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Transforming the Lives of Queer Youth—Oasis Youth Center

Transforming the Lives of Queer Youth—Oasis Youth Center

December 3, 2020

Matthew Wilson, the Executive Director of Oasis Youth Center, talks about how this center and others like it across the country transform the lives of queer youth by creating a safe place ​to ​learn, connect, and thrive.  Envisioning a world where queer youth are valued in the community, they are committed to creating an affirming space for LGBTQ youth to be proud of who they are. 

http://www.oasisyouthcenter.org/

Oasis produces activities, programming and advocacy that:

  • Supports and empowers youth
  • Creates healthy community
  • Provides essential resources
  • Promotes cultural diversity
  • Advocates for civil rights

Oasis Crisis and Victim Support Services 24-hr Crisis Hotline: 1.800.346.7555

This podcast has been made possible thanks to the generous support provided by the Military & Civilian Spouses' Club of Fort Irwin.

Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) believes every student has the right to a safe, supportive, and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 education.  We are a national network of educators, students, and local GLSEN Chapters working to make this a reality. https://www.glsen.org/

PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) offers direct support to people

It’s incumbent upon parents, families, friends, and allies to make schools safer for ALL students. PFLAG chapters work directly with schools and stakeholders in their communities, providing support, resources, training, creative programs, and even model policy to create an environment of respect.  https://pflag.org/cultivating-respect-safe-schools-all

 

You are not alone!  If you’re looking for a place where LGBTQ youth and their allies can find answers to frequently asked questions or explore resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and more please go to the Trevor Support Center at https://www.thetrevorproject.org/resources/trevor-support-center/

If you or someone you know are thinking about suicide, you deserve immediate help - please call the Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386 or by Text START to 678-678 

Trevor Project Trainings for Professionals include in-person Ally and CARE trainings designed for adults who work with youth. These trainings help counselors, educators, administrators, school nurses, and social workers discuss LGBTQ-competent suicide prevention.  https://www.thetrevorproject.org/education/

The Human Rights Campaign has resources to help you come out and live openly at home, at work and in your community.

https://www.hrc.org/resources/coming-out

 

CentreLink develops strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and builds a thriving center network that creates healthy, vibrant communities. Serving over 250 LGBTQ community centers across the country in 45 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. https://www.lgbtcenters.org/

The Jason Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs that equip young people, educators’/youth workers and parents with the tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth.  https://jasonfoundation.com/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/youth-resources.htm

Past Student 2 Student® Bailey shares her journey from S2S™ to Now

Past Student 2 Student® Bailey shares her journey from S2S™ to Now

November 19, 2020

Bailey Shaw shares her amazing journey from Student 2 Student® at Falcon High School in Colorado Springs to college at Arizona State University leading to her ambition and drive to be a teacher and hopefully future Student to Student Sponsor. She explains how she reached back through the core values learned in her S2S club and the Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program to help her transition to college and assist her through a rocky start to her Sophomore year due to Covid. 

 

Frances Hesslebein Student Leadership Program (FHSLP) is a highly selective leader development workshop for exemplary S2S students. This week-long experience is conducted in partnership with the US Military Academy in West Point, New York and US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. https://www.militarychild.org/programs/frances-hesselbein-student-leadership-program

This podcast as made possible thanks to the generous support from HEB.

Veteran’s Day Special: Transitioning Out of the Military—Child of a Newly Retired Veteran

Veteran’s Day Special: Transitioning Out of the Military—Child of a Newly Retired Veteran

November 10, 2020

"Breathe through the process" suggests one veteran-connected college student to families retiring from the military. As the daughter of a recently retired Army Officer, Hannah understands transition can be unpredictable and concerning. Listen in as we talk together about how she's handling this new chapter in her life as the child of a new retiree.

 

This podcast has been made possible thanks to the generous support provided by the Tidewater Officer Spouses’ Association.

Hannah is an 18-year-old college student, at Middle Tennessee State, where she's working on a degree for Speech Pathology.  She has spent the last 18 years living all over the world with her military family. Her father recently retired from the Army after serving over 20 years. 

 

Bolster Family Readiness with United Through Reading

Bolster Family Readiness with United Through Reading

November 5, 2020

Chief guardian and spokesperson of United Through Reading, CEO Dr. Sally Ann Zoll shares how the organization is finding ways to support connections during COVID-19.  In this episode hear more about their new initiative Readiness 365 that uses reading to bolster family readiness.

