Va. Guard Youth Program seeks volunteers

More than 60 National Guard youth joined 24 National Guard teen volunteers and 25 adult volunteers July 26-31, 2015, at Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va., for the 10th annual Virginia National Guard Youth Camp. The week presented a full schedule of activities for youth who traveled as far as Roanoke and the D.C. area to attend. (Courtesy photo)

More than 60 National Guard youth joined 24 National Guard teen volunteers and 25 adult volunteers July 26-31, 2015, at Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va., for the 10th annual Virginia National Guard Youth Camp. The week presented a full schedule of activities for youth who traveled as far as Roanoke and the D.C. area to attend. (Courtesy photo)

SANDSTON, Va.– The Virginia National Guard Youth Program is currently seeking volunteers to assist with youth events in 2016. Volunteers are needed for Yellow Ribbon events, to assist with registration for youth events, and to serve as photographers, chaperones, team leaders, mentors and teachers. Volunteers with medical experience are also needed to provide medical support at camps and retreats. In addition the Youth Program needs volunteers to serve on the overnight staff for events.

“For those that are interested or know of any individuals that love to dedicate their time helping National Guard youth, this is may be the perfect opportunity for them to get involved,” said Joe Duerksen, Lead Child and Youth Coordinator for Virginia Guard Family Programs. “Volunteers are what make our program successful as they engage, teach, and mentor our youth.”

The Virginia Guard Youth Program aims to engage, empower and educate Virginia National Guard youth and families through programming, education and community awareness.

Youth Program Logo“By bringing a common language of resilience and connection, our National Guard Youth Program strengthens the military family as a unit during times of trial,” Duerksen said. “Without volunteers, our program would be ineffective at reaching military youth and families across the state.”

“Our volunteers help to create an environment to share the successes and challenges of the military life,” added Silena Callis, Child and Youth Coordinator.

For more information, please contact:
Joe Duerksen
Lead Child and Youth Coordinator
804-236-7866
joe.m.duerksen.ctr@mail.mil

Silena Callis
Child and Youth Coordinator
804-236-7865
silena.m.callis.ctr@mail.mil