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  • March FuN & Activities

    Priaires Youth Calendar

    Don't miss out on all the fun events happening at the Prairies Youth Center this month!
  • Ages 5 - 12

    Youth Soccer Registration

    Youth Sports Soccer Registration opens February 5 and closes March 22! Register your child for only $65!
  • Ages 7 - 18

    Youth Track Registration

    Youth Sports Track Registration opens February 19 and closes April 12! Register your child for only $65!
  • Tuesday/Thursday - 5pm

    Taekwondo Classes

    Enroll your child in classes for $55/month
  • Stay Up to Date

    Follow Us on Facebook

    See what fun activities are happening throughout the Child & Youth Programs by following our Facebook Page!
    Follow us @WPChildYouthPrograms
  • Support Our Youth

    Coaches Needed

    Volunteer as a youth sports coach for basketball, track, softball, soccer, and more!
  • Care Starts Sept. 6

    Before & After School Care Enrollment

    Register your child for Before & After School Care for the 2023-2024 School Year. For questions, contact School Age Programs.

About Us

Located off base in the Prairies’ housing complex, the Prairies Youth Center (PYC) offers a wide variety of clubs for youth ages 9-18.

Programs are engineered around the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and the 4-H curriculum. They are designed to promote three primary outcomes: academic success, good character & citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.

Prior to joining the PYC, each youth must complete a membership packet.

  • lego club

Clubs & Activities

Making Learning Fun

  • Lego Robotics

  • 4-H Makers Challenge

  • STEAM Lab

  • Open Play Video Games

  • Summer Rec Programs, Camps, & Field Trips

Healthy Lifestyles

  • Healthy Habits Jr. Chef Challenges

  • Smart Girls & Passport-2-Manhood Group Chats

  • Triple Play Exercise Challenges

  • Community Service Opportunities

Inspiring Creativity

  • Fine Arts

  • Imagemakers

  • Jr. Master Gardener

  • Poetry Contests and Video/Essay Challenges

  • & More!

Torch Club

Pre-Teen Programs

Torch Club gives youth, ages 9-13, the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through service to their Youth Center and community. Torch Club members learn to work together to plan and implement activities in four areas: education, health and fitness, service to club and community, and social recreation.

Air Force Teen Council (AFTC)

Teen Programs

Air Force Teen Council is a network of teens from AF bases around the Midwest working to resolve issues and voice teen concerns to the highest levels of AF leadership on behalf of teens locally and worldwide.

Keystone Club

Teen Programs

Keystone is Boys & Girls Club of America’s (BGCA) premiere teen character and leadership program. The program helps develop good character and positive leadership skills for young members ages 14 to 18. Teens learn the value of good citizenship and community service and are encouraged to participate in activities in four key focus areas: community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach.

Youth of the Year

Scholarship Programs

Develops teens’ leadership skills through experiences in and out of the club. This leadership development program includes hands-on activities, exploring topics such as identity, passion, personal branding, voice, teamwork, goal setting, as well as activities to prepare them for the Youth of the Year selection process.
Each year, one deserving teen will be selected to represent Wright Patterson AFB as their Military Youth of the Year and receive a $2,500 scholarship after competing at the state competition. The Youth of the Year will then be able to compete against other military bases at Regionals for a chance at additional scholarships.

Congressional Award

Service Award Programs

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress' award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all 14 to 24-year-olds. Participants earn bronze, silver and gold Congressional Award certificates and bronze, silver and gold Congressional Award medals.

Presidential Award

Service Award Programs

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes youth and adult volunteers who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month period. The awards are offered in multiple levels and are designed to recognize each milestone of your service achievement: bronze, silver, and gold.



(937) 904-4700


Monday - Thursday: 
2:30 - 7 p.m.
2:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, & Federal Holidays


641 Chapel Ln, Bldg 234
Riverside, Ohio 45431