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What is ALA Girls State?


The American Legion Auxiliary’s marquee Girls State program, first presented in 1937, is one of the most respected and coveted experiential learning programs presented in the United States.

The program epitomizes the ALA’s mission to honor those who have brought us our freedom through our enduring commitment to develop young women as future leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. The young women become knowledgeable of the democratic process and how our republic form of government works at the state and national levels.

Each summer, approximately 16,000 young women participate in weeklong ALA Girls State programs across the nation. Every American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program operates with the same patriotic values through a nonpartisan curriculum where students assume the roles of government leaders, campaigning in mock parties (often called “Federalists” and “Nationalists”) to become mayors and county and state officials of their ALA Girls State. The program is a weeklong immersive learning experience, often held on a college campus where girls live in “cities” within a dormitory-like setting. The learning, experience, memories, and friendships last a lifetime.

What is the purpose of Girls State?

The purpose of Girls State is to provide citizenship training for young women completing their junior year in high school within the State of Florida. To afford them the opportunity to live together as self-governing citizens; and to inform them of the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship in order that they may understand and participate in the functioning of their government. This learning experience will encourage their participation in the democratic process as they progress into adulthood.


What is our objective?

❖ to develop leadership and pride in American citizens

❖ to educate citizens about our system of government

❖ to instill a greater understanding of American traditions

❖ to stimulate a desire to maintain our democratic government processes


Where is Florida Girls State held?

Florida Girls State is held on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee. Girl’s State citizens reside in dorms on Campus.

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