- MST Facility Photos
MST Bldg. 500 (MST)
MST Technology Center
MST Music Center
MST Gaming Center
- Youth Center Gym
The MST Center has a full size gym with a basketball court, rock climbing wall, and various sports equipment available for daily use.
- Teen Lounge
The Teen lounge is a place for youth to hang out and relax with their friends, the teen lounge has wide screen TVs, comfy furniture, a wide range of movies and video games that can be checked out, and a movie projector.
- Technology Center
The Technology Center has 15 computers and free Wi-fi are offered in our tech center, along with digital cameras and other technology that youth can sign out. Tech Club is offered weekly which gives youth the opportunity to learn new skills in robotics, claymation, coding, typing, creating apps, and more.
- Art Center
The MST Art Center offers pastels, potter wheel, colored pencils, watercolors, acrylics, and more are available for use regularly in our Art Center. Save your artwork and enter it into our yearly Fine Arts show in January for a chance to compete nationally!
- Music Room & Game Room
The Music Room at MST has a full sized piano, keyboard, guitars, ukulele, electric drums, hand drums, microphones, karaoke and more available for youth to use in our music room. Children may attend MusicMakers club weekly to learn different skills!
The Game Room has a pool table, video game systems, classic arcade machine, air hockey table, bubble hockey, foosball, board games and more in our game room! Keep your eye out for our regularly scheduled games tournaments!
- Special Events
Special events include trips, parties, tournaments, movie nights, dances, and barbeques are some of the exciting special events offered. All off-post trips require pre-registration and a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian. Fees may be charged on some trips. Program details are available at the Youth Center.
- Character and Leadership Development
Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their life. Torch Club members learn to work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community; education; health and fitness; and social recreation. Torch Club members are a voice for the 6th-8th graders in the Youth Center and meet weekly to help us make the center better for everyone.
Keystone Club is a teen-led club which provides teens in grades 9-12 with the opportunity to have a voice in the Youth Center and in the Community. Keystone Club works with teens to help promote academic success, service to club and community, and career and college readiness. Keystone Members volunteer at special events in the community, make a difference by mentoring younger youth, participate in forums and discussions about changes teens would like in the Youth Center and in the community, and have a say in events and activities we plan and implement. Monthly career, college and financial readiness meetings in partnership with ACS are planned as well and provided to Keystone Members who are interested.
Our 4-H club offer youth opportunities in leadership, decision-making, public speaking, and community service. We also offer the practical experience of bringing a set of projects to completion. The projects may include woodworking, mosaic tile, S.T.E.M., robotics, GEO Caching and more. They are presented annually at the Orange County and New York State Fairs. Grades 6 thru 12 welcomed.
Volunteer Service & Scholarship Opportunities
West Point youths have many opportunities to become involved in volunteer services on an individual or group basis, at West Point or in other communities. Ideas for volunteer service are gathered from the youths at council meetings. Numerous West Point teens have received thousands of dollars in scholarships in recognition of their contribution to the West Point and surrounding community programs through the annual Youth of the Year competition, as well as through various other scholarship opportunities available to military youth. We also offer a Teen Volunteer Program that meets once a month.
The sponsorship program is designed to help newly arriving youth become familiar with the West Point community, schools, local towns, and the surrounding region. Tours, monthly Hail and Farewell parties and other special events are just a few examples of the ways for our youth to participate, meet new people, and do exciting activities.
- Academic Success and Mentoring
Power Hour helps youth achieve academic, behavioral and social skills by providing homework help, tutoring and high-yield learning activities and encouraging members to become self-directed learners. Power Hour helps improve academic performance and encourage youth to graduate from High School, go to college and develop a lifelong love of learning.
Tech Club provides youth with the opportunity to learn about the exciting world of technology. We offer programs in Lego Mindstorm Robotics, Claymation, Digital Skills, Hour of Code, as well as a variety of STEM related projects. Youth gain the hands on experience they need to explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math. Through our partnerships with the Boys and Girls Club of America and their My.Future initiative, we also provide youth with the ability to develop strong, grounded digital literacy competency through project-based learning experiences. Members can produce portfolios of completed projects and present their projects to earn digital badges.
SMART Girls provides girls with guidance towards healthy attitudes and lifestyles. Through sessions, group activities, and volunteer opportunities, girls will build personal skills and develop positive relationships with their peers. The club is committed to help girls build positive self-esteem and healthy body image. SMART Girls enables girls to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible individuals.
CYS partners with Army Community Services (ACS & other agencies) to offer employment and financial readiness classes. These classes, which are offered periodically to youth in grades 6-12, focus on different aspects of finding and getting a job. In addition, the classes educate teens on budgeting their finances.
Camp Counselor Training
Youth that have completed 8th grade and are 13 years of age can volunteer as summer camp counselors. Applications are available in April. Interviews, selection, and training are held in May. Youth are then placed for a 1-2 week period in the CYSS Summer Camp program.
- The Arts
Arts & Crafts / Fine Arts
Our Art Program provides youth with the opportunity to tap into their artistic and creative side. Youth are introduced to different mediums and techniques of art through fun activities that all youth can participate in regardless of their level of expertise or skill. Pottery wheels, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, printmaking, colored pencils, collage, and crafts are just some of the offerings available in our art center. Youth are encouraged to take the time to express themselves through their creations. The club also hosts an annual Fine Arts Festival each January, displaying artwork of youth ages 6-18 gathered from the schools, community, School Age Center and Youth Center. Winning artwork goes on to compete in regional and national competitions through Boys and Girls Club of America.
