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Youth Programs

What is it?
Army Youth Programs is a comprehensive system of diverse activities and programs, for eligible youth from 13 to 18 years of age, which are offered both on and off military installations. Installation youth programs operate in accordance with statutory, Department of Defense (DoD) and Army policy requirements that include DoD certification (equivalent to “state licensing”) and national accreditation by professional organizations. Off-post, Army-sponsored community based youth programs, involving pre-approved preferred providers, are subject to standards outlined by the Army in formal agreements and contracts. Off-post programs supplement, rather than replace, on-post programs.

What has the Army done?
Most youth programs and supervision options are available after school and during evenings and weekends. Baseline youth programs include: individual/ group sports and fitness activities, group and self-directed recreational and social activities, homework centers, computer labs, youth sponsorship, workforce preparation, community service, and youth councils.

Off-post partnerships include a variety of school and community youth organizations, such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H Clubs.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army plans to construct 25 new youth centers and expand authorized off-post options to meet the needs of Army Families.

Why is this important to the Army?
Army Youth Programs enhance Army military readiness by reducing the conflict between Soldiers’ parental responsibilities and their on-the-job mission requirements. The programs for youth help reduce stress on Families, minimize Soldier and spouse lost duty/work time, play a role in influencing Soldier and Family decisions to remain in the Army, and provide positive developmental opportunities for young/school age children.

 
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