Child, Youth, & School Services (CYSS)
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.
CYSS Volunteer Highlight
Adult Volunteer Mentor - 108th Training Command
Ms. Khortney H. is the Adult Volunteer Mentor representing the 108th Training Command (IET). She was first introduced to Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS) in 2006, when participating in various CYSS activities and command events as an Army Reserve (AR) dependent. Like many AR dependents, Khortney has lived the life of an AR Family member, geographically separated from an Army installation and other Army Families, and understands what is involved in packing up and moving from something familiar to something entirely brand new. After her Soldier and Family completed a permanent change of station (PCS) move to Virginia, where Khortney graduated from high school, she returned to the North Carolina area and has been actively volunteering with the 108th Training Command (IET).
As a mentor, she has exceeded command expectations with her commitment to support the command and youth. Her dedication to the mission of the 108th Teen Council is exceptional, and her energetic and positive personality is contagious. Khortney serves as the first line of contact for the teen council members. She conducts monthly outreach and marketing calls, provides information on volunteer opportunities, and encourages youth to remain on track with their monthly requirements and school work. She has led youth webinars focusing on volunteering in the command and community. She has also volunteered with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), packing care packages for Soldiers overseas and coordinating letters for veterans. Khortney is finishing her junior year in college majoring in middle grades education with concentrations in history and science, and minors in Spanish and urban youth communities.
When asked why she chose to stay involved and volunteer with CYSS, Khortney responded, "I remember how much it helped me when I was younger. My experience was different in a lot of ways from the teens participating in different CYSS events (now), but that's just a testament to how much it has grown and adapted. CYSS is focused on the teens and kids who are an integral part of the Army/Army Reserve community, and that was a nice feelingóto be recognized for what you have to go through, not just your Soldier. It has been full circle for me; I've experienced firsthand the way that CYSS programs have helped me and I want to help kids and teens in similar situations feel as comfortable and confident as CYSS has made me feel. Through CYSS, I've learned when to take charge and when to fall back. I've learned to have confidence in myself, and to use that confidence when speaking, whether it's to one person or an entire room, no matter how much it may terrify me. And I've learned how to delegate. Outside of that, CYSS provides affirmation that everything that we feel as military youth is valid. These are things that CYSS programs have taught me and continue to teach military youth across the country."
Command Teen Council - Youth Volunteer
Emily L., representing the 75th Training Command Southern Division, became a teen council member in 2014 in hopes to connect with other Army teens, and come up with ideas to solve some of the issues Army teens face. As a Teen Council member, Emily was an active participant in the inaugural 75th TC Teen Council training held in conjunction with the Midwest Youth Leadership, Education and Development (YLEAD) Summit in Chicago, IL in August 2014. During the training, the teen council members worked with Project YES and learned about different types of leadership opportunities as well as ways to sharpen their public speaking skills. In July 2015, Emily participated in a Joint Teen Council Training along with youth from the 412th TEC and 80th TC held in Arlington, Virginia. During this training, council members learned about developing resilience, effective communication skills, and completed a service learning project at The Fisher House Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland. Emily is a consistent participant on the monthly conference calls, and has worked to acclimate newer members to the group by lending a listening ear to their questions. As a Joint Teen Council participant, Emily had the opportunity to be a part of a ceremony at The Twilight Tattoo where Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley took time out to take a picture with the teens and staff members.
Emily is a student at Klein Forest High School and has a passion for art. She recently won two medals at the Regional Texas Art Education Association - Visual Arts Scholastic event and has advanced to the final state competition in San Antonio. She is a member of the National Art Honor Society and student council as well as an active community volunteer. Emily shared, ìIt has been an honor for me to have the opportunity to participate on the 75th Teen Council and work with the wonderful staff here. I love meeting so many other great teens, all part of this wonderful organization. I hope all the teens know that the family support staff works hard to provide information and opportunities to make life better for all of us. So, thank you very much for being supportive and mentoring me, and I will pass it forward to be supportive and mentor someone else.
Army Reserve Teen Panel - Junior Advisor
Garrett M. is a member of the Army Reserve Teen Panel (ARTP) representing the 11th AVN. Since joining in April 2014, Garrett 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, Garrett helps facilitate team-building activities, hunting the good stuff with Teen Resilience Training (TRT) and group games. Most recently, Garrett attended the College Readiness and Financial Aid webinar and has been an active member of the Teen Council webinars.
Garrett is currently a senior in high school and has taken 13 Advanced Placement classes with a 4.34 Grade Point Average (weighted). He was named a finalist for the Grawemeyer Scholars Program at the University of Louisville, a research-based program, he serves as the captain of DuPont Manual Speech Team, and is a 2016 National Merit Finalist. In the fall he will attend the University of Louisville to study electrical engineering with a focus in nano-power systems and control systems research.
Command Teen Council - Junior Advisor Volunteer
Apella 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
Isaiah 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.
Operation Love Letter Events
CYSS Youth Activities
Joint Teen Council Gallery
Month of the Military Child Gallery
WYEP and SBYEP Gallery
Army Reserve Teen Panel Gallery
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