Why Girls STate?
You may be wondering, "Why would I go to Girls State?" Believe it or not, many others have asked this question before you.
The American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program is one of kind! Girls from across the great state of Idaho come together, empower one another and learn how government works in their state. Those in attendance will be eligible for certain awards and scholarships.
They are then able to leave with a new sense of confidence and understanding of what it really means to be a leader. Girls that attend Idaho Syringa Girls State are more prepared for their senior year of high school, and their futures in the community where they reside.
Girls interested in participating in Girls State must fill out the application and interview with members of the American Legion Auxiliary. After completion of both the application and interview, delegates will be selected and contacted with further instructions.
Each delegate of Girls State will be placed in a city, cities consist of 20-30 girls who have also been selected to attend. They will have the opportunity to uplift, support and empower one another as they all learn how state and local government work together.
ALA Girls State is an excellent opportunity to create friendships across the state, that will be great networking connections later on in life. Girls State is focused on helping young women become "tomorrow's leaders of mankind.."
Come and see what Girls State can offer you!
2019 Girls State Delegates
on Capitol Day
FOr Future delegates
**After much discussion, we have elected to hold the 2021 session of Idaho Syringa Girls State VIRTUALLY. Our biggest concern is the health and safety of our participants. Unfortunately, Idaho is still in COVID stage 3 and we do not see that changing before we begin this year's session. As it stands, the state does not allow groups of 50+ individuals to meet while in stage 3. We have put a great deal of thought into a virtual session, and we are confident it will be an experience to remember. We look forward to seeing you this year! Please contact your local American Legion Auxiliary Unit to start the process of applying.**
CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED VIRTUAL 2021 GIRLS STATE SCHEDULE
We’ve made it really easy to register! There’s only three steps:
Step 1 – Contact your school's counselor, or local American Legion Auxiliary unit to express interest in the program. You will be informed of upcoming interview dates. DO NOT FILL OUT THE APPLICATION UNTIL YOU COMPLETE THIS STEP.
Step 2 – Fill out the Idaho Syringa Girls State application(click here) completely and submit it. You will need your parent or guardian to fill it out with you. Once it is submitted, you will receive and email with more information. If you have trouble filling out the form, or have questions please contact the Session Coordinator at IdahoALAGSSecretary@gmail.com.
Step 3 – Please save and look over the 2021 Consent Packet. Please review these documents prior to attending Girls State. They include information about the Girls State Rules, Daily Dress Requirements, and a Packing List to help you prepare for Girls State.
That’s it! If you have any questions, please contact your sponsoring American Legion Auxiliary Unit, or the Idaho Syringa Girls State Session Coordinator at IdahoALAGSSecretary@gmail.com.
POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSE REGISTRATION (through NNU)
One of the wonderful perks of Girls State is the opportunity for College Credit. Northwest Nazarene University provides a Political Science to all the girls state delegates, which will be held during the 2021 session. Delegates are responsible for the payment of the course, whether that be through Fast Forward Funds provided by school districts, or personal finances. You can click here for the information to register. Please print off the form and take them to your school counselor or go to the link on the information sheet to register.
Each year, former Idaho Syringa Girls State delegates are chosen to help with the program as Staff for the next session. Staff are assigned as counselors, junior counselors, legislative staff and other positions to assist in running Girls State. Any prior Girls State citizen in good standing is eligible to apply. No one automatically becomes part of the Staff by virtue of the office they held or prior honor they received.
Applications are due April 15, 2022 and you can express your interest by filling out the following form.
Interested parties will be notified of their standing as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact the Girls State Session Coordinator at IdahoALAGSSecretary@gmail.com.
2019 Girls State Staff
Our closest partners are teachers and counselors at our Idaho schools. If, after looking through the various tabs on this website, you are interested in having an American Legion Auxiliary member present at your school, please contact us! We would love the opportunity to share this experience with your Junior girls. You should expect a representative from ALA Girls State to contact you by mid-February to arrange a presentation. If you have not been contacted and you would like to offer this opportunity to your students, please contact the Session Coordinator at the email address below.
Here is the form with the instructions on how to apply for ALA Girls State. If you have Junior girls interested in attending Girls State, they must print this form, complete the instructions, and then turn it back in to you. You, in turn, give their completed report to your local American Legion Auxiliary Unit so that the Unit Members can interview the applicant(s).
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Idaho Syringa Girls State Session Coordinator at IdahoALAGSSecretary@gmail.com.
2018 Delegates who received the Good Citizen Award
We will be holding this year's session of Idaho Syringa Girls State from June 13-18th, 2021. Please see the instructions above before submitting an application. NOTE* We are inviting both JUNIOR and SENIOR (who were selected for the 2020 session) girls to attend this year's session. Click the button below to apply!