Girls Nation Will be held on July 24-31, 2021 in Washington D.C.
For 70 years, the American Legion Auxiliary has provided young women with a citizenship training program that is second to none – American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation. This unique experience, held every summer in the nation’s capital, is designed to provide practical insight into how the federal government works, to instill a sense of pride and loyalty to America and create friendships and memories that last a lifetime.
Participants are known as “senators” and are selected from the 50 Girls State sessions held across the country. Two outstanding citizens are chosen to represent their state at Girls Nation in Washington, D.C. where the focus moves to the federal government.
A key component of the Girls Nation program involves mock senate sessions complete with caucusing and debating of bills. You must be able to write a bill and present your bill to the Girls Nation Senate. Remember the Girls Nation Senate represents the federal government therefore it is important that your bill or resolution deal with a topic that falls under the jurisdiction of the federal government. Campaigns are held to elect party officials, a Girls Nation president and vice president.
In addition to their legislative forums, the senators hear distinguished guest speakers and visit the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, the White House and memorials in the Washington, D. C. area. Their visit to Capitol Hill includes meetings with their states’ senators and representatives. The highlight of the week is the opportunity to meet the President of the United States.
ALA Girls Nation Senators will stay in the Washington D.C. area. The American Legion Auxiliary provides room, board and travel. Towels and bed linens are furnished by the Auxiliary. Roommates are randomly assigned with other Girls Nation Delegates.
• 2 ALA Girls Nation uniform shirts will be provided.
• Black skirts and/ shorts must be to the knee.
• Business attire for senate sessions if you would like to change out of uniform (especially if you would like to run for a leadership role.
• 1 dressier outfit for graduation night.
Girls Nation delegates will be announced at the Louisiana Girls State Awards Convocation. If selected you are required to meet with the Directors further instructions and your Girls Nation package. It is recommended that your parents/guardians also attend this briefing.
If you feel you meet all the qualifications for a Girls Nation Senator and can attend the Girls Nation session please complete the online application process.
Applications will be reviewed by the Girls Nation Selection Committee. Delegates proceeding to the next round will be notified on Monday, June 21st, 2021.
Selected delegates during this round will have virtual interviews with the Girls Nation Committee.
The two selected Senators (and two alternates) will be selected and notified on Thursday, June 24th, 2021.