Student ambassador and youth sponsorship programs

by Ruth Ploeger, Army Region School Liaison Officer/Transition Support Specialist
Family and MWR CYS Services

Imagine your first day in a new school. You know not a soul. You search the crowded halls for a smiling face or even eye contact. You aren’t sure where you are supposed to go or if you brought the right things. All you can think of is how much you miss your friends at your “old school.” 

This is the reality for many new students. Military connected kids go through adjusting to a new school far more often than their civilian counterparts, six to nine school transitions on average during their K-12 school years. 

However, with the help of their peers, many students are finding their first day can be smooth, and transitioning to a new community and school can be a positive experience. School liaison officers (SLOs)work with schools and CYS Services to support connecting incoming students to their peers who are trained to welcome and assist new students. Families can make an online request for a youth sponsor on their post’s SLO website. Contact your SLO if you are interested in serving as a youth sponsor.

Helpful Links:

Student Ambassador & Youth Sponsorship

School Quest

Military Youth on the Move

For more to help your student PCS, visit Europe Family and MWR's website for an Inbound Student Handbook. 

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