks to the generous support provided by The Association of Bragg Spouses https://fortbraggabs.membershiptoolkit.com/home and the Fort Campbell Spouses Club https://www.fortcampbellspousesclub.org/.

 

It’s ok to not be ok….. but suicide is never ok. There is help, healing, and hope for a brighter future!

It’s ok to not be ok….. but suicide is never ok. There is help, healing, and hope for a brighter future!

September 9, 2021

Amy Newsom will be sharing her family story of suicide and through the devastation of this event, how they have been given opportunities to have a meaningful impact on others.

Show Notes:

Honor Walk for Donor Family: Lifebanc » The Honor Walk

Military OneSource: Suicide Awareness & Crisis Resources for the Military | Military OneSource

Barry Robinson: Behavioral Health Services for Children & Teens - Barry Robinson Center

Stephen Cohen: Cohen Veterans Network | Veteran and Military Family Mental Health Care

Jason Foundation: https://jasonfoundation.com/

This podcast has been made possible thanks to the  generous support provided by the Davis-Monthan Spouses' Club https://davismonthansc.org/ and the Mountain Home Officers' Spouses' Club https://www.mountainhomeosc.org/.

For the past 25 years, Amy Newsom has served and supported her husband, her seven children, and her military community. As a military spouse, she has completed seventeen Army moves, homeschooled her children for seventeen years, faced multiple combat and training deployments, and pursued her nursing career on a part-time basis. She has volunteered and served in international missions as well as in each community she has lived in and has served as the Family Readiness Group leader at the company and battalion level. She has also filled leadership roles in PWOC (Protestant Women of the Chapel), Mom’s Night Out Homeschool Support Groups across the military homeschool community, and she currently leads a Foster Adoptive Mom’s Group to support parents of foster and adopted children. Amy loves to travel, hike, spend time with her family and is currently pursuing a graduate degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Norwich University.

On September 11, 2019, Amy and her husband, Joel, tragically lost their 13-year-old son, Joshua, to suicide. Since this tragic event, Amy has discovered a passion to bring awareness, education, and practical tips to help end the silent epidemic of suicide that is occurring in our society. Amy has found healing through sharing their family’s story and hopes to see GOOD come from this tragic event by supporting and encouraging other families, parents, leaders, and young people to open up and talk about the hard subject of suicide and mental health. Amy hopes that sharing the story of Joshua’s untimely death and the painful journey his family has endured in grieving his loss might help prevent this tragedy from happening to even one more person.

Lead4Change: Leadership +Service= Measurable Change

Lead4Change: Leadership +Service= Measurable Change

September 2, 2021

 

Description:

The Lift a Life Novak Family Foundation's mission is to help those in need achieve their full potential. Learn about their leadership initiative, Lead4Change, for adolescents/teens.

 

This podcast has been made possible thanks to the generous support from Yuma Officers' Spouse Club. https://www.mscyuma.org/

 

 

Show Notes: 

Research Study Link - Executive Summary:  https://www.lead4change.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Lead4Change-Research-Executive-Summary-2019-1.pdf 

 

(2) Attachments- attached to this email

 

Website: www.lead4change.org

https://www.liftalifefoundation.org/

 

Lift a Life Novak Family Foundation

The Lift a Life Foundation was established in 1999 by David and Wendy Novak. The mission of the Lift a Life Foundation is to lead the way with innovative programs that help people in need and develop future leaders. The Foundation focuses on creative partnerships that make a lasting impact in the pr

www.liftalifefoundation.org

Leadership Podcast - How Leaders Lead with David Novak

 

Leadership Podcast - How Leaders Lead with David Novak

David has been asking leadership questions and learning from some of the most talented people on the planet for decades. Which is a big reason he became one of the Top 30 CEO’s in the world according to Barron’s Magazine.

howleaderslead.com

 

 

 

Debby Dodge: Lead4Change Grant Manager; Lift a Life Novak Family Foundation

Debby joined the Lift a Life Novak Family Foundation as the Lead4Change Grant Manager after retiring from USA TODAY as Senior Director of Education. Debby’s responsibilities include overseeing the Lead4Change Grant contribution, establish, build and develop strategic partnerships, facilitate teacher training and outreach and manage the Lead4Change Educator Advisory Board.

With a passion for education, Debby loves the work she does to shape the leaders of tomorrow through the Lead4Change Student Leadership Program. “We have seen first hand how Lead4Change brings about an amazing transformation in students and the communities they serve.” Lead4Change empowers students to act, to serve and to make big things happen locally or globally. Lead4Change is privately funded and free to all middle and high schools in the US.

 

Kids Rank

Kids Rank

August 27, 2021

Find out how Kids Rank not only understands the military culture but has developed opportunities for our kids to flourish regardless of their location.

