Child & Youth Programs Embed 7 C’s of Resiliency


About this Episode

In this episode Laura Groeneweg and Mel Johnson, Child and Youth Program Coordinators in Minnesota, talk about how there needs to be a supportive adult in the life of each child. They also go into detail about the 7 C’s of Resiliency and how they as military service providers embed them in child and youth programming, events.  They share a valuable free tool for military service providers, educators and military clubs, that also build on the 7 C’s.

Guest Bios

Laura Groeneweg, Lead Child and Youth Program Coordinator, has worked with military families and youth for 20 years.
She has been the MN Army author headshotNational Guard Lead Child and Youth Program Coordinator (LCYPC) for nine years, Army Reserves Region Coordinator for two years, and a camp counselor, director and project coordinator on active duty bases for eight years. As LCYPC, Laura tracks military trends, raises awareness for military families, and provides resources to youth and educators to help foster resilience in military youth and families. She earned my M.A. in Leisure, Youth and Human Services and B.A. in Social work from the University of Northern Iowa.

Mel Johnson has worked with youth for the last 15 years. She was a Camp Counselor, Youth Director and Director of Children and Family Ministry. Mel started working with the military in September 2016 as a Family Assistance Center Specialist, and then transitioned to Child, Youth and Program Coordinator for the MN Army National Guard in February of 2017. Mel earned her M.A. in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry from Luther Seminary and her B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. Mel is a Master Resilience Trainer.

Additional Materials

K-12 Military Kids Toolkit flyer 2018

Audio: K-12 Military Kids Toolkit

Book: Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings, K. Ginsburg and M. Jablow.

Dr. Ken Ginsburg,

Infographic: Highly Mobile, but Very Resilient [Military Youth]

Powtoon: The Seven Crucial Cs of Resilience in Children and Teens

This material is based on work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense Award Number 2015-48770-24368.

United States Department of Defense logo, a partner of the Military Families Learning Network
United States Department of Agriculture logo, a partner of the Military Families Learning Network