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Building Capacity and Welcoming Practices In Military-Connected Schools

Resources For Students

These resources are catered specifically for students. These are great resources for helping military students cope with the various stressors and demands that are part of living in a military family. These sites are also a good resource for military children interested in connecting with others who are facing similar challenges.

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Topic Description Website
Academic Support This program provides free online tutoring specifically for children in military families. Tutor.com
Academic Support This is an online program for military families which aims to address some of the unique challenges that military students face at public school. This site assists parents in keeping track of their child’s progress also helps parents identify academic areas of need and provides them with a parent forum. Student Online Achievement Resources
Academic Support Imagine Andrews Public Charter School located on Andrews Air Force Base is a Charter School, which caters to military children. Resources for military children found on their site include “Ask an Expert”, “Cool Math 4 Kids”, “Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids”. Imagine Andrews Public Charter School
Academic Support Designed for military students, their families and the caring professionals who support them, SchoolQuestTM is an educational resource tool from the Military Child Education Coalition. SchoolQuest is well-suited to anyone who is “questing” information about schools, college and workplace readiness, transition, etc. It is meant to facilitate the search for new schools and centralize resources. SchoolQuest
Building Resilience This documentary, featuring Kris Kristofferson and Norman Schwarzkopf, provides a glimpse into the experiences of children who have grown up in military households. Brats Without Borders, the nonprofit organization that produced the film, also has an outreach effort, Operation Military Brat, which offers workshops to educators and other groups to raise awareness about what it’s like to grow up as a military child. BRATS: Our Journey Home
Building Resilience Project Towards No Drug Abuse (Project TND) is a drug use prevention program for high school youth. The current version of the curriculum is designed to help students develop self-control and communication skills, acquire resources that help them resist drug use, improve decision making strategies, and develop the motivation to not use drugs. Project TND
Building Resilience Reconnecting Youth: A Peer Group Approach to Building Life Skills (RY) is a school-based prevention program for students ages 14-19 years that teaches skills to build resiliency against risk factors and control early signs of substance abuse and emotional distress. Reconnecting Youth
Building Resilience Teaching Students To Be Peacemakers (TSP) is a school-based program that teaches conflict resolution procedures and peer mediation skills. The program, based on conflict resolution theory and research, aims to reduce violence in schools, enhance academic achievement and learning, motivate prohealth decisions among students, and create supportive school communities. Peacemakers
Building Resilience Too Good for Violence (TGFV) is a school-based violence prevention and character education program for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. It is designed to enhance pro-social behaviors and skills and improve protective factors related to conflict and violence. Too Good for Violence
Building Resilience SOS Signs of Suicide is a 2-day secondary school-based intervention that includes screening and education. It works to prevent suicide attempts, increase knowledge about suicide and depression, develop desirable attitudes toward suicide and depression, and increase help-seeking behavior in adolescent. SOS Signs of Suicide
Building Resilience Operation Bigs is a program of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County in partnership with Navy Region Southwest, is an after-school mentoring program which pairs adult volunteers with military children. "Big" volunteers meet with their "Littles" once a week for one hour at their elementary school or local military housing Community or Youth Center to play board games, sports, or simply talk about life. OPERATION BIGS
Coping with Deployment The books found on this website are a great resource for teens. Highly interactive books, containing numerous activities, open-ended sentences, short stories depicting healthy coping, and opportunities for reflection. Written by Michelle Sherman, a psychologist in Oklahoma City, and her mother, the mission of the books the books is to empower teens by providing essential information, normalizing a variety of reactions, encouraging open communication, supporting healthy coping, offering comfort and hope. Seeds of Hope Books
Coping with Relocation The site deals with relocating and helping military youth adapt to their changing environments and get involved in their new communities. There are specific tabs for elementary school age, middle school age, and high school age. A great resource for coping mechanisms and also has focuses on other home and family issues relevant to military youth. Military Youth On the Move
Financial Aid This program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans. Dependents' Educational Assistance Program
Financial Aid Operation Education of Ford Foundation offers military children in the San Diego region scholarship opportunities to reflect on inspirations they have received from their military family member. Ford Blue Oval Scholars
Online Community This is an online community for military children (ages 6-17 yr old) that provides access to age-appropriate resources to support children dealing with the unique psychological challenges of military live. Military Kids Connect (MKC)
Transitioning Military Child Education Coalition provides information for student opportunities to participate in peer-to-peer programs and assists students who are transitioning to new schools. Military Child Education Coalition
Transitioning Schools And Families Educating Children (SAFEChildren) is a family-focused preventive intervention designed to increase academic achievement and decrease risk for later drug abuse and associated problems such as aggression, school failure, and low social competence. SAFEChildren