Youth Programs

The Child and Youth Program


The Child and Youth Program (CYP) is an integral component of the National Guard’s comprehensive approach to Family Readiness. By upholding the well-being of the entire family, the CYP offers outcome based activities designed to foster positive youth development and support the unique strengths and challenges of National Guard children. This high quality, out-of-school time program exists in 54 States, Territories and the District of Columbia to mitigate risky behaviors, enhance resilience, develop positive coping strategies, and assist our National Guard youth in reaching their full potential as the next generation of leaders.

Age-appropriate activities and support services are offered in four service delivery areas:

•  Art, Recreation & Leisure

•  Sports, Fitness & Health

•  Life Skills, Citizenship, Character Development & Leadership

•  Academic Support, Career Development, Mentoring & Intervention



To promote and sustain the quality of life and resilience of National Guard children and youth by providing secure, timely, flexible, high-quality support services and enrichment programs.



The CYP is available to school age dependents, ages 6 to 18 years, of National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, regardless of deployment status (including traditional drilling Guardsmen), Survivors, and Airmen geographically-separated from installation-based program support.

Youth Action Council

The TNNG Youth Action Council (YAC) consists of members working together towards a common goal of identifying, defining, and addressing government policy and issues that contribute to the future of our military youth. Their purpose is to be actively involved in advocacy efforts in Tennessee and to help implement new ideas to enhance the quality of life for our service members and their families. The Youth Action Council is an essential part of the TN National Guard Child and Youth Program. The council has the ability to advocate and change policy that can potentially affect the estimated 30,000 military children in the state of Tennessee.

Application to join the Youth Action Council

Contact Our Office


Lead Coordinator

Leslie Ramos-Lopez

Phone: 615-313-0547




Anthony Jordan

Phone: 615-313-0542


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Helpful Links

Military Child Education Coalition 
Educational information, training, and resources. 

Our Military Kids
Provides grants to support children of deployed Service Members for extracurricular activities.

Child Care Aware of America
Financial assistance to those who qualify along with many childcare related resources.
Provides online educational help 24/7 to students.

Connects families with quality local in-home caregivers.

Addresses education transition issues encountered by military families.