Student Leadership Opportunities
The vision of the JROTC program is to provide a quality citizenship, character and leadership development program, while fostering partnerships with communities and educational institutions.
To locate a JROTC program in a nearby high school, search in the top upright corner of the website.
Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program, including approximately 200 in West Virginia.
To locate a nearby squadron, visit http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/ and search in the upright corner of the website.
The Coast Guard has a longstanding record of working with national youth programs. We are proud to support these organizations in developing character and citizenship. The Coast Guard cooperates whenever possible to provide young people with enriching educational prgorams and the chance to experience Coast Guard operations first hand. In particular, we regularly support and work with Sea Cadets, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
The Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps' Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts.
The United States Marines Youth Foundation provides program books and videos to athletic directors so they can set up a fitness program within their school or youth organization. The K-12 program is designed to teach kids at an early age about the importance of staying healthy and promotes a "Fitness for Life" message. The 20-page full color program book is a complete how-to book and comes with scoring charts, examples of the competitive exercises, and descriptions and examples of alternative exercises for students who are not at their peak fitness levels or may need special assistance.
The West Virginia National Guard's Youth Leaders Camp (YLC) is an unparalleled leadership opportunity proven to be physically demanding, mentally challenging and rewarding.
YLC is designed for 15- to 18-year-old students entering their junior or senior year of high school. These students have expressed a desire to be a leader in their school and community. YLC enables youth leaders to build confidence, team building skills, integrity and the ability to motivate and influence others.
U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps