Youth Programs

425 Kenny Ave. (318) 456-3448 | DSN 781-3448


Leisure Program

 Winter Hours of Operation-(Aug. -Mid-May) 

Monday: Closed

Tuesday - Thursday -3:00pm - 7:00pm (pre-teens close at 6:00pm)

Friday - 3:00pm - 8:00pm (pre-teens close at 7:00pm) 

Saturday - 12:00pm - 8:00pm (pre-teens close at 7:00pm)  

Summer Hours of Operation (Mid-May. - Mid-Aug.)      

Monday: Closed

Tuesday -Thursday - 12:00pm - 7:00pm (pre-teens close at 6:00pm)

Friday - 12:00pm - 8:00pm (pre-teens close at 7:00pm)

Saturday - 12:00pm - 8:00pm (pre-teens close at 7:00pm) 

School Age Program open Monday - Friday 6:15am - 6:00pm      

Sponsorship Program PCS'ing to Barksdale, Youth can be paired up with a pen-pal to help in the transition period of Youth and Teens. Please click on the link below for a Youth Program Sponsorship handbook with in formation to request a Pen-Pal, web address to local weather, school information, local transportation and more.  

click  here:  Sponsorship Handbook


 Piano and Guitar lessons: Looking for a piano instructor if you are interested please contact us at 456-3448.


TaeKwonDo Classes: Registration Going On Now, classes start 1 Nov. 2014 for ages 5-18 years old

                             4 classes per month/$50.00 per month/$45.00 per additional sibling

                            Dates and Times will be determined by the Instructor.                   

  New--Movie Night Every Third Saturday at the Youth Center. Movie time is 6:00. Refreshments are sold for a small price.  The movie is free of charge

   New-- Registration for Aviation Camp, Space Camp and Teen Leadership Camp are available. Registration packets must be in by 7 Apr 15. For more information please call 456-3448





        Want to earn college money? Barksdale Youth Program is an approved program.

Air Force Aid Society


Program Guidelines (Effective 1 June 2012)


1. Program Description: The Youth Employment Skills (YES) Program is an on-base youth volunteer program funded by the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) and jointly administered by AFAS and Air Force Family Member Programs Flight.  This program, being offered at select Air Force bases, offers high school aged dependents of Active Duty Air Force members an opportunity to learn valuable work skills while having a positive impact on their base communities.  Program participation incentives are in the form of dollar credits for grant funding.  The YES Program allows all certified and enrolled high school students to "bank" volunteer dollar credits toward their post-secondary education/training at a rate of $4 per hour volunteered in an on-base position.  Students may accumulate as much as 250 hours, for a potential $1000 maximum, over all four years of high school combined.  In addition, the participating base youth program will "bank" base community credits at a rate of $2 for every hour volunteered per student, up to a maximum of $10,000 per program year.  For purposes of this program, "program year" is defined as the 12-month period beginning 1 June through 31 May of each year.  Youth Director, as part of Family Member Programs Flight, manages the YES Program at base level.


2. Eligibility: All high school aged children (grades 9-12) of Active Duty Air Force members assigned to selected bases are eligible to participate.  Students who wish to participate must sign a written agreement, developed at base level, of volunteer status (see paragraph 3D).  Student volunteers must also submit a YES Position Description (Form 95C, attached) and YES Enrollment Application (Form 95, attached) completed by both the student volunteer and sponsoring Active Duty parent, to the Base Youth Director (see paragraph 4A).  Applications will be forwarded to AFAS HQ for processing.  Submission of application does not guarantee enrollment approval.  Only formal notification from AFAS HQ to Base Youth Director will be considered as final enrollment approval.  Requirements for eligibility are as follows:


            A)        Student must be a dependent son or daughter of an Active Duty Air Force member, assigned to a selected base, and reside on or off base.  Dependents of other service personnel (Army, Navy, Marine Corps) and DoD civilians are not eligible.


            B)         Student must be enrolled in high school and attend full-time as  a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior.  Summer periods will be considered as part of next higher school grade level; i.e. summer after sophomore year will count as junior year, summer after junior year will count as senior year.


           C)                Student is not otherwise excluded from workplace volunteer positions due to local/state/country labor laws and/or safety restrictions. AFAS will accept up to eight hours worked per day.  No credit will be given for lunch, breaks, or travel time.


           D)                 Hours must be volunteered in an on-base position as approved by the Base Youth Director and AFAS HQ as appropriate for the YES Program.  (Note:  All Chapel affiliated positions, thrift store, base retail operations, waitressing, and Red Cross positions are not eligible). AFAS HQ has final approval on all positions requested.


            E)         Hours volunteered under a school program, other community programs (including Red Cross) and/or mandated community service hours will not qualify for "banking" either student volunteer credits or base community credits under the YES Program. Students may not use service hours from another volunteer program/organization to count toward their YES credits; YES Program hours must be volunteered above and beyond any other such required service.  In addition, Red Cross volunteers sign a form stating they will not be compensated for their hours, giving student’s money for college is considered compensation.


