About Utah Girls State

The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls State program is the country's premiere summer youth program designed to develop leadership and promote civic responsibility in young women.

ALA Utah Girls State began in 1946. 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.

Hands-on Workshops on Democracy and Government

Attendees will have the chance to:
  • Launch campaigns and run for office.
  • Draft and debate legislation.
  • Learn public speaking and debate skills.
  • Actively participate in all phases of creating and running a working government.
  • Make friends with students from other parts of the state.
  • Earn three University credit hours in Political Science 2920 (transferrable to other state-funded institutions).
  • Elect student senators to represent the state at Girls Nation in Washington, D.C.

Available to High School Junior Girls

ALA Utah Girls State is available to young women who have completed their junior year of high school and receive a recommendation from school officials. Applicants will be interviewed by ALA officials in late January or February. Girls will be selected based on scholastic, leadership, and service accomplishments. Costs are generally paid by the individual girl, but girls are encouraged to contact other community organizations for assistance.

Want to learn more about Girls State? Download the Girls State 2015 yearbook, including photos.

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