The Purpose of 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.
Important Note: The Child and Youth Program is specifically for the dependents of actively serving National Guard Soldiers and Airmen and the program is NOT in any way affiliated with the Volunteer ChalleNGe Academy commonly referred to as the "Youth Challenge," for information on the Volunteer ChalleNGe Academy please go here: https://www.tn.gov/tnvolunteerchallenge.html.
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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.
Military Kids Connect
For children experiencing the challenges of military deployments.
Addresses education transition issues encountered by military families.