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Living in the New Normal Public Engagement (LINN PE)

Purpose and Objectives:

Two million American children have been affected by the challenges of military deployment since 2001. For most this includes repetitive separation from parents and other loved ones, and for many it includes learning to live the “new normal” necessitated by injury, illness and loss. These children reside in every community in America.

The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) acknowledges these challenges but also the strength and resilience of children when encouraged by caring families and communities. Through the very carefully researched Public Engagement process, the MCEC allows communities/states to:

  • Convene caring community leaders who are committed to the well-being of its children,
  • Identify community/state capabilities and synchronize existing resources, and
  • Develop action plans in support of its military-connected children
Who is Involved:

Public Engagement participants are nominated and selected by a community-based Steering Committee. Both groups must include key leaders within the community/state who are proven influencers among their colleagues and are representative of the following sectors:

  • Faith-based community
  • Business & labor
  • Education
  • Healthcare (including behavioral health)
  • Service providers (to include law enforcement, youth and social service agencies, etc.)
  • Service clubs and organizations (such as Kiwanis, Rotary, Urban League, Boys & Girls Clubs, etc.)
  • Community/Civic leaders (senior local/county/state leaders)

Military leadership from the National Guard, Reserves and Active Duty are also included.

Expected Outcomes:

It is expected that, through structured and facilitated group work, Public Engagement participants will:

  • Describe support for military (and all) children that already exists in the community/state;
  • Envision a comprehensive and sustainable support plan for this community/state;
  • Identify short- and long-term action items that can achieve that plan;
  • Create an ongoing committee to implement the group’s plan

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