GOFFSTOWN — Applications for the 2020 sessions of The American Legion Department of New Hampshire’s Boys State and Girls State programs are now available.
The application form and program information have been mailed to New Hampshire American Legion posts, high schools and home school associations. The forms are also available at nhboysstate.org and alagranitegirlsstate.wordpress.com.
Students who have finished their junior year of high school and who will be seniors in the fall are encouraged to apply.
Boys State and Girls State are in their eighth decade of providing classroom and practical instruction in civics to New Hampshire’s high school students.
The programs educate on the duties, responsibilities and privileges of American citizenship. Their purpose is to awaken within the youth of New Hampshire a conviction that a well-informed, intelligent and participating citizenry helps protect and preserve the American tradition of democratic self-government. The programs are non-partisan: Representatives of all major political parties are invited and are represented throughout the week. Students are encouraged to share their own views on issues of public importance.
Each year, over 150 young people from across the state who have just finished their junior year of high school assemble to learn about New Hampshire’s system of self-government. In the process, they interact with municipal officials, lawmakers, elected office-holders, law-enforcement personnel, veterans and their high-performing peers. Four of the students who attend the New Hampshire programs will be among the 196 national-level finalists — selected from the more than 30,000 Boys State and Girls State delegates nationwide — who will travel to Boys Nation and Girls Nation in Washington, D.C., in July, at the expense of The American Legion and Auxiliary. Program attendees are also eligible to apply for more than $10,000 in scholarship funds.
The 2020 programs will take place Sunday, June 21, through Friday, June 26, on the campus of Saint Anselm College in Goffstown.
Student participants pay a $25 non-refundable application fee. They also pay for transportation to and from Saint Anselm College, and incidentals during the week.
Community sponsors and American Legion posts pay the remaining costs of room, board, instruction and in-program transportation.