            F)         Sponsoring Active Duty parent has neither an AFAS Emergency Assistance (EA) nor Education Loan that is uncollectible or delinquent in payment, nor owes a refund on an AFAS Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) grant.


            G)        Participation eligibility and accrual of credits terminates upon high school graduation or 31 May of senior year, whichever comes first.  Immediate termination of participation eligibility occurs upon withdrawal from high school and/or sponsoring parent's separation/retirement from Active Duty, or PCS to non-participating base.  However, these students may still receive their "banked" credits upon completion of high school under the same terms as other students who remain enrolled in high school or whose sponsoring parent remains Active Duty (see paragraphs 4J-K and 5A-C).


Y.E.S. Program application may be picked up at the Barksdale Youth Center. POC is Mr. Sonney /Mr. Sedberry  at 456-3448


 Help Barksdale Youth
The Barksdale Youth Program is listed in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Contributions from this program provide area youth with safe, well rounded programs and learning opportunities.







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Get Involved
If you are an Adult with or without Children and would like to make a difference in the lives of our Youth and Teens, You are invited to join us by becoming a member of one of two Advisory Committees at the Barksdale Youth Center.

The (PAB) Parents Advisory Board serves in an advisory capacity and planning forum to help our program meet the needs of our Youth in three program areas which include School age program and our Teen and Pre-Teen Programs. The PAB group meets once a quarter at 11am.

The (SAC) Sports Advisory Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Sports Program Director to assist in the overall operation of the sports program. Volunteers my serve as Board members, Commissioners or as interested volunteers. Committee will meet as agreed on by the members and will work closely with the Sports Director to help insure a fun, healthy and safe environment as well as helping to evaluate and meet the needs of all our Youth and Teens.

If you would like to be a part of these committees or would like more information, please call or come by the Youth Center. Thank you in advance for your support.   

2014-15 Youth Sports Calendar
All dates are tentative and are subject to change. Call the Sports Director at 318.456.3448 with any questions or for the latest updates. Look for the latest dates on our website ,Youth Center and Base paper at least one month prior to registration month.

Registrations are typically held Oct - Nov each year- cost $65.00, followed by a parents sports orientation and a coaches certification training. Season runs Jan - Mar.  

Registrations are typically Feb. -March - Cost: $65.00, Early Bird Registration. Followed by a parents sports orientation and a coaches certification training. Season runs Apr - first week in June. 

Registrations are typically July 1-Sep. 2nd - Cost: $65.00, Early Bird Registration.  Followed by a parents sports orientation and a coaches certification training. Season runs end of Sept - end of Nov. Practice starts around August. 


Before & After School Care
Drop off your children before school for a hot breakfast and transportation to and from Sun City, Curtis, Bellaire and Stockwell Elementary Schools. After school snacks, activities and homework assistance are provided.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Cora Davis or Mrs. Janet Peppers at 456-3448.

School Age Program
The School Age Program is one of the only two before & after school programs in the state that is accredited by the National Council on Accreditation. The staff are highly trained and the program offers children/youth the opportunity to develop and enhance their self-help skills and master basic life skills through arts and crafts, dramatic play, high yield learning activities, homework assistance and field trips.  Children/youth ages 5 to 12 are eligible. Child care by the day is available during teacher in-service days and school closures. For more information, call 318.456.3448.

Child Care Payment Policy
Air Force policy states that applies to patrons of Child Development and Youth Programs, including school age is now in effect. All CDC/Youth Center patrons must provide a credit/debit card or bank authorization and agree to have the card charged or account debited in the event of nonpayment. All information is safeguarded in accordance with AFI 33.332, Privacy Act Program.

A variety of classes are available for your children at the BAFB Youth Center. Schedules and class details are available at the Youth Center.

If you are interested in teaching a musical instrument, drama, choir, cheerleading, martial arts, or art class (these are paid positions), please contact the Youth Center.

Parent Meetings
Parents interested in getting involved in youth programs are invited to join the Parent Advisory Board . For more information call 456-3448 or e-mail Cora Davis at

Parent Participation in the Sports Program
Help the Youth Center in providing youth with a well rounded sports program by getting involved. For details on how you can become a part of the Youth Sports Advisory Committee and make a difference, please contact the Sports Director at 318.456.3448.

Severely Injured Military Families' Child Care Assistance
A recent initiative sponsored by DoD provides families of severely injured military members with assistance to find and pay for safe, licensed child care services for a period of six months during their period of recuperation. (Extensions beyond the 6-month period are considered based upon physician reassessment.) Family Member Programs staff work with the National Association for Child Care Resource and Referral to assist families in locating care. The program is available nationwide wherever the injured member is receiving either in-patient or out-patient medical care and allows the spouse to be at bedside or to help with outpatient medical appointments. DoD provides a financial offset to the civilian child care fees during the recovery period.


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 Parents are reminded that there is no parking in the circular drive but especially between the hours of 0630-0800 in the mornings and between 1415-1600 in the afternoons due to bus pick-up and drop off.    All students must be registered to attend the School Age Before and After School Program.   Registration information can be obtained by calling 456-3448 Ms Peppers or Ms Davis.

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