The Air Force provides youth programs for youth and teens aged from 5-18 on all major bases, and houses school aged child care which supports employed parents of youth aged 5-12 years. The programs help youth transition from base to base, military life to civilian life, or high school to post-high school.
Activities are offered in the five core program areas:
Character and Leadership Development
Youth Sports, Fitness and Recreation
Health and Life Skills
Education and Career Development
Providing before- and after-school child care for school-aged kids ages 5-12. Summer and holiday camps are also available.
The School Age Program (SAP) is designed to promote cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of school-aged children through interactive hands-on experiences while having fun. We provide a safe, secure environment where children can extend their learning while complementing, rather than duplicating their school day.
We want your child's experience in our program to be positive while we help them build self-esteem, independence, and a curiosity for new learning.
A parent is a child's first and primary educator. Parents are invited to become a part of our youth care team. Please contact staff about sharing skills with us such as crafts, hobbies or languages. We would also like to share in any family heritage celebrations.
A wide range of physical and non-physical activities are offered by the SAP. Outside activities differ daily. In inclement weather, the gymnasium is used. A homework center offers an inviting area to finish school work or to explore new interests. A weekly schedule of activities is posted on the parent information board at the Youth Center.
ELIGIBILITY AND ENROLLMENT
Dependents of active duty military members, DoD civilian employees and others authorized per AFI 34-144 are eligible for care in the School Age Program. Ages accepted are between 5 (must be enrolled or have completed kindergarten) and 12 years old.
To enroll your child go to militarychildcare.com
Boys and Girls Club Programs (BGCA)
BGCA has a long, proud partnership with the military. All military youth centers worldwide are affiliated with BGCA. This program provides high-quality activities and curriculums traditional Boys & Girls Clubs provide. In addition, one-year, no-cost memberships are provided to children of approximately 70 percent of families who live outside military installations. For more info go to BGCA.
Youth in grades K–12 can participate in a 4-H Club in their community, either on or off the installation. 4-H Clubs meet on a regular basis. During meetings members have fun as they learn new skills, participate in group projects and develop leadership skills as they work together with others. Youth select 4-H Project (s) to learn more about a topic that interests them. The clubs are led by volunteers, Youth Center staff, or local 4-H Extensions Agents. Members are encouraged to take part in public speaking events to build confidence, camps, and exhibit projects at local county fairs, Achievement Days or Round-ups. For more info go to 4-H Clubs.
Empower more individuals to address bullying in the community. Free Training Module Resources, Safe and Supportive Schools trainings to promote best practices in bullying intervention. For more info go to Stop Bullying Now!
Tutor.com for Military Families
Get a tutor 24/7 when you sign up for tutor.com. This website offers free tutoring and homework help for military/dependents stationed anywhere in the world. Go to Tutor.com/Military for eligibility requirements.
Military Kids Connect (MKC)
An online community for military children (ages 6-17) that provides access to age-appropriate resources to support children dealing with the unique challenges of military life. To learn more go to Military Kids Connect.
Education & Career Programs
These programs help youth create aspirations for the future, providing opportunities for career exploration and educational enhancement.
Character & Leadership Programs
Helping youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills for participating in the democratic process is the main thrust of these programs. They also develop leadership skills and provide opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to club and community, and celebrating our national heritage.
For youth ages 11-13. Members learn leadership by working together in four areas: service to club and community, education, health and fitness, and social recreation.
Health & Life Skills
These initiatives develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.
The Arts Programs
Programs in this core area enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing.
Sports, Fitness and Recreation
These Club programs help develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills.
Youth Sponsorship Program
Traveling overseas and starting over can be a daunting experience for anyone. Although children adapt very well and usually don’t show a lot of strain, Youth Programs wants to make their transition as smooth and exciting as possible. Our goal is to provide your child with an easy transition and foster new friendships.
Instructional classes in dance are available at the Youth Center.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF AMERICA
Fine Arts Exhibit: Drop off your artwork at the Youth Center! This year the program encourages artistic expression among kids ages 6 to 18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local regional exhibits. Call DSN:268-3604 or 01480-843604.
As today's teens are becoming more independent, it's important for them to have a place they can call their own. The Teen Program is just the place for them to get together with their peers to participate in positive programming based around their creativity and aspirations. There is also computer and Internet access, opportunities to earn funding for college, and plenty of space to just chill with friends. We have lock-ins, adventure trips, teen retreats, and cultural nights.
Hours: Middle/High School 3-6pm, Mon-Fri.
Fees: $120 a year
The Congressional Award Program - is a national program that recognizes young adults (14-23 years of age) for setting and achieving individual goals in four areas: voluntary public service, physical fitness, expedition/exploration, and personal development. Visit congressionalaward.org for more information.
- Open to youths, AF members, spouses, and civilian employees
- When possible, members of Congress present awards at local bases
Air Force Youth of the Year - is a recognition program administered by Air Force Services in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (B&GCA). The program recognizes youth's outstanding contributions to a member's family, school, community and youth center, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. ANG/AFR youth are eligible and have participated in the Youth of the Year events.
Keystone Clubs are chartered small-group character and leadership clubs for teens ages14-18. This provides teens the opportunity to connect with others while meeting many developmental needs.
RAF Alconbury Youth Sports and Fitness offers children between the ages of 5 and 18 the opportunity to learn new sports skills and teamwork. We offer basketball and fall/spring soccer during the school year. We also offer sports camps, such as flag football, baseball, and cheerleading, during school breaks. The majority of organized youth sports are offered for ages 5-13. We also offer Start Smart baseball and soccer programs for parents and little ones ages 3-5, as well as programs such as football, basketball, and lacrosse for ages 5-7.
There are also special events to participate in throughout the year – Fit Family activities, 4H Healthy Lifestyle, and the Kids Color Run in May.
Volunteers are always welcome and needed for coaching, instructional classes, and chaperones.
To sign up to volunteer, or for more information, please call the Youth Center at DSN 268-3604 or commercial 01480-843604.