Youth and Youth Program Leaders

Youth and Youth Program Leaders

Youth and Youth Program Leaders


Girl Scouts of the USA
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world’s largest organization dedicated to helping all girls everywhere build the courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place. In an accepting and nurturing environment, and in partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop strong values, leadership skills, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth that will serve them all their lives.

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American Psychological Association Help Center
The featured topics page on this site contains a series of booklets, entitled “Resilience in a Time of War,� targeted at different age groups, including the parents and teachers of those age groups.

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Military Teens on the Move
This Web site is provided as a public service by the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, Office of Children and Youth and the Defense Technical Information Center. This Web site is divided into one site for kids and one for teens.

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Military Child Education Coalition
The Military Child Education Coalition is a nonprofit, worldwide organization focused on the challenges facing the highly mobile military child. This Web site provides tools to help level the educational playing field for military children around the world.

This official DoD Web site, part of the LifeLines network, discusses issues such as deployment, transition, educational issues, and more. It provides information and resources to students, by specific age groups, and to parents, educators, special needs families, and commanders.

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National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) unites more than 850 child care resource and referral centers in communities across the U.S. Its Web site contains useful information on Operation Military Child Care, a Department of Defense initiative to support the child care needs of military parents who are mobilized or deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism.


National Guard Youth Online Community
This Web site for youth in the National Guard community provides information on subjects such as stress management, health and fitness, being a friend, and dealing with a parent’s deployment.

Operation Military Kids (OMK)
Operation Military Kids is the result of an Army Child and Youth Services partnership with USDA/4-H, the Military Child Education Coalition, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Military Family Association (NMFA), and other private organizations supporting military youth. The outreach strategies and programs in this initiative aim to help relieve the stress on military children and youth impacted by the global war on terrorism — particularly those with deployed parents. This program includes awareness workshops for nonmilitary youth, camps, youth and teen programs, and various support activities.

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Separation Handbooks
Developed by the National Guard Bureau – Family Program (NGB-FP) office for National Guard children and youth, each of these handbooks is targeted at a specific age group to help them cope with deployment. Each booklet can be downloaded and printed for children to use.

2- to 4-year-olds

5- to 7-year-olds

8- to 10-year-olds

11- to 12-year-olds

13- to 18-year-olds

Youth and Deployment – A Guide for Survival
This NGB-FP resource helps parents prepare their children for family separations due to deployment.


The American Camping Association (ACA)
ACA is a leading authority in child development and works to preserve, promote, and improve the camp experience. On this Web site, you can search for a camp by location or cost and by specific criteria, such as activity/targeted focus, special needs/specialty clientele, affiliation/cultural focus, etc.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Boys & Girls Clubs offer programs and services to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging, and influence. Programs cover character and leadership, education and career, health and life skills, arts, sports fitness and recreation, and specialized incentives.

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Camp Fire USA
Camp Fire USA is one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit youth development organizations, currently serving 735,000 children and youth annually. Camp Fire USA’s outcome-based programs include youth leadership, self-reliance, after-school groups, camping and environmental education, and child care.

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Children, Youth, and Families Education and Research Network (CYFERnet)
CYFERnet’s Web site brings together the best children, youth, and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country. Materials are carefully reviewed by college and university faculty. This site is 5-star rated by the Child & Family Web Guide.

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Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
This organization’s Web site is dedicated to informing the public about the dangers of tobacco. Includes news and federal, state, and global anti-tobacco initiatives.

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4-H Clubs
Since 1995, National 4-H Headquarters has worked in partnership with U.S. Army Child and Youth Services (CYS) and Air Force Family Member Programs (FMPs) to extend 4-H to U.S. military families worldwide. Also check out:

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KaBOOM! is the longest-running nonprofit organization specializing in linking together communities and corporations to build much-needed, safe, and accessible playgrounds. It has helped build more playgrounds than any other service organization. This site contains resources, publications, planners, and other tools to help plan and conduct playground-building projects.

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Youth as Resources (YAR)
Community-based YAR programs, governed by a board of youth and adults, provide grants to young people to design and carry out service projects.

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Youth Crime Watch of America (YCWA)
YCWA brings together youth of all backgrounds to identify and correct problems unique to their schools and communities. The organization challenges youth to reduce drugs, violence, and crime, advocating that youth can and must be a part of civic problem-solving, community partnership development, and crime prevention.

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Youth Service America (YSA)
Founded in 1986, YSA’s mission is to strengthen the effectiveness, sustainability, and scale of the youth service and service-learning fields. A strong youth service movement will create healthy communities and foster citizenship, knowledge, and the personal development of young people.

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Jobs for kids who like…
Part of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Web site, this section explores different careers and provides basic, easy-to-read information to young people who want to know more about various career choices. Addressed are topics such as what a particular career involves, its average pay, how to prepare for the career, its job market, and more.

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MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership
MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership is an advocate for the expansion of mentoring and a resource for mentors and mentoring initiatives nationwide.


National Network for Youth
The National Network for Youth serves as a powerful advocate in Washington, D.C., protecting key legislation and spending affecting youth.

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National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC)
NYEC strives to develop and improve the capacity and effectiveness of youth-serving organizations to affect youth development through employment, education, and training; improve the staff and leadership capacity of youth-serving organizations; and influence and inform the development of public policy through research, information, advocacy, and coalition-building.

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Profile – Life in the Armed Forces
In its 45th publishing year, the DoD High School News Service publishes Profile: Life in the Armed Forces , November through April. The purpose of the magazine is inform high school students and guidance counselors about the benefits, available programs, opportunities, and privileges associated with military service.

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Search Institute
The Search Institute is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities.

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