YOUTH CENTER

PHONE: (813) 828-7438

HOURS OF OPERATION:

SCHOOL YEAR:

Monday • 1pm - 6pm
Tuesday - Friday • 2pm - 6pm

SUMMER:

Monday - Friday
12pm - 6pm

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Youth Center October Calendar

WELCOME TO THE MACDILL YOUTH CENTER!

Pricing: $75/pre-teens • $25/teens

After school programming for ages 9-18 is available for STEM, 4-H, Leadership & Service, Health & Wellness and Sports and Recreation.

Download the Youth Center Brochure

WHAT WE OFFER

Programs and activities offered at the Youth Center help improve and maintain the physical, social, and mental well-being of youth to include year-round programs and wholesome leisure-time experiences and are appropriate for children ages 9-18, who are dependents of active duty/retired military, and DoD civilian employees.

Not only are there games, crafts, life skills, and sports, but youth can learn how to become meaningful members of their community. Some instructional classes are conducted, but this is contingent on the availability of instructors.

A diversified youth sports program offers flag football, basketball, and soccer leagues, along with a cheerleading program. Teens have their own area where they can come to interact with their peers, get homework and career assistance, or play video games. Special events are conducted periodically for both the pre-teens and teens.

Other Services we offer:

  • "Safe Haven" for Youth Social Interaction
  • Field Trips
  • Youth Sports Program
  • Power Hour Educational Program

MACDILL YOUTH SPORTS AWARDS

The MacDill youth sports program has been awarded the "Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider" designation by the National Alliance for Youth Sports.

Read the full article here.

YOUTH DANCE LESSONS

Dance lessons are available at the youth center for ages 18 months - 14 years of age. Classes include mommy & me, tap, jazz and ballet. Prices vary by class. Call the youth center for more info.

YOUTH MUSIC LESSONS

The youth center offers a goal-oriented method to teaching with a practical approach to music theory and teaching music first on the instrument. Download the Music Lessons Brochure

$30/per class

Private Lessons:

  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Mandolin
  • Ukulele
  • Bass

Group Lessons:

  • Guitar
  • Ukulele

Class Times:

Monday • 10:30am - 2pm

Tuesday • 10:30am - 2:30pm

Friday • 10am - 6pm

About the instructor:

Michael Bunk holds a Bachelor's degree in music education with an emphasis in classical guitar performance from the University of Massachusetts, an associates of secondary education from Hillsborough Community College and over 25 years of experience in individual and group teaching. He currently acts as the theory tutor for students at the University of South Florida and has toured extensively in the U.S. supporting such notable names as Marky Ramone and Tiny Tim.

TAEKWONDO CLASSES

Sign up your kids for traditional taekwondo at the MacDill Youth Center! Our program instills confidence and promotes fitness while teaching kids respect, self-discipline and other important life lessons. 

Classes are $60/month + cost of uniform and gear

Mondays & Wednesdays • 5pm - 5:50pm

Ages 5-18/All Belts Welcome

Instructor: Joel Emerson, 3rd Dan CTF

YOUTH SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

Are you PCSing to or from MacDill Air Force Base? The youth sponsorship program can help!

If your child would like a Peer Pal, please call the youth center at (813) 828-7438.

Download the Youth Sponsorship Brochure 

YOUTH OF THE YEAR Pim Kruthun

Congratulations to Pim Kruthun! She is the MacDill Military Youth of the Year 2021!  

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PRESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD

The President's Volunteer Service Award is an opportunity to honor outstanding volunteers. Click here to learn more.

CHECK THIS OUT!

Pre-teens have an assortment of interest areas at the Youth Center. Youth ages 9 and 10 can become members of the Ambassador Club, while youth ages 11 and 12 can become members of the Torch Club. These are leadership clubs where the youth are responsible for planning community service, educational, health and fitness, and social activities throughout the year.

Pre-teens also have access to the basketball court, game room, education room, instruction room and two rooms specifically for pre-teens.

Programs like 4-H, Fine Arts Exhibition, Photography Contest, and computer classes are available throughout the year.

"Trust" Video

The above "Trust" video was created from the Recording and Music Video Camp offered through the youth center. 

"Caring" Video

The above "Caring" video was created from the Recording and Music Video Camp offered through the youth center. 

Clubs For Your Teen

SMART Girls– Is a prevention education and self-esteem enhancement program for female club members. It is designed to help girls develop and adopt a healthy attitude and lifestyle, develop a positive self-concept and develop sound decision-making skills. The SMART Girl’s program has modules for 9-12 and 13-17 years old. Each module has two components: “It’s Your Body” and “Take Care of Your Body”.

TORCH Club – Provides the opportunity for youth ages 11-13 to become part of a Leadership Club. Members discuss and plan special events, programs, and community service projects or events. Limited to 15 members. Club will meet once a week for an hour.

KEYSTONE Club – Teens ages 14-18 years old. Program has a rich tradition instilling leadership skills and responsibility among older Club members. Club is responsible for planning for Youth Center and special community events and projects. Member will be eligible to attend the Regional Keystone Conference, which was held in Virginia Beach last year.

4H Clubs – Is a community of young people who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Membership forms must be completed to join in the 4H activities.

Youth of the Year – Premier recognition program for club members, promoting service to club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. Winners will receive scholarships for college.

MacDill Teen Council – The MacDill Teen Council Program allows teens to brainstorm solutions and initiate change at the installation, amor command and Air Force levels. As members of the AFTC, teens can develop leadership skills and exercise their civic engagement while interacting with other teens and senior leaders at all levels. 

Friday Night Hoops – Offered the last Friday of each month at the youth center. Enjoy a fun game night of basketball for teens ages 14 to 18.

NOW AVAILABLE

Our youth sports program is predicated on skill development and team building. We want our youth to have fun while learning!

We currently offer the following sports:

  • Flag Football
  • Cheerleading
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Address:

    7813 Bayshore Blvd., Bldg #382

    MacDill AFB, FL 33621

  • Facility Director

    Chris Hug