Operation: Military Kids is the U.S. Army's collaborative effort with America's communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment. Regardless of whether Families are experiencing deployment for the first time, the second time or another in a series of multiple deployments, OMK’s goal is to connect military children and youth with local resources in order to achieve a sense of community support and enhance their well-being.
In 2011, over 103,000 youth participated in experiences conducted by State OMK Teams in 49 states and the District of Columbia. 945 Community members representing over 43 national, state and local organizations worked together utilizing core OMK program elements like those in the left menu to help school age children and youth through the deployment of a loved one. Through OMK, Military Youth:
· Meet other youth who are also experiencing deployment
· Participate in a range of recreational, social & educational programs
· Gain leadership, organizational, and technical skills by participating in the Speak Out for Military Kids program or Mobile Technology Lab programs
· Receive assistance with school issues by connecting with Army Child, Youth & School Services School Liaisons -- More on School Transition Support
· Attend single day, weekend or even longer residential camps
Through a network of National, State and Local Partners, Operation: Military Kids provides access to youth programs and support services where military children live. OMK Partners organize special events, provide transportation to military kids to sporting events or other extracurricular activities, and participate in the Hero Pack initiative.
- Army Child, Youth & School Services programs are offered through Army Garrisons, National Guard Family State Program offices or Reserve Regional commands
- 4-H National Headquarters provides information to connect military youth to 4-H programs in their hometowns
- Find the Boys & Girls Club nearest to you and participate in wide array of program opportunities such as Keystone Clubs
- Schools can help create academic, social and emotional support networks for students
- Military Child Education Coalition provides professional development opportunities on working with military populations for school personnel and community members making them aware of the stressors that can be associated with a military deployment
- The American Legion has a variety of youth program options such as the "High School Oratorical Scholarship Program" for youth of all ages
- ChildCare Aware® can assist military families with child care issues
In addition, Operation: Military Kids, as part of the 4-H/Army Youth Development Project, is a vital part of supporting the Army Family Covenant, the Army Community Covenant and the Army Soldier Family Action Plan.
Find out about OMK in your state by selecting your state from the State Information link in the menu on the left. Families and youth across the country can access information about OMK programs, link to OMK partner programs and contact their State 4-H Military Liaison from this OMK website.
If you’d like to read more about Operation: Military Kids, the links below highlight OMK programming for the past several years.
OMK Annual Report 2011
OMK Annual Report 2010
OMK Annual Report 2009
OMK Annual Report 2008
OMK Annual Report 2007
OMK Annual Report 2006
OMK Annual Report 2005