American Legion Auxiliary Department of Virginia
Children and Youth Program Action Plan Summary 2019-2020
“Century of Service for Children and Youth”
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 your community.
a. Youth Hero Awards/Good Deed Awards: This is a way the ALA can recognize youth in our communities who demonstrate good citizenship, either through a brave physical act or a good deed. Monitor news
and social media in your area to identify those who you might nominate for these awards. Contact schools and community groups to inform them about these awards and provide your contact information.
b. April is The American Legion’s Children and Youth Month: Promote Legion Family youth projects in the month of April (and all year-long). No matter what you decide to do, plan a public relations campaign around your event. Consider having Auxiliary membership applications available. Community events provide the best opportunity to sign up new members.
c. The American Legion Oratorical Contest: Contact local high schools to inform them about the contest and encourage students to use their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution to compete for cash awards.
2. Support military children and youth. Kids of Deployed are Heroes 2 (KDH2): This is a recognition program for military children who experience extended separation from their military parent or parents.
3. Support veterans’ children and youth. Some of our homeless veterans also have children living on the streets with them. Coordinate with VAVS representatives, local homeless shelters or other service agencies to learn how best to assist the needs of homeless veterans’ children in your area.
4. Participate in Special Project. This year’s fundraising initiative for Children and Youth Program has been approved. We are partnering with Special Olympics Virginia to support Unified Champion Schools. Units and individuals are encouraged to donate “100 pennies per member” to complement our centennial theme. See attached program supplement for more information.
5. Report your impact. Taking the time to share a favorite story about the positive impact you and your unit have had on our mission is worth doing! Please consider answering these questions in your report narrative:
a. How did your units and department promote the Youth Hero/Good Deed Award?
b. What success stories do you have regarding support for military or homeless veterans’ children?
Mid-year reports are due by December 15, 2019. Year-end reports are due April 15, 2020.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH COMMITTEE
CHILDREN AND YOUTH PROGRAM
Download: Children and Youth Summary Sheet