Paula DeDoncker

Youth Activites Chairman

1403 ½ 14th Street
Moline, IL 81265

P: 309-269-5995

E: pdedoncker@aol.com

 

 

“Making Life Bearable for our Veterans”


There’s no question that today’s youth are our future. The question is what can we, as Auxiliary members, do to enhance their learning experiences so they become responsible adults willing to serve their communities, our veterans, and our country.

One way is to involve our youth in ALL of our Auxiliary programs. Teaching them about various Auxiliary efforts will present them with a variety of opportunities to find their niche.

Project Examples:

  • Visiting and volunteering in VA and non-VA facilities.
  • Raising funds for a community veterans’ memorial.
  • Marching in patriotic holiday parades.
  • Volunteering to help veterans and service members and their families with yard work or household repairs.
  • Sending cards or small gifts to the VFW National Home for Children to support families.
  • Planning a card— and letter-writing campaign in local schools to send mail to our troops overseas or
  • veterans in VA facilities.
  • Organizing assembly, collection and delivery of care packages for troops.
  • Teaching veteran’s computer skills.

Target Youth Groups for Involvement:

  • Youth sports teams
  • Church youth groups
  • After-school programs
  • Youth-focused organizations
  • School clubs
  • Home-school associations
  • Youth community service groups
  • Nonprofit organization youth advisory councils
  • Service learning and civic engagement departments in high schools and colleges

Patriotism through Literacy is also a way to promote and support reading among our youth. Contact your local library to see if they will help support this initiative to introduce our youth to historical figures, and events in our nation’s history.

Two contests are available to our youth this year.

 

Get Excited for the Red, White, and Blue

Open to all youth between the ages of 6-16 years at the time of local entry and a U.S. citizen or U5. National. it will be judged on vocal ability, rhythm, and tempo, mastery of lyrics, originality or interpretation and entertainment value. Students must attend school in the state of the sponsoring Auxiliary. The Department first-place winner will be forwarded to Auxiliary National Headquarters. Please see brochure and entry form at vfwauxiliary.org/what-we-do/youth-activities for contest rules and more details on requirements.

Deadlines:

Entries received by:
Local Auxiliary — March 31, 2021
Department — April 15, 2021
National Headquarters – May 5, 2021

Contest Rules:

  • Solo vocal performance.
  • Entrant may sing acapella, with backing tracks or instruments.
  • Entrant may sing in the arrangement and genre of their choice.
  • Entrant may NOT change the words.

 

Illustrating America

Open to all students, including home—schooled students, in grades 1-8 at time of local entry and a U.S. citizen or U.S. National. It will be judged on patriotic theme and technique. Students must attend

school in the state of the sponsoring Auxiliary. The Department first-place winner in each grade division will be forwarded to Auxiliary National Headquarters. Please see brochure and entry form at vfwauxiliary.org/what-we-do/youth-activities for more details on requirements.

Deadlines:

Entries received by:

Local Auxiliary — March 31, 2021

Department – April 15, 2021
National Headquarters – May 5, 2021

Contest Rules:

  • Art must be two-dimensional.
  • Art must be on canvas or paper.
  • Watercolor, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen, ink, oil, marker or other
  • media may be used.
  • Do not frame.
  • Submit canvas entries on a stretcher frame or canvas board.
  • Other entries must be matted in white.
  • Do not use color mats. Reinforce the back with heavy paper.
  • Mounted and floating mats may also be used.
  • The art should be no smaller than 8”x 10” but no larger than 18″x 24’ do not including mat.
  • Coloring sheets, digital art and photography are not accepted.

Both of these contests give our youth the ability to shine in their areas of

individual artistic ability!!

Getting the word out and communicating with our youth is imperative to making our Youth Activities program a success. Utilizing social media is a must, so let’s get online, and get our youth involved!!


RESOURCES

We have provided a place here for you to download all of the information that we distribute to you through our Program Book and Bi-Monthly Chairmen’s Bulletins.  You will need Adobe Reader, it is a Free program and can be downloaded here  Get Adobe

2020-2021 Department Youth Activities Program

2020-2021 Department Youth Activities Report (click here for online reporting)

2020-2021 National Youth Activities Ambassador

2020-2021 National Youth Activities Program

FILLABLE-Patriotic-Youth-Award

Tips-for-Working-with-Youth

NEW-R.A.P.-Card-Printable-Template

BULLETINS

bulletin #1 youth activities