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Deadline extended for Focus Forward Fellowship

Military-connected women will travel to Indianapolis from throughout the nation to take part in the Focus Forward Fellowship program, a new initiative designed by the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University to serve rising military-connected sophomores and juniors who are enrolled in four-year colleges and universities.

The deadline to apply for this program has been extended until Friday, June 24 at noon.

The program will be held Aug. 11-14 with an in-person workshop, followed by additional web-based activities scheduled throughout the 2016-2017 academic year.

During the free, weekend-long program, fellows will work together to increase personal effectiveness, building a potentially transformative community experience. The goal is for lessons learned with hands on training to translate to fellows’ home campuses and continue to impact them throughout their academic and professional careers.

"Eighty-two percent of post-9/11 female veterans joined the military to receive education benefits,” said Lauren Runco, MFRI's director of education and employment. “We are committed to helping them build existing skills and transition to the next phase of their lives. I am so excited to see what our Fellows accomplish!"

Sponsorship opportunities for this fellowship are also available. To learn more, contact Jennifer Shirley at JTShirley@prf.org. For more information about the program, contact Runco at lrunco@purdue.edu or call 765-496-3403. Connect with MFRI on Twitter at @MFRIPurdue and use #FWDFellows to join the conversation.

  •  Posted on June 21, 2016

MFRI study examines risk, resilience in military children

More than two million young children are family members of the new cohort of war veterans now entering the U.S. civilian population. Studies of military children tend to focus on stresses or deficits they experience, failing to give sufficient attention to their strengths, their families’ strengths, or the supports around them.

MFRI researchers studied the risk and promotive factors in the lives of children aged 0–10 in military families, with promotive factors being those that decrease the likelihood that young children will engage in negative behaviors or have negative outcomes.

We found that risk factors (e.g. parental depression and community poverty) were more strongly associated with children's outcomes than promotive factors. For military children who experience multiple risks, however, the promotive factors (e.g. parental education, positive family functioning, etc.) help protect them from those risks. The study was published in the American Journal of Community Psychology.

  •  Posted on June 20, 2016

Celebrate the birthday of the US Army

Happy birthday to the U.S. Army!

Army traditions of “duty, honor, country” date back to the minutemen.  As the war between the colonies and Great Britain escalated, Congress formally established the Continental Army by nationalizing the colonial militias deployed around Boston and New York.

Founded on June 14, 1775, it's first Commander-in-Chief was General George Washington.

MFRI joins a grateful nation as the U.S. Army celebrates its 241st birthday today. We thank all -- including their families --  who have served, or serve currently. Join the celebration - and take time to thank an Army veteran, service member or family member today.

  •  Posted on June 14, 2016

Registration opens for Battlemind to Home

Registration is now open for Battlemind to Home Mental Health Summit, presented by MFRI, in partnership with the Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indiana National Guard and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The event takes place on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 at the Indianapolis Marriott East.

Registration for this educationally-rich experience is expected to fill quickly. Attendees receive breakfast and lunch, all symposium materials and continuing education credits (CEUs). So that Battlemind becomes sustainable on its own and continues to serve those who serve veterans, this year's registration fee will be $35 per attendee.

  •  Posted on June 13, 2016

Apply for Focus Forward Fellowship Today

Applications are now being accepted for a new fellowship program that aims to help build skills, leadership and a sense of community among female student veterans.

The Focus Forward Fellowship program, designed by the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University, invites applications from rising military-connected sophomores and juniors who are enrolled in four-year colleges and universities. The program will be held Aug. 11-14 in Indianapolis, with additional web-based activities scheduled throughout the 2016-2017 academic year.

This is a free, weekend-long residency program. In it, Fellows will work together to increase personal effectiveness, building a potentially transformative community experience that can translate to their home campus and continue to impact them throughout their academic and professional careers. The program will build skills and confidence through interactions with other successful students, faculty members and advocates, as Fellows learn and improve their academic skills so that they can thrive in the university setting.

"Women currently account for 16 percent of active-duty service personnel, according to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics," said Lauren Runco, MFRI's director of education and employment. "We know that 82 percent of post-9/11 female veterans joined the military to receive education benefits. At MFRI, we're committed to helping these leaders transition to the next phase of their lives by connecting them with resources that strengthen and guide them. We are confident the Focus Forward Fellowship program can do that."

Apply for the Focus Forward Fellowship program by visiting www.mfri.purdue.edu/FWDFellows. Applications will be accepted through June 19th. For more information, contact Runco at lrunco@purdue.edu or call 765-496-3403. Connect with MFRI online at @MFRIPurdue and use #FWDFellows to join the conversation.

Sponsorship opportunities for this fellowship are also available. To learn more, contact Jennifer Shirley at JTShirley@prf.org.

  •  Posted on June 8, 2016


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