EMPOWERING YOUNG WOMEN THROUGH MOCK POLITICS
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 241 was honored to have, Lauren Berta, one of the delegates that they sent to Hoosier Girls State, to speak at our monthly meeting on Monday Sept. 10th.
She talked about how her experience at Hoosier Girls State enhanced her understanding of how U.S. government works. Even though she had studied government at Homestead High School and understood the three branches of the government she was surprised at the complexity and detail about local government that she had not been exposed to. One of her favorite things about her experience was meeting so many compassionate women. She ran for Lt. Governor and won. The experience took her out of her comfort zone, and expanded her skills set for speech writing and public speaking. She expressed her gratitude for our support in sponsoring her for Hoosier Girls State which she wouldn’t have been able to go without our sponsorship.
Elisabeth Kolkman was also a delegate but due to her schedule in cross country she was unable to attend our meeting. She was elected as city councilman.
ALA Hoosier Girls State is a program designed to educate young women of Indiana in the privileges, rights and responsibilities of citizenship. To qualify as a delegate you should be enrolled in an Indiana high school having completed the junior or third year, and be returning to the high school level setting the following year. They must be in the upper half of her class academically and sponsored by a Unit of the American Legion Auxiliary of Indiana. Home schooled girls are eligible if they meet the same requirements.
Once the delegates arrive and register, they become citizens of ALA Hoosier Girls State and are assigned to one of the two ficticious political parties – “Federalist” and “Nationalist.” Citizens learn the political party structure and every citizen files and campaigns for an elective office that they serve when elected.
This year the HGS was held from Aug. 24 to Aug. 30 at Trine University in Angola, In. This was HGS 76th year.
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