The Salvation Army provides youth character-building programs, music education, camping opportunities, and more.

Providing services that help nurture the love of learning are among the highest priorities of The Salvation Army. Through our youth character-building programs, we provide a positive, stimulating environment in which to learn and a wide range of educational opportunities for children of all ages.

The Salvation Army offers high-quality after-school activities, summer camps, character development classes, leadership training, and more.

For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s youth programming, please contact Devonte Lawson at 727-725-9777, or UpperPinellas@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Location: The Salvation Army, 1625 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL 33765

Cost: All programs are free to attend unless otherwise noted.

Transportation: Available upon request, but space and resources are limited.

Character Building Programs and School of Music Programs (Tuesday and Wednesday evenings)

Our free Tuesday evening and Wednesday evening programs are an incredible resource to families in our community who are looking for high-quality and accessible education for their children after school hours. Applications are available at our center on Belcher Rd., but you can also read our handbook and apply online using the buttons below:

Applications Due Tuesday August 21, 2018

Please view the handbook first before applying online.


Open House & Meet the Teacher Night

Wednesday August 22 at 5:00 p.m.

Free dinner, fun games and prizes, as well as opportunities to learn more about the program and our leaders. Attendance is mandatory to join or continue in the Fall.


Character Building Classes (Pre-K & Up)

Fall 2018: August 28 – December 4

Spring 2019: January 8 – May 14

Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Bible based life skill classes and recreation with students divided into fun groups, such as “Sunbeams”, by age and gender.

Contact Jealixson Jean-Simon, Character Building Director | 727-725-9777 Ext. 121, Jealixson.Jean-Simon@uss.salvationarmy.org


School of Music (3rd Grade & Up)

Fall 2018: August 29 – December 5

Spring 2019: January 9 – May 15

Wednesday 5:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Christ-centered music instruction in brass, dance, guitar, percussion, piano, as well as group singing. Instruments are loaned for free.

Contact Manny Muñoz, School of Music Director | 727-725-9777 Ext. 125, Manny.Munoz@uss.salvationarmy.org

Summer Camp (Sleep Away) – Camp Keystone

Children enrolled in The Salvation Army’s Youth and Music Programs throughout the school year have the opportunity to attend Camp Keystone, located in beautiful northeast Florida, where they can make new friends, enjoy the outdoors, and create memories that will last a lifetime!

Along the way, children learn about themselves, the importance of teamwork, and the difference God can make in their lives.

Dates: Weekly youth and music camps for various ages take place between June 18 – July 21.


Vacation Bible School – Shipwrecked

The Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School will take children on an uncharted island and anchor them in the truth that Jesus carries us through life’s storms.

Dates: July 30 – August 3 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Graduation: August 5

Location: The Salvation Army, 1625 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL 33765

Contact Devonte Lawson, Christian Education Director | 727-725-9777 Ext. 122, Devonte.Lawson@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Program Wish List:

  • Monetary donations are needed to help ensure The Salvation Army is able to continue providing this program free of charge to children.
  • Donations of trumpets or cornets in good condition.

Support the Youth and Music programs by making a tax-deductible donation today.

Learning is the key to unlocking the possibilities inherent in every young life. But on the streets of too many neighborhoods, a child’s love of learning is too often obscured by realities such as hunger and violence. Donating to The Salvation Army ensures that these programs can continue to help children in need across Clearwater and Upper Pinellas County.

To donate by mail, please make checks payable to The Salvation Army and send to:
The Salvation Army
Attn: Jessica Flores – Youth and Music
1625 N. Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765