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Junior Activities

Department of Alaska
Junior Member Activities - 2021-2022
Nina Ketelsen, Chairman Email: ninablakey@gmail.com
Margaret Clausen-Grim, Co-Chairman

2021-2022 American Legion Auxiliary Junior Activities

WHAT IS THE PROGRAM AND WHY DO WE HAVE IT?

Junior Auxiliary members are our up and coming leaders of the American Legion Auxiliary. We must find ways to help them want to continue being a member and to fulfill leadership opportunities both now and when they advance to the Senior Auxiliary. The Junior Activities Program should strive to:

  • To inspire active participation in members age 17 and under so that they will become engaging, productive members who will want to continue their American Legion Auxiliary membership into adulthood.
  • To build the Junior Activities program one member at a time by giving Junior members a voice and an opportunity to participate.
  • To promote and encourage Junior participation in the Patch Program in order to teach them about the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary.
  • To make Junior meetings fun and informative.
  • To interest eligible young women under the age of 18 in continuing their membership as a senior member through positive experience of mission-based volunteering that instills the ideals of the organization.

What can you do?

IDEAS:

Unit level

  • Have a regularly scheduled Junior meeting.
  • Contact the Juniors for your unit and make sure they are invited.
  • Talk to Juniors to see what kinds of activities they would like to be involve in throughout the year.
  • If you don’t have any Junior members, check your membership roles and see if there is a Senior member who has a child who might be interested in being a Junior member.
  • Remember, the young members of the Sons of the American Legion can be part of your Junior Activities.
  • Invite your Junior members to attend the Unit meetings. It will give them a chance to see what happens on the Senior level.
  • Have Junior members participate in the American Legion Auxiliay Patch Program which gives them the opportunity to increase their knowledge of patriotism, citizenship, leadership, health, and fitness.
Individual level
  • If you have a Junior Activities Chair for your Unit, talk with them and see what you can do to help the chair to be successful.
  • Take an active interest in the Juniors in your unit.
  • Pick a Junior member and be a mentor to them. For instance if you are the chaplain for the Unit and there is a chaplain in your Junior members, help them to know what their role requires and answer questions.
  • Find out who your Junior members are for your Unit. Call them and invite them to attend meetings or take part in Junior or Unit activities.
  • If you have Junior member who is eligible for Alaska Girls State or Alaska Boys State encourage them to apply and attend. It’s a great way to learn about our government.


Junior Activities Reporting

Mid-Year Report - There are NO MID YEAR REPORTS this year!!!!!

Year-End Reports -- Due April 15, 2022. Each Unit Committee Chair is required to submit a narrative report as well as a statistical report by April15, 2022 to the Department ChairThe point is to have a complete report that covers the entire year.

In the narrative portion, talk about the different things that happened for our veterans and/or service members and/or their families during the year. It could be as simple as taking someone shopping for groceries or watching someone’s children so the parents could go shopping. Encourage units to keep a “running” list of events so that it is not overwhelming at the end of the year to remember. Please provide pictures of those events.

In the statistical part of the report, provide a total for your unit of the following:

Total for year (05/01/21 to 04/30/22)

  • How many members were involved?
  • How many hours they put in?
  • How many people benefited?
  • How much money was spent?
  • How much was received in donations?

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

  • How did you promote this committee within your unit?
  • How did your unit encourage support of this committee by its members?
  • How did your unit support the purposes of the committee?
  • How did units promote within their community?

Junior Activities Awards Deadlines and Submission Requirements:

  1. Please follow instructions as you fill out the National Report and Awards Cover Sheet found in the awards section of the Programs Action Plan.
  1. Provide details/examples about the activity as outlined in the award’s materials and guidelines section.
  1. Submit as indicated in the Annual Supplement to the Programs Action Plan.

National Report and Awards Cover Sheet, deadlines, and Junior Activities committee contact information may be found on the Junior Activities committee page on the national website, www.ALAforVeterans.org.

Member Award:

Junior Member of the Year

  • Deadline: June 1
  • Nominees must have been a Junior at the start of the 2021-2022 administrative year.
  • Unit chairman must send to National Headquarters to the Junior Activities Program Coordinator/Committee Liaison via email
  • Just follow these simple steps to submit your award entry:
    1. Fill out the Award Cover Form on the next page as completely as possible

Unit Award:

Most Outstanding Unit Junior Activities Program

  • Award: Citation Plaque
  • Presented to: One unit in each division (5)
  • Materials and guidelines:
    • Deadline June 1
    • All department entries must be sent by the department chairman to their national division chairman postmarked by 5 p.m. EST on the deadline listed above. Members should follow instructions from their department.

