• Army Family Team Building
  • Army Substance Abuse Program
  • Employment Readiness Program
  • Exceptional Family Member Program
  • Family Advocacy Program
  • Financial Readiness Program
  • Information and Referral
  • Mobilization and Deployment
  • New Parent Support Program
  • Relocation Assistance Program

Army Family Team Building (AFTB)

The goal of AFTB is to improve overall personal growth by promoting personal and Family Readiness, to assist service members and their Families in adapting to change, to help Families become self-reliant and informed, and to assist in developing professional skills.

Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)

The ASAP includes classes, exhibits, and activities throughout the year that educate military personnel and their Families about drug and alcohol abuse. The two major awareness campaigns within ASAP address the hazards of drinking and driving and suicide prevention.

Extension agents train civilian employees and supervisors on violence in the workplace through ASAP. Agents support them and families through the Employee Assistance Program, providing referral services to community agencies for professional assistance. ASAP also encompasses the Risk Reduction Program, a program that tracks trends and recommendations on training classes for military units.

Employment Readiness Program (ERP)

ERP enables military families to seek employment opportunities more easily within the military community where they are based.

Extension agents teach basic job hunting skills, such as resume writing, interviewing techniques, and career planning.  In addition, jobs fairs are held to help college students and youth find employment within their community. The ERP also hosts regular job fairs for adults and have been proven to be highly successful in job placements.

Exception Family Member Program (EFMP)

EFMP focuses on enhancing the quality of life for adults and children with special needs and their families. The program is tailored to individuals with learning disabilities, medical issues, and handicaps. In order to fulfill the program’s mission, EFMP utilizes educational programs, and recreational activities for families.

Family Advocacy Program (FAP)

The FAP’s mission is to prevent spouse and child abuse. Extension agents incorporate awareness and prevention through life skills training that focus on stress management, anger control, couples communication, and dating violence.

The program also offer outreach to certain groups. Agents teach child care providers about child safety and how to go about identifying and reporting child abuse. They also support parents with newborn and young children with in-home visitation, therapeutic support, and resource assistance to reduce the likelihood of child abuse.

Financial Readiness Program (FRP)

FRP helps military families facing financial challenges by offering classes on budgeting, insurance, saving and investing, home buying, prevention of identity theft, and protection against scams.

Information and Referral (I&R)

The I&R outreach program provides military families with updated information on military and community resources. The program provides vital single-point-of-contact service at Fort Bliss.

Mobilization and Deployment (MOB/DEP)

To prepare service members and their families for all phases of the deployment cycle, Extension agents provide training to rear detachment personnel, family readiness groups, and others on issues such as children and deployment, reunion, and stress management.

Operation READY, a comprehensive educational program on deployment readiness developed for the U.S. Army by Extension specialists at Texas A&M University, is part of the MOB/DEP training curriculum.

New Parent Support Program (NPSP)

NPSP aides military Families with young children in adapting to parenthood and provide assistance for them to thrive as a healthy family no matter where their service may take them.

Relocation Assistance Program (RAP)

RAP prepares military Families with information on the location to which they have been transferred. Extension agents provide educational programs on financial preparation, and help children and teens in the family transition smoothly. Classes also assist foreign-born spouses learn about military life in the U.S.  and assist spouses in coping with the absence of a loved one on an extended tour of duty.

The program also controls a “lending closet” service for newly arrived families to military installations by providing temporary use of basic household items until their possessions arrive.



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