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Youth Program Vision
Mutually Supportive, Happy, Healthy, and Empowered youth with an understanding of Military Life in the Ohio National Guard and Reserve Components throughout the State of Ohio.

To empower and support the social, emotional, and academic needs of Ohio National Guard Youth.

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Building Strong Families & Kids

We strive to provide our Military Families and Youth with well rounded programming!
Our goal is to strengthen ties, create lifelong friends, and build leadership, resilience and camaraderie with other military families. (view program overview flier)

You know what best suits your family; so help us design the event around you!

We are looking for new ideas and locations for camps, events and programs in the areas where you live. Ideal venues would be low cost, easily accessible, community based and offer a variety of activities or programs. We know these places exist and need your help finding them. Please take time to share with us. Your contribution might be the next big success story that fills these pages.

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HERO Camps & Family Workshops- Fall 2014

Hero Camps are designed to allow youth to build relationships with other military children while improving skills in resiliency, communication, leadership, self expression and team building skills.

Strong Family Workshops engage parents in hands on activities, share experiences as a part of an adult group, create resourceful toolkits and gain valuable insight and parenting tips from their peers and presenters.

Parent Workshops will be focusing on your “whole brain.” Using some of today’s most credible research, we will explore how to engage youth holistically and create flexible, stable, adaptive, and energetic children!  You will also discover how critical the role of play is to the future success of your youth or teen.

October 11, 2014

Fieldstone Farm, Chagrin Falls - Ages: 6-17,  Cost: $10 per person / parents free
Youth will learn the basic care of equine, discover how to read their emotions and in turn how to express themselves.  Groom, walk, pet, paint and learn to love all of their hooved friends!

October 26, 2014
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Cincinnati Zoo - Ages: 5-up,  Cost: $12 per participant  
You’ve been to the zoo but have you ever experienced a close animal encounter?  Come to Cinci for the parent and family camaraderie and leave with new friends — just not the animals please

November 2, 2014
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Columbus Zoo - Ages: 5-up,  Cost: $12 per participant
Experience the Columbus Zoo in an all new fashion!  We are offering an animal encounter, lunch and all of the on your own walking you can stand!

December 21, 2014

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For more information, contact:
Andrew Seward


Water’s Edge Plaza Pavilion 2 -- Parking is FREE
FREE refreshments and food, provided by the USO, FREE family photo, and enjoy multiple family activities.
Discount available all day: $9 per Adult, $5.00 per Child (3-9) & Senior (60+), Children 2 and under are FREE

Open to ALL Military families and Veterans.
You must bring your MILITARY ID or this flyer to recieve the discount and free parking

Operation: Military Kids (OMK)

Initiative conceived and designed in January 2004 to support "Suddenly" Military Kids thru activities and programming specifically targeted to Youth of the guard and reserve component directly affected by the Global War on Terror. Ohio became an OMK State officially in March of 2005. Since its inception, OMK has been involved with and supported every event/activity executed by Ohio's Youth Program.

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