About Girls State


American Legion Auxiliary Girls State is a nonpartisan program that teaches young women responsible citizenship and love for God and Country. Since the inception of the Girls State program in 1937, nearly one million young people have had the opportunity to learn first-hand how their state and local government works.

High school girls, who have completed their Junior year, spend an intensive week of study, working together as self-governing citizens at Auxiliary-sponsored Girls State programs in every state (with the exception of Hawaii).

Participants learn how to participate in the functioning of their state's government in preparation for their future roles as responsible adult citizens. Girls State citizens are divided into two political parties to gain knowledge about the operation of a two-party system. They then participate in these instructional political parties, and elections are held to fill city, county, and state positions. Activities include legislative sessions, campaigning, party rallies, debating and voting. The citizens also receive special instruction in parliamentary procedure.

Girls State gives participants the experience of living together as self-governing citizens with the privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship. This learning experience helps educate young women about their duties as United States citizens and encourages their participation in the democratic process.

Two girls are selected from each Girls State program to attend Girls' Nation, a national government training program. Girls Nation "senators" meet for a week in Washington, D.C., where they run for political office, campaign for the passage of legislation and possibly meet with state Representatives and Senators. Capping off the week of Girls Nation is oftentimes a meeting with the President of the United States at the White House.

Girls State National Site.

Girls State Utah - 2017

The 2017 Utah Girl's State will be held June 5-10, 2017 at Weber State University. The application process will begin in mid-January 2017 and each high school should announce when it is time to apply. Contact your high school counseling office in mid-January to find out more or check back here for more information.

Benefits.
Besides getting to know wonderful girls from all over the state and gaining an amazing understanding of government, you will be eligible to receive 3 hours of Political Science 2920 Civic Engagement credits from Weber State University.  Because the university understands and appreciates the caliber of girls who attend, they also grant numerous scholarship waivers toward attendance at WSU, for instance Samsung Electronics offers a scholarship to students who have participated in Girls State or Boys State. More information about the Samsung Scholarship can be found here.


Eligibility and Selection.
Limited to Utah high school girls who have just completed their junior year and who will be returning to school for your senior year.  The selection process is handled by the members of the American Legion Auxiliary who will interview each applicant in January or February of 2017.  You will be selected based on scholastic, leadership, and service accomplishments and by your interview skills and your potential to learn and grow from this experience.  













Information for school administrators:

Contact information:
For more information contact your high school counselor,
or contact Kari Hofheins at karihofheins@gmail.com, or 435-421-1277,  
or contact the Department of Utah ALA Office at alautah@yahoo.com, 801-539-1015,
or contact your local American Legion Auxiliary Unit.


And lastly, we have a Girl's State Facebook Page here.