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Children and Youth

Children and Youth


CHILDREN AND YOUTH PROGRAMS The American Legion is dedicated to our citizens of tomorrow and remains committed to ensuring that every child has a safe home, a quality environment and the opportunity to make their dreams come true. The American Legion Children & Youth programs are Temporary Financial Assistance Since this program began in 1925, it has provided cash assistance for needy children of eligible veterans. 


These grants afford the family’s food, clothing, and shelter, to help preserve the integrity of the family home. Eligible veterans and their families can apply through a local American Legion post or state headquarters. Children’s Miracle Network, The American Legion alliance with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals underscores The American Legion’s mission and reputation as a caretaker of America’s future – its children. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for 170 affiliated children’s hospitals. Annually, these hospitals benefit 17 million children nationwide, treating the whole child and rendering care regardless of the family’s ability to pay. 


The American Legion’s 55 departments and 14,000 local posts are encouraged to work with and support their local Children’s Miracle Network
Hospitals to benefit the health and wellbeing of our nation’s children. Family Emphasis The family is the cornerstone of our American heritage. One of the guiding principles in The American Legion’s Children & Youth program is to maintain the integrity of the family home. We advocate the passage of federal legislation designating the week of Thanksgiving as National Family Week. Teenage Suicide Prevention Teen suicides continue to shock communities throughout this country. The American Legion actively supports programs of prevention and awareness and publishes the brochure “Warning Signs: Teenage Suicide Prevention.” Drug Abuse Prevention, The American Legion has been involved in the war on drugs since 1950, believing that cooperative volunteer efforts at the community level have a greater chance for effectiveness and survival.
Drug prevention literature is distributed through our posts to schools and other community-based organizations. Halloween Safety Our Halloween Safety Program is in its third decade. Throughout our nation posts of The American Legion conduct activities at the community level to reduce the risk of children being harmed by providing a safe and fun-filled party experience.


The American Legion Children and Youth Programs are affiliated with the below programs:


Boy Scouts of America -

The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America supports more than 300 local councils that provide quality youth programs promoting leadership and teaching decision-making and teamwork skills. The national council provides programs and publications, promotes training, and houses a media center.


 Campfire USA -

Campfire USA's mission is to build caring, confident youth and future leaders through national development programs delivered to 120 local
councils across the nation. Core programs include leadership development, service learning, and mentoring opportunities.


Youth Crime Watch of America -

YCWA enables youth to become resources for preventing crime, drug use, and violence in their schools and communities. Youth take ownership
of their own programs in schools, neighborhoods, public housing sites, recreational centers, or parks. Youth-led programs encourage crime reporting, mentoring and mediation.


Girl Scouts of the USA -

Girl Scouts of the USA provides research, programs, and resources that help young girls build leadership, decision-making, and teamwork skills.
Through advocacy efforts, Girl Scouts informs and educates key representatives of the government about issues important to girls and scouting.


National 4-H Council -

The National 4-H Council provides grants, establishes programs and initiatives, designs and publishes curriculum and reference materials, and
creates linkages fostering innovation and shared learning to advance the 4-H youth development movement, building a world in which youth and adults learn, grow, and work together as catalysts for positive change.


National Family Partnership - 

The National Family Partnership shares tools, strategies, and resources to support families and communities in their effort to promote safe,
drug-free youth, NEP also sponsors Red Ribbon Week.


National Youth Leadership Council -

The National Youth Leadership Council's mission is to build vital, just communities through service-learning. NYLC is at the forefront of
efforts to reform education and guide youth-oriented public policy.


Street Law, Inc. -

Street Law, Inc. provides young people with information about the law, democracy, and human rights and provides youth leadership programs in
communities and schools nationally and internationally


Department of Mississippi contact for Children and Youth


 Committee Chairman: Angela Duncan

Committee Members:


Lynn Rodgers, 109 Myra Avenue, Calhoun City, MS 38916 

Kim Hogg, 128 Lisa Street, Brandon, MS 39042

Eddie Stephany, 307 Magnolia Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS 39401




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