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.
Contact Our Office
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.
April 13, 2018
Friday April 13th is Purple Up for Military Kids. Show your support for military children by wearing purple!
April 14, 2018
Join us April 14th at the Memphis Botanic Garden for a fun-filled day and special coining ceremony honoring our military kids.
Register by: April 10, 2018 11:59 PM Central Time at https://www.redcross.org/MKSTMemphis
April 15, 2018
Join us April 15th at the Creative Discovery Museum for a fun-filled day and special coining ceremony honoring our military kids.
Register by: April 12, 2018 11:59 PM Eastern Time at https://www.redcross.org/MKSTChattanooga
April 21, 2018
9:30 am EST
Join us April 21st at Neyland Stadium for a fun-filled day at the Orange and White Game and special coining ceremony honoring our military kids.
Register by: April 17, 2018 5:00 PM Eastern Time at https://www.cvent.com/d/sgqm8y
April 22, 2018
12:00 pm EST
In celebration of the Month of the Military Child, on April 22 military-connected children and youth (and parents/guardians) are invited to Purple Up for Big Orange Baseball at the University of Tennessee!! UT vs. Texas A&M Aggies SEC baseball on 'the porches'
Online Registration: https://www.xing-events.com/bigorangegoespurple
April 29, 2018
Join us April 29 at the Adventure Science Center for a fun-filled day and special coining ceremony honoring our military kids.
Register by: April 25, 2018 11:59 PM Central Time at https://www.redcross.org/MKSTNashville