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Fort Novosel, AL 36362
A wide range of programs are available for youth and teens, including youth sports and recreation programs, educational programs and programs that support leadership and career development. Please review the information to learn what programs and services are available at this installation.
The Youth Center facility consists of a large multi-purpose room with a regulation basketball court, a music room, an arts and craft room, a teen room, and a snack area. Youth Services provides leisure and recreational programs for youth ages 11-18 years. For more information call 334-255-9108 Youth Services is located in Bldg. 2800, 7th and Division Rd, 334--255-2260, Monday – Wednesday 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Thursday 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Friday 2:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Only the first Saturday of the month from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Youth Center has a wide range of programs, offering fun-ﬁlled afternoons, evenings, and weekends. Free Middle School Teen (MST) programs are offered daily after school and in the afternoons during the summer for youth ages 11–15 and teens ages 16–18. MST morning camps are also offered at a nominal fee during the summer to complement the free afternoon program (minimum of 10 participants required). There are special activities for youth ages 11–18 scheduled on a continual basis, including social activities and field trips. CYS programs utilize partnerships with 4-H Clubs, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Character Counts to bring enhanced curriculum and other opportunities for growth and development to our children and youth. Programs are intended to offer positive alternatives that will minimize “at risk” behavior during parental duty hours.
Youth Sports & Fitness Program
The Youth Sports and Fitness Program is located in Bldg. 2800 on 7th Ave. Contact numbers are 334-255-2254/2257.
The Youth Sports program provides a wide range of opportunities for participation in team and individual sports. Team sports include T-Ball, baseball, softball, spring and fall soccer, basketball, cheerleading, flag and tackle football. Individual sports include Ready, Set, Run! and Extreme Youth Strength and Conditioning. Youth Sports offers Start Smart programs for children ages 3-5. Fitness and Health opportunities are offered to include health and nutrition education. We rely heavily on Volunteer Coaches and as an incentive the head coach’s children participate for FREE. Each Volunteer Coach is certified thru the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) and has a thorough Background Check completed.
If you have been assigned to Fort Rucker and want to learn more about our Youth Sports programs, go to the Fort Rucker CYS Facebook page. Youth Education Support Services (YESS)
YESS is located in Bldg 132, Sixth Ave, 334-255-9812, Office Hours 7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Our School Liaison Officer (SLO) is available to act as a liaison between parents and schools upon request to help resolve issues related to the education of children and youth. Information is also available on the topics of Troops to Teachers, local schools, scholarships, and home schooling. Support is provided to the School and Education Transition Support (SETS) signatories and Local Action Committee in maintenance of the Wiregrass/Fort Rucker Local Action Plan.
Students living on Fort Rucker attend school on Fort Rucker at the Fort Rucker Primary and Elementary Schools for grades pre-kindergarten through the sixth grade. Beginning in the seventh grade students may attend Daleville, Enterprise or Ozark City Schools. All three school systems provide bus transportation from all housing areas on post. The choice is up to each student's family.
The SKIES Unlimited Instructional Program is located in Bldg 2806 (334-255-1867). A variety of Instructional Classes are offered through the SKIES Unlimited Program. Classes include the following: Piano, Gymnastics, Swimming, Violin, Study Skills, Home School Activities, and Home Alone Skills.
Youth Sponsorship Program
The Youth Center offers a Youth Sponsorship Program. The Youth Sponsorship Program links incoming youth with an age appropriate youth living at Fort Rucker in order to make the transition here easier. Youth communicate with their sponsor prior to arrival about schools, sports, recreational activities and what is available at Fort Rucker. This program provides teens with a peer that may have a better understanding of their concerns and feelings about moving to a new community. To request a Teen Sponsor, contact the Youth Center at 334-255-2260 or DSN 312-558-2260.
Fort Rucker offers Youth Retreats, Youth Councils, bible studies and community service projects for all youth on the installation. There are two youth programs at the Spiritual Life Center; Protestant Youth of the Chapel and Catholic Youth of the Chapel. For more information about these religious programs, you may call 334-255-1930.