Florida U.S. Military Teens in Germany, December, 2014
Geographically Allowed: This grant used pre-7-1-2014 funds, DMV counsel agreed, and it was approved in the subsequent annual audit report. This grant answered the critical need of Florida teenagers overseas with their deployed military parents, being relocated every several weeks or months and in great need of a recurring group program context to assure continuity and stability. Prior to 7-1-2014 Florida charities could follow their beneficiaries anywhere to meet their needs with the intended plate services. Sadly, in 2014 Rep. Jim Patronis did not believe Floridians could have any needs outside the boarders of their state and caused a change in the statute which limited Florida charities to using post 7-1-2014 specialty plate donations to address the needs of Floridians only within the geographic boundaries of Florida.
December 10, 2014: Your organization was privileged to make a $20,000 grant to Military Community Youth Ministries to provide educational weekly 90 minute meetings, retreats (approximately one per semester), special activity nights, lock-ins, ski trips, summer camps, and work service projects for Florida's military teens presently stationed with their United States military parents in Germany.
All of these activities are well chaperoned, and have high ratios of volunteer leaders for kids in attendance. The problems and struggles of military youth and teenagers are amplified because of their context.
Military installations are often isolated. Military teens are frequently uprooted from familiar settings and moved from one foreign country to the next with language, culture and customs they don't understand.
The intensified pace of military operations in the Middle East creates more frequent and longer parental absences from home and temporary single parent homes for the majority of military families for at least a third of each year. This program addresses that and helps provide a stable connection and continuity for these teens.