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The American Legion believes we need to care for and supply direction to the youth of this Nation.

  1. Strengthen the family unit against the forces of today’s complex society.
  2. Extend support to sound organizations and facilities that provide services for children and youth.
  3. Maintain a well-rounded program that meets the needs of today’s young people.
Family Emphasis

A strong family whatever its makeup is a source of love, pride, security, support and fun. Every family develops it’s own “style”, much of which is influenced by how the parents were raised, their economic status and their friendships. While all families are unique, a successful family will accept each other’s strengths and weaknesses, maintain an open channel of communication, respect each other, provide guidance when appropriate, and set aside time to enjoy each other’s company.

Juvenile Delinquency Prevention

Successful delinquency prevention strategies must be positive in their orientation and comprehensive in their scope. Children must be provided with opportunities to contribute to their families, schools, peer groups, and communities; provided with the skills to take advantage of opportunities; and receive recognition for their efforts to contribute.

Our current Americanism programs promote the ideals of citizenship, teamwork, loyalty, fair play courage,physical fitness, and mental toughness.

  • American Legion Baseball
  • Keystone Boys State
  • School Awards Program
  • Flag Education
  • Service to God & Country
  • Oratorical Contest
  • Sons of The American Legion

The American Legion’s immunization efforts began in 1944 recruiting the services of members in the early treatment of childhood diseases. Immunization prevents: Diphtheria, Polio, Pertussis, Measles, Tetanus, Mumps, Hepatitis b, Rubella, Haemophilus Influenzae Type b.

Legislative Efforts

There is a great need for informed public participation in local and state government matters. And when it comes to local matters affecting children and youth, the American Legion should make itself heard! We are challenged to support new or amended legislation and public appropriations at the local, state and federal levels of government.

Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA)
Who is eligible for a grant?

The minor child must not be older than 17, or 20 if still enrolled in high school or is physically handicapped. The minor child must be the biological child, stepchild, or in the legal custody of, a qualifying veteran. A qualifying veteran is defined as a member of the United States Armed Forces serving on federal orders current under Title 10 of the United States Code, inclusive of all components, OR any veteran possessing an up-to-date membership in The American Legion. Active duty applicants can be considered without being a member of The American Legion. A single onetime non-repayable Temporary Financial Assistance grant of up to $1,500 will be permitted for the minor child(ren) of a qualifying veteran.

No child is considered eligible for Temporary Financial Assistance until a complete investigation is conducted at the post or department level, a legitimate family need is determined, and all other available assistance resources have been utilized or exhausted. Additionally, the TFA application must originate and be filled out by someone at the local level.


Child Safety

Child Safety is defined as any external event which may present a significant danger to a child or young person.

  1. Child Abuse and Neglect
  2. Sexual Abuse
  3. Indoor Safety
  4. Outdoor Safety
  5. School Safety
  6. Playground Safety
  7. Missing and Abducted Children
  8. Accidents (drownings, firearms, etc.)
  9. Fire Safety
  10. Bicycle Safety
  11. Substance Abuse
  12. Teenage Suicide

If you are searching for information, please feel free to contact your National Staff. We maintain resource information on a wide variety of national safety programs.

April is Children & Youth Month

Since 1926, the American Legion and its affiliated organizations have donated countless hours of volunteer effort and over one-half billion dollars in support of programs and activities for the benefit of children and youth. That is Dedication – Be A Part Of It!

The American Legion is the only organization in this country which promotes, sponsors, and takes an active role in a Halloween Safety program for youngsters. Our brochure and Project Guide contains: Safety tips, News Releases, Public service announcements, ideas for program implementation.

April is Children and Youth Month Brochure

Children & Youth Programs

Children & Youth Awards and Citations

To award the volunteers in service of our program. It can be a Certificate of Participation, Certificate of Excellence, a plaque or a lapel pin, all Posts and Units are Winners! Citations are very special recognitions. They are given at all levels within The American Legion, and are a very important way of saying, “Thank you for a job well done.”

Child Welfare Foundation

The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation has two primary purposes:

  1. To contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children and youth through the dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations and/or their programs; and
  2. To contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children and youth through the dissemination of knowledge already possessed by well-established organizations, to the end that such information can be more adequately used by society.