Degree Type

Creative Component

Semester of Graduation

Fall 2020


Family and Consumer Sciences

First Major Professor

Meghan Gillette

Second Major Professor

Tricia Neppl


Master of Family and Consumer Sciences (MFCS)


Family and Consumer Sciences


This paper explores a program for military teens in the Midwest and how the program supports positive youth development (PYD) theory, which is made up of positive experiences, relationships, and environments. Research is provided on military youth and how they are at an increased risk for toxic stress, as compared to civilians, during adolescence which is a sensitive period for brain development. Resiliency competencies and skills are highly promoted in the military through Master Resiliency Training (MRT), which is based on the Army’s Resiliency Framework, and it is the basis for the Teen Resiliency program (TRP) that will be discussed. Outcome-based recreational programming is used as a tool for educating youth involved in the TRP and the activities are planned by a Youth Council where youth get to voice their opinions and feelings throughout the program. Resiliency is a part of the framework for PYD and all youth would benefit from learning these skills during adolescence so that they can positively deal with stress and adverse situations.

Copyright Owner

Johnson, Brianne

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