Youth Programs

 Youth Programs

The Maryland National Guard Child and Youth Program serves children and youth ages 6-18 and provides opportunities for youth to develop their physical, social, emotional and cognitive abilities and to experience achievement, leadership, employment and friendship. 

Maryland National Guard Teen Council 
The Maryland National Guard Teen Council's mission is to develop leadership skills and enhance life for military children and youth of Maryland. We provide a forum for military teens, ages 13-18, to discuss ideas and offer suggestions that will positively impact the Maryland National Guard Child & Youth Program. Our role is to develop young leaders who can mentor others experiencing the same life situations and to educate the community about Guard Youth experiences. Applicants must be a Family Member of any actively serving Maryland National Guard Member and be between 13-18 years old. Applicants who are 12 years old may apply for a future opening when they turn 13 and 18 year old applicants must be enrolled in school. 

For more information contact the Lead Child and Youth Program Coordinator at 410-576-2995.

Maryland National Guard Child and Youth Program (CYP) – 4H Partnerships
Since April 2011, the Department of Defense and the Department of Agriculture have had a National Extension-Military Partnership to support Military Service Members and their families.  The MD National Guard Child & Youth Program have worked to establish a cooperative partnership with the MD 4-H Extension Program.  The Child & Youth Program has active partnerships in Allegany, Washington, Frederick, Montgomery, Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties, as well as Baltimore City.  Through these partnerships, CYP and 4-H Extension have been able to increase program availability in multiple counties.  The partnership has generated relationships between the National Guard and 4-H youth in their local communities, and builds stronger state-level programming for both CYP and 4-H Extension.  

Child Care Aware of America
Working with more than 600 State and Local Child Care Resources and referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to quality, affordable child care. This program partners with the United States Military and Department of Defense to serve and support Families through the Fee Assistance and Respite Child Care Programs.

Courage Lion Program
Duffy, the courage lion was developed in a joint effort with the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Child Life Department to help children as they experience illness, trauma, abuse and other crisis. Helping critically ill, traumatized, abused, and other children in crisis and their families is my reason for being. 

To find out more about the Courage Lion Program and the MD National Guard, please contact the Lead Child and Youth Program Coordinator at 410-576-2995.

Our Military Kids
Our Military Kids supports the children of deployed National Guard and Reserve personnel who are serving our country overseas. The grants pay for participation in sports, fine arts, tutoring and enrichment programs that help to nurture and sustain the children while a parent is away in service to our country. Activities help children cope with stress, anxiety, and additional challenges that may arise while a parent is absent during deployment. The grants also serve to honor the sacrifices that children make during this time.

Sesame Street Talk, Listen, Connect
Military families, Sesame Street salutes you and supports you! Talk, Listen, Connect, offers you strategies and resources to help your children through difficult periods of transition and separation that can come with military service. And don't forget to check out Military Families Near and Far, a special website where your family can create, communicate, and stay connected.

Sittercity Military Families
Sittercity is America's largest and most trusted website for connecting families with quality local in-home caregivers with over 1 million caregivers nationwide. Sittercity provides discounted memberships to military Families.

Tutor.com - Military Membership
Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families is funded by the Department of Defense. Currently, children (grades K-12) of an active duty service member (including full-time and/or deployed National Guard and Reserve) in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard and deployed DoD Civilian families are eligible to use the program at no cost. Active duty service members (including full-time and/or deployed National Guard and Reserve) are also eligible to use the program at no cost.

YMCA Military Outreach
Deployment can be a stressful and uncertain time for our nation’s servicemen and women and their families. In partnership with the Armed Services YMCA and the Department of Defense, the Y is proud to offer memberships and respite child care services to eligible military families and personnel to give them extra support during this difficult period.

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