Student Programs

Student Programs

The American Legion’s Commission on Children & Youth manages a  pillar of service guided by three main objectives:  to strengthen the  family unit, to support quality organizations that provide services for  children and youth, and to provide communities with well-rounded  programs that meet the physical, educational, emotional and spiritual  needs of young people.  The American Legion works to provide hope for  children who face health, safety, discipline or home-life challenges and  provides opportunities for young people to succeed.  The American Legion  Child Welfare Foundation provides more than $500,000 in grants to  nonprofit organizations each year that works to improve the lives of  young people.  These grants have aided organ-donor campaigns, supported  efforts to help military children cope with deployment or loss of a  parent, and funded projects that increased public awareness of  Huntington’s Disease, autism, Reyes Syndrome, meningitis, spina bifida,  diabetes, cancer and other conditions.

The Commission on Children  & Youth has focused recent attention on several important national  programs, including the Children’s Miracle Network, Ronald McDonald  House Charities, Special Olympics, youth suicide prevention, Halloween  safety, Family Support Network and Temporary Financial Assistance for  families of the deployed, and Operation:  Military Kids, among others.   The American Legion has been a staunch supporter of the children and  youth of our nation since its founding in 1919.  The commitment  continues today for the National Commission Children & Youth, as it  seeks to improve the well-being of all children.  Every generation of  veterans knows that the key to the future strongly supports traditional  family values, assistance for at0risk children, and activities that  promote their healthy and wholesome development.  While there is no way  of knowing what issues will face our youth tomorrow, our survival may  well depend on the quality of care, education and training that we, as  parents and citizens, provide for young people today.