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From: "Ohare, Sean P Mr ARMY GUEST USA USARC USA" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: March 8, 2012 7:55:05 AM CST
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Subject: INVITATION TO USAR CYSS Youth Leadership Education and Development Summit Gulfport-Biloxi MS 29MAR-1APR


Please find the forwarded information and attached flyer for the upcoming Youth Leadership Education and Development (YLEAD). All questions and inquires should be directed to Ms. Kathleen Jennings.

Subject: INVITATION TO USAR CYSS Youth Leadership Education and Development Summit Gulfport-Biloxi MS 29MAR-1APR

Greetings Parents/Soldiers,

If you have children ages 14-17 years old, living in AL, MS, FL, GA or TN please read the attached announcement. This is an exciting FREE OPPORTUNITY for your kids and will look great on their resume/college applications!

This Youth Leadership Education and Development (YLEAD) summit is an excellent opportunity for your child. We usually have about 90 days advanced notice, but due to CYSS contract switched from Serco Inc. to Odyssey TCI LLC, we have less than 30 days notice!

THERE IS NO COST TO THE PARENT other than to take your child to your nearest airport. The kids will be put on travel orders so I am looking for kids to let me know they want to attend. If you live in Mobile, you will have to drive your child to Gulfport/Biloxi but we will reimburse your mileage at the JTR rate.

If you know other families with kids 14-17 years old, who are not on my email list, please pass this information to them! The sign up will be first come, first serve. USAR only (e.g. No Active Duty Army or National Guard).

NOTE: If your child has attended a YLEAD in the past, they are not eligible.

The kids will receive a letter to give to their school to excuse their absence with the following information. The kids will have an hour each day if they need to complete homework.
Two highlights of our event our a trip to The Center for Marine Education and Research where the kids will learn about biology, other sea life, hands on touching of some mammals and a viewing of two rescued dolphins Bo and Buster in the dolphin tanks. Another outing is a boat ride and tour to Ships Island National Park/Seashore and Fort Massachusetts for some history and biology/ecology learning sessions.

Guest Speakers include Military Leaders and Civic Leaders and usually a professional athlete (models of leadership and responsibility). For example, we are honored to have the Harrison County Sheriff's education department to teach B.R.A.V.E. (B-ullying R-esistance A-nti V-iolence E-ducation) and DoD will provide a Military Family Life Consultant to talk with the kids about Deployment Stress Management. Many other educational and fun speakers are being recruited on the topics of Leadership, Effectively Working with Others, Managing Deployment, Accepting Differences (Diversity), Exploring Interests-Career Choices, Communication, Family Relationships, Military Culture, Youth-Adult Partnerships, and Decision Making. (The MS State Patrol will talk with the kids about texting/drinking and driving).

Here is a little information about the event:
The Youth, Leadership, Education & Development (YLEAD) Summit supports the mission of Army Reserve Child, Youth & School Services, "To support this readiness and well-being of geographically dispersed Families by reducing the conflict between parental responsibilities and mission requirements."

The purpose of the YLEAD summit is to:
*Reduce feelings of isolation among Army Reserve youth within a designated region
*Deliver positive learning experiences to increase the development of skills that enhance their relationships of quality of life
*Educate youth participants on the culture of the Army Reserve and provide an understanding of deployment and reintegration within a familial context
*Create a platform for the discussion of issues relevant to the well-being of geographically dispersed Families
*Introduce AR youth to community-based programs and services to encourage civic involvement at the local level

The objectives of YLEAD are to:
*Connect Army Reserve youth to one another
*Participate in activities that promote success at home, in school and within the community
*Learn about the Army Reserve
*Find out how to make a difference in the lives of Army Reserve Families
*Discover ways to become involved through partnerships with teens, adults and community-based programs
The expected outcomes of YLEAD are:
*Youth will have a network of peers and adult advisors to increase their feeling of cohesion within the AR community
*Youth will gain knowledge of new, relevant life skills that are applicable to various aspects of their lives
*Youth will have an understanding of the culture of the Army Reserve and increased ability to adapt to the effects resulting from deployment and reintegration
*Youth will identify and document Quality of Life Issues to be resolved through the Army Reserve Army Family Action Plan process
*Youth will complete a Service Learning Project with their regional team and develop plans for future collaboration

Please send me an email back and I will give you details on how to register. Our current website is down for transfer to a new URL and so the registration process on the attached flyer is out of service. Parents just need to respond to [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask] (Note: [log in to unmask] is not active at this time due to CAC issues) I look forward to hearing from you!

Kathleen Jennings
Odyssey TCI Contractor
412th TEC and Regional Coordinator for MS & AL Army Reserve CYSS
Youth Support Specialist
1265 Porters Chapel Road
Vicksburg, MS 39180
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Cell 504-450-9294


Sean P. O'Hare
CYSS School Support Specialist
Army Reserve Child, Youth & School Services
Contractor, Odyssey-TCI
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