16 episodes

Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers is a biweekly podcast presented by Partners in PROMISE. Partners and PROMISE is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the rights of military children in special education.

Large organizations, like the military, have learned to love the status quo. But at Partners in PROMISE we believe in being disruptive, as we have learned having easy conversations rarely leads to real change, in special education or the military. We are a community of military changemakers who aren’t afraid to get disruptive.

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Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers is a biweekly podcast presented by Partners in PROMISE. Partners and PROMISE is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the rights of military children in special education.

Large organizations, like the military, have learned to love the status quo. But at Partners in PROMISE we believe in being disruptive, as we have learned having easy conversations rarely leads to real change, in special education or the military. We are a community of military changemakers who aren’t afraid to get disruptive.

    Food Insecurity: How Stigma Can Impact Data

    Food Insecurity: How Stigma Can Impact Data

    Host: Jennifer Barnhill, Partners in PROMISE
    Guests: Josh Protas, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

    Kelley Klor, Blue Star Families



    Food insecurity touches many military families – particularly those in the junior enlisted ranks. But one of the challenges of collecting good data on the issue is that the label carries a weighty stigma. Two advocates share what even the limited data on the topic tells us about food insecurity in the military, and a military spouse shares her own experiences of needing financial assistance to feed her family.

     

    “It’s an issue that doesn’t get talked about so much, and I think the more that we can have open and frank conversations, we help to normalize the idea and hopefully chip away at that stigma. Because families who need help should never be afraid or ashamed to have to ask for it.” -Josh Protas

     

    Learn more about:

    MAZON’s research, “Hungry in the Military”
    Supporting military families through MAZON
    Blue Star Families’ Nourish the Service initiative
    The latest Blue Star Families annual Military Lifestyle Survey results

     

    If you or a family member is in need of resources or mental health support contact Military OneSource for a free consultation.

     

    Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers is a bi-weekly podcast presented by Partners in PROMISE, a nonprofit dedicated to Protecting the Rights Of Military children In Special Education (P.R.O.M.I.S.E.). This podcast season, "We Love Data, But Stories Complete Us," aims to highlight the great work organizations have conducted to develop data-informed solutions and real stories leading to change. The podcast is hosted by Jennifer Barnhill with music by Stephen McDonough.

     

    Want to tell your Disruptive Story? Connect with Partners in PROMISE: info@partnersinpromise.org 

     

    Or follow us:

    Facebook - @partnersinPROMISE

    Instagram - @partnersinpromise

    Twitter - @PartnersinPROM1

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    • 34 min
    Blue Star Families: Highlights from Their Annual Military Lifestyle Survey

    Blue Star Families: Highlights from Their Annual Military Lifestyle Survey

    The results of the latest annual Blue Star Families Military Lifestyle Survey are out, shedding light on the experiences and top concerns for active-duty and veteran family members. A researcher shares specific findings on the health and wellbeing of military spouses and children at a time when many are still reeling from the ripple effects of the pandemic. Plus, what these findings mean for the special education community in particular.

    • 29 min
    Common Issues and Misinformation Among Military Voters

    Common Issues and Misinformation Among Military Voters

    Host: Jennifer Barnhill, Partners in PROMISE
    Guest: Janessa Schilmoeller, Secure Families Initiative



    Military-affiliated voters across political parties have lost confidence in the American electoral process, and many have questions about whether their votes actually count. A researcher shares the latest findings of the Secure Families Initiative’s voting participation survey and discusses why misinformation – and even disinformation – may be at play. 

     

    “Over 50 percent – so, I think almost 53 percent of respondents – said that they had experienced barriers or challenges to voting.”

     

    Learn more about:

    The Secure Families Initiative voting participation survey results
    Military Vote Coalition Facebook Live Q&A with the Federal Voter Assistance Program (FVAP)
    Federal Voter Assistance Program website
    Custom election reminders for your state
    How to get involved with the Secure Families Initiative


    Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers is a bi-weekly podcast presented by Partners in PROMISE, a nonprofit dedicated to Protecting the Rights Of Military children In Special Education (P.R.O.M.I.S.E.). This podcast season, "We Love Data, But Stories Complete Us," aims to highlight the great work organizations have conducted to develop data-informed solutions and real stories leading to change. The podcast is hosted by Jennifer Barnhill with music by Stephen McDonough.

