MSoS is excited to announce the new home of Military Spouse Education Initiative!
Military Spouses of Strength (MSoS) is addressing the needs of a transitioning military community by expanding into educational support. Since the beginning of 2015, MSoS has taken a more holistic approach to the resources that we provide to military spouses. The focus is now not solely on mental health but with the organization’s updated mission to improve health and overall wellness. The Mind, Body, and Spirit approach encompasses the vision of providing resources, programming and initiatives to support each of these areas. With this new focus in mind, Military Spouse Education Initiative (MSEI) resources and support will now be provided within the scope of MSoS’s vision.
MSoS will now be providing all the original core MSEI resources, tools and information along with new volunteer opportunities. MSEI resources include information on how to get started in your return to the academic world, funding options, and a wealth of tools pertaining to childcare, CLEP examinations, tutoring, as well as articles on a variety of hot education topics. The volunteer opportunities will initially include an Education Resource Coordinator and Education Bloggers with expansion to include more positions in the future.
At a recent military spouse event, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Families, Rosemary Williams reinforced education as key to military spouse wellness, “Spouse education and employment are not just practical issues, they are wellness issues. [Education] provides a stronger sense of self and identity, it drives empowerment and brings a feeling of belonging, or community.”
Military Spouse Education Initiative (MSEI) was founded in 2011 by Military Spouse of the Year 2011, Bianca Strzalkowski. This initiative was founded to support military spouses through their educational journey. All too often, military spouses are tasked with putting their educational pursuits on hold while their service member pursues their career aspirations. MSEI empowers military spouses with the knowledge that both their service member’s career and their individual educational pursuits can be managed, allowing a healthier family life balance.
According to the Military Spouse Employment Report by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families a large majority of military spouses feel their educational opportunities have suffered due to the military lifestyle. In addition the report states, “90 percent of our employed female respondents reported being underemployed with respect to education (33%), experience (10%) and/or both (47%)”. A major focus of MSEI is to improve military spouse access to educational opportunities to ensure the military lifestyle no longer hinders the pursuit of a quality educational experience and employment opportunities.
“With bringing Military Spouse Education Initiative under the umbrella of Military Spouses of Strength we are widening our focus of Mind, Body, and Spirit. Part of my personal journey was affected by my educational experience – and we want to make sure that you are supported as you pursue your own. Part of taking care of yourself is to fulfill your goals and we hope we can help you along the way” states Liz Snell, MSoS Founder.
About Military Spouses of Strength (MSoS)
Military Spouses of Strength is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to improve the health and overall wellness within the military community. At MSoS our vision is to provide resources, programming, education and awareness initiatives that will improve the health and wellness in the military community in the areas of mind, body and spirit. Elizabeth Snell founded MSoS after struggling with her own mental health and her desire to provide information, support and give strength to other military spouses who may be struggling with depression or mental illness. Her mission and that of MSoS is to crush the stigma associated with seeking help for military spouses and their families when needed.
About Military Spouse Education Initiative (MSEI)
Military Spouse Education Initiative (MSEI) was established in May 2011 by Bianca Strzalkowski, a Marine wife named the 2011 Military Spouse of the Year by Military Spouse Magazine. With her honor she wanted to create a platform that would coincide with her own challenge with military life; completing her education. Upon guidance from the Founder of the Military Spouse Awards Program, Babette Maxwell, Bianca wrote the Military Spouse Education Initiative in July 2011 and began meeting with decision makers of the Department of Defense, Congress, and private organizations. MSEI has 4 components as the basis for the future growth of the program: Volunteer Experience to College Credit Program, Courses that are transferable (PCS with you), Establishment of a Military Spouse Service Grant and Childcare Tax Credit for Centers who Support Military Families.
Military Spouse Education Initiative can also be found on Facebook.