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Youth services

Moody AFB Youth Programs is a comprehensive, youth-serving agency for military and DoD civilian dependants between the ages of 5 and 18. We provide care and activities before and after school, on school holidays, on Saturdays, and during summer and Christmas vacations. Youth Programs offers opportunities for youth to develop socially, physically, emotionally, and cognitively through fitness activities and league sports, instructional classes in karate and dance, special interest clubs like cooking and battle strategies, character and leadership development groups like KEYSTONE and TORCH, social recreation, health and life skills lessons, fine and performing arts, Power Hour academic assistance, special events, TRAIL outdoor adventures, and field trips. Our primary goals for youth are to make positive use of their out-of-school time, to develop civic-mindedness, to avoid violence, to improve literacy, and to learn and use new life skills.

Our facility consists of a full-court gymnasium, a computer and homework lab, a teen lounge, a large game room with snack bar, and a multi-purpose wing for school-age programming. We currently serve over 500 registered youth members with an average daily attendance of 140.

School Age Program

The School-Age Program provides care for children ages five to 12 before and after school, on school holidays, and during summer vacation. Our program is accredited through the National After School Association (NAA) and provides quality care for children of active-duty military, DOD and NAF civilians, Reservists and base contractors. We promote an enriching environment by meeting the social, cognitive, physical, and developmental needs of school-age youth. Fees are based on total family income. Bus transportation to and from Pine Grove Elementary and Hahira Middle School is provided by the Lowndes County Board of Education. The Youth Center offers van transportation from Dewar Elementary, Sallas-Mahone Elementary, Open Bible Baptist School, and Valwood School for an additional fee. For more information, please contact our School-Age Coordinator at 229-257-7297.

Social Recreation

The Youth Center is open for recreational activities each afternoon and on Saturdays for pre-teens and teens. Self-directed areas offer pool, ping-pong, foosball, computers, video games, TV, full-court gymnasium, and a Teen Lounge. Youth Center members have unlimited access to these areas during operational hours. Guests may accompany a member for a fee. Membership fee is $30 per year.

TORCH Club

Small-group youth leadership & service club for members ages 9 to 12 years old. Club staff can help meet the needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage of their development. This group meets every Monday at 5:00 p.m.

Cooking Classes

Come cook up some of your favorite recipes. Preteens and Teens learn everything from proper food preparation to making delicious snacks and meals using the Food Guide Pyramid. This class is offered every other Monday at 5:00 p.m.

Fine Arts

Youth ages 9 to 18 meet every other Thursday at 5 p.m. to experience a variety of artistic media such as art, music, and drama.

Give Parents a Break

Air Force Aid Society’s respite care program for youth in Kindergarten through age 12 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Care is provided for children of deployed parents, single parents, and others who need a break. Referrals are required and can be obtained at the Family Support Center, Chapel, Child Development Center, or Youth Center.

Fit Factor Fitness Program

Join our new web-based Air Force fitness program for youth and teens ages 9-18. This program integrates fitness and health activities into all your favorite activities at the Youth Center, school, and home. Set personal goals and achieve rewards. KIDS NIGHT OUT: Mom & Dad, want a night out but don’t know what to do with the kids? Well, bring them to the Youth Center for Kids’ Night Out one Friday every month from 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. for a fun-filled night with their friends. We have games, crafts, movies, and dinner for all kids in Kindergarten through age 12. Cost is $15; Youth Programs members will receive a $2 discount. Check our calendar for the next one! TRAIL ADVENTURES: If you are into the outdoors, this is for you. TRAIL participants take part in many outdoor trips and high adventures. Join us for camping, hiking, snorkeling, sailing, canoeing, ropes courses, parasailing, and much more! For ages 13 to 18.

KEYSTONE

Keeping Every Youth Strongly Tuned in On National Excellence. This youth advisory program encompasses community service, leadership and social development. This group, the heart of Moody’s teen programs, meets every Wednesday at 5 p.m. for youths ages 13 to 18.

Teen Power Hour

Helps teens by providing homework assistance and tutoring. Computers are available. A free healthy snack is offered to all participants. This program operates Monday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Congressional Award Program

A volunteer recognition program for ages 13 to 24 allows young people the opportunity to set personal goals and achieve them. Goal areas include volunteer public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration. Participants meet individually with an adviser.

Youth of the Quarter and Youth of the Year

A program that recognizes members’ service to Club & Community through participation in youth programs, volunteer programs and academic successes. Youth in grades 10 to 12 are eligible to compete.

Y.E.S.

The Youth Employment Skills program is an on-base volunteer program for 9th to 12th graders of active-duty members. Students may accumulate as many as 250 service hours over four years, for a potential of $1,000 in scholarship money for college or technical school.

Battle Club

Play games of strategy every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Learn about the history of battle and the challenges of risk through board games, trips, scale models, and video documentaries. For ages 12 and up.

The Teen Scene

You asked for it, you got it! Saturdays are now teen-only nights at the Youth Center. Bring your friends and hang out, watch movies, play pool, foosball, or Playstation 2. The gym is open for basketball, too! The whole building belongs to you. For ages 13-18 only.

Club Teen

Teens, tell your friends to join you at the Youth Center for a night of music, dancing, food, or a pickup basketball game. Tell Mom and Dad you will be late! We are open until midnight once each month just for you! Check the calendar for the next Club TEEN Saturday night! Instructional Programs and Sports.

Dance Classes

Instructional classes in Pre-dance, Kinderdance, Tap, Ballet, and Jazz meet each Saturday. Cost is $20 for ages 3-4 and $35 for ages 5-12.

Martial Arts

Tae Kwon Do classes are held at the Youth Center on Tuesday and Thursday nights for ages 4-adult. Monthly fee for 4-5 year olds is $49. Monthly fee for ages 5 through adult is $59.

Soccer

Soccer leagues are played in summer and spring for ages 5 and up. Moody has recently teamed up with Azalea City Soccer Club in order to grow the youth soccer program in Lowndes County. Coaches receive training from the Georgia Youth Soccer League and focus on individual skill development. Cost is $40 for ages 5 and above.

Baseball

Baseball, softball, and t-ball leagues are played in the spring. Cost is $30 for ages 5 – 6 and $55 for ages 7 and above. Younger teams play on base. Older teams play with Valdosta Parks and Recreation league.

Start Smart Baseball, Soccer and Basketball

Start Smart is a developmentally appropriate introductory baseball program for children ages 3 and 4. The program includes parents in preparing children for organized baseball in a fun, non-threatening environment. Soccer is taught in the fall, basketball is taught in the winter, and baseball is taught in the spring. Cost is $25. An annual sports physical must be completed prior to participating in sports programs.

Moody AFB Youth Sports is proud to be a member of the National Alliance of Youth Sports (NAYS). All of our coaches are trained and certified members of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA). If you would like to volunteer to coach, please contact Youth Programs for the next NYSCA training date.

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