Legion Family members who attended the National Children & Youth Conference last month in Indianapolis heard from the following organizations on how they are advocating for, and supporting, young people.
U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation (USSAF). USSAF is a 2013 Child Welfare Foundation (CWF) grant recipient of $43,000 for its Trailblazer Adventure Program, which helps youth understand wildlife conservation and exposes them to outdoor activities — target shooting, archery, live fishing, casting, trapping demonstrations and hunting. http://trailblazeradventure.org
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The organization consists of 62,000 pediatrician members who are committed to the physical, mental and social health of children. AAP is a 2013 CWF grant recipient of $12,180 for its Connected Kids program, which provides materials to pediatricians on how to address violence-related topics, such as bullying and cyberbullying, with families. www.2.aap.org/connectedkids
National FFA. With nearly 558,000 members, ages 12 to 21, and 7,500 chapters across the nation, FFA is helping its members learn about the more than 300 diverse career opportunities in the agriculture industry. www.ffa.org
Civil Air Patrol (CAP). CAP’s Cadet Program introduces aviation to 26,000 young people, ages 12 to 21, each year. The program’s summer camps at military installations teach aerospace education and leadership training to help cadets explore careers in aviation, space and technology. www.gocivilairpatrol.com
Read more about each organization here.