The National Guard Child and Youth Program is available for school-aged, eligible dependents of Army National Guard and Air National Guard Service Members who are ages six (6) to eighteen (18) years of age, and offers a range of positive activities designed to promote resiliency, healthy development and to ease transition to adulthood.
CYSS National Goals
The National Guard Child and Youth Program meets the following goals:
- EDUCATION: To help provide life-skill education to the child and youth of the National Guard (NG), their caregivers and community supporters.
- ACCESS: To help provide equal access to Federal and State benefits that support children and families, counseling, education, child care and other resources needed to foster a healthy, stable and secure environment.
- OPPORTUNITY: To create opportunities for participation in programs, events and activities available across the spectrum of government, community and the private sector, geared towards the behavioral health, physical health and welfare of children and youth.
- COMMUNICATION: To build a sense of belonging to the NG community by creating secure opportunities to network with other youth, parents/guardians and youth program facilitators in one's community, state and across the nation.
- RESILIENCE: To infuse resilience standards into all NG children and youth programs.
- OUTREACH: To build and sustain contact with parents/guardians and children of the NG in order to create awareness of available support services and programs, while being mindful of age, location, military and civilian mindsets
CYSS Mission Statement
The mission of the National Guard Child and Youth Program is to promote and sustain the quality of life and resiliency of National Guard (NG) children and youth by providing secure, timely, flexible, high-quality support services and enrichment programs. The NG Child and Youth Program provides supervision during out of school hours for NG children and youth, while supporting prevention initiatives that mitigate youth violence, gang activities, substance abuse and other at-risk behaviors. Program also support school transitions and provide support services. The NG Child and Youth Program fulfills this mission by addressing the child care, youth development and school support needs through National, State/Territory and community-based programs, executed through the JFHQ Program Office and the NG Child and Youth Program.