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Elena Ashburn and Matthew Oh are the co-founders of Bloom, a platform designed to empower and inspire military teens. Born into the Army lifestyle, they have each moved countless times and have experienced the struggles of military life. “The two met during their freshman year of high school in Pennsylvania and were inseparable. Elena is … Continue reading Spotlight: Co-founders of Bloom (Empowering Military Teens)
This piece comes from Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen, and it is written by military teen Loretta S. Thank you, Loretta, for sharing your story! In going through my school email, I came across an essay contest for military teens. It was your regular essay/artwork contest, sponsored by DODEA, and it was open to all … Continue reading Why I Love Being A Military Kid
By Matthew Oh, co-founder and editor of Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen “If not for the military, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to travel to new places, meet new friends, and gain new experiences. To be a military child is truly a unique experience that I personally wouldn’t trade for anything.“ Matthew Oh The children … Continue reading 7 Things Military Teens Want You to Know
This piece comes from Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen, and it is written by military teen: Matthew Oh. Thank you, Matthew, for sharing your story! (Photo Credit: Matthew Oh) Moving is nothing new to military kids. Over the course of my life, I’ve moved a total of eight times throughout the mainland U.S., Hawaii, and … Continue reading The Problem with Growing Up: Thoughts on Moving and Friendship
This piece comes from Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen, and it is written by military teen, Malayna S. Thank you, Maylayna, for sharing your story! The thing about constantly moving is that it’s hard to make friends. You move to a brand new place where you don’t know the people, the area, or the social … Continue reading Military Teen Perspective: How to Introduce Yourself
This piece comes from Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen, and it is written by military teen Genevieve O. Thank you, Genevieve, for sharing your story! (Photo Credit: Genevieve O.) I’ve moved eleven times and while I have seen some beautiful, unique, and exciting places, I’ve dealt with some moves that did not lead to a … Continue reading Living in a “Not-So-Great” Place: 6 Ways to Make the Best Out of Living Somewhere You Don’t Like
This piece comes from Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen, and it is written by military teen: Ash E. Thank you, Ash, for sharing your story! When thinking about your life as a military kid, it can be easy to focus on the negatives. Leaving everything you know behind over and over again is daunting, being … Continue reading A New Perspective: Turning Your Move Into the Ultimate Adventure
This piece is by a military teen-Elena A. Thanks for sharing your story, Elena! Before high school, I had never been to public school before. For half of my life, I was homeschooled. I originally started homeschooling in 1st grade. My mom asked me whether I wanted to go to school for 6+ hours a … Continue reading Teen Perspective: It’s Cool to be Homeschooled!
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