National Award:

Best Media Coverage of Activity or Project

  • Award: Engraved Plaque
  • Presented to: One Junior group (department, district or unit)
  • Materials and guidelines:
    • Deadline: June 1
    • Send to national chairman postmarked or emailed by 5 p.m. EST on the deadline listed above.
    • Just follow these simple steps to submit your award entry:
      1. Fill out the form on the next page as completely as possible
      2. Send your form to National Chairman Debra Albers, dalbers727@gmail.com, and include any photos that aid in your storytelling.

Programs and Activities:

ALA Junior Activities Patch Program - Junior members of the American Legion Auxiliary, as well as school-aged Sons of the American Legion members who often work alongside Juniors, may earn patches for activities in ALA programs, such as Poppy, Leadership, Americanism, Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, and more. Participating in the Patch Program is a terrific way to be involved in learning about the Auxiliary and our Legion Family, volunteering in the community, and serving our country’s veterans.

Junior Activities Patch Program American Legion Auxiliary Junior members and Sons of The American Legion youth members can be active participants of the organization with the Patch Program. Regardless of where one lives, and whether she/he belongs to an active Junior group or squadron, Junior Auxiliary members and SAL youth members can serve their communities and veterans, and learn about patriotism, health, fitness and leadership through this program.

Each sheet explains the criteria and what must be accomplished in order to earn a specific patch. When the activities are completed, an adult or Senior member must sign the form to verify that the Junior or SAL youth has met the patch criteria.

There are three levels of patch criteria:

  • Red—Level 1: Kindergarten through 3rd grade
  • Gold—Level 2: 4th grade through 8th grade
  • Blue—Level 3: 9th grade through 12th grade (or 18 years old)

Patches include:

  • Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Patch
  • Americanism Patch
  • Community & Family Safety Patch
  • Community Service Patch
  • Education Patch
  • Leadership Patch
  • Membership Patch
  • Physical Fitness Patch
  • Poppy Patch
  • Technology Patch
  • Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Patch

Patch Sheets are available at: www.ALAforVeterans.org or the National Junior Activities Committee at junioractivities@ALAforVeterans.org


SCHOLARSHIPS FOR YOUTH - Are you in high school and looking at attending college? Check out these available scholarships through the American Legion Auxiliary or Veterans Affairs Medical Centers

  • Spirit of Youth Scholarship Fund - The Spirit of Youth Scholarship Fund is an umbrella that supports three separate scholarship opportunities for participants in American Legion Auxiliary programs. One is for American Legion Auxiliary Junior members, another for the Honorary National Junior Division Vice Presidents, and one is for participants in the American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation program. (https://member.legion-aux.org/scholarships/spirit-of-youth)
  • Junior Member Loyalty Scholarship - American Legion Auxiliary Junior members are the future of our organization. To reward those who retain their membership into adulthood, the American Legion Auxiliary offers the Junior Member Loyalty Scholarship to current college students. Ten scholarships, in the amount of $2,500 each, will be awarded to a current college student for 2020. Two scholarships will be awarded in each division of the American Legion Auxiliary. The scholarship is a grant; not a loan. (https://member.legion-aux.org/scholarships/junior-member-loyalty)
  • Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship - It is important to acknowledge the sacrifices of our service members who preserve our freedom, but that is not enough. The sacrifices of the children of those who served should also be honored. Providing funds to assist these children so they can pursue higher education is a concrete way of showing how much we, as a nation, care. The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors the Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship to support the children of our warriors. These scholarships are awarded to 15 students annually who excel in academics and volunteer in their communities (https://member.legion-aux.org/scholarships/children-of-warriors)
  • James H Parke Scholarship - Each Veterans Affairs medical center may nominate one Veteran Affairs Volunteer Services (VAVS) Student Volunteer to be considered for this scholarship. The nominee must have completed 100 hours of regularly scheduled VAVS during a calendar year prior to September 1. The nominee must also be in the 10thgrade or above and have not reached their 19th birthday to be considered (www.Volunteer.VA.gov)

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