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Month of the Military Child

Georgia’s Military Installations

Georgia is home to many military installations, six of which have Child & Youth Services offices or Family Member Programs offices. These six installations actively participate in 4-H programming as part of the 4-H/Military Partnership. The following counties work with installations based in their county:

Counties with Installation Based Programs
Installation County
Fort Benning Muscogee County
Fort Gordon Richmond County
Fort Stewart Liberty County
Hunter Army Airfield Chatham County
Moody Air Force Base Lanier and Lowndes County
Robins Air Force Base Houston County

** Lanier County is the Point of Contact for Moody AFB Staff.  However, Lowndes County and Lanier County offer 4-H programming to military residents for Moody AFB.

Upcoming 4-H Military Events

Dobbins ARB Military Resiliency Event

Georgia 4-H, Georgia National Guard Family Program, Dobbins ARB Family Support Center, and Project YES!  are providing this exciting event for 8-14-year-olds military dependents to engage in healthy living lessons and skills that build their individual resiliency! Project YES! interns will be leading the interactive lessons. Participants will be supported by caring adults from each partner group and teen leaders from the Georgia National Guard State Youth Program.  This event will be an in-person event at Dobbins Air Reserve Base at Verhulst Hall.

Participation in the event is free and welcome all youth who are connected with Dobbins ARB so that we support the joint nature of Dobbins ARB families.

Registration and Fees:        FREE

Registration fees are covered by the Department of the Air Force 4-H Military Partnership Program, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 4-H National Headquarters; U.S. Department of the Air Force Child and Youth Programs; and the Cooperative Extension 4-H Program through grant funding at Kansas State University. The program is also supported by Project Yes!. The grant covers refreshments, supplies, and insurance for participants.

The event is open to any 8-13-year-old military dependents connected to Dobbins ARB. Civilians working on Dobbins ARB children can also attend the event. Registration is now open and will remain open until Monday, April 11, 2022, (at 5:00 pm). Contact Laura Goss at laurwalt@uga.edu with questions. Applicants will be managed on a rolling acceptance.

Step 1: Registration Link: https://bit.ly/resReg16

You can electronically complete the following forms or complete them on paper. Completed forms should be sent to Laura Goss via email at laurwalt@uag.edu and/or provided onsite at Dobbins. Please check your child in before departing to ensure forms were received and to meet staff prior to departure.
Step 2: Code of Conduct (COC) Please complete the Code of Conduct form prior to the event or before drop off. We will have COC forms onsite as needed or you complete the form download here.
Step 3: Medical Form: A Medical Information and Release Form (MIRF) should be completed for each youth participant. The medical form can be downloaded here

 

Event Location:

Dobbins ARB at Verhulst Hall

    • Driving Instructions:
      • Go through the main front gate, ID access is required
      • Verhulst Hall is the first building on your right
        • Verhulst Hall, Building Number: 813
      • If you are having a hard time locating the building the day of contact Laura Goss at 404-783-8514

Schedule:

The Resiliency event will run from 9 AM – 4 PM. From 9 AM – 3 PM, youth will participate in interactive lessons and activities led by Project Yes! interns. Parents are invited to join the final hour of the program from 3 PM – 4 PM. The Army National Guard State Youth Council members will be sharing prepared personal resiliency speeches with the group. Light refreshments and a social will conclude the event.

Parent Drop Off: 9 AM

            Parent and Youth Speech and Social: 3 PM

Event Concludes: 4 PM

Resources:

Dobbins ARB Military Resiliency Event Letter

Military Resilient Event_April 16_Flyer

Military Resilient Speakers Club

Georgia 4-H is providing this exciting club for 14-to 18-year-olds military dependents to engage in the design process, critical thinking, military reflection, and positive youth development as it relates to public speaking! The Military Resilient Speakers club will include six live virtual workshops. Additionally, youth will have the opportunity to showcase skills gained at a face-to-face event at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. To celebrate the resilience of military-dependent teens the public speaking club will focus on youth stories to showcase their resilience.

 

2022 Military Resilient Speaker Club Welcome Letter

4-H Military Resilient Speakers Flyer

Medical Information and Release Form 

Club Registration Link

GA 4-H Club Registration Link

Contact: Laura Goss at laurwalt@uga.edu

Miltiary Teen Virtual Conversations

The 4-H Military Partnership is partnering with the University of Georgia J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development to offer a series for military-connected youth and adults working with military youth. The virtual town halls are conversations around the impacts of the pandemic and the ways in which we have changed, struggled, and thrived. This is an excellent opportunity to come together to talk about our experiences and learn from each other.

 

The virtual town halls are led by peer facilitators with adult support. Youth will have the opportunity to share experiences and hear from others. Hopefully, all participants will feel a bit more informed and prepared moving forward. 

 

NC State University, event organizers, are in need of peer facilitators and adult facilitators. Please consider registering and or sharing this opportunity with others. Additionally, youth can simply register to be a part of the conversation and to connect with others. Registration is available at Here

 

As we build up to April, the Month of the Military Child, this is a great way that teens affiliated with the guard, reserve, and active component military can connect and gain support. As a reminder, there are tools available for the Month of the Military Child and we will have 4-H Military Summits/Retreats in 2022 for military-dependent youth. We hope these virtual conversations will spark an interest to participate in other 4-H Programs.

Georgia National Guard State Youth Program

All high school military dependents are welcome to join the Army National Guard Youth Program. The group meets virtually and face-to-face to support youth from all over Georgia with leadership, character, and personal skills. The Georgia National Guard Youth Program has various clubs that support member interests like movie creation and robotics. Program leaders are 4-H volunteer certified and are supported with 4-H professional development and curriculum.

To learn how your high school military dependents can connect with other military youth contact Mark Richards at mark.d.richards17.nfg@mail.mil

4-H Military Kids Club

Open to All Ages Bi-Monthly

Are you a military family with children who live or go to school in Columbia or Richmond County? Do you enjoy working with veterans in your community & socializing with other military families? Would you enjoy the opportunity to participate in activities focused on topics specific to the needs of military kids and their families? If you answered YES to these questions, the 4-H Military Kids Club is for you or your children!

This club is open to all ages

When: Monthly
Who: Military dependents of active and retired, all students welcome!
Location: Columbia County UGA Extension Office

Register Online via Eventbrite https://tinyurl.com/4-HMilitary

Camp

Check out our 4-H Military Camp page to learn about upcoming military-specific camp opportunities. Also, reach out to your local 4-H County Extension Office to learn about local and state 4-H camp opportunities.

Hoke Smith Annex
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Phone:706-542-4444
Fax: 706-542-4373
milcamps@uga.edu