As a military youth, there are a lot of great leadership opportunities out there just waiting for you! Check out the information below, talk to your parents, and see if one of these existing programs or opportunities interests you.
- Get involved with a military program. As part of a military family, you have access to a lot of great programs that can help you build confidence and leadership skills. For example:
- Operation: Military Kids. This site provides many ways to support military youth and offers fun opportunities for youth to get involved, such as Speak Out for Military Kids (a program driven by youth to draw attention to the issues faced by military youth) and Summer Fun Camps (a series of camps held throughout the country).
- Your local youth center. Your local youth center will have many other opportunities. The youth center sponsors events and programs designed for you, including Military Youth of the Year awards.
- Get involved in your community. There are a lot of great programs out there, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, with special partnerships with the military. These programs are designed for youth, including camps, learning opportunities, fun outings, and much more.
- Get involved at school. Your school has organizations you can join including sports teams, student council, or afterschool clubs.
- Get involved at home. It may sound strange, but volunteering to help out more at home is a great way to become a good leader. Volunteer to take on more responsibility during a parent's deployment and see how good it feels to be a leader within your own family!
With your parent's permission, use the Internet to search for leadership organizations in your community.
For more information and resources to help military youth and teens navigate everything from the unique challenges of a mobile military lifestyle to managing their social lives, saving money, and going green, visit Military Youth on the Move!