Youth Activities Center
1707 J St
Bldg. 121
Youth Center
Grand Forks AFB, ND 58205

Phone 701-747-4042
Phone (DSN) 312-362-4042
Fax 701-747-2517
Fax (DSN) 312-362-2517

School Age Program:
Mon - Fri 6:30 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Summer Day Camp hours:
Mon - Fri 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 pm

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Youth Services

Youth Services

Youth Sponsorship Program

The Youth Center has a program called "Sponsor Pen Pals". Youth ages 7-18 whom are coming to GFAFB are "sponsored" by youth from our base helping make their move/transition easier by sending them a welcome letter and a sponsor kit. A Youth Sponsorship Application can be found on the Youth Programs web page.

Youth Employment

Employment opportunities for youth on base are limited. Waiting tables, grocery bagging, and fast food  are available through Non Appropriated Funds (NAF), AAFES and the commissary (DECA). Youth summer hire programs may or may not be offered each year depending on funding. Some student positions are posted at the Airman and Family Readiness Center in the Resource Center for the local community.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • The AF Yes (Youth Employment Skill) program for youth in high school.
  • Junior Staff Career Development Program for youth ages 11-18.
  • President's Volunteer Service Award (honors individuals, families and/or groups).
  • The Congressional Award for ages 14-23. 
  • Youth Assistant Coaches for ages 13 and up.

Youth Center

The Youth Activities Center at Grand Forks AFB offers a wide variety of sports, leisure, educational and social programs. Activities and programs change monthly. It is best to call for a schedule of events.

Some of the activities offered throughout the year include:

  • Power Hour Homework Tutoring
  • Youth Sports/Fitness Programs
  • Taekwondo
  • Gymnastics Classes
  • Cheer Leading
  • Dance Classes
  • Talent Show
  • Piano Classes
  • Triple Play Tournaments
  • Keystone and Torch Clubs
  • Dances
  • Waterworld Days
  • Preteen/Teen Dances
  • Lock-ins
  • Field Trips
  • Teen Council
  • Youth of the Quarter/Year

The Youth Center is accredited by the Council On Accreditation (COA) and is certified by the Department of Defense to operate the School Age Care Program (SAC) and Youth Programs. The Youth Center has a variety of programs for children including: 

Open Recreation Program -- Offered for children 9-18. The program is free and enables the children to participate in activities in the Open Recreation Room, the gymnasium, the computer room, the 4 H club, Boys & Girls Clubs of America Programming and various other activities. A homework club called Power Hour is also available. Children in this program can sign themselves in and out. Daily/weekly/quarterly programs are offered in 5 core areas: Character & Leadership, Health & Life Skills, The Arts, Education & Career Development, and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.

The School Age Program -- Offered for children in K - 8th grade. They can participate in the Before School Care Program, the After School Care Program or both the Before and After School Care programs. Children can be transported to both the elementary and middle school on base. Fees are based on house hold income. There is also a Summer Day Care Program called Summer Adventure and Play! This program offers a wide variety of summertime activities/curriculum which includes weekly field trips, swimming, bowling and roller skating.

The Grand Forks Air Force Base Youth Center 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 Youth Center and Community, Education, Health and Fitness and Social Recreation. 

The Grand Forks AFB Youth Center 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 $1,000.

The Youth Center has a gymnasium, Preteen Game Room (with pool tables, foosball, video games and air hockey), Teen Room, a TV Lounge Area, Computer Center, outside Playground, outside Basketball Court, a Youth Sports Complex and an Ice Rink/Warming House.

Classes are ongoing and vary depending on age and skill level. At the present time, Taekwondo, dance, gymnastics, cheer and piano lessons are offered. Registration costs for the classes vary and are paid monthly.

The Youth Center has several ongoing Programming including:

  • Weekly Triple Play Tournaments
  • Roller Skating at Liberty Square during the winter months
  • Preteen/Teen Movie Nights 
  • Wii Game Tournament
  • AF Fit Factor/Fit Family Programs
  • Jr. Career Staff Development for ages 11-18
  • Boys & Girls Club and 4-H Activities
  • Weekly Arts & Crafts Activities

Youth Sports

Several different sports are organized throughout the year. They include Floor Hockey, Baseball or Softball, T-ball, Basketball and Fall & Spring Soccer. We also offer a variety of Summer Sports Camps including: Basketball, Archery, Dance/Cheerleading, Soccer and Tennis.

Start Smart Youth Development Programs are offered for youth ages 3-5 (Soccer, Basketball, Baseball).

We also offer participation in the "Jr. Olympics", The Armed Forces Kids Run, "Pitch, Hit and Run", "Punt, Pass and Kick" competitions.

Associated Links

Military Youth on the Move
Answers to all military children and teen concerns.

Military Child Education Coalition
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Department of Defense-sponsored website for kids impacted by the deployment of parents and caregivers.

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