When children and youth face challenges, it is important to assist them in finding other children and youth who have experienced the same situations and have had the same feelings. The Army Youth Sponsorship Program affords the opportunity to stay connected to old friends, meet new friends, discuss important topics, and obtain information.
Fort Stewart/HAAF Youth Sponsorship Programs
Student To Student (S2S) School Transition Support Program
Research indicates that the most difficult transition that military children and youth experience is school transition. Because this is such a sensitive and profound issue, the Student 2 Student (S2S) School Transition Support Program was developed with school transition as its primary focus.
The S2S Program is a school-based program designed to aid youth who are changing schools due to their parent’s military mission requirements. This program is designed to allow children and youth to acclimate more easily and quickly into their new school environment. The S2S Program is school-managed and student-led. Currently, there are two S2S programs in the Liberty Co School System: Bradwell Institute and Liberty Co High School. Students can participate in the S2S programs at these schools by contacting their guidance counselors
CYSS Center Based Youth Sponsorship Programs
Welcoming and “Hail and Farewell” programs are webbed in the curriculums in all CYSS Center based programs on Fort Stewart and HAAF; to include Child Development Centers, Pre-K Centers, School-Age Centers, and Youth Services. All programs are inclusive, including Youth Sports, to enable children with disabilities to feel welcome at CYSS programs. Welcoming and orientation activities are conducted at least monthly, to ensure a seamless transition process for incoming and outgoing children/youth
Youth Action Council
The Youth Action Council (YAC) meets quarterly at both Fort Stewart and HAAF. The YAC provides an encouraging environment where youth, in grades, 6-12, can freely discuss issues that impact their lives when transitioning to Fort Stewart/HAAF. In addition, youth are provided training and opportunities to: enhance leadership development skills, learn how to be a sponsor and work within a team concept, volunteer and perform community service projects, participate in Keystone Club activities and plan/develop youth sponsorship trips and youth center activities.
Youth Sponsorship Trips
The Youth Sponsorship trips provide exciting opportunities for youth, in 4-12 grades, to explore local surroundings and make new friends. The trips are well received and affordable to all Military Families; a value packed program that’s fun and educational. Past trips included haunted ghost tours, ice skating, strawberry picking at Bamboo Farms, tour of Sapelo Island, Dolphin Watching tours, Trawling on the Bull River; in addition to the following upcoming trips: Savannah's Underground Railroad and Dorchester Academy's "The Dreamer" both in February 2012.
Teen High Adventure Camp
The Teen High Adventure Camp is the best value packed youth program offered at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield. Modeled after the Teen High Adventure Camps located in Garmisch, Germany in the early 1990’s, the adventure camp offers an unique blend of experiential learning, team building and leadership skill development in scenic residential camp environment, located in the North Carolina Nantahala National Forest.
Youth are encouraged to participate in such activities as hiking on the Appalachian Trail, tubing in the Smoky Mountains, white water rafting down the Nantahala River, climbing on one of most diversified and challenging ropes courses on the east coast and evening social activities at base camp. In addition, participating youth will visit a youth center in the Cherokee Indian reservation; be able to engaged in activities at the center and learn about the culture/history of the Cherokee Indians.
The camp is scheduled one week in June and opened to CYSS registered youth, ages 12-18. For a registration fee of $150.00, youth get a chance to participate in the aforementioned activities, have family style meals, sleep in cabins and have CYSS staff present for supervision and support—a phenomenal bargain. Don’t miss out, spaces are limited; registration is open from April through June.
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