Five hundred girls in Texas are selected each year to participate in the annual Girls State event held at Texas Lutheran University and the State Capitol in Austin in June. Girls State provides an opportunity for superior high school women who have completed their junior year to experience the “nitty-gritty” of state government processes — the chance to live outside the textbook.
As American Legion Auxiliary Girls State “citizens,” they campaign for political office, craft and debate the passage of legislation, and meet with their real-life counterparts in Austin.
Since 1937, more than 1 million young women have attended Girls State.
Tomorrow's Leading Citizens
The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary began an effort over five decades ago to devise a means to educate our youth in the duties, privileges and responsibilities of American citizenship; give future citizens, in a realistic manner, an opportunity to learn the problems of government by performing the same duties as real office holders in the everyday world; inform them of the rights and privileges of American citizenship; and instill a deep sense of the personal responsibilities and obligations which this citizenship entails
The Girls State program in Texas has been one of constant improvement and growth. The number of participants has grown from 94 to over 500. The progress of Girls State in Texas could not have been accomplished if it had not been for the pioneers of Bluebonnet Girls State; the full cooperation and encouragement of the Department Presidents of the American Legion Auxiliary; former directors, members and chairmen of the Girls State Committe; the press, radio and television; school and state officials; interested individuals; most of all the local units who sponsor girls; and last but not least, the citizens.
Learn more about Girls State here
Contact Tone' Mahon for information, 254-717-6952