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About ALA NM Girls State

What is American Legion Auxiliary 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.

Who is eligible to attend?

To be eligible, young women 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.

When is session?

The 2019 session of American Legion Auxiliary New Mexico Girls State will be held Sunday, June 2 - Friday, June 7, 2019. Check-in will be held from 10 am - 1 pm on Sunday, June 2. Session will close on Friday, June 7 by noon.

Where is the program held?

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 Builiding (CUB) throughout the week.

Why attend ALA NM Girls State?

Delegates to American Legion Auxiliary New Mexico Girls State have the opportunity to:

  • Learn leadership skills. 
  • Participate in service projects for the community.
  • Hear from leaders around the state.
  • Earn college credits for attendance.
  • Apply for scholarships exclusively available to ALA NM Girls State attendees.​
    • ​Samsung American Legion Scholarship - Finalist awarded in New Mexico then will continue on to compete nationally for the opportunity to win a $10,000 scholarship.
    • ENMU Book Scholarship - Recipients awarded $500 book scholarship.

Check back in Spring 2020
to begin registering for the
2020 ALA NM Girls State Session.



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