Delaware 4-H Operations Military Kids makes huge impact

December 27, 2012 in Kent County, Kent County Slideshow

A young boy holds up a robot

A young man discovers the world of robotics through Delaware 4-H OMK youth programs

The Delaware 4-H Operations Military Kids (OMK) Program continues to make huge impacts on the military families throughout the state.

OMK supported 590 programs in 2012 servicing 9,019 youth throughout all stages of deployment: 2,952 Air Force 1,039 Air Force Reserve, 1,411 Air National Guard, 87 Army, 3,411 Army National Guard, 28 Army Reserve, 35 Marine Corps, 7 Marine Corps Reserve, 35 Navy, 3 Navy Reserve, and 11 Coast Guard.  Our OMK Military Youth Camp Grant Program reached 191 military youth, and 133 other OMK Youth Program events were offered in 2012 reaching 8,649 youth.

In local communities, 254 military and non-military youth were trained as

speakers through the Speak Out for Military Kids Program. These youth provided 84 presentations educating the community about the impact of deployment on military youth, their families and the community.  75 youth completed the OMK Babysitter First Aid/CPR Training so that they can better assist the parent left behind.  274 OMK Briefings were given in 2012 by State Team Partners and 356 OMK Partners and Volunteers were trained during the past year to deliver OMK Curriculum to military youth through 15 training sessions.  The Mobile Technology Labs were used at 276 events involving 5,146 military youth and 15,316 military family members to communicate with deployed service members.  Over 748 Hero Packs were distributed to military youth.  These packs continue to represent a tangible way to hand-deliver a salute to military youth for their strengths and sacrifices while also serving as an expression of community support for military children.

Ready, Set, Go (RSG!) Training is a multi-faceted interactive training that is tailor-made to audiences in a variety of settings throughout Delaware. The training provides hands-on practical information to assist participants in building community capacity and educating community members about the needs of military families. A total of 3,473 community members have experienced RSG! Training in 2012.