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 running a mock government. The girls are assigned to mock cities
and 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.
Candidates should be keenly interested in government and current events, 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.
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