     

    Want to tell your Disruptive Story? Connect with Partners in PROMISE: info@partnersinpromise.org 

     

    Or follow us:

    Facebook - @partnersinPROMISE

    Instagram - @partnersinpromise

    Twitter - @PartnersinPROM1

    thepromiseact.org

    • 24 min
    Blue Star Families: Racial Equity and Inclusion Within the Military

    Blue Star Families: Racial Equity and Inclusion Within the Military

    Host: Jennifer Barnhill, Partners in PROMISE
    Guests: Jennifer Akin, Blue Star Families
    Rosalinda Vasquez Maury, Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University



    A new survey explores the experiences of military families of color and how they compare to those of their white peers. Researchers dig into the data, as well as personal anecdotes shared in the study. 

     

    “What’s a little bit unique here in this study is that we were really focusing on the military families of color. And when we looked at their earning differences, we found that black military spouses earn about 54 percent less than the total, and Hispanic/Latino military spouses earn about 66 percent less than the total. I mean – those are really almost double digits and significantly greater impacts for sure, compared to their relative peers.”

     

    Learn more about:

    Blue Star Families research on military families of color
    Blue Star Families Racial Equity Initiative

     

    Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers is a bi-weekly podcast presented by Partners in PROMISE, a nonprofit dedicated to Protecting the Rights Of Military children In Special Education (P.R.O.M.I.S.E.). This podcast season, "We Love Data, But Stories Complete Us," aims to highlight the great work organizations have conducted to develop data-informed solutions and real stories leading to change. Music by Stephen McDonough.

     

    Want to tell your Disruptive Story? Connect with Partners in PROMISE: info@partnersinpromise.org 

     

    Or follow us:

    Facebook - @partnersinPROMISE

    Instagram - @partnersinpromise

    Twitter - @PartnersinPROM1

    thepromiseact.org

    • 21 min
    We Love Data, But Stories Complete Us

    We Love Data, But Stories Complete Us

    Host: Jennifer Barnhill, Partners in PROMISE
    Guests: Michelle Norman and Mary Monrose, Partners in PROMISE

     

    Military families continue to have trouble accessing help for their children with special needs, according to the latest special education survey from Partners in PROMISE. On this episode, representatives from the organization share details of the latest findings, including some alarming statistics about the barriers military families are facing. Plus, recommendations for how to combat these challenges.

     

    “When you go from state to state traveling with your IEP, it is absolutely true that every state is different. Every state has different laws. So, that is something that everyone needs to know. And it’s frustrating for us because as the parents, we are starting over everywhere — every time we move.”

     

    Learn more about:

    2021 Military Special Education Survey findings
    Register for the Easter Seals Webinar
    Listen to Shine Sis, a podcast hosted by military spouses Mary Monrose and Candus Griffin helping like-minded women find their purpose in life through encouragement and shared experiences.

    Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers is a bi-weekly podcast presented by Partners in PROMISE, a nonprofit dedicated to Protecting the Rights Of Military children In Special Education (P.R.O.M.I.S.E.). Music by Stephen McDonough.

     

    Want to tell your Disruptive Story? Connect with Partners in PROMISE: info@partnersinpromise.org 

     

    Or follow us:

    Facebook - @partnersinPROMISE

    Instagram - @partnersinpromise

    Twitter - @PartnersinPROM1

    thepromiseact.org

    • 36 min
    Who Are You Calling Dependa?

    Who Are You Calling Dependa?

    Guests: Callie Meredith and Sarah Curtis, military spouses

     

    The term “dependa” has long been used as a derogatory slur for military spouses. Two new military spouses share their experiences with the stigma and stereotype and how they believe leadership can help change public perception of how military spouses are viewed. 

     

    “It’s so outdated — what a military spouse is, the definition, what a spouse’s role looks like. It’s not modernized to what we do now as spouses, or what we can do now as spouses.”  -Callie Meredith

     

    Learn more about:

    Callie’s podcast, “Call to Marriage”
    Sarah’s blog, “A Military Wife’s Life” and Etsy shop
    The book "Campfollowing: A History of the Military Wife"
    How the military can improve communication
    The military’s Interactive Customer Evaluations or “ICE” Comments
    Jennifer’s War Horse feature about how we can modernize the military spouse support system

     

    Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers is a bi-weekly podcast presented by Partners in PROMISE, a nonprofit dedicated to Protecting the Rights Of Military children In Special Education (P.R.O.M.I.S.E.). Music by Stephen McDonough.

     

    Want to tell your Disruptive Story? Connect with Partners in PROMISE: info@partnersinpromise.org 

     

    Or follow us:

    Facebook - @partnersinPROMISE

    Instagram - @partnersinpromise

    Twitter - @PartnersinPROM1

    thepromiseact.org

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

DCwriter08 ,

Great topic!

I love that someone is tackling this topic! Keep up the good work.

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