Purpose: “Inspires active participation in members under the age of 18 so they will become engaging, productive members. It builds a strong future for the ALA by engaging productive members to carry on its mission for life.” National POA
“If we don’t connect with our juniors and get them involved, our organization will become the extinct dinosaur archaeologists look for.”
Junior members are the lifeblood of the future of our organization.
They are the potential and upcoming Unit, Council, District and Department Presidents and the Chairmen of our programs.
They are the leaders for the American Legion Auxiliary for tomorrow.
If a Unit does not have a Junior Unit, they are encouraged to start one. There is no limit to the size of the Junior Unit.
Junior members are ages from birth to seventeen. Upon her eighteenth paying her membership dues, she automatically becomes a Senior member.
What can I do?
Increase Junior membership
Invite Legion members to sign up their daughters
Sign up your eligible daughters, grand-daughters and great-granddaughters
“Like” the national Junior Activities Facebook page
Teach your Juniors about the American Legion Family’s eligibility requirements
Encourage your Juniors to invite friends to ALA functions and volunteering opportunities
Mentor one of your Unit’s juniors
Engage Juniors in programs of the American Legion Auxiliary
Bring your Juniors to a meeting and let them lead the Pledge of Allegiance
Mentor your Juniors
Present any patches your Juniors earn at a Unit meeting
All Juniors to help at appropriate activities. They can help distribute poppies, clean tables, set tables, etc.
Make Junior meeting fun and informative
Junior members can help plan and lead the meeting, this makes it more fun and informative
Be flexible during your meetings. Keep it orderly but don’t put too much emphasis on protocol
Crafts are another good activity for Juniors
Have snacks and drinks
Promote and encourage Junior participation in the Patch Program
Guide and help the Juniors acquire patches
Hold special meeting to help the Juniors earn patches
Older Junior can help the younger Juniors Patch Program: