The Indiana National Guard Child and Youth Program provides enrichment activities for the children of Guardsmen ages 6-17. Our mission is to support children, youth and families of the Indiana National Guard during times of deployment, extended separation and normal day-to-day operations. We aim to increase opportunities that foster personal growth, education, citizenship and leadership for military kids; advocate for and raise awareness of military-connected youth within state programs and partnering agencies and activate statewide networks that can better serve geographically dispersed military populations.
Our annual programs and partnerships benefit military kids by increasing opportunities for personal growth and leadership and providing education and citizenship training for children and youth. Program participants and their parents overwhelmingly report positive outcomes from having events that allow military youth to interact. A participant at Kids AT, for example, said, “This camp lets me talk to other kids that know how it is when my dad leaves.” One parent commented that the programs have “brought my children into a world where there are other kids with military parents, which is something they don’t see in their daily lives.”
Youth Program annual events include KIDS AT Summer Camp, Yellow Ribbon programs for deploying units, training teens on resilience and organizing our Indiana Military Teen Council.
The Youth Program follows all recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Youth Program depends on volunteers to serve as chaperones, camp counselors and program assistants to create unforgettable experiences for kids.