Students must have completed their junior year of high school and have at least one semester of high school remaining to be eligible to participate. Candidates for Virginia Girls State are chosen through an interview process conducted by your local American Legion Auxiliary Unit. Candidates are evaluated based on their leadership abilities, interest in government, service to others, and academics. For more information contact your District Registrar.
Homeschooled students are eligible to attend Virginia Girls State. The teaching parent must be educating under the Commonwealth of Virginia Guidelines for homeschooling.
Virginia Girls State has a registered nurse on staff to address minor medical issues. In the event a delegate becomes ill a Virginia Girls State representative will contact the delegate’s guardian and a plan will be formulated. If the event is an emergency, EMS (Emergency Medical Services) will be called. Because Virginia Girls State is a strenuous program, we are not prepared to manage health concerns that will limit a delegate’s full participation. If you have any special needs, contact the director so we can work together to make this event a successful one.
Please note: all extra costs associated, will be the responsibility of the sponsoring unit.
Girls State is an opportunity to learn about one’s self and others. Living in dorms for the week, the delegates are divided into 14 floors which create individual “cities”. All 14 cities will comprise the Commonwealth of Virginia Girls State. In this program, delegates are afforded the opportunity to actualize government by living and working with other leaders from across the Commonwealth.
The American Legion Auxiliary provides a nonpartisan environment for young women to understand the issues that face our country and develop their own views, while being engaged in leadership and citizenship activities. Delegates will have one or more roommates. Any concerns regarding roommate pairing will be discussed with the delegate, her roommate(s), the Director and Assistant Director.