Since the inception of the Child and Youth program, the NYNGCYP has conducted numerous State Symposiums (setting new records for attendance each year), increasing its adult volunteer base, providing various trainings and professional development opportunities for educators, conducted numerous Family Retreat Weekends, increased partnerships with both local and state-wide organizations and participated in events throughout the state focused on supporting children and youth. All of this, however, is just the beginning. With nearly 44,000 military dependents throughout the state, the need for increased opportunities has never been greater.
How does a child or young adult participate?
Teachers or youth group leaders hopefully will take the initiative to involve their students. The program addresses learning standards in civics and presents excellent topics for writing and art assignments, which teachers can incorporate into their may also contact a local AMVETS post or department to invite veterans to visit their classes. Students whose teachers or schools are not participating in the program can still enter the contest specific to their grade as a take-home or after-school project. Parents may contact a local AMVETS post or department , on behalf of their children, to submit entries or contact the AMVETS National Programs Department at 301-683-4031.