What is Keystone Girls State?
The American Legion Auxiliary Keystone Girls State program is an amazing, week long, simulated government immersive learning experience. America’s future leaders, now the high school girls become “citizens” and are assigned mock cities where they assume roles in the fictional “National” and “Federal” political parties, run for and hold offices that mirror their state’s elective offices. They learn from a dedicated group of volunteers, the fundamentals about the legislative process, the three branches of government, and parliamentary procedure. The high school girls that participate in this prestigious program learn life long lessons in leadership grounded in civility, teamwork, advocacy, consensus building, and respect. They have fun, and make lasting friendships. They leave enriched, using what they learn throughout their lives for the betterment of our country.
As part of this program, two girls are selected to attend ALA Girls Nation as “senators” for a week in Washington, D.C. They run for political office, campaign for the passage of legislation and meet with U.S. Congressmen and Senators from their state. Capping off the week is a possible meeting with the President of the United States.