Youth Hero-Good Deed Awards

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    It is often said, “Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders.” Every year, we see examples of youth in this country making a positive difference by doing some pretty amazing things. Kids like Bryce, age 7, who asked his friends to bring care package items for our troops to his birthday party rather than presents. Or Kayla, age 12, who donated 10 inches of her hair for children suffering from hair loss due to a medical condition. These acts remind us of the power of one person’s example, and that’s why the American Legion Auxiliary created the Youth Hero and Good Deed awards. We recognize young girls and boys who are demonstrating a kind of intentional selflessness, and then we tell their stories to inspire others.

  • Nominations
    Nominations are accepted by Auxiliary units. If you know someone deserving of one of these awards, complete the form below.

    Download Youth Hero/Good Deed Award Form (pdf)

  • About These Awards

    Created in 2002 by the National Children & Youth Committee, these awards are presented annually throughout the year to recognize the heroism and helpfulness of youths under age 18.

    In the past three years alone, more than 250 Youth Hero and Good Deed awards have been presented to deserving youth.

  • Award Criteria

    Youth Hero Award
    Youth Hero Award winners receive a medal and a certificate. On occasion, some Youth Hero Awards are presented at the American Legion Auxiliary national convention.

    • May be a Junior Auxiliary member or someone eligible for membership, but eligibility is not a criterion for consideration
    • Demonstrates a physical act of valor (Heimlich, CPR, first aid, rescuing from fire or water peril)
    • Serves as an inspirational role model for the organization and the community
    Good Deed Award
    • May be a Junior Auxiliary member or someone eligible for membership, but eligibility is not necessary for consideration.
    • Donates time and/or money for a worthy cause (such as troop support, Locks of Love, a food drive, etc.)
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"I couldn't believe I was chosen for a national award. The scholarship has helped me a lot with my college expenses..." - Dereck Neben, Children of Warriors Scholarship Recipient

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