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Margaret Larson, Department Chairman

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The purpose of the Children and Youth program is to protect, care for and support children and youth, particularly those of veterans and military families. The program includes developing, implementing and monitoring programs and activities that contribute to the physical, mental and emotional health and wellness of children and youth of military families. Each unit is encouraged to work with their Legion Family to develop activities beyond the national Auxiliary-supported programs/activities, and to support implementation of Children and Youth programs of The American Legion. Although it receives special emphasis during the month of April, the Children and Youth program is a year-round activity.

Units are encouraged to submit nominations for the Youth Hero Award and Good Deed Award. These awards are presented throughout the year to recognize the heroism and helpfulness of youths under the age of 18. To be eligible for a Youth Hero Award, the individual must have demonstrated a physical act of valor and served as an inspirational role model for the organization and the community.

To be eligible for a Good Deed Award, the youth must have donated time and/or money for a worthy cause and served as a great example of community service. Nomination forms are available from the department chair or may be downloaded from the department or national websites. Unit nominations should be submitted to the Department Secretary who will certify and forward the information to the national chair for consideration.

Units are encouraged to financially support the Veterans & Family Assistance Fund as donations can be used to assist dependent children of Wisconsin veterans. Contributions may be taken from the Poppy Fund and/or from the General Fund.

2023 District Chairmen:

District 1 - Sue Zenda                           District 7 - Jesse Elmhorst

District 2 - Vacant                                  District 8 - Vacant

District 3 - Karen Runk                         District 9 - TBD

District 4 -Mary Pontzloff                    District 10 - Margaret Larson

District 5 - Vacant                                  District 11 - Barb Bell

District 6 - Vacant                                  District 12 - TBD

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2022-2023 National Children & Youth Program Awards Deadlines and Submission Requirements

Thank you for taking the time to share a favorite story about the positive impact you or someone you know has had on our mission! Your story may inspire another member into service. It also helps us tell the world who we are, what we do, and why we matter.

Here are the national awards for this committee:

Unit Award: Most Outstanding Unit Children & Youth Program (per division)

  • All unit entries must be submitted by the department chairman via electronic form by 5 p.m. EST on June 1.

Note: You will receive a confirmation when your award is submitted. Unit members should follow instructions from their department.  National Awards Form Link:


Department Award: Best Department Children & Youth Program (per division)

  • All department entries must be submitted by the department chairman via electronic form by 5 p.m. EST on June 1.

Note: You will receive a confirmation when your award is submitted.

Please note – when applicable, unit and department deadlines differ.

Questions? Contact children&

Fine Print:

Award submissions become property of the American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters. Through submission of reports and award entries, the submitter grants nonexclusive reproduction and publication rights to the materials submitted and agrees to have their names and submission published for ALA use or commercial use without additional compensation or permission.

Please fill out the information as completely and accurately as possible. Award certificates will be completed using the information given on this sheet, so please be sure to complete the electronic form in its entirety.

Please refer to the webpage for the specific criteria such as photographs, narrative length, submission deadline, and point of contact. All awards will be mailed to the department office after ALA National Convention. Department presidents may wish to recognize award recipients by presenting them with the award at a department function.

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