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


Arts, Crafts, and Hanging Out


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

Make sure to register!

Our art room is the best room in the house! 

Be the Influence

A Peer Support and Advocacy Group


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!

Next offered over 4 sessions after school September and October 2021. There is a $25 charge for this class - contact us for scholarships. 

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. 

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. 

Music 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 ukuleles, drums, and other instruments to make some great sounds! Sign up to reserve a spot for these FREE lessons!

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. The 6 week fall program starts September 22 - for Middle School Students!


Social Media Training & Tips

Social Media with a purpose!

Make a Tik Tok video to promote the Armory Youth

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


Sports Activities/Clinics

Disc Golf!

Instruction offered free to Armory students on Wednesdays 3:30 - 5 pm 

Check out our NEW Disc Golf Course!

The Clinic is FULL!


Learn the correct techniques from our expert coach. MUST register in advance to attend this program - and be ready to sweat!


Offered free to Armory students every Monday and Wednesday 6 pm to 7 pm.


Parent/Grandparents find this is a fun way to exercise together!


Empower is an Armory developed program offered to middle school students. This program helps strengthen the body and mind of students to help them navigate through challenging times. Dress comfortably and be ready to participate in a great program!

Open Gym 

Open Gym for Basketball on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 pm until 6 pm 

Must sign up!

Fit Fusion!

This is a high intensity class for students - if you are 14 and older you may register below and attend - FREE! Instructor Erryn is NASM Certified as a Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist and Nutrition Coach and will contact you to schedule a pre-assessment. 

Archery Tag is Back in October! 

Sign up for this fun activity - we need at least 6 students to have a great game of tag using modified bows and arrows. Use the inflated barriers to hide behind and channel your inner Hunger Games character to win!


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.

Check the September calendar and reserve a study spot!

Manistee Area Public Schools

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

BUS # 32

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!


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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