Child & Youth Program

The New Jersey National Guard Youth Program is here to help provide the support and resources youth need to deal with the separation from a parent, child care issues, difficulties with school and many other problems.  Children of all ages can be affected at any phase of military life; we have program stop help one and all.  We also provide children and youth ages 5-18 with various opportunities to develop their physical, social, emotional and cognitive abilities and to experience achievement, leadership, friendship and recognition.



* Education Outreach *

Reaching out to school officials, educators and  counselors through mailings, in-service  presentations, briefings and state-wide training Opportunities 

*Youth Newsletter*  

Youth Newsletters-Published monthly on state website.  Providing information announcements, available programs and resources to military kids throughout the State.

* Month of the Military Child *

Some events we hold to thank and honor our Young Heroes include the Battle Lab Tour and Celebration of Military Children at the YMCA.

*Youth Camps*

Annual week-long summer Youth Camp by the beach for NG youth ages 9 and up.  We also team up with Operation:  Military Kids to provide quality weekend retreats and family camps throughout the State.

*Youth Briefings*

Provide youth briefings at Yellow Ribbon Programs, FRG Meetings, unit events and Conferences.  We brief available youth resources, have activities and distribute material.

*Resources & Referral*

We are advocates for military children and are here to educate families and promote the various programs (ie, childcare, extracurricular grants) that the child/family may be eligible for.

NJ NG Child & Youth Program Annual Report 2017


New Jersey National Guard Child & Youth Program Coordinators

Amanda Balas
Phone: 609-496-9261

Kimberly Jordan
Phone: 609-496-9260



Privacy and Disclosure: New Jersey National Guard Family Programs respects your right to privacy; however, the staff members DO NOT have privileged communication. New Jersey State Family Programs Staff is required by law, with or without your consent, to contact proper authorities if they believe you intend to harm yourself or others or if family member abuse, child neglect or drug use is suspected.