What can delegates expect?
The program will be five days, starting on Monday, June 14 at 9 a.m. and ending on Friday, June 18 in the afternoon. Delegates will gather via ZOOM from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day from their home, with an hour for a lunch break.
To receive credit delegates will need to be connected and participate in the program for at least ninety percent of the program. Delegates will need to have a computer, high-speed internet access, webcam, microphone, and suitable environment for learning.
The program will be different from an in-person event in that concentration will be placed on the executive, legislative, and judicial state-level branches of government. Delegates will represent fictional cities, but the cities will not be in operation.
The cost of the virtual program will be $125, plus a $25 non-refundable registration fee. The Department Executive Committee is requiring that at least 100 delegates be registered for the program, by May 28 in order for the program to take place.
If you have any questions, contact Ashley Zimmer (517) 220-2754 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The American Legion Boys State program started in Illinois in 1935 and came to Michigan in 1938. By participating in mock local, county and state government exercises, delegates learn firsthand about leadership, practical citizenship and the democratic process through activities that include legislative sessions, court proceedings, presentations, bands, choruses and recreational programs.
- Open to high school juniors
- At Grand Valley State University, Allendale Campus
- Be a male high school student
- Completed junior year of high school or an accredited home-school equivalent by the start of the boy’s state program
- Visit www.michalaux.org/girls-state for information about the Michigan American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program