The Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads exists to support and strengthen local military families. We offer an array of programs and services specifically designed for this purpose. We serve young enlisted families-Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. The challenges and experiences for these families are unique, the impact is real.
Frequent moves and deployments are one of the most impacting stressors of military families. Operation Little Learners offers a setting for children 18 months to 5 years old to make new friendships, build community, handle conflicts, develop children’s cognitive and social skills and encourage an overall healthier and resilient life. Parents and children work together and connect to a support network of other moms and dads experiencing the same military life challenges.
Operation Little Learners has moved online for the duration of the shutdown. Register to receive weekly emails with videos and activities!
Operation Hero is a nine-week, no-cost, after school enrichment program designed specifically for military kids. This nine-week, no-cost, after school enrichment program is designed specifically for military kids. Using fun, engaging and interactive lessons and activities, Operation Hero focuses on different topics each week to promote understanding, resiliency and connection. Topics include: identity and self-esteem, respect, honesty, responsibility and more.
Camps are a childhood tradition at the Y. From after-school care to summer camp for military kids and Hampton Roads families, your school-age child will learn problem-solving skills with a variety of structured and unstructured, free-choice learning activities.
We offer camps in both the Spring and Summer.
The development of cognitive, social, and motor skills is a key ingredient to any child's formative years. Our programs are designed to help children grow socially through building relationships with others and giving them an opportunity to have fun and be a kid! We offer services during school closures. Our Before and After program is focused on enrichment, growth and connection. Trained facilitators provide opportunities for movement, homework help and support.
Family separation by frequent deployments bears a unique challenge to military spouses and children. The ASYMCA of HR facilitates Family Readiness Group (FRG) meetings that foster an environment of information sharing, family support, and opportunities for family members of deployed units to assist one another in overcoming domestic challenges associated with military deployments.
The holidays can be a really stressful time of year. For junior enlisted families, the added stress of holiday expenses can really add up. We continue to see an increased need in both demand and support for this program.
Since its beginning in 2011, The Jack Daniels and Armed Services YMCA Operation Ride Home Program has assisted 1,557 service members and their families, a total of 3,550 individuals, travel from their bases to homes across the country for the holidays.