- Sports, Health and Fitness
Triple Play focuses on teaching kids about exercise and teamwork. Youth enjoy sustained physical activity, and develop a sense of self-reliance. Staff create activities that promote youth to stay active, and form positive relationships that add up to a healthy lifestyle. Some of the sports and activities played might include kickball, four square, capture the flag, freedom ball, basketball, volleyball and more. The club also hosts a Fitness Challenge twice a year in which youth can participate in healthy competition with their peers. No matter a youth’s level of athleticism, all are encouraged and welcome to participate.
Our Cooking Club offers youth the opportunity to participate in preparing healthy foods while also engaging in community service, events and cooking competitions. Club members engage in a positive group discussion about healthy eating, making the right food choices, understanding food labels, food plate, food handling techniques, deciphering recipes, budgeting and culinary terminology. The best part of Cooking Club is that you get to eat what you make!
Youth Center Re-opening Rules
1. All youth and staff must wear masks upon entering the Youth Center, no exceptions. Youth will be warned one time to wear a face mask if taken off, then be spoken to by mgmt., parents will be called, and based upon the situation, youth may be sent home.
2. Participants must enter and exit through the front door, unless permission is given by staff to do otherwise, or in the case of an emergency. Participants must maintain 6 feet social distancing guidelines upon entering the facility and waiting to sign in. Youth will be screened upon entry into the facility, given hand sanitizer, and 3 youth will be let in at a time upon arrival, sign in, and will immediately wash their hands.
3. All youth must sign in and out on the paper copy sign in sheet for emergency purposes. YS staff will be signing youth into CYMS- youth will no longer scan cards at entry.
4. Respect is expected from all participants at all times. Youth will show respect to each other, to staff, to themselves, and to YS property and equipment.
5. High standards of social conduct will be maintained. Theft, fighting, gambling, violence, vandalism, bullying, profane language, and obscene gestures are prohibited at the Youth Center or on Youth Center grounds.
6. Youth Center equipment property and equipment is purchased with government funds and must be treated with care and respect to ensure damage does not occur. Those responsible for damage due to improper behavior will be held liable. All equipment and furniture will be disinfected and sanitized after each use.
7. Food and drinks will be consumed in the lobby/ snack area only, in accordance with Army Regulations.
8. Youth will be served snack every day from 230-330 p.m. In the snack area there will be no more than 20 youth at one time, tables will be properly spaced and disinfected after each use, and snack will be pre-plated, youth will no longer serve themselves.
9. Inappropriate expressions of affections are not permitted in the Youth Center or on Youth Center property. Staff members will be present at all times in every activity room to maintain social distancing guidelines and ensure proper conduct is followed. There will be a maximum number of kids allowed into each room (for example, high school lounge will allow no more than 10 youth at one time).
10. Youth are responsible for cleaning up messes they make and returning issues items for any activities they participate in while in the Youth Center. Staff will disinfect and sanitize used equipment/replace with clean equipment.
11. Youth are solely responsible for the safekeeping of their property. Lockers are available for use. Any youth using a lock on their lockers must remove the lock and any items before the Youth Center closes. All lockers will be disinfected and sanitized at the end of each use, locker use will be every other.
12. All participants are expected to dress appropriately. Over revealing clothing, or clothing featuring alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or inappropriate messages are prohibited.
13. Possession, consumption, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal and will be dealt with according to the Military Police, U.S. Army Garrison, and USMA procedures.
14. Smoking and the use of tobacco in any form in or on the premises is prohibited.
15. Possession of devices normally recognized as deadly or dangerous weapons such as knives, guns, firecrackers, etc. is strictly prohibited.
16. Free WiFi is provided for youth. Use of WiFi and personal devices must be done in accordance with YS rules. Youth must fill out proper technology paperwork (in registration packet) to utilize the YS WiFi. Inappropriate music, videos, and messages sent from personal devices are prohibited at the Youth Center.
17. The youth will sit at every other computer in the technology lab. Computer and computer desks will be wiped down after each use.
18. Taking pictures of videos of youth using technology in a derogatory nature to publically hurt or embarrass a peer(s), and posting on the internet is prohibited in the YS.
19. Guests are allowed in accordance with the Guest Policy on a space available basis.
Middle School and Teen Program Center is open to students in grades 6-12.
Planned and impromptu events and activities include fun and exciting offerings from Boys & Girls Club, 4-H, Character Counts, and Army Youth Program Curriculums. The focus is on character and leadership development, academic success and mentoring, arts and creativity, and sports, health and fitness. A monthly calendar is developed with daily activities and events that includes trips, tournaments, health and fitness activities, fine arts, cooking, recreational activities, teen development programs, and volunteer opportunities for youth. The Torch and Keystone Youth Councils allow youth and teens the opportunity to make an impact on the program offerings and in the community. Stop by Building 500 to find out more about any of the activities listed below.
Connections January-March 2021 - West Point Child and Youth Services Newsletter