Through the Americanism Commission, Legion programs for our nation’s youth – the National High School Oratorical Contest, the Junior Shooting Sports Program, Boys State and Boys Nation, American Legion Baseball, and Scouting support – including The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year Award and The American Legion Scouting Square Knot Award – have helped thousands reach their potential by building physical, mental and moral alertness, while cultivating strong character and civic responsibility.
The commission also works to help legal immigrants prepare for citizenship and assimilation into U.S. society. Over the decades, many posts, districts and departments have hosted orientation sessions to help teach proficiency in English, U.S. history and civics.
Committee on Youth Education Mike Bredeck, Minnesota, Chairman Works to maintain a strong relationship between posts and schools
Committee on Children & Youth Herbert J. Petit Jr., Louisiana, Chairman Strives to strengthen families, supports organizations that help young people, and maintains programs that meet the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs of minors facing challenges
American Legion Baseball Subcommittee Larry L. Price, South Dakota, Chairman