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BEING A TEENAGER CAN BE ROUGH, ESPECIALLY WHEN DEALING WITH THE CONSTANT SEPARATIONS, DEPLOYMENTS, TRANSITIONS, MOVES, AND SCHOOL CHANGES. STUDIES SHOW THAT MILITARY TEENS ARE AT A HIGHER RISK FOR BEHAVIOR ISSUES, so USO SAN DIEGO DESIGNED TEENTALK TO CONNECT MILITARY TEENS TO RESOURCES AND ENGAGE THEM IN THEIR SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY.

OUR EVENTS FEATURE A FUN ACTIVITY PAIRED WITH A RESOURCE THAT HIGHLIGHTS AN AREA WHERE WE SEE MILITARY TEENS STRUGGLE.

UPCOMING EVENTS

December TEENTALK EvEnt

SPECIAL WINTER EVENT, STAY TUNED!

November TEENTALK

Architectural Workshop with San Diego Architectural Foundation

Teens spent the day interacting with Architects and Urban Planners while building communities out of recycled goods. Teens went home with backpacks with school supplies provided by Outreach and San Diego Architectural Foundation Swag. Empowering tomorrow's future.

October TEENTALK

First Aid/CPR & Disaster Preparedness

Preparing teens to cope with disasters in their community. Teens enjoyed a day with 2 handy workshops with lunch and Red Cross giveaways. Plan. Prepare. Act.

September TEENTALK

Character & leadership challenge

FOX SPORTS BUS GAME EXPERIENCE

Thank you FOX SPORTS for this awseome experience!
GO Padres!
Arriving in style.
Let's GO!
Teens and their families enjoying a nice game.
Take me out to the ball game.
Pizza on point!
Fun Friday Night.
Chillin' with USO San Diego.

AUGUST TEENTALK- SCAM WORKSHOP

USO San Diego and Better Business Bureau (BBB) join forces to share best practices for avoiding potential scams and empowers Teens .

July TEENTALK- AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM ISS WorkShop

JULY TEENTALK- USS MIDWAY OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE

Over 70 teens experienced life on the Midway. USS Midway provided a program filled with team and leadership building exercises.

JUNE TEENTALK- SDSU TOUR

SDSU Tour.
First Steps Into College.
Future College Graduates.
College Dining
Bon Appétit!
The Fearless Seven.
Opportunity Drawing!

june teentalk-old globe tour

May TEENTALK- K1Speed

GEICO SWAG, OH YEAH!
Smile for the camera!
Completing surveys to better understand Teens' needs
GEICO's Driving Simulator
Jenny from GEICO providing driving statistics to our Teens
GET READY!
Congratulations!
Don't drive recklessly on the streets!
Proud winners!
Thank you for joining us!

why do you attend TEENTALK?

  • “I attend TEENTALK because I want to learn more about everything.”- Age 15
  • “ My mom made me.”- Age 15
  • “... I enjoy and attend TEENTALK events because they’re fun and a great way to meet people like me."- Age 13
  • “To look for scholarship opportunities, meet similar people.”- Age 16
  • “My mom told me about it and I agreed to go.”
  • “To have fun.”- Age 13

April TeenTalk- Financial Workshop at Dave & Buster's

Teens engaged in a Financial Workshop provided Navy Federal at Dave & Buster's.

November TeenTalk- Flying into Your College Future

October TeenTalk- Microsoft TechTalk

September TeenTalk- L.I.N.K.S. at the Ballpark

July TeenTalk 2018- Sailing on the yacht america

June TeenTalk Event and survey responses

We surveyed the teen participants at our TeenTalk at the Ballpark event and here are some results!

Report based on 52 Teen responses

  • Only 21% of teens surveyed felt comfortable talking about the challenges of being a military family.
  • 41% of teens surveyed experienced trouble communicating with a parent after they returned from their most recent deployment.
  • 20% of teens surveyed experienced feelings of anger with a parent after they returned from their most recent deployment.
  • 41% of teens surveyed had difficulty completing school work while a parent was deployed.
  • 45% of teens surveyed had difficulty making or keeping friends while a parent was deployed.
  • 24% of teens surveyed felt more stressed than usual.

Helpful resources for teens

Teen Center at Gateway
striking statistics

The average child in a military family will move six to nine times during a school career. That's an average of three times more frequently than nonmilitary families (Department of Defense Education Activity, 2018)

"Most military-connected youth demonstrate resilience. However, results suggest that during wartime, military-connected youth are at increased risk for adverse outcomes. Further, when compared with data from 2011, the rates of these negative outcomes appear to be increasing. These findings suggest a need to identify and intervene with military-connected adolescents and reflect a larger concern regarding the well-being of military families during wartime. Nonetheless, previous studies regarding the functioning of military-connected youth, spouses, and service members have suggested that military families are struggling to cope with wartime stressors, specifically due to deployments, separation, and multiple relocations. Based on the totality of findings from this study and others, further efforts are needed to promote resilience among military children who are struggling (JAMA Pediatrics, 2015)."

WE STRIVE TO BE GOOD STEWARDS OF THE DONATIONS AND SPONSORSHIPS FROM OUR SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY BY CREATING EFFECTIVE NEEDS-BASED PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES. IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO USE OUR DONATIONS AND SPONSORSHIPS IN A SAFE, SMART, AND SUSTAINABLE WAY IN ORDER TO KEEP SERVING OUR MILITARY COMMUNITY FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.

Looking to sponsor a TEENTALK event or get involved, please contact promgrams@usosandieg.org or call (619) 235-6503

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