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New York National Guard Child & Youth Program

The New York National Guard Child and Youth Program exists to provide military child and youth with valuable opportunities for networking and skill development. Started in 2006, the New York National Guard Child and Youth Program (NYNGCYP) has continued to grow both in numbers of participants and numbers of volunteers. Building on its philosophy of providing social, emotional and academic support to military children and youth, the NYNGCYP works to increase awareness of challenges facing military children and youth as well as the resources available for these individuals.

Since the inception of the Child and Youth program, the NYNGCYP has conducted numerous State Symposiums (setting new records for attendance each year), increasing its adult volunteer base, providing various trainings and professional development opportunities for educators, conducted numerous Family Retreat Weekends, increased partnerships with both local and state-wide organizations and participated in events throughout the state focused on supporting children and youth. All of this, however, is just the beginning. With nearly 44,000 military dependents throughout the state, the need for increased opportunities has never been greater.

As we move toward the future, your involvement will be the key to our success. Those in the National Guard Community, as well as those with a vested interest in supporting military children and youth through volunteer efforts, are encouraged to participate in all upcoming events. The registration form used for all events can be found here. To learn more about the NYNGCYP, or to volunteer, please email the Child and Youth Program Coordinators.

We look forward to working with you!

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New York State Child and Youth Program Coordinators:

Keri Attanasio
Family Programs Office
330 Old Niskayuna Rd
Latham, NY 12110
Office: (518) 786-4904
Cell: (518) 225-3077

Ashley Semerad
Family Programs Office
330 Old Niskayuna Rd
Latham, NY 12110
Office: (518) 786-4614
Cell: (518) 339-1019

Youth Program Mission

Our mission is to prepare our diverse population for success in a dynamic global society, by providing leadership, resources, services, and education, and to insure that the structures, programs and services of the child and youth program reflect the unique needs of all military youth.

Why is the program necessary?

The child and youth program is one of the best support networks offered by the military. It addresses the needs of our military youth including deployment issues, the offering of safe activities, a place to meet, talk, and have fun with youth who understand each others issues. With the program, kids who would otherwise never meet because of location, can develop friendships and bonds with other military youth. Issues such as an increase in responsibility, shortage of money, and separation anxiety are addressed by peer members under supervision of caring adult leaders.

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Page Last Modified: 19 Aug 15
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