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Due to Covid-19 2020 ALA Girls Nation has been cancelled
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.

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. Some years, the girls have met the President of the United States.

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.

The ALA Girls State and ALA Girls Nation programs are privately funded and presented by members of the American Legion Auxiliary. The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has recognized ALA Girls Nation by placing it on the National Advisory List of Contests and Activities.

“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

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”