Boys and Girls State are summer leadership and citizenship programs sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary for high school juniors. Boys and Girls are nominated by their high school during their junior year. Boys and Girls State programs both began in 1937 and are held in each of the U.S. states, usually on a college campus within the state.
Girls State: 16-22 June at Longwood University, http://vagirlsstate.org/
Boys State: 16-22 June at Radford University, http://vaboysstate.org/
The program participants are divided into subgroups referred to as cities. The citizens of each of these cities elect mock municipal officials and representatives to the mock state legislature. Many programs also have a county level as well. The participants also elect state officials, such as governor, lieutenant governor, and other state-level officials mirroring their actual state. The legislature meets to organize, elect leaders, and to pass bills, in a way that is similar to how their actual State Legislature operates. Some programs tend to have a more traditional education focus, providing speakers and training throughout the week and then concluding with mock political functions. Other programs take a more hands-on approach by running the mock government activities all week.
Boys/Girls State is typically staffed by Legion members, past participants, and/or community leaders who volunteer their time and effort. Administrative costs are defrayed by the state Legion organizations and local businesses.
Eligibility qualifications are listed below:
If you are interested, applications are DUE TO MRS. CAMPBELL on MARCH 13th. JCHS will select 2-3 students to send forward to the American Legion for an interview.Key Event Dates:
- Students who have successfully completed their junior year of high school and have at least one semester of high school remaining, are eligible.
- Any student who has previously attended is not eligible to attend a second session.
- Outstanding qualities of leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty and service to their schools and community are considered.
- The applicant should exhibit an interest in the governmental process.
- The applicant will have above average scholastic standing.
- The prospective delegate and their parents must be residents of the state of Virginia.
- March 13: Interest application due to Mrs. Campbell
- March 18: JCHS selections announced
- March 20-21: Interviews at Stone Bridge HS (15 min/student from 6-9pm)
- April 3: Selections announced
- May 15: Student-Parent Orientation at SBHS cafeteria from 7-8pm