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United States Air Force
Kennecott Youth Center
JBER, AK 99506
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 Services (YS) program, located in the Youth Center (YC) building #297, offers a range of positive activities that promotes healthy development for youth in grade 6th -12th. The goal at the YC is to provide programs that encompass a variety of safe, supervised activities for middle school and teen (MST) on weekdays during out of school hours, evenings, and weekends. The MST programs offered at the YC promote youth development in the following four service areas:
Youth Services would like to help any and all children and youth coming to JBER with their relocation and move. If you have any further questions about Youth Services or if you are interested in being connected with a youth sponsor upon arrival, please give us a call at 907-384-1508 or 907-384-1505. The Youth Sponsorship Program links the incoming youth with an age appropriate youth living at JBER in order to make the transition here easier. They can communicate prior to arrival about schools, sports, recreational activities and what is available at JBER. A teen will have a better understanding of your problems and feelings about moving to a new community.
Youth EmploymentThere are employment opportunities for preteens and teens, fifth grade and above, through the Youth Services, The Rent -A-Youth program teaches youth how to become an independent contractor that performs a variety of odd jobs such as landscaping, domestic technicians, household maintenance etc. A job board is maintained in the Youth Services Center with job requests from community residents. It is the youth's responsibility to contact perspective job sites, negotiate pay and performance requirements. This program does not provide childcare certification for youth.
Youth CenterThere are many programs available to teens at the Youth Center. A computer lab as well as tutors are available. Resume writing and job placement are encouraged. There is always a need for teen volunteers on every installation.
The YC is very active in enriching the lives of each teen through Life Skills and leadership. These areas include Boy/Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) components such as the Keystone Club, Torch club, and Power Hour. Teens have an opportunity to exchange with other BGCA clubs and throughout the year. Community Service projects, Youth sponsorship, workforce prep development and life skills work shops are some of the highlights throughout the year.
The YC offers a Homework Center for teens who desire tutoring in all subject areas. Parent and youth support groups, Brat chat, Mentorship programs assist in build better relationships with their families for growing teens. Teens that are pursuing college entry have opportunities in SAT and ACT test taking development and scholarship search symposiums.
The YC has a Youth Technology Lab that may assist anyone with a variety of educational searches. Leisure and recreation areas provide a vast array of things to explore through Recreational field trips, educational tours, self directed open recreation, cultural arts and interactive social events and BGCA Career Launch incentives.
Other Club opportunities include; 4-H activities such as Remote Control Car Club, Cooking Club, Technology Club, Fine Arts Club, Photo club, Volunteer Projects, visual arts and performing arts programs.The YC Snack Bar is open daily during operational hours that offers a wide variety of snacks that are USDA approved and the food menu is on of the best when it comes to satisfying teens after school.
Youth SportsWe utilize the following age groups for league participation as suggested by the Department of the Army:
Age - Children MUST be these ages by the designated date of the beginning of the season to participate.Our goal is to make this the most enjoyable program for the youth of the JBER community. In order to accomplish this task, we need your involvement by participating as team parents, coaches, team coordinators, and/or officials. If you would like to be part of this year's program, please contact the CYS Sports Director or Staff at 907-384-1516. Volunteers will receive discounts on their child's registration.
Youth CenterKids Will Be Kids and the Youth Center seek to make your experience at JBER as fun and rewarding as it can possibly be. Our trained staff has designed programming with your child in mind to give them a safe and positive outlet for their free time. The center features a gym, game room, sports program, snack bar, coordinated activities, regular field trips, annual events and a wide variety of clubs for school age children to enjoy. For helpful tips about moving, visit Military Youth on the Move.
Young Adult CenterAs teens are becoming more independent, it is important for them to have a place they can call their own. The JBER Young Adult Center is just the place for them to get together with their peers to participate in positive programming based around their creativity and aspirations. Located in the Community Center, the Young Adult Center is filled with opportunities for teens to participate in activities clubs, or just chill with their friends.
The Youth Services programs offer a range of positive activities that promotes healthy development for youth. The centers feature a gym, game room, sports program, snack bar, coordinated activities, regular field trips, annual events and a wide variety of clubs for school age children to enjoy.
The JBER Youth Programs include two separate sites: Kennecott Youth Center and Two Rivers Youth Center. Call 552-2266 or 384-1508 for more information.