Month of the Military Child

April 2020 — Overcoming Challenges: Adapting Today for a Stronger Tomorrow

Month of the Military Child is observed each April to recognize and honor military children for their contributions and sacrifices to supporting Soldiers and the Army mission. The observance reiterates the Army’s commitment to Soldier and Family readiness and resilience. The April 2020 observance has the theme, “Overcoming Challenges: Adapting Today for a Stronger Tomorrow.” Army Child and Youth Services also observes its 40th anniversary in 2020.

CYS Turns 40

Child and Youth Services celebrates its 40th birthday in April 2020 with the theme “Journey to Excellence.” And what a journey it’s been!

Operation Megaphone

Operation Megaphone, an event led by Army CYS Youth Program will connect teens from all Army CYS Youth Centers worldwide for one 24-hour period, from 24-25 April 2020. The teens discuss key issues that affect military youth and promote communication across Army CYS. Operation Megaphone will focus on three areas:

Purple Up!

In 2011, the University of New Hampshire 4-H started the “Purple Up! For Military Kids” initiative and is now celebrated nation-wide.

Young Lives, Big Stories

The Young Lives, BIG Stories contest gives Army youth the chance to tell their story about what it means to be a military kid. This annual contest runs each year during April, the Month of the Military Child (MOMC). For more information and to enter this year’s Young Lives, BIG Stories contest.