Youth Hero/Good Deed 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.

Nominations are accepted by local ALA units.  If you know of someone deserving of one of these awards, download nomination form (pdf).


Award Criteria

Youth Hero Award
Youth Hero Award winners receive a medal and a certificate.

  • 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.)

"Nothing I can ever do will truly be enough to say ‘thank you’ to them [veterans], but I can do my best by representing them through the American Legion Auxiliary.”
- ALA Junior member Ashlynne Jenkins of Unit 158 in DeWitt, Ark.

ASHLYNNE'S STORY

 

 

- 4 million hours of Auxiliary mission outreach services are volunteered annually for veterans and military families. -