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Eligibility

  • Be a male high school student
  • Completed junior year of high school or an accredited home-school equivalent by start of the boys state program
  • Is 15+ years of age by June 1, 2018
  • Visit www.michalaux.org/girls-state for information about the Michigan American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program

About

The American Legion Boys State is a non-partisan, non-political mock government exercise in a model state designed to mirror the structure and operation of its respective state government. It is intended to instill character, the importance of civic engagement and patriotism among rising high school seniors.

By participating in the weeklong program, delegates learn firsthand about leadership, practical citizenship, and the democratic process. It is an excellent academic opportunity and experience.

The program consists of classroom work, lectures, and camaraderie, with delegates taking on elected and appointed roles to experience democracy in action and learn how legislation is passed.

What are the requirements for participation?

Students who have just completed their junior year of high school, and have at least one semester of high school left to complete, are eligible to apply to The American Legion Boys State program.

Ideal candidates are individuals who understand the value of teamwork and possess outstanding leadership, character and community service qualities. An interest in government and public service ensures the student will be actively engaged in the program.

What takes place during the week?

Each day is filled with activities that vary throughout the week:
Speaker presentations, party and city meetings, campaigns, elections, recreation time, band and chorus. The experience replicates life in a college-like environment.

In addition to guest speakers on campus, this year the delegates will tour the State Capitol and meet with State Leaders to talk about the legislative process. Transportation will be provided.

Graduation is held at the end of the week.  Two delegates who will represent State at The American Legion Boys Nation are announced. Parents and visitors are encouraged to attend.

 

Contact

Year-round contact

To contact the Michigan Legion Boys State off-season office email: legion@michiganlegion.org or call 517-371-4720 x 23.

During Boys State program

Contact the Michigan Legion Boys State office during the week of Boys State, please call 989-837-4794 or email our director Jerry Kelley at jkelley2136@sbcglobal.net or reach him after office hours at 734-845-6049.