Virginia Girls State is a program of The American Legion Auxiliary, a community service organization. For over 100 years the American Legion Auxiliary has been serving, helping, and meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military, and their families — both here and abroad.
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The 2023 ALA Virginia Girls State program is scheduled
to be held on the campus of Longwood University
from Sunday June 18 to Saturday June 24, 2023.
Please be aware we will continue to plan to have a safe program which will accomplish our goal of teaching rising high school seniors the responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic society.
We will continue to update this website with information regarding the 2023 program.
Margaret Dellinger, 2022 Director
American Legion Auxiliary Virginia Girls State
Prepare by watching this orientation video
Within the Commonwealth of Virginia, for one week each year, a new state comes into being. The physical boundaries of this “state within a state” are the limits of a college campus, but there are no limits to its usefulness in promoting real-life citizenship in Virginia.
Since the inception of the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program in 1937, nearly one million young women nationwide have had the opportunity to learn firsthand how their state and local governments work. The program has grown to some 20,000 participants annually.
This adventure in Americanism is sponsored annually by the American Legion Auxiliary with the cooperation of many civic clubs, school groups, and community-minded businesses.
Through this program, the American Legion Auxiliary hopes to make our young citizens realize that they are an essential part of their government and are responsible for its character and success. Through it, we seek to teach them individual responsibility to the community, state, and nation.
ALA Virginia Girls State provides participants an opportunity to learn, in a few days, the mechanics, objectives, and ideals of democracy. “Learning by doing” is the keynote to the success of this program.
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.
Only young women who have completed their junior year of high school and have at least one semester of high school remaining are eligible to participate.
Homeschooled students are eligible to attend ALA Virginia Girls State. The teaching parent must be educating under the Commonwealth of Virginia Guidelines for homeschooling.
Participants must be United States citizens or legal residents of the United States. Proof of legal status are:
- A birth certificate certified by a State Bureau of Vital Statistics
- A court-certified copy of legal adoption papers showing place and date of birth
- A state-issued driver’s license or state-issued (ID) card that is in compliance with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, Pub. L. 109—13, 119 Stat.302
- A government-issued passport with proper endorsement for visiting the United States
- A U. S. government-issued military ID card or dependent ID card
In case of foreign birth, a potential participant may present any certificate or document duly issued to the bearer by the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, such as a NEXUS card.
For more information contact your District Registrar.
Delegates are selected by local units of the American Legion Auxiliary whenever possible. Each ALA local unit determines its own process for selecting delegates and contacts the high schools in its area. If your school hasn’t been contacted by a representative from the ALA District or a local unit then you may follow the steps below for help with the application process.
- Using the map below, locate your hometown or high school to determine your district.
- Contact the registrar of your district via email for the assistance with the application process.
|First & Second||Anne Starkefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Fifth & Sixth||Erika Evansemail@example.com|
|Seventh & Eighth||Frances Sheltonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ninth & Tenth||Emily Hall Gregoryemail@example.com|
|Eleventh||Lynne F. Nortonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Fourteenth & Fifteenth||Darla Lisbonemail@example.com|