Colorado Springs, CO

2190 Jet Wing Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80916

Phone Number: (719) 622-9622

Website: http://www.ppymca.org/locations/southeast-armed-services

Fax: (719) 622-3555

Contact: Drew Aquino

Contact Email: daquino@ppymca.org

The Southeast Family Center/ASYMCA is located in Colorado Springs, CO. There are five military installations that our Y provides services to: Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB, the US Air Force Academy, NORAD and Ft. Carson. By the end of 2013 the projected population of new troops and their civilian dependents is expected to be roughly 39,500.

Fort Carson is a United States Army installation located immediately south of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, and 30 miles north of Pueblo, Colorado in Pueblo County. A portion of the installation located within El Paso County forms a census-designated place (CDP), which had a population of 10,566 at the 2000 census.[1] Fort Carson is the home of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Brigade Combat Teams of the 4th Infantry Division, the 10th Special Forces Group, the 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), the 759th Military Police Battalion, the 10th Combat Support Hospital, and the 43rd Sustainment Brigade. The post also hosts units of the Army and Navy Reserves and Colorado Army National Guard.

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/SoutheastArmedServicesYMCA

PROGRAMS

Mother/Daughter Tea:

This Low Tea dress-up event is designed to allow the military mother and daughter to experience a light social event where etiquette and social grace is taught.

Military Father/Daughter Dance:

The active duty member has an opportunity to attend a dance and a special time that allows the father and daughter to bond.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day:

The military spouse is treated to a special day of hair cuts, local vendors, lunch, military service providers, message therapy and events to enhance their stay here and provide knowledge of the community as we provide child watch for this four (4) hour long program.

Stars and Stripes Golf Tournament:

This Military Fundraiser is for programs that benefit the active duty member and the military family. The golf tournament is held annually at the Air Force Academy.

Fall Zumbathon:

A special invitation is sent out to the military and civilian communities to attend our Fall Zumbathon. The funds raised from this event are used for military programming.

Mother/Son Dance:

In the past this event has had a western flavor with food, dress and decorations; this years event will take on a more formal dance event for the mother and son.

Haunted House:

Our Haunted House is marketed to both the military and civilian communities.

Fall Festival:

The fall festival like the haunted house is open to both the military and civilian communities. We have numerous Halloween booths set up in our gym where youth who are 3-13 yrs of age can walk through and test their skills at table and floor games. A local Masonic chapter is a biggest supporter of this event by providing prizes and candy for the participants.

Military 1st Dinner:

We honor the military family by providing a free dinner for the family at our ASYMCA branch.

Veterans Appreciation Breakfast:

We invite the military veteran from the community of past conflicts i.e. WWII, Korea, Vietnam and current veterans to a breakfast to honor their commitment and sacrifice to duty of our country. There are several guest speakers.

Military Movie Nite:

The military family or just the youth (dependent children) are invited to our ASYMCA branch to watch a double feature movie. We provide age appropriate movies, popcorn, soft drinks, and candy for this event; this event is free.

Joe Henjum/Friends of the Y:

Col. Joe Henjum was a retired officer that dedicated his life to the active duty military member and their families well being. Col. Henjum held a special place in his heart for the efforts that we at the ASYMCA put forth and became a supporter of our contributions to the military man and woman. This event is to honor him and to provide a public update of our program efforts to the friends and board members of the ASYMCA branch.

Breakfast with Santa:

Through the national ASYMCA office we are able to provide the military family breakfast and a toy for the youth in the family. Santa is our honor guest.

Operation Hero:

Operation Hero is an onsite after-school program, which focuses on character development and skill building within military children who have been identified by school personnel and parents exhibiting low self esteem, or difficulty adjusting both academically and socially in the school environment. 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.

Parents Night Out:

Allows parents a night to themselves while their kids enjoy their own night out. Youth participate in a fun evening of scheduled activities.

Military Adoption Fair:

This annual event held at the ASYMCA branch, is hosted on a rotation bases by one of the five military installations. The fair provides active duty members and their families information on the process of adoption and provides numerous helpful hints to make the process less stressful.

Military Outreach:

The ASYMCA provides opportunities for facilities and pool usage for the following programs: Organizational Days, FRG meetings and various small group military functions.

ASYMCA Special Events:

Haunted House                 Oct 25, 4:30-8 p.m.
Fall Festival                     Oct 26, 12-3 p.m.
Military 1st Dinner             Nov 1, 5:30-8 p.m.
V. App Breakfast               Nov 15, 9-11 a.m.
M. Movie Nite                   Nov 20, 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Henjum/Friends Of the Y     Nov 22, 7:30-9 a.m.
Breakfast/Santa                Dec 7, 9-11a.m.

Testimonials:

“Thanks to you, and your Operation Kid Comfort Quilt we get to keep a piece of our daddy with us even when his job needs him to be away!”-The Yonkers Family.

“It’s a good time for us spend time together and something my daughters really look forward to!”, Father Daughter Dance Participant

“The Families First Dinneris an example of what can happen when community partners come together to celebrate and appreciate military families”-Kristen Kea

“Great information! A lot of new spouses don’t get all that information. If a family doesn’t live on base it’s more difficult for it to get the support it needs”-Janie Byrnes, Air Force wife of 21 yrs

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