Youth Services for National Guard Families

The Child and Youth Services is an integral component of the National Guard’s comprehensive approach to family readiness. By upholding the well-being of the entire family, the CYS 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 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 and Leisure
  • Sports, Fitness and Health
  • Life Skills, Citizenship, Character Development and Leadership
  • Academic Support, Career Development, Mentoring and Intervention

Learn about opportunities and support Family Programs provides for National Guard kids of all ages.

Mission statement:
To promote and sustain the quality of life and resilience of NG children and youth by providing secure, timely, flexible, high-quality support services and enrichment programs.

The CYS 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 Active Component soldiers and airmen geographically separated from installation-based program support. While child care type services are not offered within the core program, resources for assistance are available.

Core program elements:


  • Guard Teen Panel
  • National Youth Symposium


  • State Teen Panel
  • State Youth Symposium
  • Youth Development Programming
  • State Opportunities and Military Youth Adventure Camps
  • Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Support

For more information on the National Guard CYP, please contact the Program Manager at 703-607-5409.

To find out about upcoming events, activities and resources in your area contact your Child & Youth Program Coordinator on MilitaryINSTALLATIONS.

For child care assistance and verification of eligibility, contact Child Care Aware of America (formerly NACCRRA) at 1-800-424-2246 or