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American Legion Auxiliary Girls State

Welcome to the 73rd year of Montana’s American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program! ALA Girls State is the premier program for teaching young women about the democratic process and how our republic works at the state and national levels. Guided by the principle, “For God and Country”, the program epitomizes the Auxiliary’s mission to honor those who have brought us our freedom by continuing to train young women to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. Attendees develop leadership skills, an appreciation for active citizenship and a lasting foundation for personal and professional growth. The knowledge, memories, and friendships gained at ALA Girls State will last a lifetime.

Forty nine states support ALA Girls State with about 20,000 young women participating in the weeklong program of nonpartisan, non-denominational curriculum. As a MT participant, the girls are assigned to fictional cities named after gem stones in Montana whereupon they embark in the full democratic process of seeking office, holding elections and making/enforcing laws. It is a unique and exciting government-in-action learning program. Additional activities include Capitol field trips, journalism, debate, public speaking, special distinguished speakers, a mock trial, moot court and a talent show. Two girls selected by the Delegates and counselors will become our ALA Girls State Senators and have the opportunity to represent Montana at our Nation’s Capitol for the week-long ALA Girls Nation.

Completion of ALA Girls State will gain many scholarship and college/university bound students extra consideration on applications as well as empower them to aspire to greater accomplishments. Speaking of scholarships, the Delegates who are elected as Senators and Governor will receive $500 in scholarship and the Lieutenant Governor, $300 courtesy of the Department of Montana American Legion Auxiliary. This year’s ALA Girls State Program will be held on the campus of Carroll College in Helena from Sunday June 13 through Saturday June 19, 2021.

Delegates to ALA Girls State are selected from girls who have completed their junior year of high school, have an interest in government and current events, show strong leadership abilities, and have high moral character. Local American Legion Auxiliary Units sponsor the girls and the $325.00 delegate fee may be paid through the Unit or other local organizations. If your community does not have a local American Legion Unit or Post, please contact our Registrar Colleen Chlapowski at 845 Delphinium Dr, Billings MT 59102 or (406)248-2928.

Applications will be accepted January 1, 2021 until April 30, 2021. Deadline for delegate fee refunds is May 15, 2021. Delegates are required to attend the full session of ALA Girls State from Sunday afternoon to Saturday noon. All delegates must be American Citizens or show proof they are residing in the country legally. If a delegate has special needs, please annotate the application as such and accommodations will be made to the best of our ability.

MT ALA members are looking forward to another successful and fulfilling ALA Girls State and celebrating our 73rd year of guiding young women to become patriotic, knowledgeable stewards of freedom and democracy.

Jen Dalrymple Director,
MT ALA Girls State

Related Links:
2020 ALA GS Letter to Unit Chair
2020 ALA GS Letter to Schools
Samsung American Legion Scholarship
2020 ALA Application