This podcast has been made possible thanks to the generous support provided by Fort Wainwright Community Spouses’ Club.

unitedthroughreading.org

 

Post about incorporating UTR in the school year: https://unitedthroughreading.org/5-techniques-to-incorporate-united-through-reading-in-school-days/

 

UTR articles with book recommendations and reading tips here: https://unitedthroughreading.org/category/reading-recommendations/

 

Information on READiness365 is on our website as well: https://unitedthroughreading.org/r365/

 

To listen to our other MCEC podcast with United Through Reading Molly Haskin from our pilot year check this out. Significance of Literacy for Military Kids with United Through Reading and Renee Bostick

As the multifaceted leader of United Through Reading, Sally serves as the chief guardian and spokesperson for the organization’s vision and mission, builds and sustains relationships with stakeholders and partners, and leads programs, finances, and internal team. In her distinguished career, Sally’s values for education are always evident.

Sally has a doctorate in educational leadership and management, a master’s degree in special education from the University of San Diego, and a BA in elementary education from Purdue University. From her first position as an elementary school teacher to her present leadership role, Sally has integrated her knowledge of education and educational technology with her talents for building and leading organizations of all sizes in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Sally is an Army spouse of more than 30 years and her son, an Army reservist, has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. https://unitedthroughreading.org/staff/sally-ann-zoll-ed-d/

Post Traumatic Growth

Post Traumatic Growth

October 29, 2020

Listen with us as Jenny Lynne Stroup shares her family’s experience with mental health and military life. She discusses the importance of changing the narrative when it comes to discussing mental health and how she calls her experience Post Traumatic Growth.

"Sometimes it just takes one friend holding your hand to take the first step to help"

Jenny Lynne is the Outreach Coordinator for the Cohen Clinic at VVSD. She comes to this role as a seasoned military spouse who has spent her time at each duty station fostering community. She is also a freelance writer who uses stories to bridge the gap between the civilian and military communities. She is passionate about being a bridge-builder and sees her role as a military spouse as an opportunity to reach both communities.

This podcast has been made possible thanks to the generous support provided by the Military Spouses' Association 29 Palms.

Website: www.jennylynnestroup.com

Instagram: @jgsalias

Facebook: @jennylynnestroup

Twitter: @Jenny_Lynne_S

 

SD Cohen Clinic

https://vvsd.net/cohenclinicsandiego/

Facebook: @cohenclinicvvsd

Twitter: @cohenclinicVVSD
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Cohen Veterans Network:

https://www.cohenveteransnetwork.org/

Facebook: @cohenveteransnetwork

Twitter: @CohenVeterans

                                                                   

 

Stressors and Coping Techniques for Remote Learners

Stressors and Coping Techniques for Remote Learners

October 22, 2020

Today we discuss some of the stressors our children are experiencing today with remote learning with licensed clinician social worker, Marla Monk. On staff at the Stephen A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Veterans Village of San Diego, Marla works with military families on developing various coping techniques not only for parents but also for military children.  As a military spouse herself, Marla, truly understands the military community and offers practical advice on empowering children during this unique time.

Marla Monk from the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Veterans Village of San Diego. The Cohen Clinic at VVSD is one of 16 mental health clinics nationwide under Stamford-based nonprofit Cohen Veterans Network (CVN) which focuses on providing targeted treatments for a variety of mental health challenges facing post-9/11 veterans and military families, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, transition challenges, and more. 

This podcast has been made possible thanks to the generous support provided by the Naval Officers' Spouses' Club of San Diego.

Last Week to Participate: Blue Star Families 2020 Military Family Lifestyle Survey

Last Week to Participate: Blue Star Families 2020 Military Family Lifestyle Survey

October 15, 2020

Please join us as we chat with Dr. Kim Hunt, Senior Research Manager at Blue Star Families, about their annual military family lifestyle survey. Dr. Hunt shares important topics identified in last year's survey, how they affect our military community and also highlights the focus and importance of completing this year's survey.

 

Show Notes:

The 2020 Military Family Lifestyle Survey is now open until October 16, 2020!

Blue Star Families, in collaboration with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families, analyzes trends related to major shifts in military life issues and helps local and national government leaders better understand the realities that military, veteran, and National Guard/Reserve families face. 

