American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Florida

Children & Youth

Wanda Brandt

Cover letter
2017_2018 Children and Youth Program Action Plan
2017_2018 Junior Activities Program Action Plan
C&Y Mid-Year Reporting
C&Y Year-End Reporting
National Award Cover Sheet
Unit Fundraiser Ideas
Carry a Bead Flyer
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Talking Points for Carry a Bead
FAQs about Carry a Bead
Bead Bag Pattern Guidelines
Letter from Jean Gribbon|Executive Director, Beads of Courage, Inc.


To assure care and protection for children of veterans eligible for membership in The American Legion.To improve conditions for all children.


To preserve the integrity of the family home.
To maintain a “whole” child program, with due regard for all needs of children – physical, spiritual, emotional, and educational. To cooperate with and strengthen other sound organizations and agencies for children, avoiding duplication of existing programs.

Method of Operation:

1.Direct cash, assistance and service, primarily to individual children or families of veterans.
2.Education of the membership ad the general public on the needs of children and recommended ways of meeting those needs.
3.Support of needed federal legislation for children in accordance with resolutions adopted by the National Convention or National Executive Committee of The American Legion; of state legislation in accordance with resolutions adopted by the Department Convention or Department Executive Committee: of local ordinances in accordance with resolutions adopted by the local American Legion Post or Posts.


Unit: Every American Legion Auxiliary Unit should have a Children and Youth Chairman, and if the Unit is of sufficient size, a Children and Youth Committee. Working under the general guidance of the Unit President, it is the responsibility of the Children and Youth Chairman to help achieve the two primary goals of the Children and Youth program within her community: (1) Care and protection of children of veterans; (2) Improved conditions for all children. Each American Legion Post should also have a Children and Youth Chairman. The National Headquarters of The American Legion strongly recommends that the Post and Unit Chairmen work in the closest cooperation. A local coordinated Children and Youth Committee can often help achieve this end. Some device for coordinating the efforts of Post and Units is particularly needed in those communities which have more than one American Legion Post and Auxiliary Unit.

Duties of the Unit Children and Youth Chairman: The duties of the unit Children and Youth Chairman are in general the same as those of the Post Chairman. The duties are:

  1. Make sure that the pledge of care and protection for children of veterans is carried out through service work, through direct cash assistance to needy families from Unit funds, and through the use of Department or National funds for temporary aid to children of veterans.
  2. Provide leadership for the Unit on all matters pertaining to children.
  3. Cooperate with other responsible organizations and agencies of the community whose work is in the interest of children.
  4. Make regular reports of Children and Youth activities and plans to the general public, to the membership of the Unit, and whenever a formal report is requested, to the District or Department Children and Youth Chairman.

Direct Aid and Service to Children of Veterans:

Much of the Children and Youth work of the Unit will be concerned with helping or getting help for individual families of veterans who are in need. It has never been the intention of the Children and Youth Program that an Auxiliary Unit should take over full and continuing responsibility for the financial support of dependent families.

A number of different agencies have been established by our federal, state and local governments for this purpose. They are: Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Service Agencies, Social Security offices, etc. One of the first things to be considered in attempting to help a family is the question of whether or not the family is eligible for aid from one of these sources. It cannot be recommended too strongly that the Unit Children and Youth Chairman is to work in close cooperation with both the Service Officer and the Children and Youth Chairman of The American Legion. Both of these officers should be able to give valuable aid in obtaining help from these outside sources.

We do have to recognize that while the various governmental agencies do have the major responsibility for helping families in need, there are frequently delays in obtaining such aid. There are cases when the aid furnished is inadequate. An there will be a few cases where, for one reason or another, there just doesn’t seem to be any agency which can provide the needed assistance. These are the instances when the Unit will want to use its own welfare funds.

For more information on this subject, contact your Department headquarters for publications available without charge.

Special Assignments:

The American Legion Auxiliary frequently undertakes special assignments in the field of Children and Youth in cooperation with The American Legion.

The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation:

In 1954 The American Legion’s National Executive Committee authorized the creation of an American Legion Child Welfare Foundation with broad powers to use such funds as it might receive to benefit the children and youth of America. The Foundation was incorporated under the laws of the State of Indiana.

It is the hope of the founders of this Foundation that, through it, funds may become available to finance research, special projects, demonstrations, and public education regarding children over and above the existing program. Through such activities, ut is hoped that solutions may be found to some of the problems of child welfare. In this way, The American Legion and Auxiliary will have an opportunity to channel a portion of its energies and resources toward the prevention childhood difficulties instead of being forced to devote most or our time and funds towards patching up wore sports after they have occurred.

The primary source of funds to the Foundation has been from individual members of The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary and from investments. In 1956 the Board of Directors of the Foundation, with the approval of the National Convention, established a Memorial Fund within the Foundation. Through the Memorial Fund, a Unit or individual may, through a contribution to the Foundation, memorialize a deceased member. Such memorial contributions are acknowledged by a fitting memorial card sent to the family of the deceased.

Children’s Hospital Representatives

All Children’s Hospital (St. Petersburg)

Dee Bell
11200 102nd Ave N #122
Seminole, Florida 33778

Mailman Center for Child Development (Miami)

Alma L. Zeller
1895 NE 154th Terrance
North Miami Beach, Florida 33162

Northview Community Center (Pensacola)

Martha S McLaughlin
1431 Wishbone Rd
Cantonment, Florida 32533