Who are the Child and Youth Program Team?
The Child & Youth Program Team provides dependents, ages 6-18 years, of COARNG service members with opportunities to develop their physical, social, emotional and cognitive abilities and to experience achievement, leadership, employment, friendship and recognition through team building, outdoor activities and group events! Contact the coordinators listed below for information on upcoming youth events!
Lead Child and Youth Program Coordinator
Lance was formerly the Assistant Director at the Youth Center on Buckley Air Force Base before starting with the Colorado National Guard Family Program in November of 2013. Lance has worked with youth populations for 18 years in a variety of scopes including day and summer camps, church youth groups, residential treatment facilities, after school programs, special needs programs, sports programs and military programs for the Navy, Air Force and now Air & Army National Guard.
“As I approach my third year of employment as the COARNG Youth Program Department Lead, I am as energized and excited about serving the families of the Army & Air National Guard as I was upon my hire date. The youth team and its business partners & volunteers have worked tirelessly to grow and improve the operation on just about every service delivery category. Many great memories with the guard youth have already been made at our youth camps and activities and I’ve met a lot of great service members and spouses along the way. There is still more work to be done in the process of quality control however. One of my favorite business quotes (original author unknown) is, “The road to success is always under construction”. I hope to see even more guard youth in the program in the coming year as we strive to expand our services to an awesome target market!” – Lance Ellis, 2016
Child and Youth Program Coordinator
Kymberly originally from Ohio, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and has a background in Exercise Science. She has experience working in youth programming at the local government level and with non-profit organizations. She has experience working with military youth and families during her time as a military spouse in Fort Benning, Ga. Kym enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with her family. While working for the child and youth program, she hopes to bridge the gap between the youth and community. Not only helping to build their leadership skills, but also engaging the youth in the community to create a sense of belonging and purpose.
“I’m so glad to be apart of the CONG family programs team. While it is important to support the servicemen, we are also here to serve the youth. I hope to enhance the child and youth program, and bridge the gaps between the national guard youth, the schools, and the community.” – Kymberly Wheeler, 2016