To provide an outstanding, unique and coveted educational opportunity for the young women of California that instills the basic ideals and principles of American government.
In alignment with the mission of the sponsoring organization, American Legion Auxiliary California GIRLS STATE seeks to promote the traditions of patriotism and citizenship, in an inclusive and civil environment. The organization’s four founding principles of Justice, Freedom, Democracy, and Loyalty combined with the core value of Service Not Self, can be found throughout the conference’s signature practices of promoting an understanding of the democratic process, honoring veterans and the military, mentoring young people, and developing self-efficacy.
During ALA CAGS week-long leadership conference, a diverse mix of delegates from across the state will better their understanding of California’s local, county, and state government systems. This includes governmental structures and operations, as well as the election process for both candidates and voters. Participants will work to create a community unique to the values and beliefs of the current year’s attendees. Through various lessons and simulation activities, participants will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills in civic engagement, consensus building, advocacy, and service learning. Participants will also gain experience in self-advocacy and public speaking, as well as how to develop social capital by building networks and relationships.
Each Delegate is selected and sponsored by an American Legion Auxiliary Unit. An ALA Unit can sponsor any number of delegates, but there can be only one delegate per high school; Units can sponsor delegate from more than one school. ALA Unit Girls State Chairpersons work with school staff to select a delegate, 1st alternate, and 2nd alternate.