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Frequently Asked Questions

This section contains a list of some of the most asked questions about Girls State and answers from the National American Legion Auxiliary. For each question we have provided a link to more information on this website if it is available.

What is Girls State? How is this program funded?
Are scholarships available? Why should I give up a week of my summer to attend Girls State?
How are participants chosen? Who are some past participants?
Where and when is Girls State held? What are the goals of the program?
What does a typical session include? If I drive to Girls State, is there a place where I can park my car?
When does registration start?  Due to circumstances beyond my control, I may have to arrive after the registration line is closed. What should I do?
Where is Kennedy Hall, the dorm we will be living in for the week? My friends and I are coming to Girls State. What are the chances of us rooming together?
When is the first meal? What should I bring to Girls State?
Can I bring my cell phone? How much money do I need to bring?
Can we receive mail at Girls State?  Can I leave the GSU campus during the week?
I am diabetic. Is that a problem? I assume smoking, alcohol and drug use are not allowed at Girls State.
What will I need to do if I have to leave before the conclusion of the inauguration/graduation ceremony Friday morning?

When will we be dismissed from the program?

 

Another question? Contact us!

 

What is Girls State? back to top
See the information on the website here.
How is this program funded? back to top

The program is funded by Georgia's American Legion Auxiliary, with some additional support coming from other civic and non-profit organizations. The Girls Nation program is funded by the national organization of the Auxiliary, with some support from each participating state. Little or no expense is required of the citizen or her family.

Are scholarships available? back to top

There are several scholarships available. See the scholarship section for more details. You should also check with your local American Legion Auxiliary to see what scholarships are available in your area. 

Why should I give up a week of my summer to attend Girls State? back to top

This is a tough one. I mean really. Girls State is in June and you have just spent the past nine months racking your brains out learning about science, math, etc. Why would you want to spend another week having to learn stuff? There are many good reasons to attend Girls State. Here is our very own Top 10 list:

10. If you pay attention at all, you'll almost (this is a disclaimer) be guaranteed to be a star in your senior class.

9. It is good to have on your college admissions applications.

8. The food at GSU is very good. REALLY!

7. You will most likely be attending college in a little over a year and this is a good test of your ability to meet new and different people.

6. It's cool to learn with people who actually want to learn.

5. Sparkling counselors.

4. This is an excellent place to try out your leadership skills with people who don't know you.

3. It is VERY good to have on your scholarship applications.

2. Even though you might not want to admit is now, you like having friends. Most graduates make life-long friendships with young women from across the state they have met during this week.

1. Did I mention sparkling counselors?!

How are participants chosen? back to top

See more on the selection process here

Who are some past participants? back to top
There are so many exciting success stories. See a list of some of the past participants here.    
Where and when is Georgia Girls State held? back to top
Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia, June 11 - 16, 2017.
What are the goals of the program?      back to top
See the objectives here.
What does a typical session include? back to top

The citizens are divided into two mythical political "parties." The parties do not reflect the two major political parties in today's system, but allow citizens to gain a special knowledge of how the system works. Elections are held to fill city, county, and state positions. Activities include legislative sessions, campaigning, party rallies, debating, and voting. The citizens also receive instruction in Parliamentary Procedure.

 

This "hands on" method is unique and extremely effective. Girls State affords participants an opportunity to live together as self-governing citizens by informing them about the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship and hopefully encourages their participation in the democratic process as they progress into adulthood. Additional activities include: talent shows, group devotions, and patriotic ceremonies. See what to expect.

If I drive to Girls State, is there a place where I can park my car? back to top
Yes. The parking lot is near the residence halls and patrolled by campus police. However, you will NOT have access to your car during the week. You will register your car when you check in with Georgia Girls State. Parking on the campus is at your own risk. The Georgia Girls State program is not responsible for damage to your car or any parking violations. 
When does registration start? back to top
1 pm on Sunday. You are responsible for lunch on Sunday. Many have sandwiches during the trip to Statesboro. Others have lunch at a local food court nearby on campus and there are several fast food establishments within a couple of miles. Your sponsoring American Legion Auxiliary should see that you have lunch before reporting on Sunday.
Due to circumstances beyond my control, I may have to arrive after the registration line is closed. What should I do? back to top
If this situation arises the day of the program, our number in Statesboro is 912-688-2039. Once you arrive on campus come to the Georgia Girls State Office in Kennedy Hall to register.
Where is Kennedy Hall, the dorm we will be living in for the week? back to top
See the campus map here
My friends and I are coming to Girls State. What are the chances of us rooming together? back to top
Hopefully little. One of the major benefits of the program is the opportunity to meet new people and learn about the diversity of our state. The room assignments are based on random computer housing assignments.
When is the first meal? back to top
The first meal will be Sunday evening dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday
What should I bring to Girls State? back to top
Here is a link to a list of items to bring with you - you can print it up if you like to help you prepare for your trip. 
Can I bring my cell phone? back to top

Yes.  However, Girls State cannot be held responsible for your cell phone and their use is not permitted in any Girls State session. There are phone jacks in each room. Please bring a phone and a calling card for your personal use.  Please review our cell phone and electronic communication policy.

How much money do I need to bring? back to top
All your meals are covered. Any extra money would be used for snacks in the residence halls and for any souvenirs you might want to purchase. The Georgia Southern University Bookstore is located near the dorm and you will have time to shop during the week. We are not responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
Can we receive mail at Girls State? back to top
Yes.  The address for mail at Girls State is: 
    Girls State - Your Name
    c/o Continuing Education Center
    Georgia Southern University
    PO Box 8124
    Statesboro, GA 30460

Remember that we will be departing on Friday.
Can I leave the GSU campus during the week? back to top
No. With nearly 375 delegates and counselors, we restrict off campus travel to emergencies and pre-arranged events.
I am diabetic. Is that a problem? back to top
No. Provisions will be made for you to keep any medications you need for your diabetes.
I assume alcohol, smoking and drug use are not allowed at Girls State. back to top
A good guess. But in case you were wondering, if you are caught in possession of, or using alcohol or drugs, you will be sent home immediately.  We will contact your sponsor and high school and explain why you are being sent home and why their fees will not be refunded.
What will I need to do if I have to leave before the conclusion of the Inauguration/Graduation Ceremony Friday morning? back to top
If you cannot attend the ENTIRE program through the Friday Morning Inauguration/Graduation Ceremony, you should relinquish your invitation and let another student take your place. Your local American Legion Auxiliary Unit has paid your enrollment fees and transportation so that you may attend Girls State at no cost. The sponsoring Unit deserves their money's worth.  More importantly, you will not receive the full benefits of the program. Finally, you will be a part of a TEAM, the city you are assigned to. For you to leave early will put your fellow citizens and city at a disadvantage. For example, imagine in your hometown a citizen runs for the position of mayor and as soon as she is elected she moves away. The faith and trust her fellow citizens placed in her to serve has been broken.

If during the week a family emergency arises your parents can contact the Georgia Girls State office at 912-688-2039 and arrange for your departure.

When will we be dismissed from the program? back to top
Friday morning after the Inauguration/Graduation Ceremony and as soon as your city counselor gets you checked out. You are expected to return home in the same manner that you traveled to Georgia Girls State. Anything different should be arranged with your sponsoring American Legion Unit (such as my parents will be picking me up).

Generally, the Inauguration/Graduation Ceremony is over between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m. 

I have another question. back to top
Check the questions page and then email us.
 

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