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CHILDREN AND YOUTH

ANNDI BOWNES

CONTACT INFORMATION:

PO Box 38, Blue Mound, KS 66010

(620) 228-4884

anndimb@yahoo.com

 

CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE CHILDREN AND YOUTH COMMITTEE

CADET LAW LAISON

Ida Meyeres

28090 140 Road, Bazine, KS 67516

(785) 798-7040

johnandida@gbta.net

CADET LAW

Cheryl Eastep

215 W 18th Street, Pittsburg, KS 66762

(785) 955-0041

cjeastep55@yahoo.com

 
DISTRICT CHILDREN AND YOUTH CHAIRMAN
District One Lesa Duryea Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Two Amanda Weller Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Three Dorothy Wahl Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Four Kay Busby Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Five Unknown Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Six Unknown Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Seven Laurie Miller Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Eight Nicole Hallman Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
The Children and Youth Program:

The Children and Youth Progam works 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. This program provides care and strives to improve conditions for all children. The program works to preserve the integrity of the family unit and takes a realistic approach to the needs of children by considering the physical and spiritual, as well as the emotional and educational aspects, of each situation.  the Children and Youth program cooperates with many other public and private community agencies and organizations and supports essential legislation for children at the national, state, and local levels. In some cases, the program offers direct financial assistance and services to individual children or to the families of veterans.

CHILD WELFARE FOUNDATION

Auxiliary members also contribute to The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, which was established in 1954 to fund special programs and projects which emphasize preventative solutions to difficult children's issues. Educating members and the general public about these issues is a primary goal of the Auxiliary's Children and Youth programs.

What Can You Do to Promote Children and Youth:

Support children and youth in your community.
MEMBER PROMOTION IDEAS: UNIT PROMOTION IDEAS:
Offer to make a "Star Spangled" presentation to your local school. Invite Post members to help students learn how their military service was meaningful in defending the US Constitution. See: How to promote the Star Spangled Kids Program Create a Unit Citizenship Award for children and youth who have learned the ideals of the US Constitution.

Contact local high schools to invite them to encourage students to use their knowledge of the US Constitution to participate in The American Legion Oratorical Contest. See: Americanism: Oratorical Contest

Share a constitutional fact each month in the unit newsletter, the newspaper editorial and/or social media.
Monitor newspapers, TV, and neighborhood children and youth who have performed heroic acts of physical valor, or youth who are good examples in the community. Work with your unit to nominate youth for the Youth Hero Award and Good Deed Award. Click here for the nomination form Instructions for nomination are below. September 17 is Constitution Day (Citizenship Day). Plan an event that promotes patriotism and US Constitution.
Contact local schools, churches, and youth groups to make them aware of the Youth Hero Award and the Good Deed Award. Distribute pocket constitutions to schools children. See: How to Promote the Star Spangled Kids Prog
Identify children in your community who may be or are facing hospitalization for the first time and who may benefit from a Josh and Friends dog and book. See: Josh and Friends http://www.joshandfriends.com Once the unit has received the citation and medal or citation for the Youth Hero Award and Good Deed Award, contact local media, community leaders, and the child's parents. Plan for a public presentation of the award.

Support military children and youth.
MEMBER PROMOTION IDEAS: UNIT PROMOTION IDEAS:
Volunteer at a Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) camp program. Encourage members to wear purple on Purple Up! for Military Kids Day on April 15.
Volunteer at a Family Rediness Group event where Kids of Deployed are Heros 2 (KDH2) "I'm a Hero 2" buttons and stickers can be distributed. See: National Children and Youth Program Page to print stickers, etc. Support the Kids of Deployed are Heros 2 (KDH2) program. This is a recogintion program for military children who experience extended separation from their military parent or parents.
Give a GI Josh to the chld of a deployed servicemember. See: Josh and Friends http://www.joshandfriends.com Support the GI Josh program. An American Legion Family alliance, GI Josh is a plush dog and accompanying storybook used to help ease separation fears for military children. See: Josh and Friends http://www.joshandfriends.com
Wear purple on April 15 in honor of Purple Up! for Military Kids Day. Plan a celebration for military kid in the month of April in honor of Month of the Military Child.

