Hidden Helpers

A Four-Part Virtual Professional Learning Community

Join us for a collaborative training opportunity designed for youth-serving professionals who would like to gain more knowledge about students with parents or guardians who are wounded, ill, or injured Veterans.

The experiences of these students, known as Hidden Helpers, often include caretaking responsibilities and unique circumstances that impact their academic opportunities. Increasing identification and support is critical in fostering relationships required for deep learning and instructional differentiation.

If you missed earlier sessions, Supporting the Well-being of Youth in Caregiver Roles and Who are Youth Caregivers?, you may still register for the remaining sessions.

Two sessions remain:
All sessions are held virtually on Zoom, from 10-11 am CST
Session #3  
Strengths and Challenges of Hidden Helpers  
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 
Session #4  
Healthy Caregivers: A Focus on the Needs of Youth in a Caregiving Role
Wednesday, May 17, 2023  
In this series, we will:  
  • Share the thoughts, attitudes, needs, challenges, and experiences of youth in caregiver families.
  • Help educators and other youth-serving professionals identify resources that can assist them in recognizing and addressing the needs of youth in caregiving roles 
  • Facilitate discussions among subject matter experts, advocates, and professionals serving youth in caregiving roles  
This series is designed for: 
  • Members of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation Hidden Helper Coalition 
  • Adult caregivers of wounded, ill, and injured service members (Hidden Heroes)
  • Educational professionals working with military and veteran-connected students and families


Note: Participants will be asked to complete a pre-assessment prior to receiving the registration link for this professional learning opportunity. 

Hidden Helpers are the children, youth, and young adults (up to age 18) who are actively involved in or currently impacted by the care needs of a wounded, ill, or injured veteran. 

Project ECHO® for Education strives to establish a lasting, robust infrastructure for sharing educational knowledge and building the capacity of educators to close achievement gaps. The ECHO Model is being used by several organizations worldwide for capacity building and collaboration to strengthen education systems. 

This program is powered by Wounded Warrior Project® to honor and empower post-9/11 injured service members, veterans, and their families.

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Professional Development

To enhance the current capabilities, competency and awareness of professionals who serve and support military-connected children and youth.

To promote the learning of most current and effective ways to assist our constantly transitioning military-connected children and youth.

Incorporates evidence-informed curriculum, proven methodologies, highly qualified staff, and a responsive approach to managing deliverables.

Is anchored in research and includes application components that maximize the utility of concepts learned through training.

Consists of highly qualified, skilled trainers experienced in youth development, education, counseling, social work, and other related fields.

Updated course offerings coming soon! Please email with questions 


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