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Recognizing Military-Connected Youth


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There are several programs in place to give our nation's "Hidden Heroes" the recognition they deserve. These annual programs are for military-connected youth of all ages and provides them an opportunity to be appreciated for their service.


These programs all lead up to April, which is annually recognized as the Month of the Military Child.




April is Month of the Military Child (MOMC) and was first celebrated in April 1986 under former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. The MOMC recognizes military children and youth for the sacrifices they make so their parents can serve our Nation. In additon, it reinforces to military children and youth that they play an integral role in supporting their Servicemember.



Ways to Recognize Youth During MOMC:


Enter Senator Franken's Poetry Contest

Encourage your child to write a poem about being a military child! Enter the Poetry Contest. Senator Franken is hosting his 4th Annual Poetry contest in April. More information to come.


Sign Up For a Letter From Governor Dayton

Sign up for a letter from Governor Dayton! Youth Programs partnered with MDVA, American Legion, and the Governor's office to create a site for parents to sign their child up to receive a personalized letter from the Governor thanking those youth for their sacrifice. Go to www.MinnesotaVeteran.org  to request a letter. Letters may be requested from April 1-30, 2015.


Purple Up! Day

Wear purple on April 15th! Purple Up is another way the community and schools can show support during April. Communities and schools are encouraged to wear purple on April 15 to show their support. Take a picture in purple and have it posted on our FaceBook page in celebration of Month of the Military Child. Tag it using #MilKids.

More Info: Flyer

Take the Governor's Proclamation to School

Have your child take the Governor's Proclamation to school to share in class. Governor Dayton and staff are committed to recognizing Military connected youth and drafted a proclamation for Month of the Military Child.    Proclamation    


Library Reading Hour

Join Miss Dea, a former Air Force family member, in celebration of the Month of the Military child with a special storytime! "Purple up" by wearing purple to show your support for all the armed forces as she reads stories and sing songs!


When: April 18, 10:30 a.m.

Who: All military connected youth

Where: Savage Library, 13090 Alabama Ave. S., Savage, MN 55378

More Info: Flyer


2nd Annual MOMC Art Contest

Encourage your youth to explore their creative sides. Family programs is hosting their 2nd Annual MOMC Art contest. This year's theme is "Military Pride". The art project can be in any shape or size (remember, it needs to be mailed). There are four age categories, prizes will be awarded for each category.


When: All entries must be recieved by April 30, 2015

Who: All military connected youth

Where: Send to Child and Youth Programs, 8180 Belden Blvd, Cottage Grove, MN 55016

More Info: Flyer


2015 Air Force Reserve Youth of the Year

Air Force Services Activity (AFSVA), Child and Youth Programs is pleased to announce the 2015 AF Reserve Component Youth of the Year (YOY) Program. Eligible applicants include teen dependents of AFR and ANG members. Applications must be received by April 10, 2015.


More Info: Youth of the Year Information Sheet    Youth of the Year Application    Youth of the Year Memorandum












Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 11:59