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4-H Military Partnerships

4-H Military Partnerships

FSHS Extn.
Kansas State University
1324 Lovers Lane
343 Justin Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-5505 (fax)

Speak Out for Military Kids (SOMK)

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Speak Out For Military Kids (SOMK) is a core program of Operation: Military Kids.  Essentially SOMK is a youth led speakers bureau than incorporates both military and non-military youth. The purpose of the program is to empower youth with the knowledge, life skills and abilities to educate communities and groups to the effects of deployments on military kids. This manual provides training ideas to begin an SOMK program in your state or community. The manual can be easily adapted to develop youth speakers bureaus centered around other subjects as well.

SOMK Manual




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Speak Out For Military Kids - Interactive Theatre (Kansas-SOMK)

Kansas OMK has developed improvisation and the production of an original play to help youth learn ways to express their thoughts and emotions. Speak Out for Military Kids - Interactive Theatre (SOMK - IT) provides an opportunity for youth and adults to work together to help others understand the military family experience.

Passport to SOMK-IT
SOMK-IT Journal for Adult Leaders
SOMK Troup Handbook for Youth