June 11 – 17, 2023
This year’s session will take place at the University of Nevada, Reno
What is Nevada Girls State?
American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls State programs offer training in the processes of good citizenship as practiced in a democratic society. Each summer, approximately 20,000 enthusiastic young women participate in ALA Girls State sessions across the nation. At ALA Girls State, the “citizens” study City, County, and State government processes. They do this by setting up their own miniature City, County and State governments. Then, they administer them according to the laws of their particular State.
After arriving at ALA Nevada Girls State, delegates (now our citizens) are divided into two faux political parties to gain knowledge about the operation of a two-party system. Within these parties, the citizens form committees to revise and write legislation to be debated by the State Senators and Assemblywomen that they have elected to represent them.
ALA Nevada Girls State citizens participate in these instructional political parties, and elections are held to fill City, County, and State positions. Activities include legislative sessions, campaigning, party meetings, debating, and voting. The citizens also receive special instruction in parliamentary procedure and have the opportunity to hear from a number of guest speakers.
As a school official, we’re asking for your help in selecting qualified and enthusiastic delegates for this year’s session.
In order to attend Nevada Girls State, a student must:
- Identify as female (if you know male students seeking a similar opportunity, please visit the Nevada Boys State website)
- Currently be a Junior (entering their Senior year after their attendance)
- Have at least one (1) semester of high school remaining
- Submit all required fees and forms
- Be able to attend the entire session (we don’t allow students to arrive late or depart early)
- $250 Registration Fee
- $40 Materials Fee
- $75 Bus Fee (only applicable to students taking the bus from points South of Silver Springs, including the greater Las Vegas area)
- May 5, 2023: Last day to receive a refund if a student can’t attend
- June 2, 2023: Last day for a student to register
- June 10, 2023: Last day for a student to submit fees and the Waivers Packet
What type of student makes a good Nevada Girls State delegate?
Delegates to Nevada Girls State must be prepared to participate in a fast-paced week filled with information, training, and tools to help them become more active and educated citizens. Delegates are required to remain with the program for the entire week and participate in all activities, such as running for office, writing legislation, and being active in the mock legislative session on Friday. We know that some selection processes rely heavily on GPA in order to choose delegates, but we know from experience that students who are excellent in an all-around sort of way make the best delegates. They don’t have to be extremely outgoing, they don’t have to be honor students, and they don’t even have to know much about government or writing legislation. While these characteristics may certainly be helpful, we’re ultimately looking for individuals who are eager to learn and participate and who are willing to trust in the process they’ll go through during their week with our program.
What happens after my student registers?
Support from ALA Units
As a program of the American Legion Auxiliary, Nevada American Legion Auxiliary Units may be able to help your school with funding. Please use the following document to determine which American Legion Auxiliary Unit, District, or Program is associated with your school. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that any Unit, District, or program will be able to provider financial support for students and you aren’t required to work with an assigned Unit or District.
ALA Contact Information
If your school is not listed, or the information listed for your school is incorrect, please contact us so that we can update our files. Any school not assigned to a contact will work directly with Nevada Girls State.