Share your passion with youth, while earning extra cash, as a Fort Belvoir Child and Youth Services instructor teaching specialized classes offered to children and youth on post. Examples of the variety of opportunities there are for instructors include piano, guitar, dance, educational workshops, martial arts and personal development. 

“CYS tries to offer instructional programs that you won’t normally find in schools, such as individual lessons with instruments and group instruction,” said Julian Bogan, program operation specialist. “We’re looking for a broad range of instructors for the instructional programs.” 

To become an instructor, you need to show your qualifications, such as experience, degrees, or certificates. You must show proficiency in the area you are teaching and pass a background check. 

The instructional program is aimed at those who want a flexible schedule. Instructors can use the program as a full-time opportunity or as a side job to make extra income. You will be a contract employee, not a CYS employee, he added.

“We really want our program to touch the Fort Belvoir community and reach the various populations on Belvoir,” he said, adding that CYS seeks to enrich youth and children by helping them obtain additional skills. CYS also wants to get children to think outside of technology and cell phones, and combat childhood obesity. 

Committed, Dedicated, Genuine 

One of the more physically active classes is martial arts. Richard Wilkins has been a Tae Kwon Do instructor with CYS since 1992, he said. He retired from the Army after 33 years and now spends his time teaching martial arts while pursuing his education as a full-time student. 

“Being retired from the Army helps quite a bit, because before I had to do everything after 4 p.m.,” he said, describing the difficulties of balancing school and work. 

Wilkins got started with Tae Kwon Do while stationed at Fort Myer and taking classes. Those classes had a significant impact on his future and, as a result, he believes in the importance of instructional programming. 

“Every instructor says they have the best students in the world. It’s a great thing to be able to say,” he said. 

Wilkins recommends those wanting to become instructors be committed, dedicated and genuine. 

“If you’re not that, then everyone can tell, and that makes it hard for everyone,” he said. “The kids can definitely tell, and the parents, too, that you are just going through the motions.” 

Wilkins said he loves what he does and enjoys the support he’s received from the community. 

Full-time passion 

Angela Chapman is a full-time instructor with CYS and teaches dance, including tumbling and ballet to youth, with five to six classes a week. She’s taught dance for 21 years and has been an instructor with CYS for eight years. 

“If they grow to love dance, that’s really important to me,” Chapman said. 

She started dancing in a program similar to CYS when she was younger and said that inspired her to continue. Chapman said she also learned that she loves teaching dance even more. 

“I have so many kids who tell me they want to be a dance teacher,” she said. “It’s special that they are going to take something from my classes. Maybe some will end up dancing professionally or take it in a different direction.” 

For information about how to become a CYS instructor or to get an application, email usarmy. belvoir.id-sustainment.mbx.dfmwr-cys-admin@mail.mil or call 703- 805-1847.