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

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Armed Services YMCA 

of Hampton Roads

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.

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FIVE STAR KIDS ACADEMY

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR FALL 2020

The Five Star Kids Academy, at the Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads, will offer school-age care in a safe and reliable learning-focused environment. Our goal is to support both cognitive development and social-emotional growth with opportunities for enrichment and connection through steam-based learning activities, educational partnerships, virtual learning and homework support, daily physical activity, opportunities for creativity, engaging lessons that focus on character development, resilience and more. Our program will operate full-day, school-age care until schools are operating Monday through Friday for face-to-face instruction.

We'll be here when you need us.

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OPERATION LITTLE LEARNERS

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 VIRTUAL SUMMER SESSIONS are happening now! Check out the OLL page for updates on monthly field trips and Craft & Conversation events.

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OPERATION SUMMER CAMP

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, each offering a different theme to bring learning and excitement to your child's experience.

This year's Summer Camp theme is We've Got Talent!

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OPERATION HERO

Operation Hero is a ten-week, no-cost, after school enrichment program 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. Based on current conditions, an eight-week virtual program has been adapted and is running for Summer 2020.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW FOR FALL 2020.

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WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

The work we do is important in the best of times. In this time of uncertainty, it is even more critical to provide these services to military families. Junior enlisted families often rely on the free and low-cost services provided by the Armed Services YMCA. In the midst of this pandemic, we've committed to continuing to meet our families where they are; we've created online videos to ensure that young learners stay engaged at home; we've launched the Five Star Kids Academy to meet the full-day care needs once school starts; and we're currently running the first virtual Operation Hero program to continue to support military children with the daily emotional challenges that come with deployments and separations that are a routine part of military life. Will you make a contribution to ensure we can continue to serve our military family?

YES! I want to donate and make a difference today. 

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FAMILY READINESS GROUP 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. 

Our conference room accommodates 30 people and includes a Smart TV, Computer, Microwave, Small Fridge and Coffee Machine.

Reservations: 757-363-1884 or hamptonroads@asymca.org

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FOOD INSECURITY

Here at the Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads, we understand the importance of food insecurity and the impact it can have on our military families day to day life. Those who experience hunger on a regular basis especially school-age children face the risk of chronic illness, behavioral problems, anxiety, and aggression. So, with the assistance and generosity of our local sponsors, community, and volunteers the ASYMCA has programs and services to help put nourishment on the family table.

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OPERATION RIDE HOME

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.

CURRENTLY POSTPONED FOR 2020.