Children & Youth Committee

Knowledge is power. A core element of the Auxiliary’s mission, caring for our children and youth, is sharply focused on educating adults about the needs of our young people. We believe that the more people know and understand about the needs of the children in their communities, the more interest they will have in learning how they can help meet those needs.

In the American Legion Auxiliary, we do more than talk about it. The Auxiliary provides significant cash assistance and direct service and supports legislation that affects children at the local, state, and national levels. And while all children are important, the Auxiliary particularly focuses on helping the children of our veterans and military.

Purpose Statement

To work collaboratively with The American Legion to direct and sponsor programs and services that provide care and protection for our nation’s children, especially those of our military and veterans.


Bea Foster

Children & Youth

Youth Hero/Good Deed Awards

To recognize and reward the positive actions of our children and youth, the Auxiliary bestows two special national awards to youth nominated by local units. The Youth Hero Award recognizes someone under 18 years of age who performs a heroic act of physical bravery.

The Good Deed Award is for youths under 18 years of age who have contributed in a special way to society through community service.

The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation

The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation was created in 1954 to provide other nonprofit organizations with the means to educate the public about the special needs of children, particularly advocating preventive solutions. The Auxiliary supports this organization monetarily and promotes its mission in partnership with The American Legion and Sons of The American Legion.

Recognize Kids of Active Military

Kids of Deployed are Heroes 2 (KDH2) is an initiative honoring military children who may be experiencing a separation from one or both parents, whether deployed to a war zone, having a short tour or on an extended temporary duty assignment. Recognition buttons or stickers with “I’m a Hero 2” can be distributed to these kids to recognize their sacrifices.

What can you do?

Host an event to recognize these military children. Be sure to include the Legion family, especially your Juniors. Have a supply of the “I’m a Hero 2” buttons or stickers ready to hand out. You might also want to have on-hand the “Proud Parent/Grandparent of a Military Child“ button.

Consider these ideas:
  • Coordinate with Family Readiness Groups for button distribution during family days.
  • Coordinate with Legion Family members on local community days/fairs etc.
  • Have an activity day/dinner for military families at your post home.