Washington National Guard Child & Youth Program

The Washington National Guard Child & Youth Program’s mission is to promote and sustain quality of life and strengthen resilience of National Guard youth through support services and quality programs. The program includes life skill and resilience based curriculum facilitated at Yellow Ribbon events, one day workshops, and camp programs. Through collaborative efforts, the youth program works with community organizations and schools to extend the outreach to our youth across the state.

In alignment with the Department of Defense (DOD) Youth Programs Core Programs (DODI 6060.4, August 23, 2004), the Washington National Guard Child & Youth Program works to provide opportunities which focus on the following area:

Character and Leadership Development - Help youth become responsible, caring citizens; develop leadership skills; and provide opportunities for planning, decision making, and contributing to community

Education and Career Development - Academic enrichment; school engagement; financial responsibility; career development

Health & Life Skills - Develop youth’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults

Arts - Utilizing different formats for self-expression; Video / Photos / Painting / Improvisation

Sports, Fitness, and Recreation - Develop fitness, a positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills.

Opportunities include (but are not limited to):

  • Youth Council – open to teens in 8th-12th grade who have a parent of family member in the WA National Guard
  • State Youth Symposium
  • Yellow Ribbon events
  • Teen Resilience (CSF2) Training
  • Youth Development Training
  • Summer Camps and Day Camps
  • Regional Events (Trunk or Treat; Holiday Events; Spring Events; Back to School)
  • Information and Educational Outreach support for schools and community
  • Manage a Volunteer Corps – we are always seeking volunteers to assist with the youth program across the state. All volunteers must pass a finger-printed background check and a state criminal history check as well.

Contact Info:

Lead Child & Youth Program Coordinator: office 253-512-7985, cell 253-548-4942

Child & Youth Program Coordinator: office 509-532-2848, cell 464-9392

Get Connected, Stay Connected – contact youth program coordinators to sign up for monthly youth program newsletter ”WANGY Weekender”

Resources

Child Care

Military Kids Connect

Military Child Education Coalition

Our Military Kids

National Military Family Association (including Operation Purple Camp info)

Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA)

Mission Youth Outreach (BGCA)

YMCA

Military Outreach and Respite Child Care

WA State 4H

Zero to Three

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