Shaping a positive future for our veterans, our military and their families.

Children & Youth

Department of Alaska
Children Youth - 2017-2018
Barbara Hummel, Chairman Email: mytaxilady2002@yahoo.com
Marilyn Mork Co-Chairman Email: mmork64@gmail.com

2017-2018 American Legion Auxiliary Children & Youth

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

1. Support Children and Youth in community

Here are some things to know when supporting children and youth:

  • Star Spangled Kids – This is an ALA program to educate children and youth on the history of the United States from the aspect of patriotism, Americanism and the U.S. Constitution.
  • Youth Hero Awards/Good Deed Awards – This is a way that the American Legion Auxiliary can recognize youth in our communities who demonstrate good citizenship, either through a brave physical act or a good deed.
  • Josh Dogs – An American Legion Family alliance, GI Josh is a plush dog and accompanying storybook used to help ease separate fears for the military children
  • April is The American Legions Children and Youth Month

On the Member Level

  • Offer to make a “Star Spangled” presentation to your local schools. Invite post members to help learn how their military service was meaningful in defending the U.S. Constitution.
  • Contact local high schools to invite them to encourage their students to use their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution by participating in the American Legion Oratorical Contents
  • Monitor newspapers, TV and neighborhoods for children and youth who have pe4rformed a heroic act of physical valor, such as performing CPR, helping evacuate in the event of a fire, calling 911 for an emergency, etc. Work with your unit to nominate them for a Youth Hero/Good Deed Award.
  • Contact local schools, churches and youth groups to make them aware of the Youth Hero/Good Deed Awards. Make sure to leave unit contact information.
  • Identify children in your community who may be or are facing hospitalization for the first time and who may benefit from a Josh and friends dog and book.

On the Unit Level

  • Create a Unit Citizenship Award for children and youth who have learned the ideals of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Share a constitutional fact each month in the unit newsletter, the newspaper editorial and/or on social media
  • September 17th is Constitution Day (Citizenship Day) – for next year. Host a party that revolves around the U.S. Constitution for children
  • Print and distribute pocket constitutions to school children.
  • Once a child has been identified as a Youth Hero/Good Deed applicant, complete the nomination form.
  • When a Youth Her/Good Deed award has been processed by national headquarters, contact local media, community school leaders and the child’s parents and plan for a public presentation of the award.
  • Plan a special celebration of children during the month of April in honor of Children and Youth Month.

2. Support Military Children and Youth

Here are some things to know when supporting military and youth

  • Kids of Deployed are Heroes 2 (KDH2) – This is a recognition program for military children who experience extended separation from the military parent or parents.
  • Josh Dogs – An American Legion Family alliance, GI Josh is a plush dog and accompanying storybook used to help ease separate fears for the military children
  • April is the Month of the Military Child.

On the Member Level

  • Volunteer as a Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) camp program.
  • Volunteer at a Family Readiness Group event where KDHS “I’m a Hero 2” buttons/stickers can be distributed.
  • Give a GI Josh to the child of a deployed servicemember.
  • Wear purple on April 15th in honor of Purple Up! For Military Kids day

On the Unit Level

  • Host a dinner, game night, community fair, etc. that will bring military and non-military families together.
  • Host a KDH2 celebration with recognition buttons/stickers to let military kids know we appreciate their sacrifices.
  • Support GI Josh – identify military children who may have a parent or sibling deploying.
  • Plan a special celebration of military children during April in honor of the Month of the Military Child.
  • Encourage members to wear purple on Purple Up! For Military Kids Day (April 15th)

3. Support Veterans’ Children and Youth.

Here are some thing to know when supporting military and youth

  • Some of our homeless veterans also have children living on the streets with them.
  • Klinger, a Story of Honor and Hope – Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is affiliated with the American Legion Family.

On the Member Level

  • Contact your local churches, homeless shelters and food pantries to identify homeless veterans’ children. Ask what their specific needs are, and offer them your services as an ALA member.
  • Contact your local news sources (newspaper, community television, community websites and social media accounts) and town council. Offer to give a presentation about you and your unit’s work for homeless veterans and their children.
  • Contact your voluntary services representatives at the Veterans Affair Medical Center. Offer to work with them to help meet the needs of children of homeless veterans who come to the VAMC.
  • Contact local schools to access their need for supplies and extra cloths for homeless children. Offer to supply items as needed.
  • Volunteer at a TAPS camp program.

On a Unit Level

  • Train members to be a resource for front-line agencies who receive requires for help.
  • Contact local schools to assess their need for supplies and extra clothes for homeless children. Offer to supply items as needed.
  • Contact your post service officer to offer help with the needs of children of veterans who need financial help. (The American Legion – Temporary Finance Assistance).
  • Help raise awareness for the needs of homeless children in your community by sharing unit activities on the unit website, social media pages and newsletters.
  • Purchase the book, Klinger, a Story of Honor and Hope, from TAPS with the companion plush horse for children who are grieving the loss of a military parent or loved one.

REPORTING:

Mid-Year Reports -- Due December 5, 2017. Each Unit Children & Youth Chairman is required to submit a narrative report by December 5, 2017 to the Department Americanism Chairman.

Year-End Reports -- Due April 15, 2018. Each Unit Children & Youth Chairman is required to submit a narrative report by April 15, 2018 to the Department Americanism Chairman.

There are two parts to your reports. Once is a narrative report and the other is a statistical report.

As part of your narrative report, please include answers to the following questions:

  • How did your unit promote the “Star Spangled Kids”, educating children and youth about the U.S. Constitution from the aspect of patriotism and Americanism?
  • How did your units promote the Youth Hero/Good Deed Awards?
  • What success stories do you have regarding support for military or homeless veterans’ children
  • How did units encourage support of the flag amendment?
  • Did units support American Legion Americanism programs? How?
  • How did units promote Americanism in their community?

As part of your statistics report please provide the following information:\

  • Please provide a list of different activities in which your unit (either individual members or the unit as a whole) were involved. Include the number of members involved, the amount of time involved (remember that if 5 members were involved in a one hour activity, that is five hours altogether) and any money expended on that project.


CHILDREN AND YOUTH AWARDS

There are the following Awards for Children and Youth:

Award Criteria and Nomination forms can be found at www.ALAforVeterans.org


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES YOU CAN USE

  1. "I’m a Hero 2” stickers template and instructions can be found on the Children & Youth program page at www.ALAforVeterans.org
  2. The National Children & Youth Committee Facebook group, search “ALA Children and Youth”.
  3. The American Legion Children & Youth programs: www.legion.org/programs.
  4. The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation: www.legion.org/cwf
  5. Josh and Friends (American Legion Family alliance): www.josh andfriends.com
  6. Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (an American Legion Child Welfare Foundation grant recipient for Klinger): www.taps.org

April is Children & Youth Month

 

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