Youth Programs

Youth Programs membership includes privileges such as discounted Youth Sports fees and an assortment of programs geared towards ages 10 – 18 years (and still in high school).


Torch Club

Pre-Teen Program

Torch Club gives youth, ages 9-12, the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through service to their Youth Center and community. Torch Club members learn to work together to plan and implement activities in four areas: education, health and fitness, service to club and community, and social recreation.

Congressional Award

Scholarship Program

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all 14 to 23-year-olds. Participants earn bronze, silver, and gold Congressional Award certificates and bronze, silver, and gold Congressional Award medals. Air Force Youth Programs coordinates the Congressional Award, which recognizes excellence in initiative, achievement, and service among young persons. Youth are challenged to set goals in the following:

  • Voluntary Public Service
  • Personal Development
  • Physical Fitness
  • Expedition or Exploration

WINK: A Youth Sponsorship Program

Are you PCSing to or from Seymour Johnson AFB with children? Youth ages 5-18 may make new friends and connect with kids their age by signing up for a pen pal and learning about the base before arriving. (Under 18 with parent’s permission).

See the Brochure

Keystone Club & Air Force Teen Council (AFTC)

Teen Programs

For youth ages 13-18. Members consist of teens who determine policy and procedure needs as well. They acquire character and leadership skills, explore careers and educational opportunities, provide service to their center and community, learn about the free enterprise system, learn about and practice an appreciation for the diversity in others while enhancing their social skills. Members are elected to serve as president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer within the club. Teen Council members advocate for all youth on the installation and brief senior leadership on teen issues and concerns.

Youth of the Quarter/Year

Scholarship Program

The Youth of the Quarter/Year Program is one of many programs available through the center’s affiliation with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Each quarter, youth have an opportunity to demonstrate their achievements in home and family leadership, moral character, community, leadership and service, life goals and obstacles overcome.

Quarterly winners compete for SJAFB Youth of the Year and a chance to compete at higher levels to include regional and national competitions. The rewards of the program are vast, from personal growth and the opportunity to represent the base community to college scholarships.

  • Parents are always welcome to visit and assist with their child’s care to the extent that their duty permits.
  • The parent Advisory Board/involvement is a committee of all the CDC programs in conjunction with other CYP’s. The DAB acts only in an advisory capacity, providing recommendations for improving services. The Chairperson of the DAB is a parent.
  • The Parent Advisory Committee selects a chairperson. Each chairperson attends the Program Parent Advisory Board meeting. The Parent Advisory Board meets with the Airman and Family Readiness Center Flight Chief and Center Directors at least quarterly and with the Mission Support Group Commander at least annually. The minutes of the parent advisory meetings are forwarded to the Mission Support Group Commander for review.
  • If you are interested in attending your center’s parent advisory committee, please see your center’s director for more information.

Youth Center

Social Rec

Social Rec is designed especially for youth between the ages of 10 to 18 (and still in high school). Programs are varied to promote character development, educational and career opportunities, fitness and social recreation, health and life skills, plus the arts and creative expression.

We structure our programs and conduct activities utilizing Air Force core programming areas, Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and 4‐H curricula.

Staff is specially trained with tools and program support to develop, plan, implement, evaluate and improve programs and maximize their abilities to serve young people.

Programs Offered:

  • Preteen & Teen Camps
  • Teen Late Nights
  • Keystone Club
  • Teen Council
  • Torch Club
  • Youth of the Quarter/Year
  • Congressional Award Program

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