Participate here: https://bluestarfam.org/survey/

 

Dr. Kim Hunt is the Senior Research Manager at Blue Star Families and has been active in education and the nonprofit sector for more than 30 years. She has completed multiple research and evaluations projects for military and veteran service organizations and has served on the Coordinating Council for the San Diego Military Family Collaborative. Together with her husband, a retired Navy officer, and their two daughters, Dr. Hunt moved 16 times throughout the US and Europe and has taught and run reading programs  for multiple age levels at a variety of public and private schools. These experiences prompted her interest in researching the experiences of highly mobile military children. Dr. Hunt holds a PhD from the University of San Diego in Leadership Studies with a dual focus on Nonprofit Management and Education Leadership.

 

This podcast has been made possible thanks to the generous support provided by Fort Campbell Spouses' Club and Scott Spouses' Club.

Findings of MCEC Military Kids NOW 2020 Education Survey

Findings of MCEC Military Kids NOW 2020 Education Survey

October 13, 2020

The President and CEO of MCEC, Dr. Rebecca Porter, and Helen Mowers, Instructional Systems Design Manager, share the impact and key findings from the Military Kids NOW 2020 Education Survey, as well as plans for how MCEC will continue to listen to the voices of the military-connected students, parents, and professionals who serve them.

To see the full report visit our website at: militarychild.org/mcecsurvey

To learn more about Purple Star School Programs visit https://www.militarychild.org/purplestarschools

The Jason Foundation: Help Prevent Youth Suicide

The Jason Foundation: Help Prevent Youth Suicide

October 1, 2020

Brett Marciel Chief Communications Officer at The Jason Foundation shares startling statistics, strategies and resources on suicide prevention that every adult with a child in their life will want to hear. 

Show Notes:

https://jasonfoundation.com/

The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is an educational organization dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide. JFI believes that awareness and education are the first steps to prevention. We want to establish a Triangle of Prevention by providing students, parents and teachers/youth workers the tools and resources to possibly identify and help at-risk youth.

A Friend Asks App https://jasonfoundation.com/get-involved/student/a-friend-asks-app/

The “A Friend Asks” App contains the following information:

  • warning signs of suicidal ideation
  • how to help a friend
  • how to get help now
  • what to do and what not to do
  • the B1 Program

If in an immediate crisis, call 911.  If you, or a friend, need to talk with a counselor for help or need resources available in your area, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (anytime 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255) or use the Get Help Now button on the app.

B1 Program https://jasonfoundation.com/get-involved/student/b1-program/

Parent Program https://jasonfoundation.com/get-involved/parent/

Professional Development Series https://jasonfoundation.com/get-involved/educator-youth-worker-coach/professional-development-series/

Awareness #IWONTBESILENT https://jasonfoundation.com/get-involved/suicide-prevention-month/

CRISIS TEXT LINE Text Jason to 741741 The Jason Foundation has proudly partnered with Crisis Text Line© to deliver their amazing service to the families and communities that we serve.  The Crisis Text Line is a free 24/7 text line where trained crisis counselors support individuals in crisis.

Text “Jason” to 741741 to speak with a compassionate, trained Crisis Counselor.  Confidential support 24/7, for free.  The Crisis Counselor “helps you move from a hot moment to a cool calm to stay safe and healthy using effective active listening and suggested referrals - all through text message, using Crisis Text Line’s secure platform.”

Visit Crisis Text Line’s website for additional information.  www.crisistextline.org

This podcast is brought to you thanks to the generous support from HEB.

Past Student 2 Student® (S2S™) Deonte shares his journey from S2S to Now

Past Student 2 Student® (S2S™) Deonte shares his journey from S2S to Now

September 24, 2020

Deonte Mayfield shares his journey from Student 2 Student® to college leading to his own military career. “Leadership is service” is a guiding force for Deonte as he explains how he learned discipline and focus through challenges and missteps.

Frances Hesslebein Student Leadership Program (FHSLP) is a highly selective leader development workshop for exemplary S2S students. This week-long experience is conducted in partnership with the US Military Academy in West Point, New York and US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. https://www.militarychild.org/programs/frances-hesselbein-student-leadership-program

Check out the video that Debra and Tracy reference in the podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQonVwTLOzc

Then: “My teachers say I am a great public speaker and I represent my peers well.  I have some good grades, they may not be the best but they will be one day - I declare it.”

Now: “Hold onto that hope that you have…Finish the race that you set before yourself.”

This podcast as made possible thanks to the generous support from HEB.

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