- Youth Center
The Youth Centers have a wide range of programs for youth in grades 6-12, offering fun-ﬁlled afternoons, evenings, and weekends. Free Middle School Teen (MST) programs are offered daily after school and in the afternoons during the summer. MST morning camps are also offered at a nominal fee during the summer to complement the free afternoon program.
There are special activities for youth scheduled on a continual basis, including social activities and field trips. CYS programs utilize partnerships with 4-H Clubs, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Character Counts to bring enhanced curriculum and other opportunities for growth and development to our children and youth. Programs are intended to offer positive alternatives that will minimize "at risk" behavior during parental duty hours.
- Middle School Teen Program
The Middle School Teen (MST) is a free CYS designated program geared to accommodate youth who are grades 6th-12th (typically 11-18 years of age). Activities of the Middle School program are of a more advanced level than those of the School Age Services (SAS). MST activities are challenging and educational. Some of the activities include: workforce preparation, America's Promise Passport, and abuse awareness classes.
Free programs are offered after school, but nominal fees may be charged for special activities. The Boys and Girls Club Keystone Club meets weekly to discuss concerns and needs of teens. The club also participates in numerous community activities. Activities are planned to meet the four Youth Program Service Areas: Sport, Fitness, and Health; Arts, Recreation, and Leisure; Life Skills, Citizenship, and Leadership; and Mentoring, Education, and Support Services.
- Youth Center Activity Rooms
The Common Areas This is a place for youth to relax, play games such as pool, ping pong, etc, or even put on a play in the theater area. Youth Technology Lab Tech activities for youth include computer access for learning and fun. Computer programs will be used to build youth tech skills. Activities such as Digital Photography, Videography, Aerospace and other life skills will be available. Activity Room The Entertainment Center offers activities such as video, music, dance, and song. Youth have opportunities to be creative and grow their talents. Homework Center The Homework Center offers homework assistance and other educational activities. Teen Lounge The Lounge is a place where youth ages 13-18 can socialize and relax. Board games and other activities are available as well as TVs for movies and games.
Boys and Girls Club of America:
- Torch Club
- Keystone Club
- Passport to Manhood
- Smart Girls
- Healthy Habits
There are many active 4-H Clubs in operation. The Youth Center is an affiliate member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, participating in many of their grant and scholarship opportunities and utilizing their curriculum to enhance our programs.
(Please see Event Calendar for days, times and events)
- Youth Sponsorship
Sponsors for your middle school or high school teens are available either through the youth program or school.
Army Youth Sponsorship Program
The Youth Sponsorship Club can help your teen learn about their new community and make new friends. Getting involved quickly helps children and teens fit in and feel less stress associated with their PCS move. All it takes to join the club is a visit to the School Age or Youth Center or contact the School Liaison Officer.
The Student2Student program connects current middle school and high school students with transitioning students.
Youth Sponsorship Registration
Please send an email to the School Liaison Officer (SLO) to request a sponsor. Also, you can download the Youth Sponsor Request Form, complete and include any additional information that might be helpful to the sponsorship staff in the assignment process as they attempt to pair you with a sponsor whom you will be most compatible with.
- Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where can I find the summer camp weekly schedule?
The Summer Camp Schedule is Available at the Katterbach Youth Center, and at Parent Central Services (PCS), once youth center summer camp registration opens.
2. Where can I find trip schedules for specific teen/youth centers?
Trip schedules will be provided during registration, or made available at the youth center and Parent Central Services before, and during the open registration period.
3. How do I sign my child up for an after school program?
Simply stop by Parent Central Services and complete the Youth registration form, and any additional paperwork that may apply to youth who wish to attend the program.
4. What is the age restriction for the Youth Center Activity Rooms?
The youth center is actually grade based, and only 6th – 12th grade students may attend.
5. What clubs are offered?
We offer Torch and Keystone youth leadership clubs, sponsored by Boys and Girls clubs of America (BGCA). Other clubs include, Smart Girls and Passport to Manhood (BGCA), RC Club, Get Fit Be Strong, DJ Club and Music Production. As well, we have a Photo Club in partnership with 4-H, and Tech Club.
6. Are all of the programs offered through the Youth Centers free? If not, how much do they cost?
All programs offered with in the youth center are available at no-cost. Any specialty clubs, camps, or activities will be prorated, or based on a fee category, as outlined in the CYSS fee policy.
7. Are there after school programs for elementary school aged children?
The Katterbach School-Age Center facilitates programs for elementary school children.
8. Where are the Youth Center Activity Rooms?
Our activity rooms are located in the Katterbach youth center, building 5984.
9. After enrollment, when can my child use the Youth Centers?
Once a youth’s registration form, and any additional paperwork has been completed and submitted and validated at Parent Central Services, then the youth can use services*.
10. Do the busses take students to the Youth Centers if needed?
There is currently no bus service to, and from the youth center.
*Any youth that has special needs, or requires special accommodations, will delay participation in the youth program.