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Support Our Children
The National Guard realizes that Guard Youth face a unique set of challenges and problems. The National Guard Youth Program is available to help provide the support and resources they need to help deal with separation from a parent, child care issues, difficulties with school, or any other problems. Children of all ages can be affected at any phase of military life; we have programs to help one and all.
Arkansas National Guard Youth Development Program
This program serves children and youth ages 6-18 and provides opportunities for youth to develop their physical, social, emotional and cognitive abilities and to experience achievement, leadership, employment, friendship and recognition.
Visit www.jointservicessupport.org to find more info.
We want parents and Youth to sign up and register for upcoming youth events, read newsletters and more. Use the Resource Finder
Find your local SFPD, WFPC, State Youth Coordinator, Family Readiness Assistant, Family Assistance Coordinator, Family Assistance Specialist Activities available for our youth include Visit
Operation Purple Camp
State Youth Camps-Minuteman Youth Camp
Teen Leadership Retreats
Operation Military Kids
Unit and community based specific activities
ARKANSAS NATIONAL GUARD YOUTH COUNCIL
We are excited to get the Military Youth Council up and going again. The Youth Council will consist of ten officers ages 13 to 17. All youth are encouraged to come to meetings and become part of the fun. They will be doing service projects, community awareness, and planning events for youth throughout the state while having fun doing it.
Register on www.jointservicessupport.org to receive our newsletter.
Please continue to check the news and events page and www.jointservicessupport.org for local activities that you might be able to attend or help out with. We will continue to add new events as we continue on with this year, you never know when something new and exciting will pop up.
If you have any questions or comments about the Youth Program please call the State Youth Coordinator at 1-800-446-4645.
On September 15- 17 the State Family Programs Office had their annual State Workshop and Youth Symposium. The Youth Symposium went really well. It was small but I believe they really had a chance to touch base with each other. We started on Friday night with a Welcome Luau which included a limbo and hula hoop contest.
We started the youth program on Saturday morning with various classes from patriotism to diversity. We premiered the new Talk, Listen, and Connect video by Sesame Street on deployment. All of the teens participated in Group activities and seemed really eager to start up the Teen council again.
We ended the weekend on Sunday with a presentation to the adults. The youth performed the proper way to fold a flag while they read what each fold represented to the audience and received a standing ovation as they did a wonderful job of folding the flag and then presenting the flag to SFC Mary Myers the Program Director. I felt with the resent anniversary of 9/11 this was an appropriate time to honor our flag and show our patriotism.
Operation Military Kids - Support network for military youth.
Scholarships - Check out these sites for scholarship information.
VA Kids (K-5) - Learn about the Department of Veteran's Affairs for Kindergarten to 5th grade.
VA Kids (6-12) - Learn about the Department of Veterean's Affairs for 6th to 12th grade.
Deployment Kids - Activities and ideas for staying in touch and passing time during a deployment.
FirstGov for Kids - This site has links to sites that teach about different areas of government as well as to other really cool sites.
Arkansas Kids - Fun facts, games, activities, and vacation planner for the great State of Arkansas.
Nickelodeon - Games, TV shows, and other Nickelodeon fun.
Cartoon Network - Cartoon Headquarters.
Please Click HERE for more information about the Arkansas National Guard Minuteman Youth Camp
How to Prepare Our Children and Stay Involved During Deployment
Let's Take A Trip! A Guide to Deployment for Ages 2-4
Travel Journal - A Guide to Deployment for Ages 8-10
Trip Ticket - A Guide to Deployment for Ages 11-12
Travel Pack - A Guide to Deployment for Ages 13-18
Contact the ARNG