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

Children & Youth

Department of Alaska
Children Youth - 2019-2021
April Sinclair, Chairman Email: a2sinclair2008@gmail.com
Margaret Clausen-Grim, Co-Chairman

2019-2021 American Legion Auxiliary Children & Youth

What is this program, and why do we have it?

The Children & Youth program emphasizes protecting, caring for and supporting children and youth, particularly those of veterans and military families.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

1. Support Children and Youth in community

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

  • 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.
  • April is The American Legion's Children and Youth Month

On the Member Level

  • 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.

On the Unit Level

  • Once a child has been identified as a Youth Hero/Good Deed applicant, complete the nomination form.
  • When a Youth Hero/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

  • April is the Month of the Military Child.

On the Member Level

  • Volunteer at a Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) camp program.
  • Volunteer at a Family Readiness Group event where KDH2 “I’m a Hero 2” buttons/stickers can be distributed.
  • Wear purple on April 15, 2021 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.
  • 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 15, 2021)

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, 2020. Each Unit Children & Youth Chairman is required to submit a narrative report by December 5, 2020 to the Department Children & Youth Chairman.

Year-End Reports -- Due April 15, 2021. Each Unit Children & Youth Chairman is required to submit a narrative report by April 15, 2021 to the Department Children & Youth 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 units and department demonstrate “Celebrating a Century of Service,” with the focus centering on “The Health and Well-Being of our Veterans, Military, and Their Families”?
  • How did your units and department promote the Youth Hero/Good Deed Award?
  • What success stories do you have regarding support for military or homeless veterans’ children?

CHILDREN AND YOUTH AWARDS

Youth Hero

  • Award: Youth Hero Medal and Citation
  • Presented to: Youth under 18 years of age who have performed heroic acts of physical valor; membership in The American Legion Family is not required
  • Materials and guidelines:
    • Complete the Youth Hero and Good Deed Award Nomination
    • Form and mail to your department secretary, who certifies, then mails the application to National Headquarters. (Please, do not mail applications directly to National Headquarters.)
    • The award certificate, signed by the National President and National Children & Youth Chairman, and Youth Hero Award medal will be returned to the Unit or Department to be presented on behalf of the National organization.
    • The Department Children & Youth Chairman should be notified of the award.

Good Deed

  • Award: Citation
  • Presented to: Youth under 18 years of age who have performed specific good deeds and are great examples of community service in action; membership in The American Legion Family is not required
  • Materials and guidelines:
    • Complete the Youth Hero and Good Deed Award Nomination
    • Form and mail to your Department Secretary, who certifies, then mails the application to National Headquarters. (Please, do not mail applications directly to National Headquarters.)
    • The award certificate, signed by the National President and National Children & Youth Chairman, will be returned to the Unit or Department to be presented on behalf of the National organization.
    • The Department Children & Youth Chairman should be notified of the award.

Most Outstanding Unit Children & Youth Program

  • Award: Citation Plaque
  • Presented to: One unit in each division (5)
  • Materials and guidelines:
    • Narrative not to exceed 1,000 words. Include specific examples of how your unit worked the Children & Youth program, including supporting military children.
    • May include pictures, news articles, news releases, etc.

How To Sheets - (click link to download)

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. Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (an American Legion Child Welfare Foundation grant recipient for Klinger): www.taps.org

 

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