The Armed Services YMCA’s award winning Operation Hero Program is an after-school program targets children ages 6 to 12 years of age who have been identified by school personnel and parents as exhibiting low self esteem, or difficultly adjusting both academically and socially in the school environment. Often these difficulties are caused by frequent moves and family disruption due to deployments. Curriculum is designed to help children handle the challenges of military life, provide tools to help them succeed in school, and help develop a positive self-image while improving social and communication skills.
Military Families interested in the program can contact their local ASYMCA branch to see if they are currently running a program at their child’s school. Program sites are determined by a current ASYMCA presence, an invitation by the school to host the program, a need for the free program as determined by the teacher as well as the parent, along with available private funding and donations for staff and materials.