Support veterans' children and youth.
MEMBER PROMOTION IDEAS: UNIT PROMOTION IDEAS:
Contact your local churches, homeless shelters, and food pantries to identify homeless veterans's children. Ask what their specific needs are, and provide it. Train unit members to be a resource for front-line agencies who receive requests for help.
Offer to give presentation to other groups regarding your work with homeless veterans and their children. Contact local schools to access their need for supplies and extra clothes for homeless children.
Contact our voluntary service representative at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Offer to help meet the needs of children of homeless veterans. Contact your Post Service Officer to offer help with the needs of children of veterans who need financial help.
Contact local schools to access their need for supplies and extra clothes for homeless children. Help raise awareness for the needs of homeless children in your community by sharing unit activities on the unit website, social media pages, and/or newsletters.
Volunteer at a Tragedy Asistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) camp program. Purchase the book, "Klinger, a Story of Honor and Hope," from TAPS with the companion plush horse for children who are grieving the loss of a military parent or loved one. SEE: TAPS

Member, Unit, and Department Children and Youth Awards:

CLASS AWARD NAME AWARD GUIDELINES
Unit Most Outstanding Unit Children and Youth Program Citation Plaque (one for each division) The entry must be typewritten in narrative format, not exceeding 1,000 words. Include specific examples of how your unit worked the Children and Youth program, including supporting military children and the Star Spangled Kids program. Pictures, news articles, news releases, etc. may be included. ENTRY MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH NATIONAL AWARDS COVER SHEET. Click here to download the National Awards Cover Sheet. DEADLINE: June 1, 2019 (To Central Division Children and Youth Chairmain, postmarked or e-mailed by 5:00PM EST on deadline date.)
Department Best Department Children and Youth Program Citation (one for each division) The entry must be typewritten in narrative format, not exceeding 1,000 words. Include specific examples of how your unit worked the Children and Youth program, including supporting military children and the Star Spangled Kids program. Pictures, news articles, news releases, etc. may be included. ENTRY MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH NATIONAL AWARDS COVER SHEET. Click here to download the National Awards Cover Sheet. DEADLINE: June 1, 2019 (To Central Division Children and Youth Chairmain, postmarked or e-mailed by 5:00PM EST on deadline date.)
Youth Youth Hero Youth Hero Medal & Citation This citation and medal is presented to youth under 18 years of age who have preformed heroic acts of physical valor; membership in the American Legion Family is not required. To nominate a youth, complete the Youth Hero Award Nomination Form, and mail it to your Department Secretary, Marianne Middleton. The award and medal will be mailed to Marianne from National. Please remember to notify the Department Children and Youth Chairman that you have nominated a youth for this award.
Youth Good Deed Citation This citation is presented to youth under 18 years of age who have preformed specific good deeds and are great examples of community service in action; membership in the American Legion Family is not required. To nominate a youth, complete the Good Deed Award Nomination Form, and mail it to your Department Secretary, Marianne Middleton. The award will be mailed to Marianne from National. Please remember to notify the Department Children and Youth Chairman that you have nominated a youth for this award.

Click this link to view the American Legion Auxiliary (National) Children and Youth Program Page: www.alaforveterans.org/Programs/Children-and-Youth. You will need your User ID and password to access the National website.

Mid-Year Unit Reports are due to the District Chairman by December 5, 2018.

Mid-Year District Reports are due to the Department Chairman by December 15, 2018.

Mid-Year Department Reports are due to Division Chairman by January 5, 2019.
Year-End Unit Reports are due to District Chairman by March 1, 2019. (Date might need to be adjusted depending the dates of District conventions.)
Year-End District Reports are due to Department Chairman by March 15, 2019.
APRIL IS CHILDREN AND YOUTH MONTH
Department Children and Youth Chairman's Year-End Report (Kansas Department Convention Book of Reports) is due to Department Headquarters by April 23, 2019.
Year-End Department Reports are due to Division Chairman by May 15, 2019
Unit's entry for the Most Outstanding Unit Children and Youth Program is due to the National Central Division Children and Youth Chairman by June 1, 2019. Must be postmarked or e-mailed by 5:00PM EST on deadline date.
Department's entry for the Best Department Children and Youth Program is due to the National Central Division Children and Youth Chairman by June 1, 2019. Must be postmarked or e-mailed by 5:00PM EST on deadline date.
Youth Hero Award nominations
Youth Good Deed nominations
LOOKING FOR DISTRICT FORMS. . . Visit the "Forms" tab on this website's main navigation menu, then select "District Report Forms".
Kansas Program Action Plan Unit Report Forms can be referenced, by District, at the top of this page, or by visiting "Forms" (then select your District), on this website's main navigation menu.
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How to Promote "Star Spangled Kids" Program Youth Hero & Good Deed Award Nomination Form
How to Conduct a "Kids of Deployed are Heroes 2" Program How to Reach Out to Military Children and Youth
National Award Cover SheetJosh and Friends http://www.joshandfriends.com

 

 

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