A project of Regents of the University of Idaho
Operation Military Kids provides support for children before, during, and after the deployment of a parent by providing education programs.
Idaho’s Operation Military Kids is an effort to positively impact the profound stresses experienced by guard and reserve military youth as the result of multiple wartime deployments imposed on their families. Unlike active duty forces, guard and reserve youth live among us in the community. They lack the commonality and support of base resources that are available to the active duty. O:MK offers recreational, educational, and life skill development opportunities for the youth and families.
More than 6,500 youths are dispersed within our Idaho communities, attending our schools and living in our neighborhoods. These youth need community awareness and support to face repeated and extended parental absences. Our goal is to build community partnerships that increase local support and programs for military youth.
Military families require stronger bonds and resiliency to cope with the constant flux that comes with military service. Youth from Idaho’s guard and reserve military families need opportunities to learn leadership skills, communications skills, and other life-skills. These life-skills help youth and their families before, during, and after deployment. All of Operation Military Kids programs are designed to teach youth from military families to become capable leaders, confident speakers, healthy citizens, and passionate students. Each recreational activity in which we engage youth and families incorporates time tested and innovative curriculum that brings all of these pieces together. With your donation you can help provide more programs and reach more military youth in Idaho.