Who We Are

ALA Girls State/Girls Nation programs is to provide a nonpartisan participatory program that teaches eligible high school females responsible citizenship grounded in ethics, the principles of our nation’s founders and respect for God and Country.

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. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business or another community-based organization.

Participants learn how to participate in the functioning of their state’s government in preparation for their future roles as responsible adult citizens.

Why Participate?

  1. It’s a resume builder – should you attend for the full week.
  2. Be part of a more than 60 year tradition – sponsored by the largest women’s patriotic organization – The American Legion Auxiliary.
  3. Show off your talent during our annual revue!
  4. Famous people have attended.
  5. Opportunity to be chosen as a ALA Girls Nation Delegate to go to Washington, D.C. and represent ALA of  Massachusetts as a Senator – (and possibly meet the President!)
  6. Develop valuable skills – public speaking, debating, journalism, confidence builder, etc.
  7. Speakers are awesome – hear their motivating messages and put them to use.
  8. Opportunity to run your own city or town.
  9. Making new friends – for the week, for the summer and some for life-long.
  10. Be empowered by other enthusiastic, intelligent young women.

Principles of Girls State

Citizenship

Each citizen at girls state will form a city or town with their fellow citizens. Elections will be held within those cities and towns and also on the state level. These elections are mainly run by the citizens themselves. During the week they are presented with real world problems to be solved collectively with their fellow citizens to come up with solutions keeping the whole in mind.

Integrity

Every meeting, ceremony, presentation, and activity at MA Girls State is approached with the utmost integrity in order to emphasize the importance of honesty, sincerity, and honor. These virtues are instilled in citizens when participating in the campaign process, heartfelt debates in classrooms, and challenging conversations between activities

Americanism

Each day is begun with a flag ceremony. Respects are paid to both the state and American flag and the Pledge of Allegiance is recited. Being sponsored by the American Legion Auxillary, the program takes to heart the ideals and values that our country was founded on.

Leadership

Citizens at girls state learn about the core principles of leadership while running for office, writing bills, advocating for their beliefs, and attending sessions about law, government, and social sciences. Campaigns and elections showcase some of the most successful leaders in the program, while academic conversations give them the foundation and confidence to lead with integrity in their communities back home.