Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 session of Evergreen Boys State and Evergreen Girls State. This is a national program of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary to promote hands-on learning of the U.S. democratic form of government.
During the week, the citizens will be assigned to a fictitious city, county and political party in the state of “Evergreen.” They will attend classes, hold meetings, and establish their own government at the city, county, and state levels. Attendees also have the opportunity to earn several different scholarships, and earn up to four college credits just by participating.
Evergreen Boys State will be held at the Warm Beach Conference Center in Stanwood, Washington, from June 19-25, 2016. Details and application here
Evergreen Girls State will be held at Central Washington University in Ellensburg from 12-18 June 2016. Details and application here.
The Boys State program began in Illinois in 1935. The Girls State program began much later. However, both are now held in every state, every summer. The list of alums is long and distinguished.