Army Reserve Family Programs. Connecting soldiers, families, and communities. Call Fort Family for 24/7 Assistance toll-free at 1-866-345-8248. Link to Fort Family Email Form
Army Reserve Family Programs. Connecting soldiers, families, and communities. Call Fort Family for 24/7 Assistance toll-free at 866-345-8248.

Call Fort Family for 24/7 Assistance at 1-866-345-8248, or click here.

Child, Youth, & School Services (CYSS)

  • AFA Update
  • Prosper Study
  • Family Days
  • Teen Resilience
  • Teen Council

Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS) has a range of quality programs to help Army Families meet their parental challenges and maintain their mission readiness. Whenever you need it and wherever you are, CYSS is prepared to make life better for Army Reserve Families.

  • Leverage child/youth military, community and national resources to help meet the needs of AR Families where they reside.

CYS Services helps geographically dispersed Soldiers and Families find affordable childcare and youth supervision options within local communities. Provide and connect Soldier & Families to school-age and youth command/unit events, school-age and youth community -based partnership events, school support services, and community-based resources. CYSS also has opportunities for youth volunteers for example: Army Reserve Teen Panel Member, Command Teen Councils Member, Youth, Leadership, Education and Development Summits, assist with FRG, Family Days, Battle Assembly Snack area and many more.

Find out about the program offerings at your command here.

CYSS Volunteer Highlight

Command Teen Council - Junior Advisor Volunteer

AppellaApella T. is a Teen Council member representing the 416th TEC. Apella was first introduced to Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS) at the 2014 Midwest Youth Leadership, Education and Development (YLEAD) training held in Chicago, IL. Throughout the week, Apella took the lead within her small group exhibiting natural leadership skills, and in turn, the entire staff took notice. During the closing of the event, Apella was invited to join the 416th TEC Teen Council, and we are glad she agreed.

As a member, she has exceeded command expectations with her inquisitive nature, drive, and determination. Apella faithfully participates in monthly conference calls and has volunteered alongside the Family Programs team at Family Days and during the Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) initiative, Operation Love Letter. This past spring, Apella graduated from high school and was accepted into the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently a freshman majoring in biochemistry. She has joined the ROTC because of her admiration of her mother’s service with the Army Reserve.

Even after graduating, Apella has remained a vital part of the Teen Council serving as a junior advisor and mentor for younger 416th TEC Army Reserve youth. Apella recently sent a letter to the Monument Committee at the University of Illinois at Chicago to propose a monument to honor homeless Veterans that suffer from mental illnesses, substance abuse, and other co-existing disorders. Her mission is to bring awareness to this growing problem. The question she asked of the Monument Committee in her letter was, “How could a nation as prosperous and thriving as the United States turn a blind eye to men and women who were, and are one of the main reasons for our wealth?”

Army Reserve Teen Panel - Youth Volunteer

IsaiahIsaiah S. is a member of the Army Reserve Teen Panel (ARTP) representing the 311th ESC. Since joining in June 2014, Isaiah has volunteered as a junior advisor at Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS) Youth Enrichment Programs, Unit Family Days, and Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Programs. As a junior advisor, Isaiah helps facilitate team building activities and group games. He also encourages discussion among the youth attendees.

Most recently, Isaiah along with another ARTP member was able to meet with the wife of Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, United States Army Reserve Command. Isaiah spoke with Mrs. Linda Talley when she hosted a town hall in Southern California in November, and shared what volunteer opportunities he has been involved in as well as his plans for school and the future. Isaiah is currently a senior taking seven AP classes, and serves as the Commissioner of Clubs with his high school Associated Student Body (ASB). He applied for early admission this fall to Brown University's medical program and plans to become a neurosurgeon.

Up next with ARTP, Isaiah will help the Orange County Council Boy Scouts of America develop activities so local boy scouts can earn a patch that shows their support for military Families. Called the "Proud to Support Military Kids" patch, earning the award will help boy scouts engage and support military Families in Orange County.

Photo Gallery

Joint Teen Council Gallery
JTC collage


Month of the Military Child Gallery
MOMC collage


WYEP and SBYEP Gallery
WYEP and SBYEP collage


YLEAD Gallery
YLEAD collage


Army Reserve Teen Panel Gallery
Army Reserve Teen Panel collage


Teen Council Gallery
Teen Council collage

Video Gallery

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