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Operation: Military Kids

University of Idaho 4-H Youth Development
322 E. Front St., Ste. 390
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: (208) 334-2328

State 4-H Contact

State 4-H Youth Development Contact Information

Mailing/Shipping Address:
4-H Youth Development
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3015
Moscow, ID 83844-3015

Physical Address:
Mary E. Forney Hall
1210 Blake Avenue, Room 206
Moscow, ID 83844-3015

Phone: (208) 885-6321
Fax: (208) 885-4637

Operation Military Kids

Outreach to Military Kids

The Idaho Outreach to Military Kids (OMK) programs seek to meet the needs of Idaho National Guard youth by offering activities that provide support, express gratitude, and the opportunity to develop life skills. OMK also strives to educate the public about the affects multiple deployments have on children. Recent wartime efforts have increased the number of geographically dispersed military families in the U.S. More than 6,000 youths with a military connection are living among us in Idaho, attending our schools and living in our neighborhoods without easy access to military installations. These young people need community support while they adjust to their parents’ departures, absences, and returns. The cycles of deployment affect youths in their everyday life, driving a need for community education and participation.


State 4-H Military Liaisons lead OMK State Teams in partnerships with the National Guard, Army Reserve, the Military Child Education Coalition, Boys and Girls Club of America, the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, and the American Legion. The team coordinates to distribute Hero Packs, coordinate tutoring service, hold child education and activity days, and manage youth leadership groups as they develop professional skills, public speaking skills, and life skills.

OMK Objectives

Building community capacity to create local support networks, raising community awareness, and implementing educational programs.

OMK Sports, Fitness and Health Options

OMK Arts, Recreation and Leisure Activities

OMK Life Skills, Citizenship and Leadership Opportunities

OMK Academic Support, Mentoring and Intervention Services

OMK Volunteer Opportunities

OMK Forms and Resources

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