 

"It's important to play our role in building communities of care for our military kids".

https://www.kidsrank.org/

This podcast has been made possible thanks to the generous support from the Naval Academy Spouses' & Civilians' Club. https://www.usna.edu/NASCC/index.php

Kelcey Liverpool is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Kids Rank, founded in 2012 as a nonprofit organization designed specifically to support the social and emotional well-being of military and veteran children. As a Navy spouse for 17 years, moving with her family a total of 9 times and volunteering in several roles at various military installation agencies, she understands first-hand the challenges that are faced by children and families of service members. Inspired by her own children’s resilience through many moves, separations and constant transitions Ms. Liverpool felt it was important to focus on the whole child recognizing both their strengths and challenges.

 

Over the past 8 years, under Kelcey’s leadership, Kids Rank has grown as a trusted organization in the Illinois military and veteran community with plans for expansion in the future strategic plan. In that time Kelcey has successfully built strong relationships and partnered with several organizations, such as the National Veterans Art Museum, USO of Illinois, the Red Cross, the Military Child Education Coalition and others in an effort to further the Kids Rank mission and awareness of supporting the needs of military connected children.

 

Kelcey was recently chosen to participate in a 2-year program as a Summit Fellow, a program that seeks to connect impact-driven leaders within the Summit community to affect positive change in the world and broaden their reach. Kelcey was also named as a 2019 Aspen Fellow.

 

 

CSforALL JROTC Cadet Highlight

CSforALL JROTC Cadet Highlight

August 19, 2021

Olivia Vernon likes a challenge.  As a military kid, she's learned the importance of change and how it helps you grow.  Listen as she shares how the CSforAll program through her JROTC helped her become the first female from Oklahoma's Edmond High School to attend the Air Force Junior ROTC Cyber Academy. Also joining her is her AF JROTC instructor, Major Weingaertner, who discusses the importance of this program and others, all which can truly impact a student's future.

 

Show Notes:

This podcast has been made possible thanks to Hurlburt Spouses’ Club. http://www.hurlburtspousesclub.com/home.html

“Meet Spouses-Get Involved-Help Our Community”

 

Facebook:

-CSforAll: @CSforAllorg

-Edmond Public Schools' Facebook: @edmondschoolswall

-Edmond North High School's Facebook: @edmondnorthhuskies

-HQ AFJROTC's Facebook:  @HQ-AF-Junior-ROTC

-Four OK-81st AFJROTC Cadets are currently earning their FAA Private Pilot Certificates at OSU's Cowboy Flight Academy. 

-AFA's StellarXplorers

-AFA's Cyberpatriot

 

AFJROTC CSforAll Partnership:

https://www.csforall.org/projects_and_programs/jrotc/

News article:

https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/News/Display/Article/1998551/air-force-junior-rotc-partners-with-csforall-to-bring-computer-science-cyber-ed/

 

Through CSforAll, the SANS Institute provided our cadets tokens to continue their learning using Cyberstart in the summer of 2020.  

 

Cyberstart America:  https://www.cyberstartamerica.org/  "Discover your hidden talent and start your cybersecurity learning journey with CyberStart America. A free national program for high school students to master cybersecurity as a gateway to the industry and to up their digital skills."

 

CSforALL

CSforALL

August 12, 2021

Tina Boyle Whyte is passionate about creating opportunities for students to expand their future. As a first generation college graduate and a woman of color she understands the importance of providing high level courses, like Computer Science, to a more diverse population. Learn how her organization CSforALL has partnered with JROTC programs across the nation to help create a foundation for students to succeed in our every changing world.

This podcast has been made possible thanks to Hurlburt Spouses’ Club. http://www.hurlburtspousesclub.com/home.html

“Meet Spouses-Get Involved-Help Our Community”

Tina is a faculty member at Marquette University in the Computer Science Department. Most recently, she implemented the Computer Science Pathway to include AP Computer Science Principles in her recent assignment at West Allis Central High School in West Allis, Wisconsin.

Tina serves as a facilitator with Code.org, BJC (Beauty and Joy of Computing), and SCRIPT Strategic CSforALL Implementation Planning Tool a CSforALL implementation tool. She was named Computer Science Ambassador for the CSforALL Teachers community where she provided insight and guidance for the development of CS teachers in the Exploring Computer Science Curriculum.

Tina serves as the Project Director for the JROTC-CS Demonstration Project. She brings a unique perspective to the JROTC-CS project with 30 years in the United States Air Force Reserves and 23 years in education with an emphasis in Business and Computer Science.

She is excited to serve in the capacity as the Project Director doing what she loves: the military and computer science. Tina is passionate and committed to developing the K - Industry pipeline opportunity for diverse and underrepresented communities.

 

Facebook:

-CSforAll: @CSforAllorg

-HQ AFJROTC's Facebook:  @HQ-AF-Junior-ROTC

-Four OK-81st AFJROTC Cadets are currently earning their FAA Private Pilot Certificates at OSU's Cowboy Flight Academy. 

