Marines tailor LINKS program for teens
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Marine Corps Family Team Building is focusing on teenage family members.
A class for teens, patterned after the LINKS (Lifestyle Insights, Networking, Knowledge and Skills) classes offered to Marine spouses, will be held Aug. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at "The Top" on Camp Courtney, part of the Family Readiness Center, according to a release.
Afterward, the teens, ages 12 to 18, can enjoy free pizza and bowling from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Courtney Bowling Center.
"The class will help Marine Corps teens look to one another to understand the Marine Corps mission and how it affects them," the release stated.
A feature of the class will be a question-and-answer session with Maj. Gen. Robert B. Neller, commander of the 3rd Marine Division.
The curriculum for Teen LINKS was developed by polling military children on what problems they face and what topics they’d like to discuss with other teens. The program is video and Web-based with an emphasis on group discussions.
"During this class, teens will connect with other teens by sharing real-life experiences and discover positive ways to deal with the challenges of growing up in the military," the release said. "Topics include The Corps and how we fit in as families, volunteering, money management, moving, separation and deployment, and relationships."
LINKS is open to dependents and military members from all services.
For more information, visit http://www.mccsokinawa.com/ or contact Marine Corps Family Team Building at DSN 645-3698.