—7/20/17—WASHINGTON, D.C. - American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) volunteers will join 100 young women at the 71st American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation July 22-29 in Washington, D.C. As part of the premier ALA program, two outstanding citizens, known as “senators,” are selected during 50 ALA Girls State sessions held across the country. These students then represent their respective states at ALA Girls Nation. The six-day leadership conference provides aspiring young women leaders with practical insight into the workings of government, instills a sense of pride in our country, promotes youth civic engagement, and creates friendships and memories that last a lifetime.
A key component of the ALA Girls Nation program involves mock senate sessions complete with caucusing and debating of bills that range in topic from personal to political interests. Campaigns are held to elect party officials and an ALA Girls Nation president and vice president. Several other activities are on the agenda, including a visit to the White House where the senators will meet the President, a meeting with their respective state senators and representatives on Capitol Hill, a community service project, a visit to Arlington National Cemetery where they will place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a tour of the D.C. monuments, and a visit to the National Holocaust Museum.
“The ALA Girls Nation experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young women across our nation to learn firsthand about the inner workings of the federal government before they are of voting age,” said Melanie Taylor, American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation chairman. “After attending their local ALA Girls State program and then ALA Girls Nation, the girls return home filled with knowledge, patriotism, and pride.”
Taylor and other American Legion Auxiliary volunteer leaders at the conference encourage the young senators to continue their community service by becoming members of the American Legion Auxiliary, as well as leaders in their communities and local governments. Notable ALA Girls Nation alumna include Kristen Soltis Anderson, American pollster named on TIME magazine’s 30 Under 30 Changing the World; U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, first woman to lead the U.S. Air Force Academy; and Jane Pauley, TV journalist, among many others.
American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military, and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value averaging $2 billion each year. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, ALA volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the ALA’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.
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