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.
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