Last year, we expanded that commitment. We established the Military Youth of the Year program. We opened 102 new sites in schools with the Army Youth Programs in Your Neighborhood project. And we worked with Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, specialist of Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and professor at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine, to provide new staff training on topics such as fostering teenager’s internal resilience to help them thrive.
In September, BGCA hosted the Military Great Think, a thought leadership forum that focused on how to improve military families' access to programs and services. Action items to emerge from a white paper included more targeted educational opportunities for military youth, recruiting military STEM experts to serve as educators, and engaging STEM companies to provide internships, mentors and programs in schools and in Clubs. Next month in San Francisco, this conversation continues as we host the STEM Great Think in conjunction with BGCA's National Conference.
A Memorable Visit
At each installation, I met with staff and base leaders to discuss what more Clubs can do to assist with programs, training and youth development challenges.
Asia Military Youth of the Year
There were so many highlights; it’s difficult to illuminate all of them. But the best was taking part in the Asia Military Youth of the Year celebration at Sasebo Naval Base. We’d spent the evening before with Youth Center teens and the YOY candidates and it was a blast!
2014 Asia Military Youth of the Year
Thank You, Everyone
It’s difficult to recognize everyone and their contributions. At every location, we were greeted by fabulous staff who displayed every ounce of passion and commitment imaginable. If I’ve missed someone, please forgive me. I feel compelled to publicly recognize you.You are all remarkable.
Thank you to all of our military families and what you do for us! We owe all of you a huge debt of gratitude and appreciation for what you do every day. I’m already looking forward to my next visit.