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Youth Centers



The Youth Centers provide activities for youth typically in grades 6-12. Through formal partnerships with nationally-recognized youth-serving organizations such as 4-H and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). Youth have access to programs, standardized curricula, special events, camps, scholarships, and more. Computer labs and homework assistance are also available at every Youth Center.

There are two components to the Youth Program:

  • The Middle School Program is generally for youth in grades 6-8
  • The Teen Program is generally for youth in grades 9-12

The Youth Program is open after school, school closures and summer. Specialty camps and trips are held throughout the year. 

Youth Center Locations and Hours of Operation
Youth Sponsorship
Youth Sponsorship

Does your child have 101 questions about your next duty station? Let a youth sponsor answer them!

Youth sponsors connect with children before arrival at a new duty station, provide them with information about their new communities and answer questions from a youth perspective – while being guided by adults in the CYS youth program and the schools.

Once you arrive, a youth sponsor will meet your child and can arrange community and school tours.

If you're preparing for a PCS move, contact your SLO today to sign up for a youth sponsor.

Contact your local Youth Center

Recreation/ Leisure Time

Youth centers offer a variety of social and leisure time recreation activities. Check the monthly calendar at each center for details regarding dances, lock-ins, trips, holiday events, craft projects, tournaments, sports activities, camps and much more. A variety of table, board and video games are available at each center. A daily USDA approved snack is served free of charge each weekday. The youth program has a strong program partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, National 4-H and Character Counts.

Leadership/ Service

The Youth Center program provides regular opportunities for youth to contribute to the well being of their community and teen center through a variety of volunteer community service and leadership activities. These include Keystone and Torch Clubs, Pacific Teen Panel, Youth Leadership Forum, Youth of the Year. Annual community service projects include Whale Watch, 4th of July Celebration, Family Fun Fests, Make a Difference Day, and Lights on After School.



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