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Peterson Space Observer

Passport to manhood

By Senior Airman Tiffany DeNault

21st Space Wing Public Affairs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.    About two dozen pre-teen and teenage males age nine to 18 years old participated in the R.P. Lee Youth Center Passport to Manhood lock-in Nov. 21.

“Passport to Manhood is a Boys and Girls Club of America program that allows young men to participate in activities and discussions that encourage good behavior as they progress in their lives going from pre-teen to teen years, encouraging good moral choices,” said Kyle Hanchett, one of the key leaders of the event.

The activities for the young men varied from team building to basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation and lifesaving skills.

“Some of the activities we offer include leadership, self-esteem, and response to authority,” said Carlos Wade, head of the event. “It’s just another liaison to piggy back on what the parents teach to give our young men a daily way to communicate with each other and respond to different situations.”

As leaders of the event, the team leads model the acceptable behavior expected of the young men to ensure future success throughout their life, said Michael Slagle, another team lead at the event.

Passport to Manhood is one of many programs offered to the military families of Peterson and Schriever AFB, and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station. Other programs include youth sports, instructional classes, school age program and the pre-teen and teen programs.

The programs follow the guidelines set by the U.S. Air Force, Boys and Girls Club of America, National 4-H, National After-School Alliance, National Association of Education of Young Children and the National Youth Sports Coaches Association. Each program gives the children the opportunity to participate in activities that are of interest to them and provide a positive learning experience.

For more information on what the R.P. Lee Youth Center has to offer call 556-7220, for questions related to their sports program call 556-5242, or stop by the youth center at 100 Selfridge St., building 1555, on Peterson AFB.

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