- Military Impacted Schools Association
- Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA) is a national organization of school
superintendents. Our mission is to serve school districts with a high concentration
of military children. Formed in 1986, MISA works on funding (Impact Aid), legislation,
partnerships and programs for military families on the move. MISA conducts workshops
for educators and provides resources on connectedness, building resilience, military
life, transition, and deployment.
- The Hawaii Dept of Education has been an active member and Board member of MISA since
- National Association of Federally Impacted Schools
- The National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS) is a non-profit, non-partisan
corporation of school districts from throughout the United States, organized primarily to
educate Congress on the importance of Impact Aid. Founded in 1973, the association works
to ensure the needs of federally connected children are met with adequate federal funds.
NAFIS represents children residing on Indian Lands, military
property, children residing in low-rent housing projects, and children whose parents
are civilian but work and/or live on federal property.
- The Hawaii Dept of Education has been an active member of NAFIS since 2002. In January
2010, Ms. Cherise Imai, the Military Liaison for the HI State Dept of Education, was
elected as a Board Director-At-Large.
- Operation Military Kid – Hawaii (OMK)
- OMK is the U.S. Army's collaborative effort with America's communities to support
the children and youth impacted by deployment. This initiative was officially launched
in April 2005. Through a network of community partners, OMK provides youth program
opportunities for school age, middle school and teenaged youth and connects them to
support resources where they live.
- The Hawaii Dept of Education is an active member
of the OMK, supporting ongoing programs and initiatives to support active and national
guard/reserve families and children.
- Healing the Trauma of War
(external link: http://www.mentalhealth-hi.org/HTOW deleted)
- Mental Health America (MHA) is launching an effort to enable Hawai`i, as a state
with a significant military presence, to come together as a community to determine
how we can increase the support available to our returning military, their spouses,
and their children. The purpose of MHA’s “Healing the Trauma of War” project
- To identify the unmet needs specifically of returning National Guard/Reserves,
their spouses, and their children, and
- Develop and implement an action
plan to address those needs; and to hold town hall meetings that convene the
public, the military, and others (schools, employers, providers, policymakers)
to discuss how we as a community can come together to help solve some of the problems
facing our soldiers and their families.