Youth Programs

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

Leisure Program                                                               

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


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)    

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.  

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 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


Upcoming Youth Programs Events:

Night Time Art Gallery --- June 26,2015

Youth Center Pre-Teen/Teen Lock-in --- July 11,2015

Youth Center Volunteer Awards Banquet --- July 17, 2015

Back to School Pool Bash --- 31 Jul, 2015

Teen/Pre-Teen Lock-in --- 1 Aug. 2015

Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids --- September 19, 2015

For more information for the above events please call 456-3448 POC (Mr. Robert Sedberry)



Air Force Services Activity Child and Youth Programs are pleased to announce the 2015 Technology Camp!


Youth interested in applying for Technology Camp must complete the 2015 Technology Camp Registration Form (atch 2) by 20 July 2015.




  • AF Youth in 6th-8th grades can submit their package to the local installation Youth Programs designee for consideration and the Youth Programs designees will upload/submit registration forms to AFSVA via MyPers.

  • Air National Guard (ANG) or Air Force Reserve (AFR) youth will send their camp application directly to Ms. Penny Dale,

  • Youth registration forms are due NLT 20 Jul 15. Final selections for Technology Camp will be announced 24 Jul 15.

    Lodging, meals, and program costs will be centrally funded at no cost to the participant or installations. Airline and POV travel costs to the camp are the responsibility of the attendee. For convenience, a day camp option is offered to attendees residing in the San Antonio area.

    Camp specific information can be found within the General Information Sheet (atch 1). For camp specific questions, please contact AFSVA/SVPY POCs listed on the General Information Sheet.


             For more information contact the Youth Center at 456-3448


Island Lake Camp Scholarships

We are pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for military youth at Island Lake Camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania during the weeks of 4-17 Aug 15.  Active Duty Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve youth, 8-13 years old or 3rd-8th grades as of 1 Sept 15, are eligible to apply.  Although any youth from an Air Force military family is eligible, selection priority will be given to youth of wounded and fallen warriors or whose parent is currently deployed.  Interested youth must submit a Scholarship Application and Essay (Atch 1) on "The reasons why I should be selected to attend Island Lake Camp." The application is due electronically NLT 15 Jun 15 to Ms. Penny Dale at Selections will be announce 19 Jun. 15.  Island Lake Camp will provide lodging, meals and program costs while at the camp. Island Lake Camp also provides transportation to/from the following designated pick up locations: Yonkers or Queens, NY; Paramus or Livingston, NJ; and Philadelphia, PA. Parents unable to meet at a designated pick up location are responsible for transportation to/from Island Lake Camp. Transportation from local airports is not provided. Information about Island Lake Camp is available at Please contact Ms. Penny Dale at DSN 969-7251 or  or Mr. Joseph Sonney at 456-3448 for more information or additional questions.




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. Call 456-3448 for information.



Get Involved                                                                 YEAR ROUND PROGRAMS                                                                

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 contactthe Youth Center 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

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.

Severly 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.

Useful Link(s):

  • Student Resource Center - Database containing thousands of curriculum-targeted primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, full-text coverage of over 1,000 magazines, newspapers, over 20,000 photographs and illustrations.
  • Kids Health - Shows importance of good nutrition and exercise for youth of all ages.

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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