The American Legion
Boys and Girls State Programs
The American Legion Boys and Girls States programs are the most highly respected and renowned educational opportunities for government instruction in the United States. Through this weeklong experience (June 22-27), participants will engage in several "hands-on" activities designed to simulate the functions of state government. For example, students will develop electoral campaigns, compose campaign speeches, create and enact legislation and seek bipartisanship among contending political ideologies. In the process, positive leadership, citizenship and character will be fostered among the participants. These programs have had a rich history of inspiring its participants to seek careers in public service and administration.
The American Legion Boys and Girls State programs are highly selective. To be eligible, a student must: be a high school junior, nominated by a member of the Social Studies department and interviewed by a selection committee that will include the Department Chairman and representatives from the American Legion. The selected students must be available and commit to attending the weeklong program traditionally held at Rider University (Boys) and Georgian Court University (Girls). All expenses associated with attending this program will be provided by generous donations facilitated through the local American Legion Post.