Upon retirement, Little transferred the ownership of the building and its programs to Seattle YWCA for the Girls, Inc. program which is a vibrant Seattle resource. Additionally, “The Alvirita Little Center for Girls” on Martin Luther King Jr. Way remains one of a limited number of Seattle structures named after African Americans. In 1988, the Alvirita Little Award was inaugurated by Therapeutic Health Services. The following year the award was given to Mother Hale of NYC (for outstanding work with babies born with drug addiction), and other extraordinary individuals dedicated to helping youth achieve their goals.
Further, Little placed substantial efforts on visionary changes to increase funding for programs for boys while on the Board of the Seattle Council of Boy Scouts; earning her the Boy Scouts’ distinctive Silver Beaver Service Award. During her reign as President of the University of Washington (UW) Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS), Little championed international understanding, especially for youth, and was a major influence in establishing the FIUTS Host Family program which welcomed international students at the UW. Over time, Little hosted over 218 students from 44 countries through the Foundation, and received the Raymond Huff Award, the first Bishop Foundation Youth Leadership Award, the Frank Shigemura Award and the International Red Cross Humanity Award for outstanding efforts in creating global friendship and goodwill.