Ten students from Apache Junction High School will be participating in the Girls and Boys State summer leadership and citizenship programs at the University of Arizona during the first two weeks of June. The programs are sponsored by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary and are focused on teaching students how the government works, while developing skills as leaders and citizen, according to a press release.
During Girls and Boys State, participants learn about city, county, and state government by running for office, conducting campaigns, voting and being elected to office, and then running the government they have formed.
“It teaches them to understand that they are an integral part of the political process,” according to the Arizona Girls State website, www.azgirlsstate.com. “It helps them realize they have a responsibility to make tomorrow a better time, the world a better place, and that this job isup to them regardless of religious or political beliefs.” Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.
Formed in 1935 (Boys State) and 1937 (Girls State), the programs are among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. Boys State takes place May 31 to June 6, and Girls State takes place June 7 through June 13.
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