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School Age Center (SAC) / Youth School Services (YSS)


Scholarship Information

The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and guaranteed civilian employment with the Department of Defense (DoD) upon degree completion.  The application window opens 1 AUG.  For more information, visit the SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program website at: .


Here is the LinkedIn profile for an Army Civilian who earned her PhD using a this scholarship program: .  Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Kinesiology.  Her PhD concentration is Rehabilitation Science. 


Applicants MUST be pursuing a technical degree in one of the 21 STEM disciplines listed below. Technical degrees include programs specializing in science, mathematics and engineering (as listed in the 21 approved disciplines). Non-technical degrees include management, arts or humanities degrees that are not approved or funded by SMART. Students pursuing technical degrees related to the following are encouraged to apply:


  •     Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  •     Biosciences
  •     Biomedical Engineering
  •     Chemical Engineering
  •     Chemistry
  •     Civil Engineering
  •     Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
  •     Computer and Computational Sciences and Computer Engineering
  •     Electrical Engineering
  •     Environmental Sciences
  •     Geosciences
  •     Industrial and Systems Engineering (technical tracks only)
  •     Information Sciences
  •     Materials Science and Engineering
  •     Mathematics
  •     Mechanical Engineering
  •     Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
  •     Nuclear Engineering
  •     Oceanography
  •     Operations Research (technical tracks only)
  •     Physics
School Age Center (SAC): Grades 1-5/6*

Army School Age Centers provide care during:

  • Before school and after school
  • School closures
  • Seasonal and holiday school breaks
  • Summer Camp
  • Hourly Care

Services offered:

  • Supervised recreational and developmental appropriate activities
  • Computer lab
  • Homework lab
  • Educational and recreational field trips
  • Open recreation options
  • Non-competitive, physical activities
  • Supportive, well-trained staff who enjoy working with children
  • Volunteer community service
  • Breakfast before school, snack after school, and lunch on non-school days
  • Transportation to and from special activities and instructional programs during the school year

Children have access to computer labs and can receive help on daily homework assignments. Programs are nationally accredited and utilize standard curricula through formal partnerships with nationally-recognized organizations such as 4-H and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).

* Depending on school configuration

Middle School / Teen

Middle School/Teen (MST) is a comprehensive, supervised Army program targeting youth in grades 6-12 who are generally between the ages of 12-18. The program operates a supervised fun, safe, recreational and learning opportunities that assist with the development of eligible youth outside the school hours. The program offers a wide range of positive options that promote healthy youth development and ease youth transition to adulthood.

To participate in the MST Program, you must register by filling out a Youth Program Registration and Sponsor Consent Form. This can be done at your local CYS Parent Central Services Office located at Building 412, phone +1(718)630-4805 or +1(718)630-4815. There are no registration or monthly user fees. 

Youth Sponsorship

Helps with the relocation of youth so that they can become more familiar with their new home in Fort Hamilton.  Sponsors are matched to youth according to their gender, age, and interests.  The sponsor escorts incoming youth around the post, school area, and to Child, Youth & School Services (CYS Services) facilities and events.

Youth Sponsorship Brochure

Sponsorship Form

I'm Alone

The idea of staying “home alone” can be exciting but it is also
different than being home with other family members
around. Taking care of yourself is a big responsibility.
Topics covered during this training include

1. Being safe and responding to situations and emergencies when you are home alone.

  • How to safely prepare nutritious snacks
  • How to make good decisions

2. Ways to solve conflicts peacefully.

Youth Web Resources
MWR Academy Operation Military Kids
CYSS Youth Services on AKO Operation Purple Camps
Civilian Personnel Human Resources Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network
Character Counts Source for Education Standards
Boys & Girls Clubs of America Professional 4-H / 4-H Curriculum Directory / 4-H After School programs
Boys & Girls Clubs of America Public Youth Technology Lab Portal
Get Fit Be Strong and CYS Services Fitness Program National Alliance for Youth Sports (Start Smart)
DoD Military Resources Cooperative Extension Service web based e-answers
IMCOM Home Nutrition Website
Youth Community Mapping Showcase Council on Accreditation – School Age Services program accreditation & endorser training
High School Enrollment / Scholarships

For high School enrollment information click here.

For schorlarship information click here.

Youth Sports & Fitness

Sports & Fitness Program provides Team Sports, Individual Sports, Fitness and Health Programs and programming in the Child Development Centers, School Age and Youth Programs. Pre-registration is required for Sports & Fitness programs.

The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) has a website for evaluation of coaches. Parents have the opportunity to evaluate coaches on the NAYS website.   NOTE: Parents must have the coach member number to rate their coach. You can get this number from the CYS Services Sports & Fitness office. 

Sports Physical

A Sports specific physical must be completed annually, prior to the start of the sports season. The form must be completed with a doctor’s signature and stamp and submitted to Parent Central Services during registration. 

Hint: The best time to get your child’s physical, if possible, is in July so your child’s physical will be valid for all sports for one full year.

**Youth Sporst & Fitness St. Pat's Online Registration. To redeem fee waiver, participants must register with CYSS for desired sports activity prior to completing the St. Patrick CYO Sports registration. 

Want to be a volunteer coach? 

We are always looking for adult volunteer coaches. Contact the Youth Sports & Fitness Office to see about becoming a coach. Coaches receive free registration for spring sports.

*If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sports & Fitness Office.

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