JBLE-Langley Youth Program is here to provide a secure, safe environment promoting the health and well being of eligible children and youth, and to create an environment that fosters social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. The dedication and commitment in the leaders of this facility is unwavering. Program areas will encompass character & leadership, the arts, health & life skills, sports, fitness & recreation and education & career development. Current programming includes contracted Taekwondo classes, dance lessons, teen and tween leadership clubs, art classes, cooking clubs, all night lock-ins & dances, homework help, field trips, music camps and more. Our plethora of programming includes, Boys and Girls Club activities, 4H activities as well as special events and contract classes. Overall, it’s just a great place to hang out with friends.
Our mission is to provide a full range of community based before and after school and summer programs that provide a safe, supervised, and healthy environment for children ages 5-18. The SAP supports success in school and promotes multicultural appreciation, literacy, recreational and leisure activities, community involvement, and the arts.
- Youth of the Year
- Keystone Club
- Torch Club
- Power Hour
- Career Launch
- Passport To Manhood
- SMART Girls Club
- Smart Moves
- 4-H Program
- BGCA Fine Arts Exhibit Program
- Image Makers
- Drawing Classes
- BGCA Triple Play Leadership Club
- Air Force Sponsored Programs
- Special Events
- Summer Camps
- Congressional Award
- Air Force Teen Council
- Photography Program
- Additional Youth Programs & Opportunities
- Teens With a Purpose
The Youth of the Year Program is designed to recognize outstanding Youth and promote service to Club and community, academic performance, and contributions to family and spiritual life. Each year a 14 to 18 year old eligible member of Youth Programs is selected as the “Youth of the Year” based on their character, leadership, and service qualities. Upon winning this great distinction, winners have the opportunity to advance through the state, regional, and national levels where they could meet our state’s governor and/or the President of the United States. Applications are typically due mid-February.
Keystone Club is a small group program designed to help teens become more productive citizens and leaders. It is a unique character development experience that gives young people ages 13 – 18 the opportunity to contribute something of value to others and to have a voice in how that contribution is made.
Torch Club is a chartered small-group leadership and service club for boys and girls ages 9-13. The Torch Club is a powerful program through which Club staff can help meet the special needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their development. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to plan and implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation.
Power Hour is a program through which our staff helps club members ages 9-14 become more successful in school by providing homework help and tutoring while encouraging members to become self-directed learners. Our staff offers help to members in a structured, safe, quiet, allocated environment where all Club members can develop the daily habit of completing homework and preparing for class while being supported by staff and volunteer encouragement on a daily basis. Staff will utilize enrichment pages and educational software to provide supplemental work for members in a particular academic area.
Career Launch is a program that helps teens prepare for the working world, explore career options and their educational/training requirements and assists them in making sound decisions about their education through engaging, interactive sessions and activities. Club Tech is a computer based program that helps participants ages 9-18 become tech savvy while exploring the Boys and Girls club of America core programs of character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, and sports, fitness, and recreation.
Passport To Manhood is a program that promotes and teaches responsibility and reinforces positive behavior in male Club members ages 11-14. The program consists of 14 small-group sessions, each of which concentrates on a specific aspect of manhood through highly interactive activities.
SMART Girls Club is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls ages 9-14. The program is designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable adolescent/teen girls to develop to their full potential.
Smart Moves is a nationally acclaimed comprehensive prevention program that helps young people resist alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and avoid premature sexual activity. The program features interactive, small-group activities designed to increase participants’ peer support, enhance life skills, build resiliency and strengthen leadership skills. This year-round program uses age-specific modules that engage Club staff, parents, community members and older teen members in a team approach to prevention.
Start SMART, ages 10-12, presents information and skills needed to resist pressures to get involved In alcohol, tobacco other drugs or sexual activity. Group members analyze influences from the media and from peers; they also practice resisting peer pressure.
Stay SMART, ages 13-15, provides information about alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and sexuality and helps teenagers develop skills to make healthy choices. Teens practice problem solving and decision making, stress reduction techniques and strategies to resist peer and media pressures.
4-H Program is the youth development education program of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, provided to youth ages 9-18 to assist youth in acquiring the knowledge, life skills, and attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, contributing, and productive members of society. The central theme of 4-H education is “learn by doing”.
BGCA Fine Arts Exhibit Program is a program for ages 9-18 that encourages artistic expression among Club members through drawing, painting, print making, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local and regional exhibits. A panel of distinguished judges selects works for inclusion in the National Fine Arts Exhibit, which debuts at B&GCA’s annual National Conference and is displayed throughout the year at other B&GCA events. This program is combined with our weekly drawing class and Imagemakers Program to form our Fine Arts Club.
Image Makers is a year-round program and annual contest, both sponsored by Circuit City Foundation which encourages boys and girls ages 6-18 to learn and practice black and white, color and digital process photography. The program encourages youth at all skill levels to learn and practice various photography methods. The goal of the program is to teach the use of photography as an art and a vocation. Each year there is a photography contest with submissions typically due in March. The ImageMakers National Photography Contest provides local, regional and national recognition.
Drawing Classes are offered for ages 9 & up. The class consists of teaching drawing skills from beginner to advanced levels. Still life, landscapes, portrait, perspective drawing, and shading skills are taught. Art supplies are provided by Youth Programs.
