Strengthening Our Military Family® | Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads



ASYMCA Operation Hero Revised



The Armed Services YMCA Operation Hero is a ten-week, after school enrichment program designed for military children and the unique challenges they face.

Each week, Operation Hero focuses on different topics using fun, engaging and interactive lessons and activities. Topics include:

    • Identity and Self-esteem
    • Respect 
    • Responsibility 
    • Honesty and Integrity 
    • Feelings and Caring 
    • Friends and Family
    • Deployments and Family Separations 
    • Bullying Prevention 
    • Problem Solving and Teamwork 

This no-cost, after school enrichment program is designed for military children. Military life provides so many opportunities… and unique challenges.  We understand. Operation Hero was created specifically for military kids. Through engaging, interactive lessons, trained facilitators help students learn the importance of what their military parent does and the personal sacrifices they make to keep our country safe. While gaining a deeper understanding and respect for their parents’ demanding service, they come to realize their essential role in their military family.

Curriculum-based lessons and team-building activities with peers who share similar life experiences, helps to strengthen students’ character development, leadership skills and increase their resilience enabling them to reach their full potential. The program helps students to manage their feelings and conflicts and develop friendships while emphasizing respect, responsibilities, honesty and problem-solving. Enhancing students’ academic performance, as well as encouraging greater self-esteem and positive interactions with peers and family are core objectives for Operation Hero.


"People need to stay positive a lot more because it helps all of us feel good about ourselves and each other. Everybody has a story and comes from a different place with different experiences. We need to be there for one another.

We are PROUD MILITARY children!"


This virtual adaptation of our in-person program is eight weeks and takes place online in our virtual classroom. Virtual Op Hero pairs one Mentor with a small group of school-aged students to foster connection and growth. Mentor facilitated groups meet online each Thursday. Mentors will also host an optional Fun Friday chat each week featuring an interactive game or activity.

Each week, Operation Heroes will work through different topics using fun, engaging and interactive lessons and activities:

  • WEEK ONE: Identity & Self-Esteem
  • WEEK TWO: Respect & Honor
  • WEEK THREE: Responsibility, Honesty & Integrity
  • WEEK FOUR: Empathy & Being a Good Friend
  • WEEK FIVE: Coping With Deployments, Change & Big Feelings
  • WEEK SIX: Bullying, Differences & Self-Acceptance
  • WEEK SEVEN: Problem Solving & Team Work
  • WEEK EIGHT: I am an Op Hero!

This program is FREE and open to all ACTIVE DUTY dependents going into grades 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades who have not previously participated in this program. You must submit an application for this program.

***UPDATE - Applications are currently closed for the Summer Session beginning June 29. If you would like to have priority registration for the next session (date TBD), please complete your application now. You will be alerted when spaces become available.


"Operation Hero has changed my son's life in such a short period of time. Being a part of Operation Hero has been a wonderful experience."