1707 J Street (Bldg. 121)
747-3150 or 747-3151
The Youth Center provides a wide variety of sports, leisure, educational and social programs for military and DoD children, ages 5-18. The center includes a gymnasium, preteen game room (with pool tables, foosball, video games and air hockey), a teen room, a TV lounge area, computer center, outside playground and basketball court, a Youth Sports Complex and an Ice Rink/Warming House.
Parents are encouraged to visit the Youth Center to see the many activities we offer. Our main objective is to provide opportunities for youth to develop their physical, social, emotional and cognitive abilities and to experience achievement, leadership, enjoyment, friendship and recognition in a daily and year round program atmosphere.
The Youth Center offers a unique program called “Sponsor Pen Pals”. Youths 7-18 whom are coming to Grand Forks AFB are “sponsored” by youth from our base, helping make their move/transition easier by sending them a welcome letter and a sponsor kit. Military members moving the Grand Forks are encouraged to contact the Youth Center at 747-3150 with the names of their children so they can receive a personalized letter from one of our student members.
The Youth Center features age-appropriate classes, special events, and sporting programs throughout the year. There is something for everyone.
Activities offered throughout the year include programs such as gymnastics, cheer leading, dancing, archery, field trips, talent shows, fitness days, and more. On-going programs include roller skating, movie nights, Wii game tournaments, and Boys & Girls Club activities. Sporting activities include floor hockey, baseball and softball, T-ball, basketball, soccer and tennis. An Open Recreation Program is offered for children 9-18. Children enrolled in this program are eligible to participate in activities in the Open Recreation Room, the gymnasium, and the computer room. It also enables youth to participate in 4-H Club, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America programming.
Several specialized programs are also available for youth Center members:
• Torch Club is a chartered small group leadership and service club for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to plan and implement activities in four areas: Service to the Club and Community, Education, Health & Fitness and Social Recreation.
• TeensSupreme/Keystone Club is a chartered club for teens ages 14-18. Members elect their own officers and the club is designed to help teen members become more productive citizens and leaders. The club focuses on 6 program areas: Service to Club & Community, Leadership Development, Education and Career Exploration, Unity, Free Enterprise, and Social Recreation.
The Youth Center also has a Youth of the Quarter and a Youth of the Year Program for youth ages 14-18. Those selected for Youth of the Quarter will compete for the Base Youth of the Year honors. The winner of the Base Youth of the Year will compete at the North Dakota State Youth of the Year Competition.
Also, check out the YES (Youth Employment Skills) Program at the Youth Center for eligible high school students. This program allows members to “bank” volunteer dollar credits toward their post-secondary education/training at a rate of $4 per hour volunteered on base. Students may accumulate up to 250 hours, for a potential $1000.
The Youth Center is accredited by the National After School Association and is certified by the Department of Defense to operate the School Age Care Program and Youth Programs.