BGCA Triple Play Leadership Club is implemented to support youth’s health, fitness and leadership development. Staff encourage members to become more knowledgeable about healthy eating habits and encourage physical activity, Staff help strengthen character and reinforce positive behavior through social recreation activities.
AF Services Space Camp
The US Space and Rocket Center, in Huntsville, Alabama, is the premier provider of authentic, inspiring, and entertaining educational experiences in space science and aviation. This program is open to family members of Active Duty military assigned to or living on an AFB, AF Retired Military, AF Civilian Employees, and active Air National Guard and AF Reserve members. Scholarships are available for youth ages 12-18. Attendees participate in a wide variety of physical activity, hands-on experiences, and classroom activities.
USAF 4-H Ultimate Outdoor & Fitness Adventure Camp
Air Force Services collaborates with 4-H through the USDA Military Partnership project to conduct teen summer adventure camp opportunities for youth family members of active duty military assigned to or living on an Air Force Base, AF retired military, AF civilian employees, and active air national guard and AF reserve members. Outdoor adventure leadership camps are held at the university of Arkansas Cooperative Extention 4-H Conference Center in Little Rock Arkansas. These camps are designed around an adventure theme and introduce campers to a wide variety of fitness and outdoor educational experiences that foster teamwork and teach life skills. If you like canoeing, hiking, swimming, rope courses and other outdoor activities, this camp is for you!
Teen Aviation Camp
AF Services Aviation Camp is an awesome opportunity for teens to have a glimpse of life at the Air Force Academy. Aviation Camp is offered annually the first week in June. Flying in a Cessna 145 is just one of the highlights at this camp. Participants are selected through a competitive application process. Only teens going into their freshman or sophomore year in high school may apply. The camp gives an insight into what life at the Academy is like, shows what the environment is like, what the facilities are like and what the opportunities are at the Academy. The Aviation Camp is a great camp experience for those who would like to explore the U.S. Air Force Academy as a possible choice for college.
In addition to these featured programs, Youth Programs also offers several special events throughout the year. Some of those events are: Easter Egg Hunt, Pre-Teen Lock-In, Teen Lock-In, Missoula Children’s Theater, Kid Fest, Armed Forces Kids Run, Fall Fest, Father Daughter Princess Ball, Fine Arts Exhibit, Photography Contest, Bowl by Mail, Read by Mail, One Page at a Time, Lights on After School, Kick Butts, Kids Fest, Mother & Son Masquerade Ball, Olympic Day, Toy Foundation Event, World Wide Day of Play, National Kids Day, Operation Holiday Cheer, Cookies For Cops Program, and Give Parents A Break Program.
Summer Camps are week-long specialty camps offered during the summer, i.e. America’s Historic Triangle Camp, Team Building Camp, NASA Camp, Aim High Camp, Outdoor Adventure Camp, Water Week, Dance Week, Music Week, Missoula Children’s Theatre, and at least one AF sponsored specialty camp is offered during the summer.
The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds. Earning the Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace – on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals. Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas; Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. For more information please contact Bethel Youth Programs at 225-2606
The Air Force Teen Council (AFTC) is a network of teens working to resolve issues and voice concerns to the highest levels of AF leadership on behalf of teens stationed across the globe. Meetings are held 2nd Thursday of each month. For more information or to get involved please call 225-2606.
The new National Photography Program is designed to help Club members go beyond taking simple snapshots and develop the skills to produce photographs that can really impact a viewer. Popular and accessible, photography is a useful hook to engage young people of all ages, particularly middle and high school youth, in creative programming that simultaneously teaches them skills they will use for the rest of their lives. For more information about our photography club please contact Bethel Youth Programs at 225-2606
Bowling is offered to youth, ages 6-18. For more information call the Bowling Center at 757-764-2433.
Hapkido is offered to youth, ages 5-18. For more information call the Community Commons at 757-764-2983.
Swimming is offered to youth, ages 3-18.
Outdoor Recreation at 757-764-7170.
Teens With a Purpose (TWP) is a peer-led, 501(C)(3) non-profit organization serving schools, churches and communities in Norfolk, Virginia Beach and across the Hampton Roads Region. TWP tackles issues teens face in today’s world such as prevention and education of HIV/STDs; distracted teen driving; dating abuse and violence; and many other challenges. Our mission: TWP-The Youth Movement, also known as Teens With a Purpose, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit youth development organization.
Their mission is “to create a platform to empower young people to use their voices, energy, abilities and talent to demonstrate their power to effect personal change and positively impact the lives of others through the arts and peer-led programs and events. We create a safe, non-judgmental environment for self-expression for all young people as we continue to promote healthy life choices.” Simply put, Teens Cultivating the Next Generation of Leaders.
Seven teens from this organization performed spoken word for us at the Operation Megaphone Teen Lock in and blew the Torch Club and Keystone members away! Three of the performers are representing Virginia in a Poetry Slam through Brave New Voices, and the national competition is being held in Atlanta Georgia this summer. The Keystone and Torch Club voted in their April meeting that they would both donate $1000 to the Teens With a Purpose organization to assist them on their journey to the national competition.