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The Armory offers a fun place to go after school for food, crafts, sports and even a little tutoring thrown in! Check out the various programs available from basketball clinics to arts and crafts or just a place to hang out with friends. We have something for all ages and our after school programs are FREE for students in grades 6-12.

Connect with us on social media to stay up to date and to get details of last-minute events only announced online.

Printable Calendar

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Arts, Crafts, and Hanging Out


Play games, enjoy free popcorn, concessions available for purchase, win prizes, and have fun!

Check the calendar and

Make sure to register!

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Our art room is the best room in the house! 

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Be the Influence

A Peer Support and Advocacy Group

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Classes & Certifications

Babysitting Certification

Learn a variety of applicable techniques to help you be a

great babysitter! Earn the SafeSitter Certification. Parents  look for Certified Sitters for their little ones - and we help you get it!

Check the calendar for our next offering. There is a $25 charge for this class - contact us for scholarships. 



Who doesn't love volleyball? We will have the net set up and ready for you to practice, play and have some fun.  Whether you are on a team, have never played before, or want to work on a set of specific skills, we have a place for YOU.


Cooking Matters for Teens!

A six week program for teens to learn how to grocery shop, cook on a limited budget, and make and take healthy meals home!

Offered in partnership with MSU Extension Office and a grant from Farm Bureau Knizacky Insurance Agency

Check the calendar for dates and times - make sure to sign up! For more information click here. 

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Driver's Education!

Premier Driving holds their classes at the Armory Youth Project. Contact Premier Driving to enroll, pay, and for more details. 

Register below to use the Armory facilities during your Driver's Training Session. This includes snacks, dinner, and use of the facilities before and after classes. 

Driving School

Guitar Lessons-

bring your own instrument or borrow one of ours!

Instructor Joe is eager to show students the basics of playing music. We have a great space and while we do have other instruments available, this lesson will be focused on improving guitar skills.  Sign up to reserve a spot for these FREE lessons!

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Pet Care Certification

Learn how to care for a pet and market your newly acquired

skills to pet owners who need a sitter or walker.

HOPEFULLY Coming Soon!


We need an instructor

and a sponsor!


Community Service/Leadership

Junior Achievement

The Armory Youth Project is partnering with Junior Achievement (JA) of Northwest Michigan to offer 

programs that foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in our community to dream big and reach their potential. 

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Social Media Training & Tips

Social Media with a purpose!

Make a video to promote the Armory Youth

Project! Student led program, posting to the Armory’s Facebook, or YouTube channel.

Digital social media

Sports Activities/Clinics


Tutoring/Education Support

Study Room/Quiet Room

Wi-Fi and Chrome books available, along with a quiet place to study.

Tutoring is available with volunteers upon request and by appointment.

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Cocoa, Cookies, and Cram

Let us help you get prepared for upcoming exams.  We will provide the space, have adults who will help with content, and of course, hot chocolate and cookies!  

Taking exams can be stressful.  Let's have some fun getting prepared and end the semester on a positive note.

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Manistee Area Public Schools

Late (but great) Start Mondays and daily after school drop off!

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6 through 12  grade students can be dropped off at the Armory at 7:30 am on late start Mondays, and MAPS will provide bus transportation to MMHS. You can also take the bus after school and be dropped off at the Armory! 

If interested in dropping off your student at the Armory for late start Mondays, please fill out the form below to register and click submit - and notify the school! There are 15 slots so make sure to sign up to reserve one!

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We’re open to your program ideas!

COVID-19 Response Guidelines


Do you have a great idea for a program we could run at the Armory Youth Project?  We’d love to hear from you. Submit your ideas by clicking below.

The health and safety of our students, volunteers and staff is a top priority. In an effort to help keep our student and families updated the below Q&A summarizes the ways we are working to keep our students, staff, and volunteers safe. 

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