American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) units in all 50 states proudly host ALA Girls State, an amazing week of learning focused on responsible citizenship, leadership, and love for God and country. Female high school students who have completed their junior year are competitively selected and sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary units for this program where they learn about the political process by electing officials for all levels of state government and actively run a mock government. The girls are assigned to mock cities and to either the “Federalist Party” or “Nationalist Party.” Assistance from dedicated ALA volunteers ensures the program’s nonpartisan governmental, patriotic, and civic objectives are carried out through interactive learning.
Though the week is filled with many learning opportunities, there is always time for fun and the formation of long-term friendships. The art of civil debate is one of the main skills learned at this premier program, hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary since 1937.
Many ALA Girls State participants have gone on to a lifetime of service to our country in the military, civil service, or advocacy. Candidates should be keenly interested in government and current events, have high moral character, and show strong leadership abilities. Because the structure of state and local government varies, ALA Girls State programs may vary in content and method of procedure, but each adheres to the same basic core values.