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The Purpose of the Child and Youth Program


The Child and Youth Program (CYP) is an integral component of the National Guard’s comprehensive approach to Family Readiness. By upholding the well-being of the entire family, the CYP offers outcome based activities designed to foster positive youth development and support the unique strengths and challenges of National Guard children. This high quality, out-of-school time program exists in 54 States, Territories and the District of Columbia to mitigate risky behaviors, enhance resilience, develop positive coping strategies, and assist our National Guard youth in reaching their full potential as the next generation of leaders.


Age-appropriate activities and support services

are offered in four service delivery areas:


•  Art, Recreation & Leisure


•  Sports, Fitness & Health


•  Life Skills, Citizenship, Character Development & Leadership


•  Academic Support, Career Development, Mentoring & Intervention

Upcoming Events


Youth Development Week



TBD, 2017



Boxwell Boy Scout Reservation

Mission Statement:


“To promote and sustain the quality of life and resilience of NG children and youth by providing secure, timely, flexible, high-quality support services and enrichment programs.”







The CYP is available to school age dependents, ages 6 to 18 years, of National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, regardless of deployment status (including traditional drilling Guardsmen), Survivors, and Active Component Soldiers and Airmen geographically-separated from installation-based program support.

How to Reach Us

Please contact Caitlin Vassar to obtain further information on the Tennessee National Guard Youth Programs.

Caitlin Vassar



(615) 313-0547


Family Programs

3041 Sidco Drive

Nashville, TN 37204

Military Resources

Our Military Kids

Provides grants to support children ages 6 and older of deployed Service Members for extracurricular activities.



Applications for the OMK Program

Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Marine Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve


Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard


Children of Severely Injured Servicemembers

Tennessee National Guard Military and Family Readiness Operations - J9


Resources for military families such as, Licensed Social Workers, Youth Programs, Financial Counselors, and more.


Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)


Provides educational information, trainings, and resources.  Trainings consist of Living in the New Normal and Guard and Reserve Institute.


Military One Source


One stop shop for info, resources, educational tools, and consultation.


Child Care Aware of America


Provides financial assistance to those who qualify along with many childcare related resources.




Provides online educational help 24/7 to students K-12 and adult learners.




Connects families with quality local in-home caregivers.  Memberships are funded by the Department of Defense.


Military Kids Connect


Website for children experiencing the challenges of military deployments.


Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3)


The compact addresses key education transition issues encountered by military families including:  enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility, and graduation.


HB 0746/SB 1161


Amends Tennessee Code annotated Title 49, Chapter 6 - Excused Absences for Military Kids.  Excused absences for up to ten days cumulatively within the school year for visitation during the member's deployment cycle.  Total excused absences shall not exceed a total of ten days within the school year.  The student shall provide documentation to the school as proof of the service member's deployment.



Contact the Joint Public Affairs Office at:  615-313-0633




In Tennessee, if you or another Servicemember you know is in crisis, call (855) 435-7492 for assistance 24 hours a day,  7 days a week.


If this is a sexual assault issue, contact:



M-F 0700-1700hrs


Safe Helpline

(877) 995-5247

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