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ALA Girls Nation

July 24-31, 2021

American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young women. This weeklong event gives participants a firsthand experience with practical insight into how the federal government works. More than 7,000 young women have participated in ALA Girls Nation since it was founded in 1947.

Two participants are chosen from each state after participating in their respective ALA Girls State programs. The girls are known as “senators.” During ALA Girls Nation in Washington, D.C., the girls participate in a mock legislature. They are responsible for submitting bills and resolutions, participating in senate sessions, and electing officials such as president and vice president.

Participants leave ALA Girls Nation with leadership lessons for life and an understanding of the fundamentals of U.S. government, along with the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of citizens. This seven-day experience has laid the foundation of thousands of bright futures in not only public service, but other careers as well. Some notable industries include government, military, law, education, and media.

ALA Girls Nation connects participants with their peers from across the country, allowing the young women a unique opportunity to spend time with others who share common interests and those who have different perspectives from their own. The girls leave Washington, D.C. with a deeper understanding of government, a renewed sense of patriotism, and an appreciation for veterans.

While in D.C., the senators visit Capitol Hill and meet with their state senators and representatives, providing each girl an opportunity to discuss local issues and share bills they have written as part of ALA Girls Nation. The girls also participate in field trips to see the historical Washington monuments, Arlington National Cemetery, and the White House.

Participants leave ALA Girls Nation with leadership lessons for life and an understanding of the fundamentals of U.S. government, along with the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of citizens. This seven-day experience has laid the foundation of thousands of bright futures in not only public service, but other careers as well.

The ALA Girls State and ALA Girls Nation programs are privately funded and presented by members of the American Legion Auxiliary.

“Empowered women empower women. Thank you to Maryland ALA for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime and thank you to every extraordinary young woman who changed my life for the better. Thank you to ALA Girls Nation for such an experience. A week that I will never forget.”

- ALA Girls Nation Senator -

ALA Girls Nation Testimonials

ALA Girls Nation Group

2018 ALA Girls Nation Senator
  “Empowered women empower women. Thank you to Maryland ALA for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime and thank you to every extraordinary young woman who changed my life for the better. Thank you to ALA Girls Nation for such an experience. A week that I will never forget.”

ALA Girls Nation Senators

2018 ALA Girls Nation Senator
  “This week was filled with amazing opportunities and people. I learned so much about our government and politics. I connected with awesome people. I encourage all young girls out there to take this challenge next year, because you never know who you will meet and what you will do. I promise it to be a rewarding experience and you will make memories for a lifetime.”

ALA Girls Nation DC

2018 ALA Girls Nation Senator
  “A special shout out to the Junior Counselors from ALA Girls Nation. They are such an important part of the program and make the whole experience better. No matter what, they are always there to support and cheer, even if they have poker faces. Those two are special and they made my week go above and beyond my expectations.”  

ALA Girls Nation Selfie

2018 ALA Girls Nation Senator
  “During the course of the week, I made many friends from across the nation, debated bills written by my fellow senators, and gained a respect of Veterans far greater than ever before. Through this program, I learned of the great sacrifice of our veterans, how to best support veterans, and how I can become part of the Auxiliary to continue supporting American troops. With the incredible women around me, I learned how to become a better leader, how to debate bills under the guidance of the incredible Miss Jane, and celebrate the freedom of America.”