-AFA's StellarXplorers

-AFA's Cyberpatriot

 

AFJROTC CSforAll Partnership:

https://www.csforall.org/projects_and_programs/jrotc/

News article:

https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/News/Display/Article/1998551/air-force-junior-rotc-partners-with-csforall-to-bring-computer-science-cyber-ed/

Through CSforAll, the SANS Institute provided our cadets tokens to continue their learning using Cyberstart in the summer of 2020.  

 

Cyberstart America:  https://www.cyberstartamerica.org/  "Discover your hidden talent and start your cybersecurity learning journey with CyberStart America. A free national program for high school students to master cybersecurity as a gateway to the industry and to up their digital skills."

 

Extraordinary Military Kid Diego

Extraordinary Military Kid Diego

August 6, 2021

Extraordinary military kid Diego, who is an actor, model, philanthropist and teen amputee, shares about his passion for making a difference and how he has never let his disability get in the way of his dreams of serving our military.

Once it is released be sure to check out Diego in the Netflix original film Mixtape.

Diego's social media sites (Facebook,Twitter, Instagram): @mrdiegomercado 

Viral video Diego mentions in the interview: #amputeepullups https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=125780742775728

This podcast has been made possible thanks to the generous support from Eglin Spouses’ Club. https://www.eglinspousesclub.org/

"Making friends while making a difference."

 

Empowering Students through Storytelling

Empowering Students through Storytelling

July 30, 2021

LaChanda Garrison, DoDEA's Teacher of the Year, shares how her journey from being a military child to teaching military kids has helped her recognize the importance of culture when it comes to education.

 

This podcast has been made possible thanks to the Marne Community and Spouses’ Club.

 

  1.  "Learning Brain"- This is actually from a non-profit I am working with in the area of Trauma and Resilience.

 

https://youtu.be/X5NnQPkR2hI

 

  1. Research on Parent Involvement-

National Education Association, http://neatoday.org/2014/11/18/the-enduring-importance-of-parental-involvement-2  or Public School Review, https://www.publicschoolreview.com/blog/parental-involvement-is-key-to-student-success  

 

  1. Webinar link to Communication 360
    Webinars - Military Child Education Coalition
MCEC Podcast Special NTS 2021 Series: Behind the Scenes

MCEC Podcast Special NTS 2021 Series: Behind the Scenes

July 16, 2021

 In this special episode you are going to get a behind the scenes look at the MCEC NTS 2021 Embracing the Future for #MilKids virtual event. You will find out details about the platform, Attendify, and tips and tricks for attendees to utilize throughout the event. Listeners will also hear about our marketplace, expo, awards and much much more.

 

You can still register for the Virtual 2021 National Training Seminar (NTS):

2021 NTS: Embracing the Future for #Milkids. Join this FREE three-day virtual event for a unique opportunity to engage with senior military, government, education, and thought leaders.

REGISTER NOW

 

 

MCEC would like to thank the sponsors that are making this virtual National Training Seminar possible at no cost to our attendees! Please stop by our NTS expo and show appreciation to our very generous supporters USAAAT&TBoeingCollege BoardBAEDefense Credit Union Council – who also provided our Purple OUT T-shirts this year, AMBATutor.com, and MBA.

 

MCEC Store: https://store.militarychild.org/ Free gift with any store purchase, while supplies last!

The Call for the Arts: https://www.militarychild.org/programs/the-call-for-the-arts Military Kid Art will be featured in the Art Show!

Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Awards: https://www.militarychild.org/programs/pete-taylor-partnership-of-excellence-awards Visit the EXPO to find out more about this year’s Winners.

 

 

 

Special NTS 2021 Series: Pre-Seminar Professional Learning Event and MCEC Professional Services

Special NTS 2021 Series: Pre-Seminar Professional Learning Event and MCEC Professional Services

July 14, 2021

You can still join our 2021 MCEC NTS Pre-Seminar Professional Learning Event by registering at https://www.militarychild.org/upload/images/2021%20NTS/NTS_PRE_SESSION_v5.pdf

 

This episode also features our MCEC Professional Services!

Learn more about:

MCEC Professional development opportunities https://www.militarychild.org/professional-development

NEW Military Student Consultant Initiative https://www.militarychild.org/MSC

Military Student Transition Consultant Programs https://www.militarychild.org/programs/military-student-transition-consultants-programs

We want to take this opportunity to especially thank the sponsors that are making this National Training Seminar possible – and FREE – to our attendees as we connect them to the resources, knowledge, and community to best support military children in an educational setting.  Our heartfelt thanks goes out to USAA, AT&T, Boeing, College Board, BAE, Defense Credit Union Council – who also provided our special T-shirts this year, AMBA, Tutor.com, and MBA.

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