What is ALA Missouri Girls State?
The ALA Missouri Girls State empowers girls to learn more about American politics and government in a non-partisan fashion. The American Legion Auxilary (ALA) sponsors girls, called delegates, from all over Missouri. They are nominated to participate in this weeklong summer program. This year, the program will be held at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. Consequently, this year marks the 80th anniversary of ALA Missouri GIrls State and will be co-hosted with The American Legion Boys State of Missouri.
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(ALA) Girls State delegates must meet four primary participation criteria as follows:
- Female who recently completed junior year of high school in the U.S. state of Missouri.
- Have at least one semester of high school left to complete.
- Must express a desire to learn more about the U.S. government, actively participate in community service, and demonstrate leadership skills and academic excellence.
- Recommended by an American Legion Auxiliary member or high school educator.
Who sponsors ALA Missouri Girls State?
The American Legion sponsors ALA Missouri Girls State. Moreover, it is a nonprofit organization supporting veterans of U.S. wars from all military branches. The program started in 1940 to inspire girls’ education to find their voice in leadership and citizenship.
Pro Tip: If you are a freshman or sophomore in high school and have an interest in politics or government, ask your high school counselor for more information about ALA Missouri Girls State. In other words, advocate for yourself. You can also reach out to current seniors and alumni who have attended the program.
Can anyone join the American Legion?
Not quite. To join the American Legion, individuals must meet two primary requirements:
- You must have served a minimum of one day of active military duty since December 7, 1941, with an honorable discharge
- Currently serving in the armed forces in honorable standing.
The College Bound Village LLC is excited to nominate its first delegate, Laila St. Christopher, to the 80th session of ALA Missouri Girls State this year. Laila recently completed her junior year at Parkway North High School in St. Louis, MO, with a 4.3 GPA. Moreover, her peers newly elected her as the Vice President of the Black Student Union and the Parliamentarian of the National Honor Society. Further, she earned the Missouri Seal of Biliteracy demonstrating fluency in Spanish as a second language.
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