|Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Installation Management Command (IMCOM) youth development specialists
presented a three-day workshop at Fort McCoy to give Child, Youth and
School (CYS) Services School Age and Youth Center staff members
information about creative and resilient youth programming.
Germaine Pointer of the
Installation Management Command answers questions during a
workshop presented to members of the Fort McCoy Child, Youth and
School Services program.
Germaine Pointer and John Baggott, members of an IMCOM G9 team, visit
IMCOM garrisons at the request of the local programs to present various
strategies to improve youth programs.
“We empower them with the program tools to help teach youth life
skills,” Pointer said. “That helps youth become more confident about
what they do.”
The team also presents strategies about how to market the programs to
help maximize program attendance.
Pointer said this can include surveys to determine which programs youths
are interested in attending. Another goal is to get more parental
involvement so the programs can continue to grow, she said.
“We show the staffs how to develop youth/adult partnerships to give
youths more of a voice in the programming,” Pointer said. “This helps
youth understand programs better. They can see the challenges involved
in setting up a program, and at the same time can see the rewards of the
Pointer said the team also gives garrison organizations the resources
they need to help make their programs more successful.
Included is information from the Boys & Girls Clubs program, the 4-H
curriculum and various websites. In addition to IMCOM G9 team members,
Pointer said she also provides IMCOM personnel who can serve as
resources and provide information.
Cori Yahnke, Fort McCoy CYS Services Boys & Girls Club and School Age
and Youth Center director, said the program requested the training to
get the latest information available and help improve its offerings.
“We want to ensure that every eligible youth and their Family in the
Fort McCoy community knows about our programs and are welcomed to
attend,” she said. “We are here to serve everyone we can, and we want to
continue to offer them the best school-age program in the community.”
The Fort McCoy CYS Services School Age and Youth Center program
currently is offering its Summer Camp program.
For more information about the Fort McCoy CYS Services School Age and
Youth Center program, call 608-388-4373 or visit building 1751.