About ALA Girls State
The American Legion Auxiliary’s marquee Girls State program, first presented in 1937, is one of the most respected and coveted experiential learning programs presented in the United States.
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. The young women become knowledgeable of the democratic process and how our republic form of government works at the city, county and state levels.
Each summer, approximately 16,000 young women participate in weeklong ALA Girls State programs across the nation. Every American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program operates with the same patriotic values through a nonpartisan curriculum where students assume the roles of government leaders, campaigning in mock parties (often called “Federalists” and “Nationalists”) to become city, county, and state officials of their ALA Girls State. The program is a weeklong immersive learning experience, often held on a college campus where girls live in “cities” within a dormitory-like setting. The learning, experience, memories, and friendships last a lifetime.
Why should you attend?
DEVELOP LEADERSHIP SKILLS
PARTICIPATE IN SERVICE FOR THE COMMUNITY
GET HANDS ON WITH GOVERNMENT
EARN COLLEGE CREDITS
ELIGIBLE FOR EXCLUSIVE ALANMGS
"A quality education has the power to transform societies in a single generation and give them the knowledge, skills, and confidence to reach their full potential." - Audrey Hepburn
Who is Eligible to Attend?
New Mexico young women interested in attending must:
Have completed their junior year in high school and have at least one semester remaining before graduation.
Be keenly interested in government and current events.
Have high moral character.
Show strong leadership abilities.
Demonstrate above-average scholastic achievement.
2020 American Legion Auxiliary
New Mexico Girls State
Sunday, May 31 - Friday, June 5, 2020
Check-in will be held from 10 am - 1 pm on Sunday, May 31.
Check-out will be on Friday, June 7 from 11 am - 1 pm.
ALA NM Girls State is held at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus in Portales, New Mexico. Delegates will be housed in the Eddy Hall dorms and meetings held in the Campus Union Building (CUB) throughout the week.